For the One Minute or So Film Festival, Brio intern Peter Awerbuch short is about his favorite companion (besides his Dad) : his iPhone. Peter’s fictional sci-fi film, is about a man in a wheelchair and his phone. It was shot with the iPhone 14 Pro and WinCAM’s Canon camcorder at WinCAM and in the town of Winchester MA.

Erin MacArthur’s interviews filmmaker Peter Awerbuch, who made “Hey Siri!”:

Erin:
What was the inspiration for making your film?

Peter:
Siri is important to me because of my disabilities. I have an electric wheelchair, it allows me to move around independently.  I can’t walk plus I can’t move my arms and hands that much. Siri allows me to be more independent. I can ask it anything like the weather which is my favorite subject – I am the weather expert in my family! I ask Siri about the news, to tell me a joke, and helps me with texting to my friends. She helps me take photos and video too.

Erin:
When you were filming your mini-movie were you nervous acting in it?

Peter:
Even though I love talking to people and socializing, the camera made me very nervous. Sometimes I couldn’t remember my lines. When I forgot about the camera, my acting got better. In some of the scenes, Erin did the lines with me off-camera and that really helped! Thanks Erin.

Erin:
Sure it was fun Peter! How many people helped you out with this film? 

Peter:
Lots of people. It was shot at WinCAM meeting room and their kitchen, their green screen studio, and then all around my hometown, Winchester MA. The script was written by all of us on the Brio Team. My dad Leon drove me to the Winchester downtown area, Margo filmed it and I filmed the tunnel scene (I have a set-up for my iPhone – so I can film on my wheelchair). Alexandra, Nick and Kevin also filmed at WinCAM on different days. Erin, my acting coach, was very important. The accessibility feature on the iPhone allowed Siri to speak her lines in the script while we recorded her.

Erin:
Why did you choose this genre, fiction, for your short film?

Peter:
I was going to a short about me and how I have grown to be a better camera (iPhone) expert. But it didn’t seem to work out. The concept of this film came out of joking around about Siri, and how I use my iPhone. The Brio script team (and me) were really excited to do a fictional short. Is it a horror film or a sci-fi film – not sure – we could ask our viewers what they think. I didn’t want it to be too scary.

Erin:
You did a great job acting — thoughts about Hollywood, California?

Peter:
I would be nice to act in another movie. I would never say no to California …. hey, maybe I could meet Apple’s president, Tim Cook, and see what he thinks of my film!


At Brio, during the Fall and Winter we worked on making a short video ( a minute or so). We study cinematic storytelling, how to write a script, how to storyboard, how to use a camera, the importance of sound, acting, and editing. Their short film would be one or so 😉 and on any genre and subject.

Peter Awerbuch’s short: Hey Siri!

See shorts by other Brio’s interns for the Minute or So Film Festival