I was watching a bunch of short films the other day at Cinnebarre.
It's kind of cool because this is a movie theater chain, and you can submit your short film and if it's accepted they will show it on the big screen. How cool is that, to see your film on the big screen, no film festival fees or anything!
Anyway I was thinking about entering a short film, so I watched a bunch of them, and noticed they seemed to be almost devoid of sex.
So I was wondering what's your opinion about sex in short films? Have you ever done a sex scene? I'm not talking about nudity necessarily. There's all sorts of ways to do a sex scene, including the under the covers shot all the way to the steamy R rated nudity scenes which usually mean showing some T and A.
And I don't mean porn, which I'll for this discussion I'll call anything that would go beyond an R rating, although we are seeing lots of penis in the movies these days, including the big blue penis of Dr. Manhattan, and Bruno's singing penis.
Generally I'm not to enthralled with sex scenes in movies. It's very choreographed and about the time I might be actually interested they have to cut, so generally as far as I'm concerned you can establish the characters are having sex if you need to for the story, then move on. Some memorable exceptions are Choke, which had some quite steamy sex scenes because they were so raw, and Crank 2. Amy Smart having sex in the middle of a race track while a giant horse penis flies over her? I hadn't seen that before.
Maybe a short doesn't have enough time to set up a sex scene, or do you think producers of shorts just shy away from that sort of thing? It is a lot to ask of your actors on a low or no budget set.
But considering some of the examples above, shorts seem relatively tame compared to mainstream fare at the movies these days.