In September of last year the first half of Alis Locanta's two-part movie, "The Writer" was released. I wrote a detailed post about it, and the film, and its follow-up, generated considerable interest, acclaim, as well as high member ratings.
In the months since "The Writer" was released Alis Locanta has produced a diverse and varied collection of erotic films for Sexart. But the premise of "The Writer" continued to circulate and percolate in the artist's creative subconscious. The original film's themes — fiction versus fact, the blurred line separating fantasy from reality, and the power of imagination and creativity — were rich in potential and possibility. Too rich, it was decided, for just a two-part film. And that's when the idea of a multi-part, extended, "The Writer" series was born.
But the new series wouldn't simply be an extended, episodic version of the original film. Sequels certainly have their place in the cinematic marketplace, but the director and his team of scenarists had something far bigger, more complex, and more rewarding in mind. First, they gave the idea plenty of room to develop, grow and evolve — ten episodes in total. And not just ten episodes — each installment would be longer, more complex, and contain far more sex.
How much longer and how much more sex? "The Writer — Brave New World" is over 37 minutes long. And it contains four fully realized sex scenes, plus numerous erotic interludes. And the nine future installments will run between 30 and 40 minutes and have similar amounts of action. That's a big, big jump. But it's all part of the growth and development of Sexart.
As Jonathan, Sexart Executive Producer, recently explained to me: "This is really the next step in the evolution of Sexart. This series is moving us closer to my original vision for the site. I'd like to take all the eroticism of the best adult films and move in the direction of the best independent filmmaking. That's the goal, and this series is a big move towards that goal."
Having just screened the first episode of the series, "The Writer — Brave New World," I can only agree. I have enjoyed — and will continue to enjoy — the "typical" Sexart HD erotic feature, which "typically" consists of a single sexual encounter spread over 15 to 20 or so minutes. But "The Writer — Brave New World" is in an entirely different class. There is a lot of complexity to the narrative, a lot of stunning and intriguing imagery, and a lot of sex.
And there are a lot of impressive performances, as well. Luna brings her smoldering sensuality to the title role, Whitney Conroy adds heat and intrigue, Franck Franco does double duty as Luna's boyfriend and fictional character in the story she's writing, and Lindsey Olsen makes her Sexart debut with no fewer than three sex scenes.
During a brief — and rare — lull in his schedule, I had an opportunity to conduct a short interview with Alis Locanta about "The Writer" series specifically, and his approach to erotic filmmaking, in general:
Q: What was your inspiration for "The Writer" series?
A: That's a good question and my answer could be very long! When I started thinking about this subject, I did want to tell a story based on a complex and agitated character. It helped me a lot for writing different scenes, set in many locations, each with a specific mood. I also wanted to put in this project many different filming styles. I do love an "indie/guerrilla shooting style," but since I was producing thirty to forty-five minute episodes there were some technical solutions that couldn't be too present. That's why I mixed dolly movements with hand-held shooting, or point of view stuff with GoPro ultra-wide frames. Some episodes are more romantic, some others are more dramatic. I put a few "sinister elements" as well. In the end, I could say "The Writer" is a real "indierotic movie."
Q: Have you always wanted to make erotic films?
A: Ohhh…what can I say? It's a hard job, but someone has to do it! To be honest, though, no. Not because I didn't like this idea, but I couldn't imagine to have the chance to shoot adult films with an extremely high quality level. I was never interested in making low budget erotic films. When I was younger it was so difficult to find good erotic movies. I do believe sex is ONLY in the brain and most of the porn production were — and are — based on fucking, fucking and fucking. In my opinion there are many music videos, indie short movies or viral clips that are more erotically exciting than thousands X-rated scenes you can find everywhere.
Q: Why did you pick Sexart as the home for your erotic films?
A: That's the easiest question — because Sexart is unique. I mean, there are a few other sites that produce really good stuff, but they are shooting always the same concept, the same scene, the same situation, the same type of eroticism, over and over. Sexart has a very different and brave idea: shooting erotic/independent/mainstream films. That means I have to think about great plots, writing solid scripts, casting the best models possible and shoot with a real independent cinema crew. I couldn't find this wonderful challenge anywhere but Sexart!
Q: What new stories can Sexart's members expect from Alis Locanta?
A: Even though "The Writer" project took me about four months I've been working on other films and mini-series. I decided to make a tribute to the fashion world and shooting a hybrid concept between videos and [still] pictures. They will be four episodes with three stunning models. It will be my first adult film entirely shot on 4K. A more complex, difficult project is in the works, but for now I don't want to tell many details about it, but I just can say "everything will turn like a waltz." Stay tuned!
"The Writer — Brave New World" is a big step for Sexart, a major accomplishment for Alis Locanta, as well as an impressive start to a compelling new, must-see erotic series.