These Filmmakers Need Your Help to Shoot a Scene in Space (By the Way, It's for Porn)

Space Porn
Many of filmmaking's greatest technical innovations were ushered into existence thanks in no small part to the porn industry. Now pornographers are taking to the final frontier, and they need your help to get there.

No, this is not a joke. PornHub, one of the web's leading sources for videos of scantily-clad people doing dirty things to one another, is crowdfunding a project to send two porn stars and a video crew into orbit to shoot the world's very first space porno. Fittingly, the project is called Sexploration, and yes, it has a trailer (which is totally safe for work).

More than anything, this is pure silliness for the sake of silliness. Quite frankly, I'm not sure this will have much of an impact on us as filmmakers, or really anybody else, for that matter. It could certainly be seen as a harbinger of an age in which more commercial film projects are being produced in space, as opposed to the publicly-funded documentary films that have previously been shot up there. But PornHub won't be the first filmmakers in space, however. In October of 2008, British game developer Richard Garriott actually made a short film while aboard Soyuz TMA-13, a mission to the International Space Station.

With that said, I find it interesting that they're only looking to raise $3.4 million for this project. While that is most definitely a shitload of money by most standards, it's only a fraction of what's spent on major Hollywood films these days. Who knows, maybe the filmmaking industry will take a note from Pornhub, and in 5 years, Alfonso Cuarón and Chivo will actually be in space producing the sequel to Gravity. It's a long shot, of course, but maybe, just maybe, Pornhub is taking one small step for a porn company, and one giant leap for filmmakers everywhere.     

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Honestly, if they put more production value into their promo video, I bet they could get a backing, but this trailer just gives off the creepiest vibe haha

June 11, 2015 at 2:36PM, Edited June 11, 2:36PM

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I'm actually considering supporting their effort. It's just funny and silly and cool enough to evoke a desire to help!

Although, the conspiracy theorist in me believes that NASA has already experimented with and documented sex in space... I mean talk about satisfying your scientific 'curiosity'...

June 11, 2015 at 2:57PM

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Robert Bryant
Writer, Editor, Sound Designer
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Can't they ask to Alfonso Cuarón if he gently rent them all the paraphernalia used to shoot Gravity?

June 11, 2015 at 4:01PM, Edited June 11, 4:01PM

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Ugo Laurenti
Musician
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Hey, pornography, thanks for the VHS. Now, f**k off! And you don't become a astronaut just by leaving earth on a expensive flying bus. This video annoys me so much.

June 11, 2015 at 4:39PM

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Edgar More
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Chill bud.

June 16, 2015 at 2:49PM

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What a shame to see NFS promote this. I am a weekly reader of NFS and this post definitely lowers my appreciation for this website. Pornography is destroying individuals and families all over the world. Film making is supposed to bring people together, not tear them apart and lead to isolation. Have some morals!

June 11, 2015 at 6:06PM

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Raph Howald
Independent Film-maker
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Who said film has to bring people together? Many of the most influential films, no works of art in general, have driven people apart. And you want morals? Shit, the list never ends of influential and great films that destroyed the popular morals of the time. The Production Code didnt end till '54. And its worse in other countries. You may not like porn, but if you like film, then you have to give the ol sex on tape industry your thanks.

June 11, 2015 at 7:00PM

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Umm.....false. Nice try though.

June 12, 2015 at 9:34AM, Edited June 12, 9:34AM

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John D. Smith
Cinematographer
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Good Grief...

June 11, 2015 at 7:02PM

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Scot Yount
Director/Editor/Photographer/Motion Graphic Artist
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Whether you're for it or against it, pornography is part of the entertainment industry. I'm not saying you have to like it, but maybe you should put some thought into the subject before reacting with regurgitated and shallow rhetoric. Why not comment on the concept presented here? Like this: Porn in space? Sounds gimmicky to me. And the production value of the trailer doesn't give me much confidence that they could pull it off. It's an ambitious endeavor, but one that doesn't pique my interest enough to support it financially.

You do yourself no favors as an artist by dismissing ideas without exploring them, nor do you help NSF by accusing the site of having no morals simply because a subject matter makes you uncomfortable. Be more thoughtful next time.

June 12, 2015 at 6:00AM

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Jeff Payne
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Porn is not entertainment my friend. I'm sorry I have to disagree with you. You should probably do YOURSELF a favor and look into the realities of the porn industry. Porn is not about expressing some sort of sexual creativity no matter how much people like to argue that. And being against porn does not make someone close minded or their rhetoric "Shallow". It's actually quite the opposite. Supporting this project financially is just supporting an industry that feeds on the weak, the sexually addicted, and the abused or neglected. Mr. Payne, this is not entertainment nor is it even filmmaking in my opinion.

I'm sure to you I am just another one of those individuals who is "uncomfortable" with porn spouting "regurgitated and shallow rhetoric". Well, you do not know me and you do not know what my personal struggles are or have been. Think about this the next time you enjoy your porn "entertainment" - 1 in 5 pornographic images you see online is of a child under 18 years old. Best of luck to you.

June 12, 2015 at 2:04PM

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Bryan Tosh
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You're right: being against porn does NOT make someone close-minded, nor their rhetoric shallow -- but the way you expressed yourself in the first comment comes off as shallow and thoughtless. You're also correct in stating that I don't know you or your struggles. That's why I addressed the manner in which you expressed yourself, not your personal life. My advice to "be more thoughtful" stemmed from your apparent knee-jerk reaction to a subject you clearly find unsavory. Are you saying you couldn't have given a more thoughtful response? If not, why say anything? I understand that not every subject is easy to discuss, but what good is it to simply dismiss it?

As far as your blanket statements and statistics concerning the porn industry: I can't agree or disagree. I'm not as well read on the subject, and it's irrelevant to my point. The purpose of my comment was to defend this community's right to discuss anything regarding video/film, as well as any matter, event, gear, or subject therein deemed pertinent or interesting. However, I admittedly gave unwelcome advice to be more thoughtful. Perhaps this was a little too brazen and forward on my part. It was a mis-step and I apologize.

Before I go, here are the first two entries of the word “entertainment” as defined by dictionary.com:

1.the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement.
2. something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind.

It doesn't matter if you, personally, are entertained by pornography; it's still a form of entertainment. I don’t particularly care for Michael Bay films or TV’s ‘The Big Bang Theory’ -- but that doesn’t mean they aren’t entertainment.

Good luck to you as well.

June 12, 2015 at 8:34PM

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Jeff Payne
Writer/Director
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I fail to see how my response is anything close to a "knee-jerk" reaction. Porn is not art or entertainment. It is part of the sex industry, Jeff, plain and simple. I've been researching this subject as well as sex trafficking for some time now and none of it is good for anyone involved or for our society. I'm sorry, there is no angle anyone can spin that makes the porn industry look credible, decent, or even close to being art.

None of this will change your opinion of course. You will continue on thinking that porn is entertainment and is okay for our society to consume. I will continue to speak up against it. I appreciate your thoughtful response.

June 16, 2015 at 12:35PM, Edited June 16, 12:35PM

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Bryan Tosh
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Well, another porn promotion from NFS, is it really necessary?, this is pure crap!!!, please NFS, there are tons of more interesting news out there, no need to promote something like this...

June 11, 2015 at 7:47PM

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I've been writing for this site for two and a half years. In that time, there have been upwards of 1500 articles published here, exactly three of which were related to porn. Clearly we have a rampant porn problem.

June 11, 2015 at 7:56PM

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Rob Hardy
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June 15, 2015 at 2:35AM, Edited June 15, 2:35AM

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WalterBrokx
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I bet there has already been quite a bit of sex footage filmed in space already. Government testing. :-)

June 11, 2015 at 10:21PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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At least they won't need a gimbal or steadycam. Actually a zero gravity cam sounds like an amazing kickstarter idea. (Runs to garage and starts building... Accidentally invents time machine)

June 12, 2015 at 1:11AM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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Publicity stunt by definition. And why did NFS take the bait?

June 12, 2015 at 7:44AM

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Vladimir Miketa
Cinematographer & Editor
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Shame on you NFS, promoting a site like Pornhub. Shame on you not because Pornhub is showing porn. Shame on you because Pornhub is stealing contents from other legit producers. As a producer I find your article very offensive.

I actually know people who were hired by Pornhub to upload pirated contents to the site.

June 12, 2015 at 12:40PM

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PLEASE what ever you do, do NOT support this kind of project or anything in that industry what-so-ever. It serves of no value to anyone and even causes harm to many. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on some statistics surrounding the porn industry. You will find facts ranging from sexual addiction to the direct involvement into the world of sex trafficking.

I too agree with those of you who are a bit upset that NFS would even consider writing about this waste of internet space. NFS, you have integrity. PLEASE continue covering FILM INDUSTRY related news, NOT porn industry related news. It has no merit or value to any of us who frequent this site. Giving these kinds of stories attention just continues to perpetuate the idea that porn is okay for our society and we should just relax and accept it. I truly hope this is the one and only time I will see this trash here on NFS.

June 12, 2015 at 1:49PM

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Bryan Tosh
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There are some things about porn which I wonder in terms of being entertainment or art form.

1) Presumably, if a scene is too real, ie real sex, it ceases to be a movie because it isn't make-believe (in the way that actors don't really punch each other during a fight scene). A porn film with a plot doesn't negate that.....or does it?

2) In regular films, censorship has been pushed so further and further back that the lines have become blurred in some cases. So does this mean that porn is definitely an art form but most of us don't have the stomach to admit it ?

3) Simply by being photographed, videoed, filmed, or digitally captured, porn by definition automatically becomes an art form ?

Something still doesn't seem right, but I can't quite define it.

June 12, 2015 at 4:02PM

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Saied M.
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Once you work in porn... say goodbye to your professional film career.

June 12, 2015 at 6:16PM, Edited June 12, 6:16PM

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Darryl Gregory
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Wes Craven and Barry Sonnenfeld totally agree with you.

June 12, 2015 at 9:13PM

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I think Sasha Gray(Grey? whatever) might disagree with you.

June 13, 2015 at 8:24AM

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That's one f---ing terrible pitch but I'll support the project on the back end.

June 12, 2015 at 9:16PM

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Not sure my comment went through, so I'll have do it again.

Not trying to start an argument against you, but I would humbly suggest a change in attitude.

As a frequent reader of this site, I do not also enjoy seeing these articles. Like others have mentioned, porn is damaging. In the past I was severely addicted to it, to the point of almost killing myself. Up to this day I struggle with it, but not as bad as I used to. Yes, porn is damaging, porn silently kills and degrades women to the lowest trash in the world, besides destroying men's souls.

Having said that. I understand this is your site and you can post whatever you want. You also have the freedom to tell us to go to another place if we want to, and that's fine. However, as a business owner, who also contacted you about doing advertising with your company a while back, you do a disservice to your blog. I'm still interested in doing advertising with you, but I've been hesitating due to these articles that pop up from time to time.

I come here to learn about new products and techniques, and talk with other fellow minded cinematographers, but I hate these articles, they don't provide anything valuable to me. It's your blog and I respect your wishes, but I won't be able to do business with your company.

With all due respect.

June 12, 2015 at 10:17PM

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J. Fandino
Drone sales at www.providentialsystems.com
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You and many other people might have addiction issues, but that doesn't mean it's bad or destroys men's souls; as far as I can tell mine is still well intact. It sucks that you had problems with porn, but people can have addiction issues with anything that can be or experienced. It's part of being human.

It also doesn't degrade women in a broad sense. Of course there are disgusting people who treat women(and even men) in the industry horribly, but that also happens in our beloved movie industry.

This article is relevant to all of us who appreciate film because filming anything in space that's meant for public consumption is pretty rare.

And if three articles in nearly three years being porn related makes you hesitant to do business with NFS, then you're looking for reasons not to. Not like it's a trend or anything. It barely even registers as an anomaly.

June 13, 2015 at 8:50AM

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...my comment was erased, just like I expected. NFS likes to speak about porn when nothing about the ugly details/reality is mentioned and everything is twisted to sound funny. And I simply quoted some of the most common elements in contemporary porn.

Very, very hypocritical, NFS.

June 13, 2015 at 2:14AM

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DingDong
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I'm astounded by the hysterical puritanism in these comments. It's like some Baptist church decided to troll NFS for a day.

The content here is varied and sometimes offbeat. I, for one, appreciate that. I'm also aware that--like magic!--I'm able to not click on articles whose headlines do not interest me.

Did you moralists fail to see "porn" in the headline? Or did you just have to click because you're addicted to headlines like that and NFS is trying to ruin your life?

June 13, 2015 at 10:09AM

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Good shot. People took the article too seriously.

June 14, 2015 at 5:34AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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lol these comments are amazing. so many anti-porn bots. It's like you attacked scientology by posting this light hearted porn fundraiser and now these ragers flooded out of the wood work. The chick and the dude are definitely over 18. Your statistics about 1 in 5 performers being under 18 is bullshit also. Your morality isn't universal, and they're following the law. Sorry. This is definitely filmmaking; porn is responsible for a huge amount of technical and creative leaps in the technology and not to mention the censorship of filmmaking.

June 16, 2015 at 3:54AM, Edited June 16, 3:54AM

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So many of you people really do not get it. I am by FAR not a puritan nor am I uber religious. I have been a long time dedicated reader of NFS long before the writer of this article was even a part of NFS. This article was more interesting to me because I was curious what NFS' stance on it would be or Mr. Hardy's rather.

It is very saddening to see so many refuse to see the reality of the porn industry. You people only see what you want to see. There is scientific research to back the negative effects porn has on the human brain. You think it's not affecting YOUR brain? Think again. There is also a recent study claiming that those effects are irreversible. Please, continue to enjoy your porn and defend its' "merit" in the entertainment industry. Just remember you are feeding the larger machine of sexual abuse and the sex trafficking of 12 - 14 year old girls and boys. You can rationalize things any way you want, but in the end the above is still the reality.

I know you won't agree with my perspective because you refuse to look deeper into yourself and into the damage that porn creates. Maybe think of it as being an educated consumer. People do not like certain brands or companies because they deal in shady or unsavory business practices, therefore they do not purchase those products or at least try not to. As a consumer, don't you owe it to yourself to become educated about what is going on in society with regard to porn? Or will you continue to make your decisions based on your urges in that moment?

June 16, 2015 at 12:06PM

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Bryan Tosh
Director of Photography
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I have friends on the talent end of the business. Not that I would recommend it to people, but the industry is more mundane and professional than you seem to think.

Are there people out there doing terrible, abusive things to women? Certainly. This is why I hope you continue your brave crusade against Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and the studios who cooperate with them.

June 19, 2015 at 10:52AM

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Porn is simply prostitution on film. If the same reality were brought to other movies they would be called snuff films.

June 18, 2015 at 11:35PM

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Ryan Gudmunson
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