Named one of the ‘British Directors of Tomorrow’ at the recent Edinburgh Film Festival, talented filmmaker Ben Aston has proven skill in the short film arena with a series of films dating back to 2010. Adapted from a short story by award winning author Maria Hummer, his next project – entitled He Took His Skin Off For Me – depicts a couple’s relationship after a man decides to take his skin off for his girlfriend. On the surface, this might sound like a strange premise, but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that the film is aspiring to be far more than a gruesome horror. The director explains: “The power of the allegory is how multifaceted it is. It’s a cautionary tale of someone completely changing themselves for another person.
The story urges us to see a poisonous relationship for what it really is – horrifying.” The end result will see Aston blending both realistic and fantastical story elements to create something thought-provoking and unique. The London-based filmmakers are also fans of practical special effects – check out the test video below – and will no doubt benefit from the experience of project mentor Colin Arthur, the man responsible for the creatures in Never Ending Story (1984) as well as the apes in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Interest for the project is high, and the team have already raised £3,320 of the £7,000 needed to make the film a reality. If you like what you see and want to help out, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
For all things He Took His Skin Off For Me, head to the official website here.