Filmmaker's Choice with Ben Aston
Welcome back to a brand-new episode and the first filmmaker interview of our new season! We talk to writer/director Ben Aston about his journey as a filmmaker and we deep dive into the making of his classic short film He Took His Skin Off For Me. Ben also touches on some of the short films that have made an impact on him and teases future short film projects. You can take a look at Ben’s short films using the links below: He Took His Skin Off For Me - https://vimeo.com/116498390 Dinner and a Movie - https://vimeo.com/46071455 Russian Roulette - https://vimeo.com/90733535 You can also take a look at Ben’s recommended films using the links below: The Kármán Line - https://vimeo.com/457049772 Merry-Go-Round - https://vimeo.com/300641195 Taking Stock - https://vimeo.com/233111422 The Centrifuge Brain Project - https://youtu.be/RVeHxUVkW4w Check out more of our reviews here - https://www.cameolaunch.com/reviews For reviews and filmmaker interviews check out our podcast here - https://www.cameolaunch.com/podcast
He Took His Skin Off For Me
The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn't the best idea... BEHIND THE SCENES - https://vimeo.com/116467047 Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It's worth it. '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 2 years, 217 Kickstarter backers and a whole lot of fake blood to pull off. 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. 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… Extra Materials Behind the Scenes documentary (23mins) - https://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 Condensed score by Mark Sayfritz - https://soundcloud.com/mark-dog-sayfritz/he-took-his-skin-off-for-me FOR MORE, Check out- http://hetookhisskinoffforme.com facebook.com/HeTookHisSkinOffForMe https://twitter.com/SkinShortFilm https://benastondirector.com https://twitter.com/BenAstonDir ALSO, check out our other recent Sundance film and Vimeo Staff Pick 'Russian Roulette' https://vimeo.com/90733535 as well as our previous film 'Dinner and a Movie' https://vimeo.com/46071455. You can check out the wonderful writeup about the film by Rob Munday at SotW here - http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/01/12/he-took-his-skin-off-for-me/ AWARDS WINNER: Best Student Film 2015: Short of the Week WINNER: Best Production: Underwire 2015 WINNER: Audience Award: Toronto After Dark 2014 WINNER: Screentest London 2015 awards NAMED: 21 best shorts of the 21st century - XFDR OFFICIAL SELECTION BFI London Film Festival 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest 2014 Fantastic Fest 2014 London Short Film Festival 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival 2014 Cinequest International Film Festival 2015 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2015 Hollyshorts International Shortfest 2014 Underwire Women's Film Festival 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2014 Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Brussels International Short Film Festival 2015 PLUS Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2014 /Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival 2014 / Nitehawk Short Film Festival 2014 /Filmquest 2015 / FEST New Directors | New Films Festival / ComicCon 2015 / Crested Bute 2015 / Stanley Film Festival 2015 / Leiden International Film Festival 2015 / Meme Pas Peur Iternational short film festival 2015 / Horror dog Hotdog Short Film Festival / Golden Anteaters 2015 / British Shorts Film Festival 2015 / Imagine international film festival 2014 / Maryland 2014 / Down The Rabbit Hole Netherlands / Noci Cortin Film Festival 2014 / Knoxville Horror Film Festival 2014
Behind the Scenes of 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'
SEE THE FILM HERE - https://vimeo.com/116498390 2 Years. No CGI. 1,152 Muscle Pieces. 217 Kickstarter Backers. 11 Mins of Film. 'He Took His Skin Off For Me' is possibly one of the most ambitious and bizarre short film productions ever. Take a look behind the film and see how a bunch of students got together and somehow pulled it off! - http://hetookhisskinoffforme.com/ INDEX - Click on the link to jump to the Chapters- 00:53 - Creating the story 02:10 - Choosing practical makeup 03:43 - Enter Colin Arthur 05:58 - A practical SFX fairytale 10:00 - Scheduling nightmares 11:30 - The power of performance 12:55 - BLOOD. BLOOD EVERYWHERE. 14:30 - But what does it mean? 16:45 - Fly on the wall: B-roll for 'Skin' Extra Materials Maria Hummer reads her original story - https://vimeo.com/67548806 Early makeup tests - https://vimeo.com/67283889 Teaser Trailer (aka deleted scene) - https://vimeo.com/77898342 Want more? Check out- http://hetookhisskinoffforme.com facebook.com/HeTookHisSkinOffForMe https://twitter.com/SkinShortFilm https://benastondirector.com https://twitter.com/BenAstonDir ALSO, check out our other SotW and Vimeo Staff Pick 'Dinner and a Movie' vimeo.com/46071455 and the film we at the same time as this one, 'Russian Roulette' https://vimeo.com/90733535
Dinner and a Movie
A heartwarming dramady about love, life and prison dating websites... Lovestruck Randy is thrilled when his prison pen pal Crystal is finally released and they can meet in person, but is woefully unprepared for the hard truths (among other things) she brings along with her to their date. A film by Ben Aston, written by Maria Hummer and Ben Aston. Made as a term 5 exercise for the London Film School. Filmed in London, UK. For more, including behind-the-scenes stuff, follow the film- www.facebook.com/dinnerandamovieshortfilm www.dinnerandamovieshortfilm.com www.benastondirector.com Official selection for- Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2013 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2013 London Short Film Festival 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival 2013 Calgary Film Festival 2013 Colchester Film Festival 2013 Monstronale Fest 2013 UNI Shorts - International Student Film Festival 2013 Screentest 2013
London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a cosmonaut on chat roulette... BEHIND THE SCENES - https://vimeo.com/90733534 Made for under £50 while on pre-production for another film, 'Russian Roulette' is proof that the best effect your astro-short will ever need is a smart writer (Oli Fenton) and great actors (Bec Hill, Stewart Lockwood). For more from the flick, check out facebook.com/RussianRouletteShortFilm2013 or www.benastondirector.com WINNER JURY PRIZE Sundance London on
Behind the Scenes of 'Russian Roulette'
Check out the actual film here - https://vimeo.com/90733535 Made for under £50 while on pre-production for another film, 'Russian Roulette' is proof that the best effect your astro-short will ever need is a smart writer (Oli Fenton) and great actors (Bec Hill, Stewart Lockwood). For more from the flick, check out https://www.facebook.com/RussianRouletteShortFilm2013 www.benastondirector.com ALSO, check out our other SotW and Vimeo Staff Pick 'Dinner and a Movie' https://vimeo.com/46071455 as well as the film I was working on when we made this, 'He Took His Skin Off For Me' https://vimeo.com/77898342