Meet Sky (again)

In the lead up to the USA release of the final & most epic Momentum film!

We are releasing the usual ‘Meet the Cast’ videos to get you all pumped up for the main event.

Next up – Meet Sky!

You might remember Sky getting it on with Chloe in Momentum, Vol.1? Yeah, she’s back.

You can find the entire film plus 45 minute behind the Scenes video and stills gallery on our CINEMA (of course the 3 prequel films too), or if you prefer old school DVD action, through Pure Play Media

Meet Lucinda

In the lead up to the USA release of the final & most epic Momentum film!

We are releasing the usual ‘Meet the Cast’ videos to get you all pumped up for the main event.

Next up – Meet Lucinda!


You can find the entire film plus 45 minute behind the Scenes video and stills gallery on our CINEMA (of course the 3 prequel films too), or if you prefer old school DVD action, through Pure Play Media

I should mention that Lucinda was Australia’s first #virtualreality performer and her scene is now live exclusively on we heart Lucinda!

Meet Taylor

In the lead up to the USA release of the final & most epic Momentum film!

We are releasing the usual ‘Meet the Cast’ videos to get you all pumped up for the main event.

Next up – Meet Taylor!


You can find the entire film plus 45 minute behind the Scenes video and stills gallery on our CINEMA (of course the 3 prequel films too), or if you prefer old school DVD action, through Pure Play Media

Meet Luc

In the lead up to the USA release of the final & most epic Momentum film!

We are releasing the usual ‘Meet the Cast’ videos to get you all pumped up for the main event.

Starting with Luc!


You cant find the entire film plus 45 minute behind the Scenes video and stills gallery on our CINEMA (of course the 3 prequel films too), or if you prefer old school DVD action, through Pure Play Media


Adult Media Business; Weekend Seminar

Lightsouthern is excited to announce we’ll be hosting a Workshop and we’d love you to join us!

Being personally passionate about creating an ethical industry and also a bigger one. By sharing the information on how we operate we can nurture an industry from the ground up, ensuring that at least our own set of standards and ethics are communicated.

Every day we receive emails from people asking for help to get their adult media business off the ground; so we’re set to help you all at once! With multiple daily sessions covering legal issues, pre-shoot procedures, on-set ethics and shoot procedures, potential income avenues, plus networking events and a swag of gifts – we’ve got you covered.


The inaugural Lightsouthern Adult Media Business Workshop will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016.

The full two days available to book NOW and includes food and refreshments for the entirety, a General Admission pass to Melbourne Sexpo, an invite to a networking gathering with Australian adult professionals and performers PLUS you’ll be armed with all the info you need get your adult media business up and running.

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Lightsouthern is Australia’s premiere adult producer and is proud to be sharing information and insights with like-minded people who are keen to create something special in the industry. So get involved!


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Berlin Porn Film Festival – Momentum, Vol.4

The final Momentum film is ALIVE! Here’s the official Trailer..

Vol.4 has been selected in the BPFF program for 2016 and I will be making the journey over for all screenings. If you are in that part of the world, come say hi and have a drink!

It’s been a crazy 2 years, what we have accomplished is even more crazy and beyond my expectation. For volume.4 we thought it was a great idea to shoot aspects of the film in #virtualreality, so we did, you check out the scenes HERE. There will be a focus on VR at the festival and I will participating in those too!

See you in BERLIN!

See you at SEXPO!

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Lightsouthern and our partners Velvet Reality are pleased to announce we will be exhibiting all the latest, greatest and kick ass VR content at Sexpo, Melbourne 24 – 27 November.

What does this mean? Firstly, you have a chance to meet your fave porno babes, take a polariod & have them show you their VR scenes.  Summer Knight, Marina Lee, Mistress Jessie, Kim Cums, Lucie Bee, Lana Jade, Ryan James (plus more to be announced) will all be there in the flesh! An amazing opportunity to have all these wonderful performers all in the same place.

It also means  you have a chance to win the latest in Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear Headsets! We heart giveaways!

As well as showcasing exclusive Aussie VR “Gloss” & “Lightsouthern VR”, we are also  curating international VR scenes from BadionkVR and VixenVR.



The theme at Sexpo this year is ‘Feel the Future’. All attendees that walk through the door, conveniently receive a google cardboard headset!

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It’s the first time Lightsouthern has exhibited as a major industry event and we are going to make so good you are never going to want to leave! So come say hi and hang out.

See you soon!

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On Set, lets do this!

Finally, everything is coming up Milhouse and the stars have aligned, it’s the day  (or week) before your shoot.

I like to send out a message the day before touching base with everyone to make sure everything is all set for the next day; check that everyone has their tests, the crew know their roles & call times. Note: Ideally performers would arrive after crew so they don’t have to wait around for set up.

Let’s do this in point form:

  1. The first and most important items are, release forms, payment and ID – Do all 3 at the same time BEFORE you start shooting. I’ve uploaded a 2257 form 2257_release, this is a standard form that is used industry wide, but there are variations, this is just an example. These are legal documents, and should be filled out neatly and correctly by your performers. Take time to explain the form, ESPECIALLY if the performers are new and give them the option to ask questions. Be sure to go through the forms with a fine tooth comb, mistakes are often made and you don’t want to risk the viability of your shoot because a performer hasn’t known to use their birth name on a legal document.

2.  Taking the ID Photos is another serious legal obligation. BEFORE you start shooting                you need to sight and take photos of 2 forms of CURRENT ID, this means in the                        relevant expiry dates. Valid forms of ID are, at least 1 photo ID eg. passport or drivers            licence and 1 other ID, in Australia either Medicare card or bank card. You will need                to take high res photos of the performer holding them, they’ll need to be readable                  and in focus. This keeps you out of jail, so don’t fuck it up.

– Have a good filing system on your computer and keep these, they prove that you are shooting people over 18. If you are on-selling the content, distributors will always ask you for this.

3. Now is a good time to pay your performers (given you are paying cash). Be                                 transparent – give them a chance to count it.

4. Talk your performers through the day -what is going to happen and when. * This is a            good time to check in with your performer and give them an ‘out’. It’s important that          they know they are in control of the shoot and they can pull it if they need/ want to.

5. Introduce your performers to crew: who does what. Who will be in the room for the               sex scenes and are they OK with that! Just another note on crew. On adult sets (we                 believe) it’s not cool for your mates or non-essential people to just drop by. I’ve even           heard of directors kids ‘dropping by’, I cant tell you how uncool or unethical this is.               You have a obligation to keep your performers in a safe, confidential and                                     uncompromising position.  Also, vibe man, don’t fuck with the vibe and mood of the             people that are about to fuck  on camera – for you.

6. Food. On any shoot longer than 3 hours we feed people. Obviously it’s important to              consider dietary requirements, but maybe less obvious (unless maybe you’ve been a              performer yourself) to avoid garlic, pickled onions and anything that makes for smelly          breath. Try to get food that less stodgy and heavy and will make people tired or lack              energy. Get healthy stuff that makes everyone feel el pumped. At Lightsouthern we              consider catering as important a job as directing – this is not a time to skimp or leave            it up to the runner – after a long day of shooting nothing makes cast and crew more              pissed off than a substandard lunch or dinner. Especially on full day or overnight                    shoots.

6 ITEMS – that’s it. There’s no excuse not to do it.

Making your models comfortable will go a long way in getting them back for shoot #2, as does being a good person.


Pre-Production & the importance of full disclosure

Ok, let’s assume that you have worked on a film set before, you know what the general flow is, you have a killer idea and you feel ready to tackle the next stage – your own production.

The first step is to contact performers and discuss dates, requirements and pay rates.

I wasn’t going to publish rates here, but in the interest in preaching full-disclosure here is a fucking-good-guide (an average of Aussie producer’s pay rates):

Couples Explicit Sex: – $700+ (regardless of gender and pairing)

Solo Masturbation: $300+ (regardless of gender)

Group NUDE only activity: $350 p/p

Mutual Masturbation: $350 p/p

*POV & Kink is variable

If you aim here, you will be on-track. It’s important (for us anyway) to have the same rates across the genders, a rarity in the adult industry. You can also ask the performers what they would charge. This is a very basic guide. If you are shooting kink content, consideration needs to be made for things like marking a performer and them not being able to work for a few days afterwards etc…


Get some dates together, a location, a willing and able crew (even if it’s just you) and your gear.

About a week before the shoot you need to send a Full Disclosure email, I can’t stress enough how important this is, or how often it is NOT sent. It could also be done via phonecall, though having it in writing is really beneficial to both parties.

You MUST cover:

  • Where the content will end up, or potentially end up. It is obviously really important the performer is completely aware of who and how their content will be viewed. Understand the importance of honesty and clarity here. You also need to take into consideration (and something that should be added into your recruitment emails) is that being 2016 and the internet, where we say things will go and where they end up can be different. As a producer you can have some control over this, though porn piracy is real and you need to make that clear to the performer as well.
  • That they must bring at least 1 form of current photo ID to set – this is non-negotiable.
  • How the performer will be paid; will it be cash, direct deposit or are you trading content?
  • What their EXACT requirements are for the shoot, who will they be performing with, what sexual positions (if any req’s)/ Do they need to use toys, or bring props?
  • What is the minimum they are required to do?
  • If you want that person to perform with another person? who are they? The Australian industry is small, it’s more than likely two performers will know each other. It’s also important to be aware that some people might not want to work with others.
  • What do they need to bring? Clothes? Lube? Props?
  • Are you doing an interview vid, are you doing bts stuff? Do they have control over what they are asked?
  • How many people will be on set? Are there stills sets?
  • When do they need to be STI tested and what exact tests do they need?
  • Time required onset (& roughly how long the shoot will take).
  • Do they have food allergies (given its a long enough shoot that you need to feed people)

As the Producer/ Director  you need to make sure your performers bring their FULL PRINTED OUT STI tests to set. You should ALWAYS need to give your performers the option to use protection – HERE is  Shooting_STI_req’s you can download and use as a guide. Remember a certificate to say you are tested will not suffice.

Again, this is a crucial step that is often overlooked, people’s health are in your hands and it is so important to insist on these standards on your set.

Coming up next week: On set, lets do this.



The Basics

So you want to make your own porno – awesome! The more individual, unique takes we get on pornography the better. If you make the kind of thing you would want to masturbate to, chances are there is someone else out there who would wank to it too!

 Lightsouthern has a standard. As adult producers we have created our best practice so we can sleep at night. We know our standards are high, but we also believe that if you are new to the industry – and even if you are not – there should be a standard. Being ethical goes even further, and again this is something everyone should be aiming for, I’ll go into this later. First up…

Have you been on a film set before?

Have you been on an adult set before?

Have you worked as a performer in the adult industry before? 

If you answered “No” to any or all of these questions, you might want to consider familiarising yourself with being onset on an adult shoot before you attempt your own film. I’m going to say that if you want to jump straight into Directing with no experience,  you are putting people’s safety in jeopardy -that is unethical. Don’t do it, earn your stripes and know what your role is before you place yourself at the helm.

Having been a performer yourself gives you the kind of insight that I believe makes a massive difference. It’s so important to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of people working in a sexual and potentially vulnerable space and those who have been in that space themselves are especially well equipped to empathise. Put yourself in the performers shoes as best you can, don’t ask them to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.

Not an absolute essential… just something to ponder.


At Lightsouthern we believe in keeping sets small and having all crew doing multiple roles. We work this way largely because of the nature of adult films, performers are performing very intimate acts and having a small set gives them the privacy and space to do their job with more focus than they might if they have the person who gets the coffee watching from the sidelines. Of course this means crew members need to be multi-skilled and above all USEFUL.

 There is nothing like being on-set to learn. I learnt by carrying other shooters bags and getting lunches. You can start here: Familiarising yourself with gear. Learning the names the gear, lights, stands, camera lenses and cameras. What goes in what bag. How to make coffee & tea. Go into this as a learning experience and take what you can. You are not above anyone on set and your attitude is also an important asset.

As you go on, knowing some basic lighting, how to operate a camera and some basic principles of sound will put you in front. Again, I didn’t know anything – I constantly asked a lot of annoying questions to a lot of people.

 Knowing these things (or learning real fast) is what I look for in an assistant, but for you, making your own films knowing this stuff will save you time, money and can certainly be the difference between getting a usable shoot or not.

Coming up next week: Pre-Production and the importance of Full Disclosure