Watch: Ben Aston's Haunting Short 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'
"'Is this what you want,' he asked. And I said 'yes.' So he took his skin off for me." Get ready for this. Ben Aston has premiered his short He Took His Skin Off For Me on Vimeo, after its debut at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year. Aston and his short films were recently profiled at SlashFilm (with a great interview), reminding me that I had been meaning to watch this short, one of his latest and it's so crazy, disgustingly good. Aston's other short, Russian Roulette, is playing at the Sundance Film Festival coming up. But before that, this is the must see - practical SFX make this one extraordinary "fairytale" of sorts. It's a perfect kind of unsettling yet seductively sweet one-of-a-kind creation. Have fun and turn it up.
"Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It's worth it." Official poster below:
Synopsis from Vimeo: "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 directed by Ben Aston, based on the short story by Maria Hummer, written by Maria Hummer & Ben Aston. Jen Cardno was head of SFX and design, cinematography by Yiannis Manolopoulos, and music by Mark Sayfritz. Starring Sebastian Armesto and Anna Maguire. For more on Ben Aston, including an interview and profile on his other short films, head to SlashFilm. For a behind-the-scenes video on He Took His Skin Off For Me, showing how they made the short, head to Vimeo. For more on the film itself, visit their official site. "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…"