In a victory for Photoshop and bareback fans everywhere, Falcon Studios has gone the no-condom route. Except they haven’t, really.
For their upcoming release California Dreamin’, all the performers wore condoms on the shoots, but director Tony Dimarco and Falcon’s post-production team then digitally removed all the condoms to create “a completely safe sex movie that mostly appears to be a bareback release.” It’s a clever, first-of-its-kind, now-you-see-em-now-you-don’t editing move, and one I’m surprised no one’s done before, and it’s interesting to see it come first from Falcon, the grandaddy of all gay porn studios.
Dimarco says, speaking to Gay Porn Blog, that he wanted to make “a throwback to the classic, pre-condom Falcon poolside movies from the 70′s and 80′s … when life seemed more carefree and spontaneous.” He goes on to say that he “wanted to give the impression of a pre-condom movie” and he “found a way to film the movie safely and effectively, while giving the [vintage porn] experience that I had intended and using the hottest modern stars.”
Falcon has been committed to using condoms in all its shoots since the late 80s, as most of the long-established studios have in a steadfast stand against HIV. The past few years, as we all know, there’s been a shitstorm stirred up among porn fans and studios as most of the online entities like Sean Cody, ChaosMen, and Corbin Fisher, as well as bigger studios like Bel Ami and Next Door Male, have all gone the bareback route in order to remain competitive. It’s been well established that the demand for bareback porn is huge, and even though a lot of you out there still say you want to see condoms and you want to keep models safe, there are more of you out there who don’t care and just think porn is hotter without condoms, period.
So, all in all, is this a good thing? I’d say yeah. Falcon is sticking to their guns, condom-wise, but they’re still allowing the condom-free fantasy to happen for the viewer. I doubt anyone is going confused about this. Say what you will about bareback or faux bareback porn encouraging people to be less safe their real lives, but people are going to make the choices they’re going to make, and education only goes so far.
Also, it’s nice to see a studio using Photoshop for something other than removing bacne and making everyone’s cocks three inches longer.
Meanwhile, California Dreamin’ star Ryan Rose is defending himself against accusations of hypocrisy after he went on Twitter to say that he himself doesn’t want people to think he’s a bareback model who doesn’t promote safe sex.
Below, some screengrabs where you can see the fine editing job they did. Also, way below, you can see some stills that Falcon’s released that show the condoms in use, pre-editing, which is just kind of weird because they’re trying to have it both ways. But yeah.
Ryan Rose and Ray Han:
Lance Luciano and Ray Diaz:
Angel Rock and Adam Wirthmore, with condom, pre-Photoshop:
See a trailer over at Gay Porn Blog.