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How VR Porn is Filmed

by Beth Divine 29 Nov 2017

You may be tech savvy. You may have already experienced Virtual Reality experiences. You may even have enjoyed a VR gangbang on this site. But you have probably wondered how VR movies are made – whose body is it that you inhabit? How do you ‘see’ from his or her point of view?

When shooting a regular porn film, the stars are free to move about, and the camera operator can move about the set, more or less at will, to ensure he or she gets the best action shots – be it cream pie, penetration or oral – for the audience’s viewing pleasure. With a multi-person set, for example a gang bang, the more camera angles that are available the better. This way, the director can cut together the most titillating shots in a viewing sequence that is sure to offer satisfaction to viewers. With these types of movies, the storyline is usually simple but creative, following the lines of a common sexual fantasy – bored sexy housewife gets it on with the plumber, hot college girl goes down on her professor, and so on. As always, the viewer merely watches, distanced from the action by the screen and the point of view of the camera shot.

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Virtual reality has made cinema immersive. It is even being used to offer Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients a glimpse of their old lives, taking them deep into everyday events of their childhood and allowing them to re-experience the happy days of their youth.

Porn film makers want to offer that same immersiveness to their audiences, and this has required a complete rethinking of the way porn movies are filmed. Rather than having an active cameraman, filming is usually accomplished in a more static manner. For still events – the character inhabited by the viewer standing still watching the action, for example – the camera can be mounted on a tripod that is approximately six feet off the ground. But for the action shots – and let’s face it, these are the shots that we are more interested in! – the camera needs to take the place of the character’s eyes, so that the viewer ‘sees’ from his or her point of view.

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For this, the porn star – be it male or female – needs to wear a high-quality fast action camera, something like a GoPro, mounted on a helmet that they wear while working. This can make it quite tricky – porn stars are used to using their mouths and moving their heads freely while having sex, and they must adapt to keeping their heads still, while the rest of their body moves freely. They also have to consciously look down at the action, to ensure that the viewer gets the full benefit of such an immersive point of view. Most virtual reality porn films offer a 180° angle of the action, but the technology exists for 360° action shots. This means that the director, any camera operators or supervisors and everyone else who is usually on set, but out of shot must be further away so they do not intrude into the fantasy and ruin the mood.

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It is in this way that a virtual reality porn movie can take you right into the action and enable you to practically smell the sweat – perhaps that will be the next innovation? Full engagement with all the sense? But for now, lie back and enjoy the unique point of view that your favourite virtual reality movie offers you.

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