True Skin: SciFi-Short about Cyborgs and Augmented Reality

 Vimeo Direktskin, via Polkarobot

Toller SciFi-Kurzfilm von Stephan Zlotescu (bislang vor allem FX-Mann bei Musikvideos für Kanye West oder Lady Gaga) über Cyborgs, Augmented Reality und Memory-Backups: „True Skin – A sci-fi short set in the not too distant future where augmentation is the way of life. For Kaye, still a natural, augmenting will help him keep pace in this now hyper-paced world. However, after acquiring an off-market prototype, Kaye quickly finds himself fighting not only for his own humanity, but something much larger.“

Sehr Bladerunneresque und ein bisschen so hatte ich mir immer eine Verfilmung von William Gibsons „Neuromancer“ vorgestellt, nur ein bisschen weniger neon und weniger cheesy. Aber der Short ist insgesamt doch sehr stimmig und wird in Hollywood schon als Feature-Film gehandelt, Snip vom Hollywood Reporter:

Directed by Stephan Zlotescu, the action is set in the not-too distant future where everyone is augmenting their bodies. The story’s hero can’t afford to augment in the U.S. so heads to the black market of Bangkok where he gets a hold of a mysterious chip that he discovers is not only slowly turning him robotic but is also a hot commodity wanted by shadowy forces. Jumping off the short, the hero faces a race against time to elude his pursuers and save what’s left of his humanity.

Zlotescu is a FX guru who’s worked on videos for Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Nikki Minaj. With his FX background, he was able to make the short of very little, overseeing the FX work himself. He shot it on location in Bangkok with his frequent collaborators, Chris Sewall, and a man by the name of H1, who acted as producer and cinematographer, respectively.

True Skin