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.

 

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…

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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.

 

 

In the lead up to the US release of Momentum, Vol.3 we will roll out a series of videos introducing you to the cast. Here we have the wonderful Chloe B. Chloe needs little intro, she has been the glue in the series, featuring in Vol. 1 & 2 as well as 3. In Vol.3 we see her use her Shibari skills in a hot threeway outdoor sex scene, as well as naked yoga!

If you want to get on the Momentum Series train, check out our new CINEMA for instant access!

I know she hardly needs an introduction, but here she is anyway being her usual charming self. Chloe is the porno glue in the Momentum Series. Personally I would have shot Chloe at least 20 times, it never gets old, she has such a wonderful presence. I want to publicly thank her for all her dedication and work towards the project, it wouldn’t be what it is without her. So thanks lady x.

We should mention that if you want to see more of Chloe, she has a bunch of sexy shoots (including solo Shibari shenanigans) and hardcore couple scenes with Lucinda, Liandra and Marina all exclusively on ERSTIES!

NEXT week “Meet Madison”….