Before I was able to secure funding to write, produce, and direct indie feature films I started in reality programming. I created the America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties (AWBP) reality series. I enjoyed distribution success with it and was able to launch Slice of Americana Films. I consider myself a passionate screenwriter, producer, and director. But I also like to create fun and sexy entertainment.
I have been working with the same editor, Tim Beachum aka The SEO Bully, for close to 7 years. In that time he and I both get approached from time to time by friends or friends of friends outside of the entertainment industry that want to get into the porn industry. The pitch usually is the same. They have access to hot looking talent, a sweet location, and money to budget the shoot.
I was in Virginia Beach at a bar with Tim we were having a few brews when the waitress kept looking at me kind of funny. A couple of rounds later she asked me, “If I was really a porn producer from California?” Tim started laughing. He knows I do not dig it when people get the wrong information. That is why he kept laughing.
I asked where she heard that, the owner of the place showed her trailers for America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties and Fantasy Striptease Private Shows I had produced. She had won a battle of the g-string contest on the beach recently and thought there was more money in adult entertainment. She got $500 for winning the contest and showing her entire self to a rowdy crowd.
Like a scene out of a bad movie, Tim introduces me to the owner, and decides to have a good laugh at my expense. The owner pitches me on producing a porno movie at a beach house he owns. I always try to be polite in these situations with a “thanks, but no thanks” type of response, especially when the buckets of ice beer, top-shelf shots, and food are on the house. I told him I did not do adult entertainment, not because any moral stand, it just wasn’t my thing.
He had watched America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties California and Las Vegas editions on VOD and Fantasy Striptease Private Shows on DVD. He told me they were porn in his eyes. Tim knew what my response was going to be, he has heard me tell me other people many times. AWBP and Fantasy Striptease are on Amazon.com, that company does not sell porn. There are no sex scenes or simulated sex scenes depicted. AWBP is a fun reality series like Jersey Shore. There is drinking, strippers, nudity, and tons of laughs. The famous “tequila booty shot” was invented on camera with AWBP: CA by us. Fantasy Striptease is what I like to call tasteful erotic cinema with high production value.
Fantasy Striptease Private Shows – Sexy pin-up girls from your dreams come to life on screen. Six beautifully filmed vignettes blur the line between reality and fantasy. Hot Little Red Riding Hood, Naughty School Girl, Sexy CEO, Summer Girl, Latina Bikini Model, and Fiery Red Devil want to give you a point of view private show you won’t forget.
So tastefully filmed you can watch it alone or with that special someone. This DVD is a modern twist on vintage pin-up beauties. A sizzling soundtrack was added to enhance viewing enjoyment. This is one romantic journey you’ll watch over and over. Hell, I know for a fact the soundtrack is getting played in cars from So Cal to NY because the artists on it are spreading the word.
Even my good friend Tim thinks those titles could fall into the porn category.
I still disagree on that. When Playboy TV was interested in acquiring the rights for America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties I had a meeting at their production offices in LA. The executive I met with dug the concept, wanted to move forward, BUT needed me to include sex scenes and a cameo by a famous porn star in each episode.
Honestly, I do not know if I made the right call on passing working with Playboy TV, money is money after all. General deal points were discussed that included a guaranteed 3 episodes upfront, if it played well, they would produce 10 episodes each season at a fixed budget. I would act as the creative producer at a salary per episode. Their in-house production team and editing staff would do the rest. The LA production offices are designed to be efficient and crank out content. In no way is it glitzy at this location.
I still continue to pass on offers to direct and produce adult entertainment for newcomers with cash and a couple of the big companies in Chatsworth. I also pass on offers to direct mainstream indie films that I know are not going to work. I guess I still have not become a total mercenary for hire. I won’t commit to working on another production company’s project unless I genuinely like the script and producers involved. That is why I like taking ghostwriting and script doctor gigs. My name only appears on the check.
It would be interesting to get comments on what people think the differences are between erotic cinema, sexy reality program, and porn. Or if there really is any difference like I think there is. I do include nudity in indie films if it fits the story. My last two movies were about drug money, street power, and sex. So, it seemed a natural fit to have a couple of racy scenes between characters. One of my films Consignment does have one of the longest and top rated striptease scenes in cinema history. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing SMASH CUT: