What’s it like to film porn?

In last week’s post, I remarked that working in the adult industry is a job like any other, at least to those who are working in it day to day. As part of that post, I linked to this Quora response from Buster Smith, who at the time of the response had a few years of experience working behind the scenes in porn.

Since we’ve focused mostly on those actually being filmed or photographed in this blog to date, I thought it might be interesting to explore the perspective of those on the sidelines like Buster, whether on the staff or there for other support.

Buster’s post has a number of intriguing tidbits, including what it’s like to have a couple (or a handful) of people having sex in front of you and several others, as well as what the actors do to keep themselves aroused when the director calls for a cut in the action.

The ultimate takeaway from the experiences he shares is, at least to those who follow this blog, probably unsurprising: every shoot is unique, as is everyone’s response to it. This pervasive diversity of experience made it important for me to represent that in the manuscript for Accounting for it All, both for those behind and in front of the camera.

To explore how this is manifests itself in the novel, let’s focus on two scenes in particular. In one that takes place earlier in the book, one of Robin’s newfound friends, Jocelyn, joins Robin on the fringes of the set for moral support. During one particular break in the action, Jocelyn coaches Robin up, encouraging her to adopt a new take on the goings-on in the room and the scene as it’s being filmed. In this way, Jocelyn’s experience from the sidelines is relatively positive and, in turn, empowering for Robin.

This contrasts with the experience one of Robin’s love interests has when she visits the set during one of Robin’s shoots. With no previous experience on the sidelines of a porn shoot, Sarah—the love interest in question—is introduced to an overwhelming new world, one in which she watches her friend and crush being filmed in the throes of her work. As one might expect, Sarah’s connection to Robin leads to a very different reaction than it does for someone like Jocelyn who herself has worked on camera and isn’t emotionally connected to the actors in the same way as Sarah.

These are but two of the shoots Robin is part of over the course of Accounting for it All, and no two shoots are alike. It’s in this way that I hope to have captured the wide array of experiences one might have whether on a porn shoot’s sidelines or on the field itself, so to speak.

To read how every scene plays out, you’ll have to wait until the book’s release in November 2018. Until then, keep your eyes on this blog, my Twitter feed, and our Accounting for it All newsletter for more.


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