Very beautiful girl when she smiles. I love her cute pussy and those wonderful perky boobs. She could wrap her hot lips around my cock any day no appointment necessary.
One of the super sexy babies... pocket nuclear bomb... she can flare up whole world on her own... so hot...
Jon - could you please reach out to Erro regarding solo girl films for SexArt?
Sydney, MetArt is currently working on a new site called "MetArtX" that will contain solo films with MA models. I believe that is why there haven't been any on SA recently, they've been saving them up for MAX. I could be wrong about this, perhaps Rose will correct me if I'm wrong.
However, I have the feeling if Erro were going to do solo films, they would appear on MAX, not SA. (: I hope this has been helpful. (:
Hi fer_realz, that is not entirely correct. It's true there is a very exciting new project in the works, but it's totally separate from SexArt and is not taking anything away from it. We have enough artists on board to cover all our needs, and our Content Managers will not let one site suffer in favor of another – especially not SexArt, which is very dear to us all! There are reasons why there have not been solo movies on SexArt lately, and plans to address this, but it's nothing to do with new sites in development... that's all I can say for now, so watch this space :-)
Rose, I wasn't implying that MAX is taking anything away from SA. Personally, I have always felt that the solo film was the second weakest component of SA, next to solo masturbation photosets. I've ALWAYS felt that the G/G and B/G film were the strongest components of SA and that's what's always kept me interested in SA.
As far as I'm concerned the MA network could concentrate their solo masturbation films in MAX and keep SA partner film and I'd be entirely satisfied. Not that I speak for everyone of course. LOL
Forgive my depressing attitude but SexArt has suffered IMMENSELY in favour of VT. Not just because we lost FIFTY% of our team, but because it took a filmmaker and told him to make erotica - which take his 'cerebral sex' out of it, he's never truly excelled at. And at SexArt too, here Andrej is making erotica when he should be making film. Maybe it's just me, but things seem TOTALLY backwards. The directors need to be switched asap! Not only would each filmmaker be better suited to their respective sites but the respective sites would actually repossess their brand and values.
Look at SexArt 2014, and look at it today... it's gone so far backwards it's demoralising. I'm looking for Art - film with meaning, film with theme and concept, film that's going to evoke and challenge the way I think and feel and thus contribute to my intellectual and emotional growth. ART. SEXART.
Right now I couldn't care less about my orgasm or how much oxytocin and endorphins are running around in my brain, all I care about is watching good Erotic Film - something I can learn and grow from. We had that. WTF went wrong? Sorry I shouldn't swear, but seriously... I don't know... maybe those days are over?
As for VT. The last video I got through without skipping anything was Goodbye My Love with Carolina and Leila. Why? I can't watch erotica when it lacks a genuine chemistry. And as far as that goes Team A&A excel.
Look... I think I've made my point. And as harsh as it is, it's true, if at the very least for me. I just hope someone is actually listening cause for some time now I feel like whatever I've said has fallen on dead ears - which to be honest saddens me, cause I love this site, I love what it stands for and all I wanna do is see it become something... poignant and artistic and thoughtful... and something transcendent.
Anyway.. we'll see what happens.
Sydney, you make some interesting points here.
What I will say about your switching Team Lupin with Team Locanta is that while team Lupin were at VT their work was rather uninspired, IMO, because they had to do so much work, it was another case of quantity trumping quality.
I would far rather bring Team Locanta back to SA and find some other teams to take over VT. I'm still pulling for bringing Jo back, and to be honest, Caravaggio has done some really nice films over there. I think it would be possible to find some other artists to take over VT while bringing SA's A-Teams back home where they belong.
That's thing _fer. One team on SA, one team on VT, each churning out 3 videos a week. According to one of our directors, he's having to shoot 2 films per day and I'm sure the other is in a similar boat. There's simply no room for quality, just quantity... and I can't stand it. I'm happy with one film a week, hell, a fortnight, as long as it's a genuine, quality film.
Regarding Lupin being at VT. It just makes sense to me. His origins are in erotica, he's good at it and he struggles with film. Alis is vice versa. Play to their strengths, because right now, developing weaknesses just can't happen. Not with all this quantity nonsense and the incredible workload and pressure it places on our directors. I want both teams here at SA too, (provided Andrej makes film), but as much as the high-ups would like us to believe otherwise, we don't have the artists to allow for that, and whether or not they're prepared to admit it, they desperately need to find some. If that means giving potentials (as opposed to professionals) an opportunity, I say go for it. Look at what Marvel accomplished with the likes of James Gunn and The Russo Brothers. Minimal experience, and yet Marvel hedged their bets and won... BIG TIME!
As to SexArt's deterioration since 2014. Where to start?
- No Alis, no Paul Black. Thus variety of vision and voice is limited. Each director contributes their own perspectives to the nature of the human consciousness and human experience. One alone can only accomplish and tell so much
- Limited to zero interaction with the directors, hence our insights into their work and their working process have been lost
- No more solos. Personally I think they're arguably the most powerful content when done right. The issue to is that there a variety of themes that can only be/best be explored through solo film: self-love/respect/appreciation, exhibitionism, voyeurism, the notion of a darker self, personalised fetishes/fantasies, etc.
- Content is now 2/3 BG. Which alienates myself and I'm sure a variety of others
- Adam is no longer writing the plot synopses, and they've since lost their filmic sensibility
- Less international representation of our models, particularly our top models, meaning no: Mango, Alexa, Melena, Amarna, Julia, Ariel Rebel, Lola Reve, Alyssa Reece, Agatha, Layla Sin, etc.
- With the exception of Room of Secrets... uninteresting, uninspired series. Water Game, Affair, Attract and Charwomen have got nothing on the 2014 produced Girls Love Sex, Love For Sale 1 and 2, Memento, Waltz With Me, as well as Alis' many additions to his Anthology Collection.
- The list is actually exceptionally long....
What really frustrates me too was that SexArt won Best Adult Site or something of the like in 2015. I don't think it should of. The first half of the year was fantastic, yes, but if you look at when that stuff was produced, you'll find the majority of it came from 2014. 2014 was the year we deserved to win. Now maybe AVN was just catching up, but I don't think we should be looking at 2015 as our "best year" or a directional guide to our future. 2015 was the beginning of our gradual decline to where we are now. 2014 guys, 2014! Restore the site to it's former glory and use 2014 as your reference and foundation.
Thanks for the rapid reply, Sydney. I'm really glad you're still around, it's been so long since we've heard from you and frankly I can't blame you. You'll notice my volume of commentary has drastically fallen off lately, and it's only partly because I've been in school this semester.
I cannot agree more heartily with you about the "quantity vs. quality" problem and it affecting both Team Lupin and Team Locanta. Agreeing with that, I differ with you in that I prefer B/G and so this has been a fairly good year as far as I'm concerned just in terms of quality of B/G scenes here.
I agree with you however that by and large the story has been lost and that really does reduce what would be excellent work to merely good work. I think the burden of having to produce 3 films a day via shooting two per day during a shoot has got to be tremendously wearing and leaves precious little time for story.
Solo work for me has always been problematic. Where I will agree with you is that when it is good it can be quite inspiring. For me that frequently comes down to an inspired performer who is allowed by the director to BE inspired and to perform with whatever inspiration she brings. I think that, more so than partner or group film, solo is almost entirely about what it is that drives the model herself and if she hasn't got an inner fire, nothing that she does is going to be convincing. Therefore, I dismiss almost all solo work before I even watch it. I think I've watched maybe 25% of the solo content on TLE lately ~ I just can't muster the enthusiasm.
So because so much of solo erotica is uninspired, I simply haven't missed it here. I feel bad for you and other enthusiasts however and I do think there should be some room for it here because of your desire for it.
As for the Blacks... they have released two photoset/film projects on TLE in the recent months, I hope you can at very least view them in "pay per view," even if you don't have a subscription... (:
You make some very valuable points here Sydney, and without giving too much away at this point I want to assure you that we are totally committed to quality here at SexArt. There are a lot of exciting things in the pipeline that I really hope will address your concerns, so please keep watching... as always, members' feedback is extremely important in helping to shape the way the site develops.
Rose. I don't mean this disrespectfully at all, I like you and I respect you, but I've read this type of response before and it's too cookie cutter for my liking - I'm not that complaisant. On top of that, I think it's rather coincidental and telling that MetArtX launched today...
I'm sorry if it came across as "cookie cutter"... I don't want to say more about our plans partly because it's confidential - there's a reason we don't let our rivals know what we are working on! - and partly because I think it sounds fake to say "we're doing this, we're doing that...". I would rather let our actions - in terms of upcoming changes and improvements - speak for us. We have made massive changes to both TLE and Viv Thomas during the past year in response to feedback from members, so I hope that's enough to reassure members here that we do listen and care about what they say.
Thanks for taking my response the right way Rose
*To clarify, Team A&A excel at eliciting genuine chemistry
If this is true it saddens me. SexArt grows weaker and weaker by the day - less variety, less art. I believed in this brand, it's values and it's dedication to making Erotic FILM. My faith dwindles by the day.
Guys.. I don't have the expertise and the depth you are in on these matters... I can only talk based on my impressions and satisfaction... What I am after is; Love, beauty, dignity, innocence and exchange of love... I am not really after obscenity or raw sex, or ridiculation whether it is art or not. Sorry to say and accept that I may be wrong, but I do conceive Team Locanta pretty much in this category. I used to be a member of VT and I dropped it due to frustration. Another words, I didin't and still don't feel like following Team Locanta at VT. I am not denying and overruling their magnificent productions. Yet, when all summed up this where I am.
Having said that, I am pretty content with what Team Lupin cooks in their kitchen once or twice a week... I am not a big fun of G/G movies but I do appreciate beauty and intense womanhood, and enjoy them as well occasionally. ... Solo girls are simply unbelievable...
To sum up, I think I am quite content with SexArt as is. If teams were switched with VT, probably I would drop SA and renew VT to follow Team Lupin.
Your positive words are much appreciated, Rocky! It's nice to have you here! I have to agree, Team Lupin gives me what I'm looking for here – a sense of a genuine physical and emotional connection between the performers, which makes me feel involved in the story and the sex :-)
My point guys is that Lupin can give you that at VT. Alis can't give me Outlines at VT. He can only give me that at SexArt.
Yep. Quantity driving means that quality takes a back seat. I don't care if we're talking about Locanta or Lupin or any director, when the overriding objective is to provide so much material within so much time, rather than being to provide some material that is EXCELLENT, the results always speak for themselves.
When SA had two excellent filmmaking teams, we had excellence in film. Now that the teams have been separated and each is responsible for all the video output on a site, the storyline has all but disappeared and the excellence has evaporated. What we are left with is merely good erotica ~ which I will take anyday in preference to cookie-cutter mainstream porn, don't get me wrong. But Sydney is absolutely right that SA 2016 simply does not measure up to SA 2014, and I think the culprit is quantity vs. quality.
Yes, but I think if we go back even further _fer, everything can be attributed to the expansion of MetNetwork. From an artistic standpoint, the acquisition of VT was unnecessary. Andrej was already and continues to deliver VT-esque material at SexArt. Compare Viv's work with Andrej's and the similarities are astounding. As for MetArtX... well, what was already being delivered (and I'd argue shot with intent to be released) at SA and TLE has simply been moved over to MetArtX. From an artistic perspective, it's the most unnecessary development ever. But hey... Birdmen like their money, not their art.
You know what they say about making assumptions, Sydney? You are incorrect about this. Our directors have been custom shooting specifically for MetArtX for some time now, so we would have content ready for launch. It has nothing to do with SexArt or TLE.
They make an ass out of you and me, and I admit, you may have me with regard to that comment, but... that still doesn't address the fact that either site is an artistically unnecessary development. On both (yes I've seen MetArtX videos already), the content doesn't differ from what was already being produced at SexArt and TLE - in fact is would comfortable slot right in on both. So why bother?
You know, I don't subscribe to X-Art and never will, my loyalty is to Met. But here's a little story... X-Art launched a "sister-site" last year called Colette.com and claimed that it was different from X-Art and a necessary development. Well, the content is exactly the same thus making Colette.com is the most unnecessary thing in the world of erotica. So why'd they bother? Money. They wanted double the subscriptions and double money.
Met appears to be heading in the exact same direction and I can't allow that. For two reasons. The site is better than this, and... the people involved are better than this - I know because I know them, have had discussions with them, have built relationships with them, and determined them to be good people with a dedication to making art. I just don't know what's gotten into them lately...
MetArtX has been launched specifically in response to requests from MetArt members. We're confident that all the sites have a unique and separate identity, something that will be developed even more over time. We have hired new staff and sought out new artists to fulfil the demand for more content. And we're really proud of the way the company is developing. I'm not sure what more I can say really... except that I hope members will enjoy it and see the proof of what we say in what we deliver.
Once of the reasons SexArt was created was so that we could see our favourite MetArt girls in explicit action - Lorena, Melena, Mango, just to name a few. Using this a tagline for MetArtX and pretending like it's something new is almost deceitful.
And I've looked at who's directing for MetArtX and there isn't a name in there I don't already recognise from another MetNetwork site. So while you may have hired new staff, I'm not sure where these new artists are?
Rose. You're not going to like this comment very much, but I feel like I need to say something.
I've now watched all the MetArtX material released and I have to say, it's phenomenally mediocre. There's virtually nothing to it. Minimal context, minimal story, and bar the Lakante stuff (which is no different from his TLE work), zero art. It's just... girl, girl plays, end. It's a lazy, uninspired format.
Can we please just consider this whole MetArtX business a terrible, greedy misadventure and get back to making art at SexArt? Bring Locanta back and lets get Lynn, Lightfoot and Erro interested in contributing solo. That sounds like a SIGNIFICANTLY better idea to me.
Also. About this "assumptions" business above. I take my admittance of being an ass back. Ariel's video was definitely shot with intent to be released elsewhere. The accompanying photoset to that video can be found right here on SexArt - Mocha, dated Nov 24, 2012!
Oh and to clarify in paragraph 3. Yes. I think MetArtX should simply be cancelled and forgotten. If MetArt ever wanted to redeem themselves and show their commitment to art, not money, there'd be no better way to do it.
Sydney, I suspect this MetArtX thing is with us for good. I'm no expert but they seem pretty committed to it. They've crossed the Rubicon, they've burned their bridges, etc. (LOL) It's a thing now, it's their thing, they're going to see it through.
Sorry for the late response... I'm on vacation this week, up a mountain with no internet! All I can say is, of course you are entitled to your opinion, it's not one I share, and naturally we will do our best to prove it's a worthwhile project.
Our shooting schedule is actually much more relaxed than any other company I am aware of in erotica... most companies are churning out a handful of scenes a day. It's a simple matter of economics. We spend more than the competition, and I think it shows!
Yes, Rose... the nursing home I work at is much better than the competition ~ but it is still much less than it could be.
When the driving demand is quantity vs. quality, you might get quantity. You MIGHT get quality ~ but it's much less likely after a certain quantity demand.
IMHO ~ and it's only mine, I only speak for myself ~ the MetNetwork needs to bring Locanta back to SA and find another team or two to anchor VT. I differ with Sydney in that I think buying VT was a great idea in that Viv was going to retire anyway and if you hadn't bought it it would have gone into the nothingness. So it was smart to buy it.
Now, to bring our content back up to the quality standards we had before the acquisition, we need to invest in another filmmaking team or two to anchor VT and bring Locanta's team back here.
That way, neither Alis nor Andrej and Ariel will have to put quantity before quality. And I know you keep denying this Rose, which is your privilege, but you know the truth in your heart. Sydney usually gets it right and is the one speaking the truth here.
The reason I sometimes hold back in my responses is that I'm not at liberty to reveal what we have in the pipeline, fer_realz. This 'quantity vs quality' discussion is ridiculous, we have more artists and the shooting schedule is the same as it has always been. There are massively positive things happening in terms of utilising our directing talent more effectively, but to keep 'teasing' when I can't tell you seems silly and fake. All I can say is, I am SUPER PROUD of what we're doing here, and what we're planning, and the vast majority of members tell me they are very happy with what we're giving them, which makes me even more proud... and that really is from the heart.
Rose, you SHOULD be proud of the MetArt family and what it's achieved in the last six years (I joined originally in 2010). It really IS quite breathtaking the distance all the sites have come since I joined.
Personally, I do not question the creation or acquisition of new sites, I differ with Sydney in that request. I think she has a point about the dilution of the artists' attentions, it's just that I find it most acute in the case of VT's and SA's B/G and G/G filming, once Alis was pulled over to VT. A similar thing happened to the quality of the Lupin team's work when they helmed VT (and, you are free to disagree with me about this, but this is what I thought back then, and I still feel the same way).
Sydney feels that this discussion is about more than "quantity vs. quality" but to me, that is the most central point that ~ IMHO ~ urgently needs to be addressed if SA and VT's work are to be brought back to the standards of excellence they are known for but have sadly declined from lately.
I'm not asking you to tease any more than you already have, Rose ~ nor, am I asking you to be the whipping boy for the entire MetNetwork. I can understand how this particular discussion has you feeling that way. I know what it feels like to be caught in the middle between management and customers and both complaining to you ~ and not being able to pass complaints either way. It really stinks and I feel sorry that it's you in the middle here because you don't deserve that.
However, I felt compelled to speak up and agree with Sydney when she raised her points even though I feel the problem is slightly different than what Sydney is concentrating on. What we share is missing the story that used to be the central element of the films here. We're starting to see that come back a little in some of the latest VT films, but I badly miss it here just as does Sydney.
Excellent 4th paragraph. Rose, I feel the exact same way. I apologise for the fact that you've had to put up with a rather disgruntled me. I'd been trying to reach out behind the scenes, and no one was interested, so I brang my troubles here. Again, I apologise if I've acted out line in any way in the process of raising my concerns. I wholeheartedly stand by my concerns however and desperately want to see change. I hope the high-ups have been following our discussion and that they seriously deliberate what's been raised.
Thanks Rose. Your patience is something I admire, particularly because you can deal with me.
Hey, we are all on the same team here! And we really appreciate the feedback we get from all of you, because it really does matter to us very much. Your concerns are valid, and only the improvements that I know are coming will be able to prove how seriously we do take it; you may not have had a direct response, but rest assured we continually discuss, reassess, debate and plan accordingly, and the feedback we get from you guys is a key part of that process. It's frustrating that I can't tell you, "this, this and this is happening," because I know it would really reassure you about the direction in which we're heading. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, and rest assured we want to keep hearing it - and facilitating that discussion and exchange of views is part of why I'm here (the other part is for the girls girls girls, of course)!
You're right we're all on the same side and even though my vision is slightly different from yours and slightly different from Sydney's, we all do want the best SA there can possibly be. I take your word for it that our complaints are being taken in consideration.
In that respect, can you please remind the higher-ups that the sh*tty streaming experience is still sh*tty? They really got sold a bill of goods when they chose the current streaming player, which only allows uninterrupted play *most of the time* on lo-rez and what's worse, switching randomly between lo-rez and lower-rez.
Essentially, we as members have a choice between streaming the films if we want the CC on VT, or downloading the films, which assumes we have the bandwidth, time, and space to store the films.
I would like to see the MA Network reload the old-fashioned streaming player, the one that's still available on "MA Classic." At least you can load the film on that one and watch it without interruption on lo-rez if you want or hi-rez.
The reason I raise this issue here now is because there hasn't been any indication of any movement on this issue for all the months I've been complaining about it.
Don't worry Rose, I don't expect YOU to answer for this issue, I would simply like you to pass this along to the higher ups for me. I know if you pass it along they'll at least get it, whether they read it or not. Thanks!
I certainly will, fer_realz :-) And rest assured that any issues that are reported via support.metart.com go direct to our lovely Customer Care team, who either deal with them personally if they are able, or pass them on to the appropriate wizard :-)
Thank you Rose, I appreciate it. :D
I think that many members will benefit ~ and say so too ~ if the streaming video player ever gets fixed. :)
I hope this isn't just being considered the 'quantity vs quality' discussion, because if that's all SexArt's getting out of it, then we have no hope whatsoever. Plus... it's not ridiculous anyway. The maths is VERY clear. Rose, the fact that you defend, or... are oblivous???... to it is what's actually unfathomable.
As to "teasing", saying we have "more in the pipeline" is no different to anything else - it too can be regarded as "silly and fake", at least until something concrete actually backs it up..
As to our competitors. We've made competitors for ourselves. In 2014, we had none, zip, nada, nothing. Nobody was doing anything that came even remotely close to where we were at. Nobody was creating Erotica Film, because SexArt introduced it, and remains the only site ever to produce it. Unfortunately we went way backwards, as I comprehensively outlined before, and in 2016 our content has devolved into simple erotica. Hence now we have tons of competitors: X-Art, SapphicErotica, WhenGirlsPlay, Lesbea, AGirlKnows, IKissGirls, NubileFilms, etc. etc. It wasn't a matter of them catching up... it was the fact we devolved into what they are.
SexArt has gone backwards, VT has struggled since we bought it and IMO failed to maintain it's identity, and MetArtX was made because someone let their Birdman get the better of them. If nobody else is seeing that, then from my perspective they're all way too agreeable and complaisant, or someone has done a marvellous job at pulling the wool over their eyes.
I don't have anything else to say at this point that isn't repeating myself. As I said in my original response - you make some good points, we listen, we care. There's nothing else I can share with you right now. I hope most members are happy with what we deliver and have faith that we will always strive to improve.
I have it on good authority that at least one of the aforementioned directors is churning out at least 2 scenes per day
Yes, that's what I am saying... we often shoot two scenes a day, which is MUCH less than pretty much every other company out there. It's the opposite of 'churning out.'
That doesn't justify it though
When you're talking about quality, you don't talk about "industry standards." By industry standards, the nursing home I work in SHOULD be delivering quality care to its residents ~ but it isn't, because economics comes first and resident care comes second. Even though nobody will admit it except us CNAs and nurses delivering front line care, it's the truth. We have far too few caretakers per resident, and we have our caretakers being massively underpaid. Even though we're at the industry standard for staffing and ~ almost ~ up to the industry standard for pay, the result is mediocrity with occasional good care, rather than consistently excellent care.
Quality is quality and speaks for itself. You don't find it when productivity/output is the number one objective.
As I said last night, what we have in 2016 on VT and SA is good erotica, even quality erotica, but we do NOT have the excellence we had several years ago. Sydney is right about that.
Guys, I think you are circling around "Profitable Business management" and "Excelling in Erotic arts..." which does not go together... These two only complement each other... No substitution. I have no idea about the structure of the companies but these two areas has to be administered by their specific skills in line with their dedicated Vision statements... "No money, no honey..." proverb will prevail.
I understand that without money, art doesn't get made. Money makes the world go round and as much as I agree with Chris McCandless... I get it. But there needs to be a balance, there needs to be dedication, and there's no reason you can't accomplish both.
Take the political agenda of Spotlight's win out of it, The Revenant and Mad Max were the best films made in 2015. They showed the greatest skill, the greatest production value, and they conveyed clear artistic messages. They deservedly won almost every other award on the night and there's a reason Spotlight didn't - important story, hell yeah... good filmmaking, not so much. The Revenant took $526mil and Mad Max, $378mil. That's profitable business management + excellence in the arts.
You are not comparing apple with apple Sydney... Unlike a website in erotic arts, both films are hit and run business addressing masses... It would be far more difficult to produce one mad Max or The Revenant every week to the satisfaction of comparably much limited market size. As you mentioned above, I agree that both teams could produce their best under SA umbrella to address expectations better.
Yes... the whole point is that it doesn't have to be one or the other, we can have both. It's a question of listening to the artists, listening to the paying members, and adjusting the corporate vision to meet both sets of expectations as best as possible.
Yeah,.. I agree _fer... Neither "quantity" nor "quality" should be compromised... It is a matter of resources... I think SA should consider production of chick flicks with very very soft erotic content... aggressive, provocative but very very soft... under a different brand... Team Lupin is already half way thru in many movies that they produce.
Well said _fer.
(To everyone: Sydney emailed me personally a few weeks back, and I'm just finding the time it deserves to respond to his concerns. I've decided to copy my response here since what he wrote to me personally is all now here in public view.)
Excuse my slowness in getting back to you. I have been traveling with work since the beginning of the year non-stop.
I've read through all the comments, and I hear what you're saying. I do agree with some of your remarks you've made. I am making adjustments and currently interviewing Directors for SexArt and VivThomas. My team and I understand each site is more robust when you have a variety of creative visions. However, this process takes time. With that said, I would ask you as a friend, from someone who respects your insight on film to curtail some of your statements. I'm not censoring you, but you simply don't understand the multitude of complexities of running adult content sites. It's easy to scrutinize from your armchair, and it's another to be in the fray, getting bloody by the commercial blows the company has to endure every day.
You're wrong about MetArtX; it spawned from the countless member feedback wanting MetArt girls to do more explicit scenes. I know SexArt was supposed to fill this void, but it was never able to because of the graphic nature of the content. I am now traveling to Eastern Europe searching for MetArt quality models that will first shoot on MetArt and then the few models we can cultivate to transition into shooting MetArtX.
You bring up buying VivThomas as unnecessary. As I stated, a situation you don't understand. Buying Viv was 50% business and 50% helping Viv himself when he was very sick because of a fall he took a few years back. Luckily, Viv healed, and all is well now. However, in the moment, MetArt being who MetArt is, a compassionate company stepped in and helped Viv transition into retirement with the purchase of VivThomas.com. We were not interested in buying Viv at the time, but since VivThomas.com was already ingested into the MetArt Network, we felt it would be an easy takeover. We underestimated how much work it would be to take over a twenty-year-old company based in brick and mortar DVD sales. We are still adjusting and refining our ownership and get closer to taking Viv to a 100% digital sales driven company.
With regards to Andrej and Locanta being in their wrong places, I strongly disagree. Your problem lies strictly in the middle of a lack of variety. Which, to this point, I agree 100%. Andrej has become and extraordinary filmmaker, with subtleties of great mainstream Directors like Steven Soderberg. His shot-setups have been outstanding over the past year.
Locanta struggled with his debut on VivThomas.com because I directed him wrong. He took my direction verbatim, as Locanta always does, and it was not received well by long-standing VivThomas members. I loved the raw, handheld, quick cut style we launched with but I failed to understand the VivThomas member before we began. For that, I apologize. I should have taken more time learning Viv's style he developed over twenty years. Luckily, I had Rose and the rest of the VivThomas crew guide me back to where we are now and headed into the future.
I know all your comments come from a place of commitment to the MetArt Network. For that, I truly thank you. Having customers take the time to give detailed, thoughtful feedback is worth gold, as you can imagine. When Rose says, we are adjusting you can take that to heart, and not "customer-satisfaction" rhetoric.
I have learned a great deal about the adult industry since me, and my business partner took over MetArt in 2008. We were taught by the creator of MetArt the many philosophical differences of what made MetArt different. It was a recipe for making beautiful, artful erotica. No other adult producer has come close to MetArt and what it has achieved when it comes to the "art of erotica". I live by those principles to this day, at least I try. I am adjusting our productions consistently; my failures are my guidance to understanding the changes needed in running a better company from top to bottom.
I end with the acknowledgment of your and other members concerns, but I ask you to trust that we are listening and evolving based on what we know about running a successful production company against the needs of our fans. Remember, it's never black and white; it always lies somewhere in the middle.
Thanks for the clear and understandable explanation.
Thanks Jon. This is the reassurance I needed. I acknowledge that I've made some uninformed remarks and that I lacked a full understanding of the variety and complexity of situations of which I was speaking. I apologise for stepping out of line on the occasions I did.
Thanks for your response, Jon.
It would be a nice if there were a place where these types of community could occur outside the comments section of a random content update.
Well said Wanda.
Agreed, a dedicated feedback forum would be much appreciated. Not only for SA, but for the entire MA Network, IMHO.
Sydney ~ please don't be hard on yourself for raising your concerns, or for raising them the way you did.
You were speaking out of love for SA and its vision, and frustration that things seem to have taken some wrong terms. Your frustration is understandable, and that's where your language came from. I don't think you have anything to be ashamed of, or sorry for. I suspect that you were speaking for other members, I know you were speaking for me as well.
I appreciate your support _fer, but I subscribe to the theory that excuses are for losers and that the quicker you can recognise and admit to your mistakes the better. The ego can make it extremely difficult at times, but to not do so is to deny reconciliation and growth.
I agree with you totally about reconciliation and growth and admitting our mistakes.
And I know that I cannot speak for you, but I feel that part of MY frustration that is coming out in my comments lately is a lack of feedback from the MA management.
I am NOT saying Rose isn't doing her job. Rose will ALWAYS give us the best answer she is authorized to give ~ and, when she is not authorized to give one, she will give us the best, politest, most revealing she can, non-answer because to give us an actual answer would be to jeopardize her job or at least get herself in hot water.
I know this because on my job, I am in a similar position to Rose ~ I am the frontline so to speak and my residents look to ME for all kinds of answers I cannot give them and so I find the best answer I possibly can, which is an always polite but nevertheless non-answer non answer.
Jon should NOT have said "Gee, Sydney, I wish you'd tone it down ~ I'm not trying to censor you, but gosh, I wish you'd censor yourself..." and if he doesn't like the tone of your or any other members' comments he needs to get into the conversation a little more often and give us straight answers OR give us the frustrating but necessary non-answers himself. Rose shouldn't always take the brunt, and you shouldn't feel guilty for being frustrated and expressing that frustration.
Like I said before, I can't speak for other members but I know that usually when you vent a frustration you are speaking for me, and I suspect other members as well.
I think if Jon realized that our testiness is frustration and not personal vindictiveness, he wouldn't feel as sensitive about it himself.
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