What Do Porn Directors Do When Somebody Farts on Set?

Illustration by Dave van Patten

Pornographers tell MEL what sound editing for sexy films really looks like

I don’t know about your inner monologue when you’re watching porn, but mine ranges far and wide. Recently, it landed on sound. “Those wet slapping noises,” I mused as I watched the performers going at it. “They’re so loud! And the moans are so distinct. I wonder how that happens.”

Although porn is a highly visual form of media, it occurred to me that without sound to back up the video, most porn would lose its magic. And that got me to wondering just how sound is captured, recorded, and edited in sexy film. Which led me down a rabbit hole and into conversations with a number of pornographers.

I was secretly hoping to discover that somewhere out there, a cadre of sound techs devote themselves to manufacturing the sounds of sex using fruit or mud or something, then dubbing in the slick sounds we’re all so familiar with. But, sadly, nobody that I spoke to had ever dubbed the noise of uglies bumping. “The moans and sex sounds are real and not dubbed at all,” says Tasha Reign, an adult performer, director and producer.

I was disappointed to discover that my dream job as a sex-sound re-creator does not exist, but that’s not to say that everything you hear in a porno is 100 percent au naturel. For instance, mics primed to capture the sounds of bodies coming together are not always the best for capturing dialogue. Thus, narration is often used rather than on-set dialogue, and patched in the form of voiceovers. “I have produced a few films where I was narrating throughout the movie and needed to do voiceover work the whole time,” Reign says.

And voice actors are sometimes brought in when the original performers aren’t cutting it: Ms. Naughty, an Australian feminist pornographer and the mastermind behind BrightDesire.com, says that in one of her films, “I dubbed the lines of one character because I didn’t like his voice. I got a guy with a much deeper, [more] sinister voice to do the lines and put them in.”

But directors usually use the vocals provided by porn performers themselves — especially when it comes to sex vocalizations. For many, the sighs, moans and giggles recorded on set are exactly what they’re looking for. Amsterdam-based director Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films says, “We always seem to have plenty of on-set great sounds to choose from. I think that’s partially due to my casting strategy; I spend a lot of time finding performers who seem genuinely into each other. So we get a lot of good organic sexy sounds that are not run-of-the-mill.”

However, as you’ve surely noticed, while the moans in porn are certainly real, they’re not always natural. Reign says that on the high-budget sets she works on, performance is key. “As performers, our acts on camera are mostly bigger and louder than anything that would be ‘natural’; that’s because what we do is performance art,” she said…

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