Meet the Directors Behind the NSFW ‘Drone Boning’ Video

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Drone Boning, the NSFW sex video shot by a drone is, according to its creators John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke, actually an art film. There's no debating the beauty of the aerial shots over stunning Northern California vineyards and beaches. But there are people, sometimes more than two, having sex in each spectacular scene. Carlucci and LaGanke, a Brooklyn-based film-directing duo working as GHOST+COW, explained why they took a break from music videos and commercials to push the limits of taste and drone technology.

So why did you make Drone Boning?
Brandon LaGanke: Drone Boning started as a joke. We've been working with drones for production and thought wouldn’t it be funny to have these simplistic, beautiful landscapes and have people fucking in them. There was something very comical about juxtaposing the really beautiful with the super crass, like hardcore fucking. That really appealed to us as interesting, beautiful, and funny. 

You're usually making music videos and commercials for other people.
BL: Yes, this is one thing we did on our own. It's liberating.

John Carlucci: We split production with artists Taggart and Rosewood, so it was more of a collaboration. We owned more stake in it. Actually it’s the best, smartest thing we've done working with artists.

How does it compare to your other work?
BL: I feel like it's an art film, a piece of content. But it's the same premise as any of our projects — it's good entertainment first. 

JC: Again, it was more comedy, but once we were shooting we saw this is going to be relevant to several things in society right now: whole voyeurism and drone strikes. But we stuck with original idea and stayed on track.

BL: It's not a joke. The tone is humor and it's comedy, but it wasn’t a joke. We wanted to make a really beautiful film. 

Who are the people having sex in the film?
BL: Tom Cruise, Shia Labeouf, Harrison Ford. It's kinda crazy — you'd never know.

We went through Craigslist, casting agencies in San Francisco, and some friends. We didn’t have to find "actors." It was a very simple pitch: no close-ups, a really wide, high angle, and an art film. And it's San Francisco, so they were into it. Some of them are real people, lawyers and stuff, that just do little films on side. 

Why does Drone Boning feel like something totally new?
JC: I think it's a new way of looking at drone footage. It gets posted as "aerial porn" and it gets people to look. But whether you blush or snicker, it shows a new perspective on something everyone is embarrassed to look at. 

BL: It’s the first conceptual idea that is purely drone and I haven't seen that before. You see drones in films to get shots or a scene, this idea is integral to drone technology.

Tell us about your gear and rig.
BL: The drone was a S1000 Octocopter, and the team behind it was Sparks Aerial, awesome dudes. The camera was a GH4 Panasonic 4K. It's the size of a Canon 5D, but shoots spectacular 4K imagery. That gave us 15 minutes of flight time, and we needed that for a sniping kind of shot. 

JC: The drone used a two-man team: one pilots and one rotates the camera. We also had a director of photography, Ruben O'Malley. He guided the guy piloting the camera, directing from us. The Sparks Aerial guys work off monitors and yell back and forth in this fluid communication. 

In a broader sense, how do you think drones are changing video?
BL: I think we're going to see bigger and bigger rigs in cinema. We're not going to need a $7,500-per-hour helicopter rig any more. There are guys in Brooklyn flying a 100-pound rig and two RED Epics for 3-D shooting. I think drones will in turn change cameras. They'll get more powerful to go higher and get closer angles. 

Any tips for budding amateur drone pornographers?
JC: Don’t do it. There's that video of a guy that crashed a drone into bride and groom's faces. It's dangerous. I really feel like it’s a lot of work to film sex with a drone. It's too complex, just grab a Handicam. An actual tip: get closer. 

BL: I've got a pun for this. Drones are all about safety, and so is sex. But really, it's all about location. 

Anything you'd do differently in a Drone Boning sequel?
JC: You mean 2 Drone 2 Bone

BL: We do want to do another. The next step is nighttime stuff. Then simply bigger, better, and more epic. Go to Europe, all around the world and do big stuff. People tell us how hard it is to watch on a small screen. It deserves a large screen beyond Vimeo so people can watch on projection.

JC: We shot in 4K. It can be seen a lot bigger. 

BL: Size matters in Drone Boning

JC: I think an orgy scene would crank it up.

Anything else you want to add about Drone Boning?
JC: Some people like to say, "This is giving me the weirdest boner." I think "droner" is the new term for our video.