M. Shawn Lewallen – Director of Photography


Michael Shawn Lewallen was born in Winston-Salem, NC. He inherited his eye for visual arts from his Grandfather, Herbert Lewallen, who was an artist and carpenter. He gave Shawn an appreciation for visual aesthetics and the natural beauty in the world. 


After studying and working in the field of still photography, Shawn went back to school to study film at North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. Soon after he started working professionally as a Director of Photography, winning Best Cinematography awards from various film festivals for his work. Recently Shawn was nominated for an Emmy for his work as Director of Photography on season 1 of the CBS television show The Inspectors, in addition to winning two Telly Awards for his lighting on season 1 & 2 of the show.


Shawn currently lives in Wilmington, NC with his two kids, Hunter and Jane. 





M. Shawn Lewallen

IATSE Local 600 - DOP



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