Skin by David Chang | Script Revolution


Under the guidance of an undercover operative, an android with black skin forms a social identity while searching for a ruthless extremist at a historically black university.



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Philadelphia. The near future. The city is divided. A private tech company has taken over the police force and android officers roam the streets. The officers have succeeded in reducing crime. But that reduction has come with an alarming number of deadly confrontations with African Americans due to a controversial procedure known as "risk assessment."

The actions of the officers spark protests in many forms. The most extreme comes from Shadow, a mysterious masked figure who streams underground videos of android cops being executed. With more and more of his officers being targeted, Nick Foster, the creator of Android Enforcement, sends in his most advanced creation yet; Devin, a social android. Acting on a lead and with help from an FBI agent, Devin goes undercover at a historically black university to spy on a student who's been in contact with Shadow. As he goes deeper undercover, Devin begins to learn what it means to be human as well as the true significance of his black skin.

Winner of the Grand Prize, Regional and Oscar Micheaux awards for the 2019 Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition, Skin is an exciting, thought-provoking and challenging look at black identity through the lens of a sci-fi thriller. I hope you enjoy!

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Grand Prize, Regional, Oscar Micheaux Award Winner of the 2019 Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition
Semi-Finals Page International Screenwriting Awards
Semi-Finals Final Draft - Big Break
Semi-Finals WeScreenPlay Diverse Voices Contest
Semi-Finals WeScreenPlay Feature Contest

Submitted: November 14, 2019
Last Updated: August 26, 2021

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The Writer: David Chang

I've always loved writing and movies so naturally, I was interested in screenwriting from an early age. I wrote the first draft of a script for a screenwriting class I took in college. It got decent feedback and won a small student contest. And then...I didn't do anything with it. I graduated, started working fulltime in journalism and stopped writing scripts. I would do a few things on the side, a music blog, discussions about a podcast, but nothing that really stuck. Fast forward eight years and I was in a bit of a rut, feeling like I had a lot of creative ideas but unsure of how to express them. That's when I decided to give screenwriting another shot. It's been a blast. I love the... Go to bio

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