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QUO VADIS, PORN?

Written by:Irene
Published on October 13th, 2014 @ 08:38:00 pm , using 790 words
QUO VADIS, PORN?

Common sense whispers: "cost effectiveness..." Dreams cannot agree: "Content! Quality! Fresh, good story!" Level of today's creative thinking sometimes is unbelievable: "... what if instead of wondering around in a rusty old van with Alabama license plates, we will ... sail around in a river-home? To do what? You gonna be kidding me - of course, picking-up girls, and having sex with them!" Or (more original, pretending to be an art-house-like): "what if instead of lonely photographer (obviously looking for trouble in Copacabana - because he carries very expensive camera and lenses) we'll send him ... walking through the streets of Prague? (Reason is the same: he's looking for sex AND for trouble)"

To tell you the truth, when I see something like that my first reaction would be a yawn. Such "innovation" seems to be even worse than "straight-to-the-business" reels. But still... most certainly, there have to be balance - between cost-effectiveness and quality of what we all see. So?

Let's think a little - maybe, this level of creativity is the reason why sales are down for vast majority of adult sites? Another possible reason - hey, why shall I pay for downloading THIS from an original site - if I can get it FOR FREE from the forum so-n-so?! Piracy. Not only in Somalia - but also, in cyberspace.

And one more reason. Director, scriptwriter, producer, cameraman - they all can (and most likely, will) keep their privacy. Sorry for a cheap joke - but what privacy are we talking about for a girl (or a boy), who will share with an audience her/his private parts' up-close and personal? Fake name, nom de guerre, so to speak, seems to be not the very best protection, you know... And if the person involved had a dream one day to make a break-through into mainstream - she or he may certainly forget about it after the very first adult reel released on the internet. That's why, perhaps, there are almost no real well-trained actors, working for an adult industry.

But may be, a sophisticated script, a gifted cameraman and a great director can compensate for a lack of models' acting skills? Well... Director - any director - has no other tools to express him/herself - except the actors cast in his movie. Of course, there are other tools - camera, light, set - but actors are the first and foremost. Alpha and omega.
Some are looking for new and fresh faces from Eastern Europe - or in the former Soviet Union. OK. But again - there are certain limitations on the language. Availability is also sometimes totally unpredictable (and makes things very complicated and tricky indeed).

Luckily enough for the industry, there are still a lot of people around who want to see the so-called "gonzo-porn" (which is nothing more than hardcore sex with no sense, no story - and no matter how bad are the lights, set, director, camera, and so on). Yes, this is still the biggest slice of the adult consumer market. But - given that market is overflown, DVDs declining, piracy on its rise, competition really tough - why not to pursue something radically new? Why not to fight for the new segment on the market?

How do I see such a segment? Well... I look at the mirror. Young professional European woman. Pretending to be smart. More or less well-educated. With a good job. Not exactly lonely - but single. Lazy enough not to look for sexual adventures in real life (at least, not every night, thank you very much!)

And I have a confession to make: yes, I do read books. Sometimes - even romantic novels for women (DO NOT TELL ANYONE, PLEASE!) And - what would such a person prefer to watch within an adult segment of the market? OK. What if TWO versions of the very same script get released: one - R-rated, more soft and mainstreamy, and another - XXX-rated? Same set, same actors (in such case it's a producer who suppose to take care of the actors' promotion for a possible future break-through - by the way, it is that break-through already!); same creative crew, and the very same marketing team. But - TWO segments of the market get covered at once.

Yes, it takes efforts and the budget cannot be small. Yes, director must be very good. Yes, script has to be a real break-through bomb. But the result will worth the effort (at least, for me!!! And - for women and men like me!).

Besides - I doubt the producers in adult industry en-mass realize how much money they are leaving on the table - when they do not use all of the six or seven revenue streams of adults. When shooting just a cheap, crappy gonzo and bumper-to-bumper porn, they inevitably limit themselves to selling on their sites (open target and prey for pirates!); clips stores and DVDs.

Location: New York, United States

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