So You Want To Make A Sex Tape...
Thanks to Paris, Kim, and the characters in the upcoming movie Sex Tape, filming yourself in the act is no longer completely taboo. Like many couples, the characters in Sex Tape, played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, simply want to spice up their sex lives with a little X-rated home movie. And it's all fun and games until they accidentally upload it. Yeah, we know, it's our nightmare, too.
But aside from your tape ending up in the wrong hands, there are other concerns you might have about filming yourself—like how you and your partner will actually look in action. So if you're really curious and want to try it, here are a few pointers to make sure you create a tape that's sexy and not cringe-worthy—and, most importantly, how to destroy the evidence:
Light Up the Night
We all know lighting is crucial in a good film—hey, they even give out awards for that. "Make sure you have enough lighting that you can see everything you want to see—breast, butts, penis, etc.—and not what you don't want to see," says Emily Morse, Ph.D., co-founder of Emily & Tony and host of Sex With Emily. Check out these tips for installing a sexy dimmer switch at home. Unless you're a pro, she also suggests doing some test shots before you get started. "Throw in some candles for ambiance that will provide soft lighting and set a sensual mood," suggests Morse. And if your camera can shoot through a filter—like black and white or sepia—use it. It'll be a lot less jarring to watch yourselves in something other than HD.
Show Us Your Moves
Think ahead and plan what moves you want to incorporate, says Morse. Don't pick crazy positions you've never tried before, because it will probably end up looking more awkward than awesome. Think about what the camera will see; a position may feel great but look…gross. Click through these 36 sex positions and pick out one that will show off your best side.
Dress the Part
"Great films are all about building anticipation," says Morse. A sexy striptease is a great way to start the sex tape: "Start out the video partially dressed and slowly undress for the camera," she suggests. Plus, dressing up for the occasion is bound to make you feel sexier and more prepared. Pick a lingerie set that makes you feel amazing or even do your hair and makeup so you'll exude confidence. And if you want to throw in some sexy accessory like knee-highs, we're pretty sure your partner won't object.
Know Your Lines
Let's not make this a silent film, that would be awkward. "Throw in some dirty dialogue by describing what you're feeling or what you want your partner to do to you," says Morse. Just avoid any of these 13 things you should never say during sex.
Let It Go
If you've ever been forced to participate in a school play, you've heard that anything you are thinking or feeling will show on your face. "If you're self-conscious about your body or your facial expressions, it's going to show," says Morse. The camera doesn't lie. So to take your mind off any anxiety, focus more on how your body feels during sex and less on what your body looks like; "Trust me, your O-face is going to look better if you’re not trying to fight it," says Morse.
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Be Safe and Purge Accordingly
Most importantly, do not make a sex tape with someone you don't trust, and always be in control of the video. If you're not exactly a tech whiz or you have no idea how to use the Cloud (like the characters in Sex Tape), you might want to skip the iPad and go old school using a regular camera to make sure it doesn't end up saved somewhere without you knowing. Watch it right after you finish, then delete it immediately. Seriously—we don't care how hot you look. You don't need that lying around; after all, you can always make another one.
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