MAKE PORN NOT WAR

11.08.14 6:42 PM ET

Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art

The filmmakers discuss their drone-shot porn, Drone Boning, which may usher in a new era of pornography.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, and I’m happy to report that aerial porn filmed by drones is now a real thing. Drone Boning appeared to be the first such video, but upon a little investigating it seems that Creepy Drone Guy actually beat Boning to the punch. Never the less, Drone Boning is by far the superior production.

More of a gorgeous BBC documentary about humans fornicating in the wild than actual porn, Drone Boning is filmed by a production company more adept at making commercials and music videos than skin flicks. Filmmakers Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci from Ghost+Cow Films are the creative duo behind the viral video. With its exquisite landscapes, birds-eye view and soothing cinematic music, Drone Boning makes sex look like art.

Meanwhile, Creepy Drone Guy played on the voyeuristic fantasy of spying on hot women getting it on around a pool without them knowing. Of course, the loud buzzing of such drones and towels being blown away would have been a dead giveaway to the pool girls. It’s a clever take on the voyeur fetish—one that I expect to see a lot more of.

Military drone strikes have brought a lot of negative attention to remote-controlled drones, which was apparently part of the inspiration for Drone Boning. “Why not take something negative and make something really positive? Make porn not war,” says Brandon LaGanke. “Let’s not be so serious, let’s take a step back and think about some of the most beautiful things in the world. And sex is one of them.”

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No actual sex happened during the filming of Drone Boning—it was all simulated. There are no penetration shots because that would be terribly difficult to capture with a drone, first of all, and second there were none to film. While still NSFW, it’s more like artistic late night softcore porn. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from watching it.

Porn stars are noticeably absent from the footage as well. “We didn’t want to get beautiful heterosexual white people, we wanted to mix it up,” says LaGanke. “We wanted to mix the races, age, we wanted it to be real people which is why in some of the shots you see an older women, an older man, not the greatest body, that was an objective—to make this real.”

Apparently it was so real one couple almost lost their lunch over it. According to John Carlucci, it was a Sunday morning on a busy beach and despite having two production assistants blocking the action, one couple saw more than they bargained for. “I saw the moment when they looked down and saw this old couple having sex in the surf,” says Carlucci. “It looked like their heads were going to explode, they could not comprehend what was happening… she threatened to call the cops and park ranger so we wrapped it up.”

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“We tried to explain that they weren’t really having sex and that it was an art video and then I stopped because it wasn’t worth it,” says LaGanke. Luckily the duo got what they needed before they had to pack it up, which is not an easy feat when working with a drone. “You have ten minutes of flight time and your takes are basically from one flight, you go back and forth. Three of those takes were awesome.”

Neither Brandon LaGanke nor John Carlucci intended to spawn a new porn niche. Their aim was to make beautiful art—and hopefully spark a conversation. “Drone footage is inherently captivating, so we knew it was going to have a visual value to it,” says Carlucci. “The ‘make porn not war’ thing is more of a social commentary on the current affairs of drones and drone strikes.”

Does drone porn have a future? While undeniably beautiful, the footage captured by camera drones might just lose its wow factor as it becomes increasingly common. Then we have another issue, which is that drone porn just isn’t very sexy. Looking down on the world below is neat, but seeing two little humping bodies creates a lot of distance between the viewer and the action. Either way, I will be tuning in for Drone Boning 2.