Victoria Bidewell gets INKtoxicated in Derek Franson's indie film, COMFORTING SKIN

There are very few films these days that make you sit up and go “WOW”. However, the truth is that there are many of these original movies out there but you have to search for them as many are independent, just like Comforting Skin – the debut feature film by Canadian writer and director, Derek Franson.

Comforting Skin is a supernatural thriller that follows Koffie, a lonely young woman who’s desperate need for emotional and sexual companionship draws her into a surreal and ultimately destructive relationship with a shifting and whispering tattoo she has willed to life on her skin.

Comforting Skin  was shot last spring on a budget of roughly $250,000.  The slithering, shifting tattoo character was brought to life through the use of digital animation and compositing techniques, requiring custom code developed by VFX Supervisor Ollie Rankin. The team are now in the final days of completing the film with just a few effects shots left to fine-tune and finish.

The film stars Victoria Bidewell in her first starring role, along with Tygh Runyan, Jane Sowerby and Phil Granger. Victoria not only performed the lead part of Koffie, but voiced the tattoo character as well. The film’s director, Derek Franson, Justin James and Andrew Webster produced the film. The rest of the crew comprimised of cinematographer Adam Sliwinski, editor Lenka Svab and Production Designer Elena Dubova. The film’s haunting music was composed and conducted by Alain Mayrand, who despite their miniscule budget was able to assemble an impressive group of orchestral musicians to record the score.

The trailer promises a dark tale that shows the depths that humanity can fall and how your worst enemy is quite often yourself. I must say I’m looking forward to seeing the full film. The trailer is beautifully shot and I expect great things from Comforting Skin.

You can check out the trailer below or visit the Official Website for more details


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