Blog Update - Stretching Reality

Hi everyone! 

With postproduction coming to a glorious end on our bizarre and wonderful little film, it’s time to start spreading some of the love. Expect a flood of new and exciting content catching you guys up on everything that’s happened since filming wrapped, as well as fulfilling those juicy backer rewards. For today though, I thought I’d let you in the loop on one of our casting decisions…

In committing to shoot an all-practical FX film we often came thudding up against the wall of possibility. How on earth were we going to have our man take off his skin? It needed to appear completely photo-real; otherwise it would undermine the amazing job that that Jen and her team had done with the skinless effect. We wanted it to be a little cartoonish too, nothing too brutal, otherwise we risked destroying the overall tone- the idea isn’t that this is all that painful for him, it has to appear to just come off. 

So. How do we show someone stretching off his skin? Easy, let’s get somebody who’ll do just that. Enter Gary ‘stretch’ Turner…


Gaz is a professional skin stretcher who holds the world record for skin elasticity. He’s also a truly lovely bloke. Mr Turner’s condition is a disorder of the connective tissues affecting the skin-strengthening collagen that determines its elasticity, resulting in a loosening of the skin. His particular strain is very rare indeed. However what’s so amazing about Gary is that he took this difficult disease and turned it into a rich and fulfilling career. A former plasterer he is now a popular model and stage entertainer. He was off to film a reality show in LA the next day, we were really lucky to get him!


Gary arrived at the end of our first day (typically the most stressful of any day on a shoot) and he immediately lit up the set with his charm and good humour. Touching Gary’s skin is an otherworldly experience. It’s softer, warmer and more elastic than anybody else’s (is that an odd sentence or what). I’d compare it to the touching a dog’s underbelly. Oddly comforting. It was honestly one of the highlights of this film that I got to meet him and his small but pivotal part of the film is totally mind blowing. It's amazing how avoiding CGI forces you to think harder about how you're going to pull off a shot and, in our case, lead to a far richer creative decision. 

Check out a few images from his time with us below.

Anywho, expect a BUNCH more posts to come your way hard and fast. I have so much I want to share with you guys and thought it would be more fun to spread it out a bit. I will be contacting you individually re. backer rewards, going from top to bottom. Maria has completed half of the stories she was supposed to write and so half of you guys should already have them, for the other half please keep being as mercifully patient as you are, she’s one of those wonderful creative types, these things take time.

For anything else please do get in contact, I’d love to hear from you.


It's a WRAP on 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'

 After a long, intense and incredible shoot I am proud to announce that we have WRAPPED on principle photography for He Took His Skin Off For Me!!! 

Sorry for going silent during the shoot, there was literally no time left in the day. A huge thank you to all our incredible backers and supporters. Without you guys this would never have happened. Expect a tonne of awesome and regular content as we now move forward into post-production!


Casting Announcments!

Hi Everyone!

With less than 12hrs to go until filming commences things are hotting up at Skin HQ! All the muscles you sponsored have been carved, moulded, painted and transferred to the set. Thanks to you guys we were able to afford a 5th shooting day, so our schedule is intense, but achievable. We have an amazing team here I'm wholly confident in their ability to pull this thing off! As backers, you'll get access to all our story-boards, schedules and all manner of production materials as filming moves forward.

I'm also proud to announce our wonderful cast- 


Sebastian Armesto  as "Him"  (Anonymous, Pirates of the Caribbean 4) and Anna Maguire as "Her" (Parade's End, Saving Private Ryan)

A massive thank you to our casting director Shaheen Baig for all her help in bringing these roles to life. It's been a long journey, but totally worth it.

As you go to sleep tonight, keep two fingers crossed for the Skin team! Its going to be wild ride!

Skinless hugs.



Wow. Just Wow. 

What an incredible month. 217 very special people have joined this bandwagon and have generously raised an astonishing £9,181 for this film.

Though we didn't hit our stretch of 10,000, we came so close that Fiona and I have decided to go ahead shoot for a fifth day anyway- Lets make this thing the best it can possibly be!

THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! Words fail me right now....

so lets dance instead!!!

Skin Interview on the Rope of Silicon Podcast

Our dear leader Ben Aston joins the lovely Brad Brevet and Leremy Legal of the Rope Of Silicon 'B&L' Podcast to talk about 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'. They ask all the tough questions, like how much dubsteb will the soundtrack include. We've uploaded the extract above but you can check out the full podcast here- 

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