November 6, 2014

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's a Drone Filming a 4K Porn Called 'Drone Boning'

First there was porn. Then there was 4K porn. Now -- 4K porn shot on a drone.

All potential bad and distasteful threesome jokes aside ("What do you get when you mix porn, 4K, and a drone blah blah blah?"), there now exists an aerial pornographic video called Drone Boning. Shot on Panasonic GH4 mounted to a DJI Spreading Wings S1000 (…oy), this video is the work of two directors from Ghost Cow Films, Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci, and it seems to be about a lot more than just sex.

Check out Drone Boning below, and, of course, this is 100% for adults only and absolutely NSFW:

At first glance, Drone Boning sounds like a cheeky experiment with drones and people, well, boning (or quite possibly drones boning), but I find that there's quite a lot to say about its content and cinematography. It offers an interesting juxtaposition of these beautiful vistas -- sprawling fields, lush greenery, majestic sunsets -- with two (or three) naked individuals getting down from far away -- very far away. In fact, it seems as though the focus of the camera is more on the scenery than on the actors doing something that would get anybody's attention, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what most pornographic videos and films shoot for. Not saying that some pornography isn't artistic and beautiful, because some of it is, but this is artistic pornography with more of an emphasis on the beauty that surrounds the actors. Or as Filmmaker Magazine perfectly described it: " -- the eerie glide of the drone and the camera’s distance from these writhing lovers make them more like elements in a video art piece than reflections of desire."

Another huge factor in this video is voyeurism, which is certainly a popular concept in porn, but the way it's depicted in Drone Boning (I will never get tired of saying those two words) is interesting in that we're not taking on the roll of the human voyeur -- the person peeking through the window to watch the show. Instead, we take on this strange point of view of a mechanical drone that is just passing through, high above the actors (most of the time), capturing the act though not focusing and zooming in on it. Really -- it's not voyeurism that unlocks your door and creeps through your home to witness your most private moments. It's voyeurism that is omnipresent. It's voyeurism that ends all privacy.

Drone Boning BTS
Credit: Drone Boning Behind the Scenes

But what do the filmmakers say about what they made? Are these concepts intentional? Were the filmmakers making a statement about voyeurism/pornography/cinematography, or were they just trying to see what an aerial porn would look like? Filmmaker Magazine interviewed directors Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci about where the concept came from. LaGanke says:

I was shooting a commercial gig in Wyoming. I was working with drones and as I was shooting a 90 degree, top-down, angle, I thought to myself, wouldn’t this be hilarious to have, in every shot, a couple fucking below. Sort of a moving-image, “Where’s Waldo” thing. As I started telling people the idea, jokingly at first, people had the same reaction to it: privacy, drone strikes, invasion, etc. So, I brought the idea to John Carlucci, my directing partner at Ghost Cow Films and we formed the idea into a voyeuristic experience, ending in a humorous commentary on invasion of privacy. The thought here was, let’s tell people that when it comes to drones, “Make Porn, Not War.”

Drone Boning BTS
Credit: Drone Boning Behind the Scenes

Regardless of what your thoughts and opinions are on pornography, this "deeply weird and oddly hypnotic" video is more than just two paid actors having sex -- even if it doesn't mean to be. It comedically speaks to our concerns of personal privacy by saying, "Drones. You might as well be shtupping on a hilltop."     

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Ugh, I knew this article was from V the moment I laid eyes on it. I don't know if its the writer or what they ask her to cover, but damn they are the worst. Please write more Ryan! Please. I try to stay objective, and its nothing personal, but V should be in the tabloids, not in NFS. *preparesforinevitabledownvotes*

November 6, 2014 at 10:19AM

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Rean Combrinck
Film Maker
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Man, that's some rude shit to say. You're really think you're being "objective" when you're saying she should write for tabloids? Sounds like you're being hyperbolic. You're the one that clicked on the article with "Drone Boning" in the title. What the fuck did you think it'd be about? It's just a fun bit of current events in the drone world. Hey V, I appreciated the article. It's a nice respite in a world of serious, self-important, pompous geekiness.

November 10, 2014 at 2:04AM

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Steve Yager
Filmmaker
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Bottom of the barrel news gathering here. Are you that desparate for views and readership, NFS? The more NSFW content on NFS is a sad declaration that you're either just in it for the money, running out of ideas, or diversifying into a tasteless territory you actually think has artistic merit. Sad. I'm truly disappointed.

November 6, 2014 at 10:35AM, Edited November 6, 10:35AM

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Devin
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You don't have to click on it Devin.

November 10, 2014 at 10:07AM

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Dre Kahmeyer
Director
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This is just as relevant here as any other video featured on NFS.
Seeing something I haven't seen before and probably wouldn't have seen is why I visit NFS regularly.
Filmmaker Magazine featured it, why not here?
Keep 'em coming, V. (no pun intended)

November 6, 2014 at 11:08AM

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Richard Krall
richardkrall.com
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These filmmakers think outside the box. I like that. Creativity is the name of the game. Thanks for posting.

November 6, 2014 at 11:16AM

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William Scherer
Writer/Director/Producer/Fine Art Aerial Photography
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Seemed quite a bit of it was inside the box.

November 6, 2014 at 11:33AM

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Thanks for the post, V. I would not have heard about this otherwise, and it's an interesting, oddball concept. The footage is actually really nice as well - beautiful locations and drone cinematography. For those that didn't see the trailer, I wouldn't really call it "porn". The stuff they show on it is, at most, R-rated. It's weird to see how much of a taboo nudity and sex are to some people here.

November 6, 2014 at 11:39AM

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Shen
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Drone boring.

November 6, 2014 at 11:41AM, Edited November 6, 11:41AM

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Samuele Fabbro
Screenwriter and Director
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The two comments here have little to say apart from being overly conservative. I think the idea is an interesting one and is a negative to porn which in general is all about the detail. It's humorous and has a point to make.

November 6, 2014 at 11:46AM

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Jonathon Sendall
Stories
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No, these two comments are just a statement of the truth.

The truth that, the makers of this video knew there was already a LOT of aerial cinematography clips online so, to make their views, they decided to throw naked people banging each other at random.

And since they didn't want to be censored, they did it "artistically".

This whole statement could be a piece of mild misjudgement, but I'm pretty certain I'm decent at spotting desperate moves to get some attention from our fellow 'filmmakers'.

To me, there's NOTHING artistically worthy in this clip, and I can appreciate both drone footage and erotism (let's not be hypocritical here).

Case in point.

November 6, 2014 at 7:37PM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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Why is everyone so down on this article? It is short, and sweet and to the point. Weather you like porn or not it is a HUGE money maker and major industry. I admire the fact that they are incorporating 2 new aspects of filming. The quality of the video is amazing.

November 6, 2014 at 12:37PM

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Matt Spade
Director / Editor
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You're coming to an indie filmmaking community to put MONEY in the forefront of your argument as a way to attempt to counterbalance our criticism of this video's lack of artistic merit?

Maybe you meant to post that on Youtube but your fingers slipped.

November 6, 2014 at 7:40PM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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Saw this on Vice yesterday. My feelings towards it are that it looks great. The other key point is it lacks enough detail to really see anything, which is clearly what they were going for.

My problem with it is that if they had just shot these beautiful shots without the sex, I would have watched it and enjoyed it for that. If they had just shot it for the sex, I likely wouldn't have cared for it. The combination of the two is odd. I feel like the people having sex distracts you from the shots, but the people having intercourse doesn't give you any content.

I understand that it's supposed to be a statement against the negative media towards Drones. I guess I just didn't laugh or think it's statement was very strong.

November 6, 2014 at 4:07PM, Edited November 6, 4:07PM

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Alex Smith
Documentary/Cinematographer
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It's wrong,but it's beautiful, it's strange and I don't like it, but could turn it off. In overall was worth of a try, but I don't think this is going to work because the contrast of nature and porn doesn't work. In my opinion erotic scenes would be better than porn.

November 6, 2014 at 4:32PM

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Edvinas Kuznecovas
Film and TV Post production/Cinematography
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I have the weirdest Droner right now

November 6, 2014 at 5:03PM

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Tim
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These shots would be great if cut together with more traditional camera work on the ground as a complete scene. Either as an opening wide shot or just a cut away during the scene. A nice cinematic alternative angle. I can definitely see shots like this being used in some of the "prettier" porn that is out there now.

But as it stands, it doesn't work for me. It either leaves you wanting more of the porn or the porn distracts you from what would otherwise be a nice reel of aerial footage.

November 6, 2014 at 5:58PM

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Mike Tesh
Pro Video / Indie Filmmaker
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Tesh, brah, you've been watching too much passionHD!

November 10, 2014 at 10:10AM

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Dre Kahmeyer
Director
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As a DP it's my responsibility to expose myself to various different "styles" of shooting. ;)

November 10, 2014 at 12:47PM

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Mike Tesh
Pro Video / Indie Filmmaker
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Wow! Something to be remembered. Who needs a narrative when you have good operators and porn.
Three letters can sum this up: LCD (Lowest Common Denominator)
-The most basic, least sophisticated level of taste, sensibility, or opinion among a group of people.

November 6, 2014 at 7:41PM

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Drew Staniland
Actor/Videographer/Writer/Director
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This was great. Really interesting execution which totally changed the experience of what would otherwise be porn, or aerials. As I was watching it I thought "man, this is like an erotic Where's Waldo", and then I read the quote from the filmmaker and he says near the same thing. In that case, he's communicated his message perfectly!

Glad you knocked this article up (*cheesy grin*), otherwise I may have never seen it.

November 6, 2014 at 9:58PM

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Ben Howling
Writer / Director
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I won't say that you're the worst, but you are clearly distracted by some strange shit, Renee. Sometimes it's not quirky or hip, just tasteless.

November 6, 2014 at 10:16PM, Edited November 6, 10:16PM

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Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor
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hahahah

March 19, 2015 at 6:34AM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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That was almost stimulating

November 6, 2014 at 10:44PM

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Marc Curtis
Photojournalist (video type)
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Hey V, you bumped up a couple of notches on my bedpost for posting this. These losers are just upset cuz they don't get any.

November 7, 2014 at 12:07AM, Edited November 7, 12:07AM

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Richard Krall
richardkrall.com
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Flyby porn? I suppose one has to shoot something if one owns a drone. Flying around looking down is too boring, so why not throw in a couple of nude bodies?

November 7, 2014 at 12:50AM

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Rachael Dakoda
Owner of Brian's Brackets
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its like a game of Where's Waldo but instead of a funny guy who looks like a candy cane its two people doing the nasty. I would definitely buy that book, your move Candlewick Press....

November 7, 2014 at 8:22AM

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Let me guess, the male "actors" must sign a waiver indemnifying the producer against any claims of damages to their "gear".

You asked for that one.

November 7, 2014 at 11:39AM

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W Smith
Doer
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I hate to say it, but watching this drone film I immediately thought of this...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zpWXinvQ-I

November 8, 2014 at 10:10AM, Edited November 8, 10:10AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I've seen aerial videography and I've seen porn, now I've seen them both together. Not sure what the purpose for this would be but I guess it's something that was just fun to do.

November 8, 2014 at 11:12AM

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Luna Videography
Videographer
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If ever there were a good example of why so many people are worried about drones for privacy reasons. . . .

November 8, 2014 at 2:57PM

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So it's just a reason to "shoot 4K and show people having sex in every shot?" Sounds as boring as any other run of the mill porn movie that takes 4 minutes of film and drags it out to 45+minutes.

I think "Titillation" was the last porn movie to actually have a plot, and it was funny besides. The porn film industry has really gone down hill since 1982...

November 9, 2014 at 7:52PM

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Robert W.
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Finally some drone footage I can get behind.

November 10, 2014 at 2:05AM

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Steve Yager
Filmmaker
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Fuck this. This shit doesn't make porn any better and it makes aerial cinematography worse. A lose-lose situation - that's all it is.

November 10, 2014 at 4:53PM

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