He Took His Skin Off For Me – short, 2015



‘Love is sticky’

He Took His Skin Off For Me is a 2015 British short film directed by Ben Aston based on a short story by Maria Hummer. It stars Sebastian Armesto and Anna Maguire.

The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea…

Aston says: “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 two years, 217 Kickstarter backers and a whole lot of fake blood to pull off.

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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.

Extra Materials:

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



Thanks to Rue Morgue for recommending