Second Skin is a profound documentary that delves into the transformative world of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games). Released in 2008, this film uncovers the intricate dynamics of online gaming and its impact on the lives of real people. Directed by Juan Carlos and produced by Victor Piñeiro and Peter Brauer, Second Skin offers a unique perspective on virtual worlds and how they shape human relationships, identities, and realities.
In this engaging documentary, we follow the lives of seven individuals whose existences have been deeply affected by their involvement in online games such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Second Life.
The film presents stories of online gamers whose lives are interconnected both within and outside the virtual worlds. It introduces us to a couple who fell in love online and the tumultuous changes that ensued as their relationship transitioned from the virtual to the physical world. We also witness the story of an avid gamer whose life spirals out of control due to his addiction to MMOs.
In a touching exploration of the empowering potential of these games, Second Skin highlights disabled players who have found new avenues for self-expression and mobility in the virtual world. The film also provides an intriguing glimpse into the controversial practice of Chinese gold farming, shedding light on the complex realities of online gaming economies.
Second Skin made its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2008, showcased as a Spotlight Premiere. It was available for free viewing on Hulu between August 7 and August 13, 2009, courtesy of Honda. The film later made its way to DVD, released on August 25, 2009, and has since been recognized as one of the all-time best video game documentaries.
China Tries to Curb Gold Farming
COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD
Interview with the Filmmaker
ADOBE: SUCCESS STORY
Success Story: Second Skin’s Viral Marketing Campaign
Second Skin Uses Adobe Premiere Pro
EPIC FU ON REVISION 3
Gaming Addiction, Viacom vs. YouTube, Second Skin
NPR: HERE AND NOW
Second Skin on Friday, April 25th
IFC NEWS AT SXSW
Nerd Uprising: Second Skin
JUDITH CALVERT-TOULMIN’S BLOG
In Conversation with Juan Carlos, Director of Second Skin
Second Skin Documentary Interview
REAL TV FILMS
Second Skin, SXSW
E FILM CRITIC
SXSW Interview: Second Skin Director
TEN TON HAMMER
An Interview with MMORPG Documentary Makers
ADOBE MAX AWARD
Honorable Mention in Entertainment: Second Skin
AIN’T IT COOL NEWS
#4 Documentary of the Year: Second Skin
ACE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Documentary: Second Skin
Fueled by a passion for storytelling and excitement for life design, I find joy in reframing narratives to illuminate paths toward fulfillment. My experience spans high-growth startups, filmmaking, and social impact, culminating in my authorship of “Mind Guide: 49 Mental Models for Effective Decision Making.” Through mentoring and coaching, I guide teams and individuals to discover purpose and cultivate a meaningful life.
I started in film, directing award-winning features such as ‘Know How’ and ‘Second Skin.’ These cinematic endeavors earned me recognition and allowed me to serve as a spokesperson for Adobe. I founded the White Roof Project, a grassroots climate activism campaign that mitigated the urban heat island effect and spurred community-led social change.
I carried my storytelling skills and passion for societal transformation as I transitioned into the startup ecosystem. Initially, I contributed to social impact apps, converting complex issues into accessible solutions. This early experience laid a foundation for my later work, where I led the development of groundbreaking products within high-growth startups. My work has underscored the potential of technology to innovate industries and amplify the quality of human life.