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Old 09-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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As an actor who has had to do sex scenes, I wouldn't worry too much. I was nervous for the first take, sure, but after lying in bed with the girl take after take, and continuing to lay there between camera setups and lighting fixes, we become very comfortable pretty quickly.

The girl even asked one of the PAs to snap a photo, which I didn't mind at all


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Old 09-07-2012, 01:25 AM   #17
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Sorry for the misconstruction - I thought that you'd asked some "actors" to perform and then kind of sprung the sex scene on them.

On kissing: tongues are rarely used (in the other's mouth) on screen. Actually, it's pretty easy to fake French kissing and angles make it even easier.

Let us know how your scene went!
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:16 AM   #18
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:39 AM   #19
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This thread has been a good read because I have just wrote a short which involves a sex scene which is integral to the story (wife cheating) and its always been an area of film that i have found difficult to approach and what the best way was.

The scene i have written i want to be real and gritty (not porn) but i want it to feel authentic.... woman and man will be having sex, their bottom halves covered by the bed sheets but top half naked.
Obvioulsy I will do a casting call but im nervous having the woman topless in the scene although nothing will be seen as I will use strategic shots will put potentially great actresses off the role...

Can anyone see ways around this scenario?
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:21 AM   #20
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This thread has been a good read because I have just wrote a short which involves a sex scene which is integral to the story (wife cheating) and its always been an area of film that i have found difficult to approach and what the best way was.

The scene i have written i want to be real and gritty (not porn) but i want it to feel authentic.... woman and man will be having sex, their bottom halves covered by the bed sheets but top half naked.
Obvioulsy I will do a casting call but im nervous having the woman topless in the scene although nothing will be seen as I will use strategic shots will put potentially great actresses off the role...

Can anyone see ways around this scenario?
Well when working with professional actresses (which I'm assuming you will be), it's not usually quite as big an issue....if my actresses were experienced professionals, I wouldn't have been concerned enough to start the thread. In my experiences thus far, it's best to just give a disclaimer before the actress auditions. It's always awkward to have to mention something like that, but things go a lot smoother if she's made aware up front. Something like, "Now before you start, I just want to let you know that the character you're auditioning for is scripted as having a topless sex scene that is rather essential to the plot of the film. It will be tastefully filmed, and if you're casted we will be sure not to expose any more than is necessary to the audience. Are you going to be comfortable with that?" Because getting comfortable with uncomfortable romance scenes is one of the first things actors and actresses learn when receiving professional training, most actresses respond really well to these sorts of requests. Any who don't will simply walk out the door to avoid wasting your time. If an actress is to be (as you put it) great, she must be willing to make herself comfortable with roles like these. As far as authenticity goes, however, I think that's something that will come naturally with multiple takes and repeated constructive input from you as the director.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:14 AM   #21
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Hi B00uWhore,

Thanks for the comments, I agree if your working with a professional actress I guess they are more used to working in such situations. Most projects I've worked on so far are with actors/actresses who are still building a portfolio, so thats where my experience comes from, but with this short im looking to move up and work with paid actors and actresses.

Just didnt want to possibly alienate good actresses due to that one small scene.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #22
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GuerillaAngel's advice is actually a good one. However, I know some directors who shot those kinds of scenes last. So that the actors will be comfortable with each other. Both makes sense and it's your call. I'd personally shot the scenes first and then if you have time and you think their chemistry was enhanced by the other scenes, then shoot it again.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #23
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It having been some time since I started this thread, I thought I would report how things went so that somebody else might benefit from my experiences.

I decided to take my cast out to dinner ( a few days before filming) started so as to get everyone social and comfortable with each other. We had a brief discussion about what everyone could expect, and I was very candid and blunt about everyone's romance scenes, almost mentioning it as an afterthought amongst other pertinent details like our scene schedule and call sheets. We shot all the love scenes on the third day of the filming schedule, affectionately dubbed "awkward day" for cast amusement. At first, everyone was nervous, and of course that came across on camera. So, we kept at it, doing as many as 4 or 5 takes of the same shot if necessary, until everyone was comfortable enough kissing each other that they weren't knotted up inside any longer. Then, like magic, we got a perfect take for each scene.

It seems that repetition and patience were the keys.

There was no amount of talking or preparation that was going to soothe their nervousness, so we simply had to get them to fake it until they made it. In the end, their performances were quite solid. I'm very pleased with the way that some of the romance scenes turned out; though, it'll easily be 2014 before we finish editing the stupid thing.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:43 AM   #24
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Thank-you for the update.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:20 AM   #25
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Cool. glad it turned out well for you

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