“The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea…”
He Took His Skin Off For Me is an adaptation of an original short story by award-winning writer Maria Hummer. It is a story about the sacrifices we make for the person we love and the trouble we encounter when the sacrifices become one-sided. The film is humorous and touching, yet uncomfortable, leaving you feeling for the struggles of both characters.
Director Ben Aston turned to Kickstarter to successfully fund the film, which used no CGI whatsoever. Ben brought in SFX legend Colin Arthur (Never Ending Story, 2001: Space Odyssey) to help solve the challenge of creating a skinless man. It took 8 hours a day and 1,152 muscle pieces to transform actor Sebasian Armesto (Anonymous, Pirates of the Caribbean) from a normal human being into a walking slab of bloody meat.
He must have been quite fit as there’s no fat on him whatsoever! The blood may have been a problem, but globules of fat would have left hard-to-remove grease stains everywhere.
Take a look at the Behind the Scenes of He Took His Skin Off For Me to learn more about the story origin and makeup process!