The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea…
from Ben Aston
BEHIND THE SCENES – vimeo.com/116467047
Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It’s worth it.
‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ is a practical SFX fairytale. No CGI whatsoever. Based on the short story by Maria Hummer it is my grad film from the London Film School. It took myself and producer Fiona Lamptey 2 years, 217 Kickstarter backers and a whole lot of fake blood to pull off. SFX legend Colin Arthur (NeverEnding Story, 2001: A Space Odyssey) helped us achieve the impossible, allowing SFX Supervisor Jen Cardno and her team set a new standard for anatomical practical effects. Actor Sebastian Armesto (Anonymous, Pirates of the Caribbean) spent as long as 8hrs in makeup each day to bring this story to life. Alongside Anna Maguire (Saving Private Ryan, Parade’s End) they both give us something wonderful, horrible and completely unique. I don’t want to tell people what the film should be. Even finding a genre to describe it is difficult. I want people to come to this film just like I came to the original story, completely unprepared.
If I can leave with one pearl of wisdom, though; if you take off your skin just to be with somebody? That’s only ever going to end messy…
Behind the Scenes documentary (23mins) – vimeo.com/116467047
Maria Hummer reads her original story – vimeo.com/67548806
Early makeup tests – vimeo.com/67283889
Teaser Trailer (aka deleted scene) – vimeo.com/77898342
Condensed score by Mark Sayfritz – soundcloud.com/mark-dog-sayfritz/he-took-his-skin-off-for-me