All we see is the final product. The power of a film sometimes lies in how well it is able to pull its audience into the experience rather than them realizing the situation taking place is either fake or uninteresting. Therefore, what is portrayed on the screen must look authentic. When a scene runs, it is important that the required emotions, character development, and story arcs are conveyed to the viewers, and so every single cast and crew member must try and give it their all. During the filming of certain key moments in a picture however, this is not the easiest thing to do. A prime example of this type of segment is the sex scene. A sex scene can convey so much, but it is (oft-times) hard to initiate and execute.
Why Sex Scenes Are Important
Sex scenes are unquestionably difficult to shoot? The main reasons for such difficulties arises out of shame, embarrassment, awkwardness, and shyness. These are all human emotions that must be realized and respected, so there is a certain etiquette that is followed during production, which is what we will be discussing in the coming paragraphs. A good example of a sex scene done right is the opening monochrome montage in Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’. In it one can spot the intimacy and other-worldliness of the act performed, which pretty much sedates our protagonists, not making them realize the deadly happening occurring right by them. The scene is beautifully realized, and is a little hard to watch, but it being one of the most precious moments in an already mesmerizing film says a lot about sex scenes in general. When carried out well, it can pour out necessary information and feelings to an audience, and all of this is required to keep the story of a picture alive. Therefore, I think it is important to discuss how these kind of scenes come into play, all the way from their birth to their display on the big screen.
Maybe it could just be the “sex sells” reason that prompts filmmakers to include such moments in their pictures. Whatever it may be, the birth of a cinematic lovemaking scene is in the screenwriter’s mind, which he/she then puts onto paper in the screenplay that forms the blueprint of a film. It doesn’t come out of nowhere.
Films that aren’t made with the intention of slipping into pornography rarely show penetration, and hence the bodies of actors are only implied to be fully nude. In fact, most of the time, the male actors have their penises covered with a garment that acts as a sort of harness (aptly nicknamed the “cock sock”) and females have their vaginas blocked some way, either with panties or something smaller if the area on the body covered by the camera happens to be more.