Here’s How A Group of Students Made This Amazing Short Film Without Any CGI

Students from the London Film School adapted a short story about a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend and it became a Short of the Week. In a guest post, the director Ben Aston explains how they – literally – pulled it off (the skin, that is).

The way I figured it, “He Took His Skin Off For Me” wasn’t going to be all that difficult. “It’s just two people in a house” was how I responded to Maria Hummer’s reasonable incredulity after I insisted that her remarkable short story was going to be our next film together. “All we need to do is figure out this skinless thing and we’re home free.” Two years, 1,152 muscle pieces, 217 Kickstarter backers and whole lot of fake blood later I remain partially right- our two characters definitely are in a house.

Maria, myself and producer Fiona Lamptey all knew why we wanted to adapt this incredible short story about a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend as my graduation film from the London Film School. It’s a fiercely original, darkly funny and hauntingly authentic narrative that grabs you by the back of neck and demands you make sense of it. The question wasn’t whether it would work; the question was how the hell we could possibly achieve it…

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