Now this is the fourth time I write something about the latest movie. And for the year 2015 it will be the last movie I do. The next one will be impossible to finish in 2015. But right now we stand here and I want present you my current work.
Where the Horizon widens.
The movie had the idea to show basic couples with a man and a woman and beyond these definition. How many of them do you know in SL? Man, woman, shemales, hermaphrodites are only the "genders". How many variations of them are possible as a couple? Many!
I wanted to show how these people are living together, sharing their lifes, enjoying love and sex. Everyday life, just like real life. So for me it was clear that I had to present five kinds of couples that are: heterosexual, homosexual like lesbian and gay people, transgender (like Ravi is) and polyamory people. That means the movie will be told in independent episodes and find its end in a final round.
There is another thing about the idea to tell. Once I saw some movies of Erin Cedarbridge I was fascinated of her style and the method she brings a theme to a point in a very short time. This was awesome. Let me give you just the hint of the straw. You know what I mean? Movies like she does inspired me to this movie.
Because the idea was quite simple a story was not necessary. Showing a passage of their lifes and sex sequences is enough. But at the same time it was interessting to show different sights of everyday life. It was clear that every episode should show something else than the others before. Otherwise it would be boring to the watcher. So variations become very important to the concept.
I must admit that with the gay couple there was not really a everyday life to see. But the lighthouse was not really an apartment to live in.
Like the tiny story elements in the normal-sequences the sex scenes should be not the common porn thing. Some rare times more porn but most time less. I hope. My most desire with the sex sequences was to make them fit with the complete episode. That means, let them show like real couples that love and respect each other. Let them make love not fuck. I wanted to show that there are not genders that have sex but people. When people have sex it is not important to which gender they belong.
Music & Sounds:
In one commentary of a movie from Sergio Leone there was told that the music and the sound effects make 40 - 50% of the movie. Maybe more. Everybody that knows Ennio Morricone's work can only admit this.
Pictures are a good tool what you want to show and in which direction the watcher should be affected. But there is much space to interpret. The music and sounds are an excellent tools to focus the imagination of the watcher up to a special direction. Pictures create an area. Music highlight spots inside this area.
All songs should create a harmonic feeling. They have the task to say: look, no need to be frightend, nothing bad. Relax, it is ok. Look in the faces. It is love.
In Onyx Blaze I had different sound effects and in WtHW I could experiment with more of them. It was very exciting to design such moments like in a big city or a countryside. Even sex moans are sound effects and can be used in many ways. In future I will make more of such effects. Do you remember the opening sequence in "Once Upon a Time in the West"? Three killers are waiting for the arrival of Charles Bronson. Think about the sounds. The sounds became to music.
Shooting at home:
To show couples in everyday life makes it necessary to have the appropriate homes. While I was recruiting the people for the roles many of them was more than happy to help me and allow the shooting at their apartments. I was touched of all this commitment and proud to show a little of their beautiful houses how they look like.
Every home has it's own character and possibilities to present them. It was so easy. I checked poses and the ideas just flow. Nice kind of working.
At the beginning of the movie I thought, it will take no longer than 2 months. Probably just one. Well ... 2 months and 3 weeks. While Onyx Blaze had ten people WtHW has fourteen. It need time to make all terms for shooting. But more important is, I had the possibility to put some people in it that are not very often in movies. And to see how they will make it. And it was exciting to see how fast unexperienced people learn from the older one.
Adjustment at poseballs? Most time I only checked how it looks like. Sometimes I give advices from which angle I will shoot and what parts won't be shown. All people know how to adjust, how it looks well and what is to do.
I have to thank everyone of my crew. They made wonderful work!
Iris is a great photographer. Her pictures are amazing. We know each other for a while. And I can tell you, that she is such a sweetheart. I love her. It was not the first time that I ask her to take a role in my work. But she had good reasons not to participate. It was ok to me. After a while she let me know that she is curious and maybe ... I said to her, that I have the perfect role to her with a perfect partner. Talisker. After I told her what I have in mind she can't wait the shooting. Welcome my friend.
One of the best characteristic avatars is Talisker Braveheart. His extraordinary looking is amazing and I thought for a long time to take him in my movies. But where? Here I got the perfect part. Together with Iris I had a wonderful team to this sequence. I learned Talisker as a smart, quite and intelligent man. It is good to know him.
I assume that Kat is known of the most of us in the porn industry. She is a writer of Sexiest: Pornstars blog, a photographer, model and a very funny person. She knows the who is who of this business and how it works. And of course she is much more skilled than it appears. When I was looking for people to this movie her name was the first or second at my list. I wanted her, no matter what it takes. And thank god she agreed. The shooting with her was wonderful, it doesn't feel like work more like a dance.
Oh yes, Mels! This is a crazy and wild one! *smiles* But somehow I like her. Can't remember when I saw her for the first time. In the chat or at a porn party. I think it has something to do with Zuby. Anyway. When I saw her at pictures and porn parties it was clear that she would be a very good partner for Katina. The only thing ... would she hide her cock and appear as a woman instead of a shemale? She did. And I must say, Mels surprised me with her performance. She act professional and this impress me. Very nice.
Crow molests and gropes everyone in the chat. Sound it familiar to you? Good! He and Rachel are quite long in the business. Crow is often active in the chat and at porn parties. I knew the gay couple would be difficult to find. But I had an idea and told him about the role. It was comfortable to him! One problem less. Together with Rachel, his partner, it was an easy and good shooting.
I know her from the beginning when I start in SL porn. Not personal but from the chat. She and me were together in a movie as a couple in another porn movie. But only as guests in a restaurant. The guy in front of me at the table was Robin Rondini. Never heard of him. But it seemed that he was known by everyone else. So I asked him. And now you can imagine my surprise when he said that he is Rachel Swallows! From this time we had a little running gag with a tag called: "I am Rachel Swallows". This was fun! Haha.
So I knew she had a male avatar and asked her if she could play Robin in a gay sequence. Well, you can see the result in the movie. I am very grateful that Rachel and Crow made this part without hesitation. And they made it very well.
Yes. It's her. Erika. I love her. I admire her. She is an inspiration. While shooting Onyx Blaze Erika impressed me very deep. She doesn't choose clothes, she makes a concept of everything. In the original script there was an other transgender planed. But plans change. When I ask Erika if she could help me out, she answered: don't know what is this role about but I do it! And again it was a delicious pleasure to work with her. To me Erika is one of the best talents in this business. Besides I was happy to have a shemale and a hermaphrodite. Both are transgenders but also different. I think this theme deserves a movie on it's own.
As far as I know Phoenix is new in the porn industry. And as mentioned before I needed transgender people to this couple. Phoenix was the next choice. We had a long shooting and it was separated to two days. It must be a surprise to her that I need so long. But this is like I work. But she get a good insight of movie making. Erika helps me very much to guide Phoenix and tell her how all this works. And Phoenix learn fast. The second day of the shooting she acts much more confident.
It was a pleasure to me to have Yana again in another one of my projects. It feels familiar and it is a good feeling. Interesting is, that while we were shooting the final act should happen at Club Erotique. But maybe as you realize, things has changed. So we made it at Club Yana. Lucky me to know the owner *giggles*. But don't think it was an easy work to Yana to make the club looking so well. It needs a lot of work and patience. So I am very grateful to Yana that we could shoot it there. And dance all night long!
Mirko is a quite guy. Not a man of many words. But you can count on him if you need an actor. He is often at porn parties. That's why I know him. Saw him very often and I needed exactly how he look. But this is not the end. He is a dress designer. That means he knows something about avatars and how them put into the right light. Don't underestimate him. He knows what he do.
Zuby Gloom Oryl:
She is one of the rare one I love. And a woman that makes sometimes big changes with her avatar. So big that after we make the shot and the movie is released Zuby looks completely different that in the film. This is art of it's own. She has the courage to make changes I would not. This is one of her strengths. She is flexible, can take different roles and avatars. And of course knows many about adjustment, building houses and other helpful stuf. A competent actress. That's what I need.
Oh well ... is there someone who don't know her? Her kind of humor is legendary and she is very helpful. In so much ways. I was looking for a woman to make the records for Ravi's voice. Leannan was one of two people that ask at once what I need. After the discussion about all details I thought ... how about take her and her SL husband James in the movie. They would fit perfectly! And so it was. I get not only the voice records but complete the polyamory team. *sigh* Life can be easy sometimes.
The big guy behind the big woman. James is the husband of Leannan. Hmm maybe you know that already. He is a director as well and so it was nice to work with him because I didn't need to worry about him. He knows all this. It was a fine chance to work at their house. Shooting a five-some is something special. Last time I make something in "La Dolce Vita" with four people. I like this challenge not to forget someone, make everyone good looking and play with the camera around them. James has a nice size and he is black. He is the only one black human I had in my movies. And it was a need to me to put him in the movie. I hoped to get an asien girl but the time was too less.
Movie Studio 13 is a program with special issues. Not every mp4 format is accepted. Scenes with low FPS became black at the final product. Older timeslines can't be read again. This can be ... never mind. But with a converter I could solve most issues that made trouble. In time you learn more and more about Movie Studio 13. Now a new patch is released and I will check it if I can make things better.
In three sequences I change or enhance the visual look. At the heterosexual part I make all scenes bright with radiant colors. It has to increase the connection among Iris and Talisker. The balance and spirituality between them. That's why I avoid to show common sex poses and make the camera very smooth in it's moves. So it became sensual and soft. When lovers handle very carefully with each other.
The lesbian part start with no visual effects. But when it goes to the shower it changes the look to a more rough and untamed nature. In this case I can't tell you, why I had this done. It feels right to me. Katina was masturbating on the couch before Mels take a shower. I thought, it is such a natural thing to masturbate while the partner is some meters away. And so beautiful. So she is horny and wants to have fun. And for Mels it seems nothing to care when her partner comes in the bathroom with naughty thoughts.
In contrast the gay couple I let the visual look like it was and didn't put any visual effects. It should stay peaceful and like a dream. I didn't want to show a raw fuck between man. No, the opposite. Even man can have feelings. Crazy world.
The last sequence with visual effects is the transgender couple. When I was editing it the records appear too blurry to me. And the loud sounds of a big city seemed not to fit. I tried some effects and after minutes I found out that it would be best to sharpen all the scenes. Transgender are not a blurry image. They are real and live upon us in Second Life. I always wanted to show that transgenders are not fuck dolls or always horny. It was my main concern in this part to show them like every human. Sensitive, seeking for love and harmony. It was the only one time where Ravi take an active part when they were dancing. Maybe it is only my imagination, but I also wanted to show, that to be naked between transgenders is a full natural thing. So is having sex. That's why she sit close to Erika and Phoenix while they had pleasure. To make all the scenes sharp has to focus the watcher how clear transgender see their own body. That they accept and enjoy it all what they are. There are no genders, only human beings.
The little part at the end of the movie is the last of the guitar scenes I had in every movie. This is a little story on it's own. Someday I will reveal what is all about. It is not necessary to know but it makes fun to tell it with every new film. In further projects I make something different.
For me it was an interesting experience to be only a narrator. Not to have an active role in it, except the little dance with Erika and Phoenix. I couldn't resist it! The role of a storyteller gives me the freedom I need to make the episodes happen. And in further projects I will have similar roles. But this is another story.
Let me invite you to "Where the Horizon widens".
I hope you enjoy.
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