This remarkable science fiction short subject True Skin was created by a small company called N1ON, and has just been released. It’s a glimpse of a future where humans routinely augment themselves with cybernetic and bionic implants, and comes from the mind of writer-director Stephan Zlotescu. Kaye, the central character, is still a purely biological human. He steals a product prototype, hoping that augmenting will help him keep pace in this now hyper-paced world. However, he quickly discovers that the prototype he stole was classified, and quickly finds himself fighting not only for his own humanity (not to mention his own life) but something much larger.
The short was shot entirely in Bangkok by cinematographer H1 and produced by Christopher Sewall, and presents itself as setting the stage for a much larger work. True Skin reminds us very much of Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner, or Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shel, l in the sense of it being a barely recognizable world transformed almost beyond recognition by the unrestrained progression of self-modification by its inhabitants. This is apparently N1ON’s first and only production to date.
Have a look at this unusually immersive short subject. We want to see the rest of the movie. We hope N1ON can make it happen.