July 18, 2014

Complete Strangers Undress Each Other in This New Video from the Creator of 'First Kiss'

Back in March, filmmaker Tatia Pilieva took the internet by storm with her video First Kiss, which paired complete strangers together, and as the title suggests, had them kiss on camera for the first time. The viral hit, which was used as a promo for women's clothing company WREN, had a bit of backlash from those who considered the video a hoax because there were actors and models used, but Pilieva's goal was not about using anyone off the street, but about the interactions between strangers doing something intimate. Now she's back again with another "stranger" video, this time it's a more diverse group of people who've never met taking each other's clothes off.

Here's the video, which is a different promo, this time for the Showtime series Masters of Sex:

And this is her previous video if you missed it:

So why should we care about this in the first place from a creator's perspective? I think whether you're creating documentaries or fiction, one of the main goals for most people is to try to get genuine reactions or performances. There are many different schools of thought about what is genuine and how it should be accomplished, but it's always fascinating to see the reactions from strangers doing things that might be awkward or uncomfortable.

The real beauty of these videos to me is to see when people finally forget that the camera is there and really get into the moment. I think from a dramatic point of view, that's where narrative work really comes alive, when the performers are living somewhere between those awkward first reactions and trying too hard.

Tatia's first feature film Forever has not been released yet, but here is the trailer:

For more about her, head on over to her website.

Link: Tatia Pilieva

[via Fast Company]

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That first kiss was one of the dumbest videos ever created. I would hate to see the sequel. Why is this marketing crap posted on a film blog?

July 19, 2014 at 1:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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j

Marketing crap? This is a very well done piece. It got me to laugh, cringe, and genuinely feel awkward for the people. How many films have you made that brought out genuine emotion in your viewers. Just because its marketing doesn't make it any less film-like.

July 19, 2014 at 2:28AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jimmy

its crap, because we dont see normal looking people.

July 19, 2014 at 3:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ruknus

When do we ever see "normal looking" people in film?

July 19, 2014 at 4:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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V Renée
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It refers to masters experiments about human sexuality, but we only see a limited range of emotions because they are all models. They start kissing etc, if it had real normal life strangers, could have been more interesting, yet this looks like an ad. anyway its my two cents as they say

July 19, 2014 at 4:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ruknus

Maybe in Kiarostami movies? Also All other directors form other countries use normal looking people or natural actors and make beautiful movies. I'm sure i can find more examples but i have to make a research :)

July 19, 2014 at 6:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I think maybe when we see non-professionals and we factor in not just their "un-polished" looks, but also their "un-polished" reactions/actions from not having been in scripted situations before, this is what would bring more punch to the piece. Kinda like how in the movie Under the Skin, where they used real unsuspecting people off of the streets in some of those scenes. I think that would've made this piece a whole lot better.

July 19, 2014 at 10:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeff

By "normal people" I'm guessing you mean out of shape? I didn't see any giant fake boobs or huge muscular dude so I would say they made the normal cut.
...and didn't you see the old guy?

July 19, 2014 at 9:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Logan

I agree with Jimmy - its very well done - and this is a post that recognises Tatia Pilieva for her work. To some of us she could be inspiration (although i expect there are other people who believe they could do better...especially given the hindsight of seeing this concept). Great emotive work. Maybe one of her BTS images with 5D's will help ease things https://twitter.com/Tati_P/status/444358700631732224/photo/1

Before the #FIRSTKISS film with the best DP @andrelascaris black and white magic pic.twitter.com/JTLDZWhms0— Tatia Pilieva (@Tati_P) March 14, 2014

July 19, 2014 at 4:07AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Martin

I don't get the point of these movies.

July 19, 2014 at 4:38AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesper

* NC-17 *
Get ready, the next one is First sex!

July 19, 2014 at 4:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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hamid

Please can NoFilmSchool stop desperately trying to populate their site by sharing this kind of nonsense, this is branding not filmmaking. This is total rubbish, no story and clearly comes from an over privileged and clueless filmmaker like the likes of Sophia Coppola.

July 19, 2014 at 4:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Nick

Sophia Coppola is a great film maker, lets see your work if you reckon she is so awful and let us determine if you can do any better. By the way, lovely work Joe in this article.

July 19, 2014 at 7:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Wilson

Actually she's not

July 19, 2014 at 9:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Reeve

really? And you've directed a feature film with Bill Murray, won an Oscar for the screenplay, shot it in under 30 days and grossed $119 million USD? Wow, you must be really good.

July 19, 2014 at 10:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Wilson

He doesn't need to be a Director, or ever have made a film to feel the way he does. He doesn't think Sophia Coppola is a good filmmaker. He's entitled to that opinion and doesn't have to produce any works of his own to validate that. Right?

July 19, 2014 at 10:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeff

wrong

July 19, 2014 at 11:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Wilson

That's a fallacy, logically speaking. Reeve's film-making accomplishments have no bearing on whether she is a capable director.

July 19, 2014 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jon

I'll put it this way, don't slag off directors when you cant deliver product of the same quality and impact.

July 19, 2014 at 7:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Wilson

I consider sofia coppola to be one of the best directors around, that said.
if you have to make something better than the person's work you critisize, there would never be any critisism, and people would just self indulge and make the same mistakes.

do you think Roger Ebert made any films? No He didnt

July 21, 2014 at 6:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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aaaa

I liked it when Bill Murray hit the golf ball.

July 21, 2014 at 4:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Who killed Bambi? The scriptwriter did...

July 22, 2014 at 5:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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shaun wilson

Roger Ebert did make movies. (He wrote the sequel to Valley of the Dolls and a couple other movies.) If you're gonna be biting and sarcastic, at least get it right.

July 26, 2014 at 5:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Daniel Mimura

Lots of bitching already. Like it or not she's a talented filmmaker. I dare say a lot more talented than the haters. Do find it funny how undressing stops before anyone's actually undressed. Yanks are so prudish...

July 19, 2014 at 6:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Keith

If you find this good then you must be an annoying hipster hack like the person who made this...

July 19, 2014 at 6:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Reeve

Hey, guy, calm down. No one else's opinion should frustrate you this much.

July 20, 2014 at 10:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Scott

this is right. This is a pseudo arty video that can appeal to sorority girls who were moved by 50 Shades of Black. People who enjoy this stuff have ignorant taste. No offense.

July 21, 2014 at 10:49AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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j

This is a product, a very good well done product. Human being reacts positively when sees a beautiful face. If the producers of this product would have put natural people, maybe the video wouldn't have millions of visits. The main goal of this product is to produce visits, ergo profit. Nothing new in a material world

July 19, 2014 at 6:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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sorry for the mistakes not english spoken XD

July 19, 2014 at 6:38AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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please remove this marketing crap from your site. what a joke. sex sells but we already knew that

July 19, 2014 at 12:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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pleaeerwmvoie

why not xxx art videos then?

July 19, 2014 at 12:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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pleaeerwmvoie

Super!!! Best of the best I seen!! Bravo...

July 19, 2014 at 1:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sergej

Thought this might be of interest to you and your network.

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Good luck with your project!

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July 19, 2014 at 2:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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If everyone who posted a critical comment instead directed that energy toward creating something, we'd likely all be better off. Enough with the hating. Go make movies or films or animations or something. That will be a lot more interesting than your bitching on a forum.

July 19, 2014 at 4:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Try this experiment with some not so attractive people, not so hip, not so stylish, then give me the uncut version

July 19, 2014 at 5:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ayinde

Here is my version I made back in March with more people with everyday beauties. not so hip. not so stylish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpOTQdErnOU

July 19, 2014 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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HY

I can't lie, once a campaign reaches the level of success of The First Kiss, it crosses some kind of imaginary line in my mind and i become gradually more cynical the more successful it becomes.

I watched Undress Me almost wanting to dislike it, which isn't a cool way to experience anything, but.... it totally won me over. I really got hooked on those vignettes of reality, and awkward moments. I think this filmmaker is onto something here.

And I love reading articles about stuff like this, even if some may not consider it 'filmmaking'. If you're ideology of filmmaking is limited to short-films and feature length films, then you're only limiting your own arsenal of weapons and influences.

July 19, 2014 at 8:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben Howling

Ya I did some post work on this! Yaaa

July 20, 2014 at 1:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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These are all mostly actors too. For some reason that bothers me.....

July 20, 2014 at 11:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Craig

Seriously, if this is "art", I have no doubt art has declared dead and replaced by Hollywood style commercials culture. If you can't even realize it by watching these two videos, you are definitely being brain washed by the mainstream. Humanity? Not anymore. Here we comes, great looking models with sexy bodies and face, which only appears to be less than 5% of total human being in the world. God bless art. And this appeared in this Blog as high graded as it was? That's another good proof of the dead of art.

July 20, 2014 at 4:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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kai

The idea is original, originality matters in viral videos. It also deals with instincts, you can't get more primal than sex or kissing, even a caveman and his dog can get it. And that drives the views up. It's a well-done piece technically but it doesn't go anywhere. There's no arc, no development. Granted, not all videos have to have some kind of change, but this one doesn't even pretend to bring some change. I mean, what's expected of a boy and a girl who undress themselves and go underneath the sheets? Play chess, talk about politics? "You know... I found that senator's comment about gun control a little rude, what do you think?"

I's okay when Jack and Rose kiss on the Titanic, or when Bruce Wayne kisses Rachel before heading out to reveal he's Batman; it's a nice addition to a very effective plot point. It changes the movie. But on its own... put Titanic on a timeline and just keep the kiss. In-and-Out, and delete the rest. It's boring without a backstory, without a reason. it's the same as putting two cats "when they're ready" next to each other, they're not going to complain about the dog around the corner. But in the end it's a matter of taste. And some of us need more than what would satisfy a caveman and his dog.

July 20, 2014 at 9:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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MI

How many people in this video do you think voted for Romney? I'm guessing at least trousers girl.

July 21, 2014 at 4:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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More and more the commenters on this website rival the gaming community for making me disappointed in the internet...

July 22, 2014 at 8:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jon

This world is getting more and more retarded.... Such a fascination in doing/seeing things against nature.... and calling it "art" or "experiment".

People discuss it only in terms of like/unlike... What happened to right and wrong? To mental hygiene and sanity? If you nourish your brain with junk food, do you think it's without consequences?

What's next?

July 24, 2014 at 4:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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George

Ads and marketing films should be integrated into a filmmaking site very, very carefully, I think. Film has already done a serious backslide out of emotional truth and into commercialism, so I for one can't in good conscience applaud this work. The videos are predicated on lies - which isn't inherently bad, since movies are stories that don't have to be true - but to present it as anything other than staged is, to my idealistic eyes, seriously underhanded.

Getting a bunch of people on YouTube to like your video because you duped them into thinking the hot people on camera are strangers kissing for the first time does not a good filmmaker make. Yes, it may technically have been their first kiss, but I'll put Vegas odds that any two professional actors kissing for the first time could produce the same result.

She's good at marketing her premise, then leveraging that into marketing brands. A good marketer, sure. But a good filmmaker? No.

A good work of fiction - say, Lord of the Rings (pulling that name out of a hat) - can be completely, obviously unreal, but it's a great work because it creates a reality from the fantastical, and grounds it in emotional honesty. It makes no bones about its artifice but at its core is the framework of real feelings. The opposite is taking place here. The illusion of truth is laid on over performers alleging honesty like so many porcelain veneers, clinging to credibility with the underhanded proclamation that it's real. If you'd called it "Models Kissing," it probably would've gotten about six views.

Is it impressive that she got a bunch of viewers to cry and laugh? Sure. But it's impressive when your friend tells you he climbed Everest til you find out it's bullshit. So when we applaud works like this, we're applauding the wrong things.

Just my two cents; hopefully nobody takes this as a sleight against their favorite filmmakers or anything.

And for the record, I think Sophia Coppola is wildly overrated, too. Using a movie that would've been worthless without Bill Murray's almost-entirely-improvised performance as proof that she's an amazing filmmaker is like using "Man of Steel" as proof that Henry Cavill can fly.

July 24, 2014 at 7:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Blakeney

Vin Diesel was intense man

July 31, 2014 at 2:55AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Daryl