In late October the Australian Adult Industry Awards was held again in Melbourne. The last time I attended one of these was back in 2011, representing Abbywinters. So I decided it was high time to put my frock on and attend.

Lightsouthern was nominated for a whopping 7 Awards…

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We managed to escape the strip club with two little diamonds, winning:

BEST PORN PRODUCTION COMPANY

INDUSTRY SUPPORTING BUSINESS

The last time Lightsouthern won anything in Australia was back in 2013 at the Eros Shine Awards where we picked up ‘Best Porn Production Company.’

I’d like to say thank you to the AAIAs for holding the Industry Event (and for making the food spectacular), the vibe of the evening was light, fun and it seemed like there was no ego or bullshit – which was refreshing and frankly surprising.  Also to you little legends in the public that got on and voted. I appreciate YOU.

Congratulation to all the winners.

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Lastly, we were nominated for a Venus Award, Berlin for Best International Series for our Momentum Films, however Erika Lust took that one out – though we were pumped to be alongside such good company.

 

 

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 – Laney!

 

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

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.

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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!

BOOK NOW – EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

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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!

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.

 

For the last few years, I’ve had many people approach me asking advice on producing their own pornographic films/ adult films/ erotica – whatever you think is cool to call it at the time is fine. I have been on lots of sets, both good and bad and heard ALL the stories. The standard practice which I took for granted as common sense,  are not as common as they should be – so many people are not doing the basics.

Who am I, and why should you take my advice?  I’m the Director of a small Adult Entertainment Company, Lightsouthern. The company, that I founded in 2011, produces beautiful and fresh content for everyone. As well as producing our own Film Projects, we have 2 brand new Virtual Reality studios, a CINEMA , Toy Store, have content spanning over numerous VOD & Subscription platforms, USA Distribution Deal, European Film licensing Deals, Film Screenings globally, and even have a few AVN & Xbiz nominations. I also started off as a performer and spent 5 years under the Abbywinters flag.

Lightsouthern are the folks in the know for all things porno.

To produce porn in Australia, there is no industry standard or official code of conduct. Budding producers don’t know where to start, and it’s easy to make mistakes and cut corners that can lead to poor practices and health risks. I really believe our industry can be as ethical as so many of us want us to be, and I’d love to see the Aussie industry get bigger and better – we need a ‘New Wave’ of Directors & Producers, so step up, make it awesome and let me help you.
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Over the next few weeks I’m going to share a series of posts that take you through the most important aspects of producing adult content. I’d like to demistify the process of shooting, directing and producing films. My experience is specific to Australia, but many of the same principles can be applied anywhere in the world (and I believe they should be).

Below are the topics to cover:

  • The Basics
  • Pre-Production and the importance of Full Disclosure
  • On set: Best Practise

       Next week: The Basics

RELEASED TODAY Momentum VOL.2 stars Australia’s most well-known pornstar (oh and award winning cos we heart trophies). We are damn proud to have her apart of the project. Madison is an intelligent and inspiring human – She does a lot of work in the industry promoting safe sex, and aligns with what Lightsouthern is all about – to make this industry better from the inside. In Vol.2 she get’s down and dirty with Rob instigating a ‘booty call’ (do people still call it that?). Keep a watch for the evolution of the hair curler too.

There is nothing about her that we don’t love, if you would like to see what all the fuss is about, go check out her page here

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If you are in the USA,  you can buy Momentum Vol.1 and 2 HERE

November 2015 you will be able to not only buy the films from lightsouthern.com, but join our Lightsouthern Club which will give you access to even MORE Lightsouthern videos that we haven’t released anywhere in the whole ENTIRE world.