Noooooooooooo.... so sad! We must order a reshoot ;)
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 on Docu-Film
We had to wait almost a year for this to happen, but finally it did, and boy was it worth the wait. I said from the start Sabrisse would be a perfect match for Team A&A, and she was pretty darn close to it. This is the most comfortable I've seen her on screen and the most genuine performance she's given anywhere to date - kudos Team A&A. There's still room for improvement for her, but I think with time and familiarity with the team, she'll open up more. Physically, she's one of the beautiful girls working today, but it's her eyes, smile and energy that makes her special. Don has captured her personality well in his photography, though no one to date has translated it particularly well on film. This is the challenge for you Team A&A - you're the most adept and capable team at doing this because the environment of warmth, fun and love you create on set translates into your films well.
Additionally, I'd like to praise recent films like My Vision, Just A Dream, Exploration and Conversation. While they are all using what is essentially the same concept.... they are using a concept. It adds a little more layer to film, and something sexy and cerebral. I'd encourage you to continue to produce films like this.
Thank you Team A&A, Sabrisse and Paula.
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 on My Vision
Well, this was one of my "2017 wishes" that I posted about 11 months ago now - Sabrisse and Team A&A. I look forward to checking this out later tonight.
Any updates on the Tracy-Sybil release Rose?
Rose, was the recent release on VT this film? Or is there another coming to SexArt? Thank you.
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 on Coming soon – SexArt babes Tracy Lindsay and Alexis Crystal!
Damn Melena's COOL! Such a babe!
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 on Ardae
Really gorgeous film, but god that lighting is horrible for highlighting imperfections. Not to be repeated methinks.
Sunday, October 29th, 2017 on Just A Dream
Cool film and great chemistry! There was one camera angle that should have been left on the editing room floor though - over the head of Cherry, roughly 9:00-10:00 - it distracted from the mood and intimacy established, and it took a little while to get back there. I can't help but too wonder what might have been if you'd stayed outdoors with that beautiful piece of music crescendoing and de-crescendoing throughout... I imagine "majestical" things ;) Now I know I'm being harsh, especially given that this is one of the better films I've seen this year, but there's always room for improvement somewhere :) Thanks Team A&A
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 on Warmth Of The Sun
My automatic reaction to this, is that it's the best photoset I've seen this year! Maybe on reflection something will top it, but right now... this is perfection. Such a wide variety of shots and angles and all of Paula's strengths are featured impeccably. Wow! Just wow! Erro, this is why you'll always be my favourite!
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 on Erlan
I remember 2014, when we used to get a solo film every week. I wish we'd climb that stairway again...
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 on Highlight
Great film. Best I've seen in ages!
Two faults though:
1. Rarely is there involvement of all three participants simultaneously. So much of this is a couple plus observer/masturbator. Maybe some more planning of positions, or a bedroom location?
2. Almost everything is male-oriented. The girls don't experiment between themselves beyond kissing and... can we count that as a lick?
Otherwise well done Team A&A. One of your best films this year.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 on Special Friend
I'm just thinking... Mango and Cara Mell seem like they'd be a match made in heaven. Any chance for photosets or films?
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 on Inessi
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 on Lonua
It took me a while to understand what he was doing, but with time and maturation, I got there. I think Black is a genius. I honestly do.
Nice to see some creative diversity and a solo by the way Jon. Please bring us more!
Friday, August 11th, 2017 on Whore - The Day After
Best SexArt film I've seen in ages! Dido is a freakin' superstar, we all know that, but Sybil... at last, after 8 g/g features, she's come into her own! All tongue and no fingers, and she never lifted away until she made her blondie cum! That made me 'Believe in Love', and that's what I want to see so much more of! And that eye contact from 21:49-21:55 - that was chemistry; genuine, passionate, beautiful chemistry. Sybil looks so happy and proud of herself in that moment, and girl, you should be! Keep delivering performances like this and make us all proud :)
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 on Believe In Love
Yeah, same here Benny. I'm just gonna wait a few days. Sad though, cause I was super excited for this release!
Friday, July 14th, 2017 on Believe In Love
A beautiful set - Melena is just perfect!
If I could ask for one thing from SexArt this year, it's a (small) collection of Alis and Melena solo films. Can we make this happen please?
Monday, July 3rd, 2017 on Areeki
Here's hoping we'll finally see Sabrisse work with Team A&A...
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 on Gorgeous SexArt star Sabrisse shares her secrets
Alexis continues to approach 'Nella' and 'Malena Morgan' status with each g/g film I see. This is a nice little movie, though I'd love to see Alexis paired with Top Models who can match and/or create an interesting dynamic against her energy.
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 on Crazy Day
I agree with the first part of your comment Renegade - I can't back the second part though.
I'm just really disappointed in SexArt because... I made this point at the beginning of the year and said their ratios were WAY wrong. Last year we consistently had more B/G, we had like 2-3 legit solos and no G/G series or mini-series. I went on to say that it wasn't good enough, and that it needed to be fixed. Basically I got what Rose says below, a "we'll endeavour to do better" and a "wait til you see all the exciting things we have in store". Well... here I am halfway into the year and all evidence points me toward that stuff being empty promises designed to keep me around. There's still more B/G, 1 measly solo and not a single G/G series or mini-series in sight. It's poor form. REALLY poor form.
Now... don't even get me started on variety of artists. You've got Locanta contributing maybe once a month and ONLY B/G?!? No Black, Zakari... even Chalk yet. Seriously, why are we not RE-strenghening our values and identity. Why are we letting shit snowball?!? You guys are limiting yourselves. You're limiting yourselves in terms of story, concept, theme, art, VISION!
You've really lost your way... and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 on One Day In HotYlek Part 1
Trying to remember the last time we had a girl/girl series, or even mini-series for that matter...
Sunday, May 28th, 2017 on One Day In HotYlek Part 1
Still waiting to see Alexis and Tracy together. As far I'm concerned, they're the two premier Czech models working today... it's basically them and then daylight.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on Me & Myself Part 1
Sorry to post here, but... wasn't there supposed to be a Tracy & Sybil update today? I was really excited for it.
Friday, May 19th, 2017 on Docu-Film
It's just more of the same from Nancy, and I couldn't get into this one either because of it.
Friday, April 14th, 2017 on Fight For Love
Only 'Moonlight' rivals this for best-made SexArt film this year.
There's so much attention to detail, I'm actually blown away. Not only are the girls perfectly cast opposite each other; but the positions, the camera angles, the editing... it all coalesces to illustrate/celebrate the best features and unique beauty of each. Never has either girls ass or legs been showcased like this before - and to the detriment of everything else thats's come before this I might add.
There's just an enough art and theme there to keep me intrigued also, but certainly, I think there was plenty of room to dive deeper. Perhaps you could have had multiple songs feature as part of the score, each conjuring it's own set of emotions and transporting the girls into uniquely different way of lovemaking. Physically, I was intrigued by the dichotomy of the girls similarities (body shape/type) and differences (blonde vs. black), and I think that could have been used symbolically also. Anyway... brief ideas that haven't been fully thought-out, but you see my point.
Mostly I'd just like to say thank you and mention three things.
1. When you leave the unwelcome voyeur shots where they belong, you guys dance with perfection.
2. Dido and the legends: Iwia, Whitney, Lorena, etc. They're always welcome here and personally, I wish you guys would bring them back a HECK of a lot more often than what you do! New girls have there place too, but there's a reason this film stands above the rest and a GREAT deal of it has to do with the performance of the experienced, mature models in it.
3. Further... Perhaps show this to our younger girls (Nancy, you jump straight into my head) and tell them to pay attention to authentic, honest, genuine way in which these girls lick each other
That is all. Thank you again :)
Sunday, April 9th, 2017 on Cassette
At about 9mins through I said to myself, "I swear to God, if Nancy pulls her mouth off Sybil's pussy one more time I'm giving up!" 10mins through I'd convinced myself 4 times to keep trying. At 11mins I simply couldn't handle it anymore and I gave up. That's not intimacy, it's not passion and it's NOT TRUE!
From everything I've seen her in to date, Nancy has failed to convince me she's capable of giving an honest performance as a lesbian actress. She's stunning, she seems like a great girl, her photosets are gorgeous, her films with her partner Martin are excellent 'couples' films, maybe she has untapped potential in solo films [who knows cause we haven't bloody tried]. My point... unless someone one can direct her with regards to her performance in g/g films, I'd encourage you guys to direct her towards those other paths mentioned, because as it currently stands this one is just frustrating to watch.
With regards to the filmmaking... other than the usual voyeur shots that simply DO NOT belong, I actually thought it was excellent - what I watched of it anyway.
Forgive me for this outburst - the only reason I post it is because there's probably a lot of unrestrained honesty in it. I hope it doesn't offend anyone too much and that if it does we can write it off as a temper tantrum... it has been a big week :(
Friday, March 24th, 2017 on Sea View
I think it's clear from their twitter accounts these girls like each other a LOT! Please, let's write a series for them, or pair them regularly in standalones.
Thursday, March 16th, 2017 on Coming soon – SexArt babes Tracy Lindsay and Alexis Crystal!
3 and 1/2 months in and finally, FINALLY... we get a solo. I'm looking forward to watching this with the greatest of anticipation. Now just to find/make time.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 on Yoga Inspiration
The music is ENTIRELY misplaced, but this is an otherwise excellent film with wonderful attention to detail.
Friday, March 10th, 2017 on Common Evening
Hi Rose, thanks for your reply :) Makes enough sense to me.
Agree with you Favorito. Sorry to post here.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 on Eolia
Could you please provide some details regarding the 'Staff Selection - Uninhibited Film' line you guys have just launched?
What is it?
How does it differ from what's being already provided?
What's the rationale behind it?
What's the rationale for cost?
How regularly will films of this nature be released?
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 on Eolia
Hey Kirst :) I thought that a little too. To me though the cinematography is all Lupin 2.0, but the atmosphere created particularly by the lighting and score (somewhat), as well as the story, editing and construction of the scene... I could have easily mistaken it for Alis' work. I like that though! Both directors have their own strengths and weaknesses, typically Lupin: Sex and Locanta: Art; it's nice when they take a page from each others book and deliver us SexArt.
With reference to Lupin 2.0: I'm stoked to see a better understanding of quadrants, less panning and dynamic movements, less cluttering of the foreground, better focus and a balance of shot types, now including extreme close-ups. It's not only a significant improvement in the quality of the filmmaking, but it's creating a stillness and emotional aura consistent with his ethos.
Sunday, February 5th, 2017 on Moonlight
Just a few random thoughts (some related to the film, some not):
- Sybil has really taken Met by storm lately. I sincerely hope there's no slowing down! More and more of her please
- Great match-up. These two look and act like they could be girlfriends in real-life. I'd love to see them paired again, even regularly if possible
- Hands! OMG! How pretty are these girls' hands?!? lol
- This film is my expectation of the quality SexArt should be delivering
- Where is the diversity?
Point One: 10.5 B/G, 5.5 G/G, 0 G.
Point Two: 1 film by Alis, 3 B/G since his return, 0 G/G, 0G
It's thematic, conceptual and emotional - all the makings of a perfect film, and that's exactly what this is... a perfect film! This is the best I've seen from Team A&A since Symphony! The score, the lighting and the story combine to create an intriguing, mesmerising atmosphere in which there's just enough incomplete context to wonder where this tale begins and ends - Kalisy's opening positioning mirroring that of her last. The decision, well, there are dreamers and there are realists... ;)
You actually make a VERY good point Aethelstan, there a hardly any... and certainly no standouts. The only one I recall being memorable is Winter Solstice with Jessie and Elle and that was a long time ago! Something to fix SexArt.
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 on Happy Day
Sorry to post here Team A&A.
Jon - when will SexArt finish/start organising it's 'series' into something that resembles what's available over at VT?
Sunday, January 15th, 2017 on Thinking About You
The intro is excellent, establishing characters and a relationship we can care about, so that when the sex arrives there's meaning to it. That is why this film is FAR superior to 'Sunset'. I particularly adore the sets, lighting and colouring also.
With regards to story and assembly though. It's all been done before.
Intro: girls in public to establish reality of relationship
Body: sex scene
Credits: (with possible outro featuring further exploration of relationship, or outtakes/bloopers)
It's all too familiar and becoming rather cookie cutter. Keeping innovating and finding new stories - recycling old ones isn't fresh or exciting. I've said the same thing to Alis over at VT.
Too much fingering. If a girl fingers too much, it's cause she doesn't like pussy and doesn't (at least sexually) like girls. At the end of the day, too much fingering equals fakery and thus disinterest on my part. Lesbian porn needs to depict real, healthy lesbian relationships. This does not.
I'd love to see more of Sybil, though I don't think she's a lesbian performer like her counterpart in Vanessa here. Let's get her involved solos instead.
Friday, January 6th, 2017 on Bracelet
We actually normally have two boy-girl films a week - a quick click and scroll through the most recent 'FILMS' would undisputedly support this. In addition, the ratios in 2016 have been skewered: 75 B/G, 55 G/G, 1(+/-14) G. There were also a total of 8 B/G series and yet not a single G/G series. For my liking, buscher actually brings a significant problem to light, and something that needs to be taken VERY seriously in 2017.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 on The Cove
A great film, great chemistry and your 'lived-in' locations have improved out of sight, but I must be honest... I wouldn't go as far as to say I hated the opening, but I intensely disliked it - in fact, after about 2mins I skipped through it.
I know you love handheld and love being intimately close to the action, but there was a line crossed here; things didn't feel romantic or intimate as intended, they actually felt nastily gonzo. I think it was the rapid, constant movement, the extremeness of the close-up and some of the angles (i.e. 45 degrees past Joel's butt onto Clea sucking his cock). It didn't work for me, it probably won't ever work for me, and it's not something I'd like to see repeated - judging by the low rating and lack of comments too, I think others might feel the same.
Anyway, enough of me being harsh on you, that was after all only 4 minutes of the film. As I said above, the remainder was quite beautiful.
P.S. I can't wait to see some of your new g and g/g material :)
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 on Last Chance
Mimi17. This is a difficult one, because... yes, you should be entitled to give your honest opinion - I too get fed up with political correctness - but, there is still a line between being honest and being rude. In terms of whether or not your comments are rude, I'd ask you this: how would Margot feel reading them?
Sunday, December 25th, 2016 on Cool Me Down
A brilliant little slice of summer love. Kudos on the sound editing/mixing – controlling it despite the elements is a wonderful feat and ode to growth re: the opening of ‘Ladies’. It’s great to see some outdoor lovemaking too; those indoor “hotel rooms” you guys seem to favour are far too bland and lacking in character for my liking. I’d love to see a lot more outdoor shoots in the future; I feel they favour your style. When you’re shooting on location in Mallorca, Lanzarote, Portugal, etc. I think it’s best to take advantage of those lovely holiday surroundings anyway – plus, you know, natural light!
Thank you to all involved and Merry Christmas.
P.S. Between this and ‘Sunset’, I may have just discovered a love for Sandal Sex :)
Saturday, December 24th, 2016 on Cool Me Down
I love basically all of this, I just think the structure is completely back-to-front. The sex will mean something IF you've taken the time to establish location, characters, relationship etc., not the the other way around. This piece got interesting as soon as the girls finished having sex; which is sad, because you swap the 'cool-down and postlude' to 'prelude and foreplay' and it changes this piece into something much more emotional.
Additionally. We see the girls communicate when the music is playing, why not during the sex scene itself? It doesn't need to be subtitled, noises that sound like words will do. Sex is a social experience, we've been telling you that forever SexArt; I think it's time we made some strides on this front.
I hate to say this too, and I'm not claiming to everything about the vagina, but... if you're going to finger a girl:
a) wet (with saliva, her juices, lube) your finger(s) before you go sticking them anywhere
b) start with one finger and ASK her if she wants two
c) if you're fingers aren't sliding nicely inside, she's not wet enough and not likely to be enjoying much of what you're doing
d) watch Mango
Too often I see fingering done so very wrong and feel so very forced - it doesn't look nice for the girls and it doesn't look to me. I hope we can change this.
Monday, December 19th, 2016 on Sunset
Oh Heidi... She was my first ever crush
Sunday, December 18th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
I've tried downloading the 1080p version of this 3x now and it keeps cancelling about halfway through and saying, 'Network Error'. Is this something on my end, or you guys? Maybe I should just try again tomorrow?
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 on Here I am Again
It is disheartening, I totally agree. I alluded to it on 'Play The Game'. Girls like Tracy and Whitney helped SexArt find it's identity and project into the upper echelon - so why aren't we seeing more of them?
SexArt has been around for... I think 4 years now. I feel we've earned the right to be somewhat picky and elitist with the models we work with. Now elitist is almost always read with negative connotations but I can't subscribe to that. Victoria's Secret and SI Swimsuit bring us, without question, the most attractive women on the planet, who are at the absolute top of their game - and that's elitist. It's not one way though, because those women become a part of that label, if not that label itself.
When you think VS you automatically think Alessandra, Adriana, Candice, Behati, Rosie, Elsa, etc. When you think SI you think Bar, Brooklyn, Hannah, Kate, Nina, Irina, etc.
And why do we love those brands so much? Mostly because we love the women they work with! We love seeing Candice on the runway at the Fashion Show every year. We love seeing her in all the commercials. We love browsing the online store and seeing her there in 100 different types of swimsuits smiling that perfect smile. We want lots of Candice, VS gives her to us, and we're very happy about it.
We were somewhat on the right track when we gave out exclusive contracts to Michaela and Sapphira. Now I don't mean that because they were 'exclusive', I mean that because we had a really healthy flow of work from them. We loved those girls and we loved seeing them regularly in photosets and films. We knew we'd be getting more of them, and we were always excited for when that work was released. That was the power of hype. That was an excellent time for SexArt.
Now when I think SexArt, I want our models names to be the one of the first thing that springs to mind too. I wanna think Tracy, Whitney, Mango, Melena, Lorena, etc. These are the most attractive women working in erotica and they are undoubtedly at the top of their game. We want them... SexArt please give them to us (lots) and make us really, really happy :)
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
Particularly well said on the Tracy front, and particularly well said on giving these girls "the artistry (they) deserve" - I really like that quote Kat! :)
Monday, December 12th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
The team, and Jon in particular, value feedback. I'm just helping out where I can :)
Perhaps you'd like to add your own feedback Mimi17? I'm sure it would be welcome and appreciated. Am I right Rose?
Sunday, December 11th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
- 'Wrapped' confirmed as a G/G Honourable Mention
- Add Luna C and Nancy to Next Generation of Potential Top Models
Friday, December 9th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
One of my favourite films this year. I love the darker, psychological touch and the moody, clandestine atmosphere created - especially through score. My only gripe is with one particular problem created by the lighting. Yes, the lighting was an integral part of the film but surely there had to be a way around those unflattering shadows cast over the girls faces. Rarely did I see either girls eyes and never was I able to make out what colour they were. The eyes are emotion of a scene; with them featured, this could have been elevated further yet. Something to remember for next time. Thank you to all involved :)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 on Wrapped
Thanks for passing that on to Jon, Rose. I want 2017 to be our best year yet. Everything I've said above is basically where we were at in 2014-early 2015, before we started going backwards. It's a matter of getting back to that high and then improving upon the formula. Let's make it happen!
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
G/G: The Consultant
Honourable mentions: Market, Autumn, A&A, Girls Day, Ordinary Night, (query Wrapped)
Honourable Mentions: (query Here I Am Again)
G: N/A. This is a statement. We need to work on this desperately next year! The flawed Olas de Placer was the only true solo this year - Jon, you know what I mean.
Honourable Mentions: Room of Secrets
Photography: Ledania, Ashyn
Honourable Mentions: Dolis, Volcen, Merady, Nisaye, Thame
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Feedback regarding film in 2017:
- Variety of vision. Alis NEEDS to be here! I'd love to see J. Zakari and Alex Lynn here too
- Solos. They have a critical place here at SexArt. TLE and MetArtX are not substitutes
- Series. No stand-alone G/G series in 2016. Must be rectified in 2017
- Ratios. B/G = 75, G/G = 55, G = 1(+14 GLS) – a.t.o.w. Nowhere near good enough
- Greater interaction with the creative teams and models in the comments section
Feedback regarding photography in 2017:
- We need ‘Photography Models’ – like we had when Michaela Isizzu and Sapphira were Exclusive Models – to define our photography and elevate it to more than just an afterthought. I’d love to see Lorena, Mango, Melena, Caprice and Sabrisse represent our ‘Photography Models’ on a regular basis. They need too, to be photographed by our best artists: Don Caravaggio, Erro and Alex Lynn
- I’d love to see (more) photosets of our ‘Film Models’: Tracy Lindsay, Whitney Conroy, Alexa Tomas, Alexis Brill, Kiara Lord, etc. And that extends into appearances over at MetArt too
Feedback regarding models in 2017:
- Regular appearances from our 'Top Models', including: Tracy Lindsay, Whitney Conroy, Lorena Garcia, Mango, Melena, Amarna Miller, Alexa Tomas, Iwia, Dido, Alexis Crystal, Lexi Dona, Uma and Margot
- Greater focus on the next generation of potential Top Models, including: Aiko Bell, Alexis Brill, Kiara Lord, Julia Roca, Taylor Sands and Chrissy Fox
- Stronger international representation, including: Agatha, Ariel Rebel, Lola Reve, Layla Sin and Luna. I’d love to see Charlotte Stokely, Elle Alexandra and Kenna James too
- I want to see Sabrisse working with Team A&A on film. It’s a match made in heaven
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 on The best SexArt movie of 2016
I've been sincerely missing our top models lately... Tracy, Whitney, Lorena, Mango, Melena and Amarna. These are girls who've helped to define the identity of SexArt and we haven't seen much from any of them - it's becoming disheartening. I'd really love to see them again, as would everyone else I'm sure!
Sunday, December 4th, 2016 on Play The Game
I apologise in advance for butting in, it's not my place, but this is close to my heart and I want to raise awareness surrounding this.
My question to you is this: why, because Nancy is straight, does she not deserve to play that part? Further, would you hold it against someone who happened to be lesbian for playing a straight role? Based on your current belief, you're actually hamstringing people on both sides. You're saying that Nancy - despite her bravery, openness and progressive values - should not be allowed to represent and raise awareness for lesbian minorities through art - which, in fact, is one of the primary functions of art: to educate and raise awareness. The same would apply vice versa to a lesbian woman in a straight role. Mimi, at the end of the day, we need to be thanking Nancy, and others like her. By raising awareness and by conveying confidence in their sexuality, Nancy, and other actresses like her, are able to inspire lesbian women to embrace who they are and be proud of their place and contribution to today's society.
Sunday, November 13th, 2016 on Dance With Me
A pretty face combined with some sexy buns, legs, feet and heels... Erro's after my heart! Thank you sir and thank you Paula - you grow more and more beautiful as you age :)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 on Ashyn
Mimi. I totally support Andrej and Ariel too, and think they're great people. I just believe in being challenged by the things I watch. That's not a crime, and certainly not something deserving of the tone in which you replied. True artists want people to be critical of their work anyway. Firstly, because it's a compliment - if a person takes the time to write something discerning, the artist knows they engaged and challenged their audience. Secondly, because in that feedback provided, there may be information that can help said artist fine tune their skills. If I'm in Team A&A's shoes, I want all the feedback, positive and negative I can get. Why? The above mentioned points.
Anyway. Going off history it's clear we want different things from SexArt. I respect what you want. Please try to respect what I want also.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 on Ordinary Night
Team A&A are entirely capable - we saw it in Tarot very recently (though that was apparently shot 2 years ago) - it's just... they need to work from a script. Hitchcock understood it when he said, "to make a great film you need three things - the script, the script, the script".
Don't get me wrong, this is a great feel-good piece and it's stimulating and orgasmic and fun, but... 1 week from now it's gone from my memory. Art needs to foster an interactive experience, where it not only serves to entertain, but to engage, evoke and/or educate. Further it should consolidate and/or expand ideas and start a discussion. That's art to me... everything else is imitation.
I mean, you can pick those artists who work from scripts right away - Locanta, Lakante and Black are standouts, Zakari looks promising - because their films fulfil the above-mentioned criteria. My theory/opinion/advice on the matter: 1) get Team A&A working from scripts (more often) 2) redirect those script-writing for Alis to Team A&A. Anyway... Just some thoughts.
P.S. You should watch The Neon Demon _fer. Like or loathe it - it'll be one of the two - you'll be able to respect it as art. It's an experience not easily forgotten and one that will stick with you and percolate for some time. You're welcome to email me if/after you watch it too, because it's something I'd love to discuss :)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 on Ordinary Night
Beautiful cinematography. Good editing - though some close-ups unnecessary. Overall, a quality production, just remember to try and say/evoke something lasting.
Friday, October 21st, 2016 on Ordinary Night
Yes. Rebirth and new beginnings, certainly. It's interesting how it all worked out - how death of one relationship (Ep 1) was able to bring life to others (Eps. 2, 3, 4), and conversely how birth of other relationships all but confirmed the death of those previously. It's an interesting idea and something to think about for sure :)
I like and agree with your second paragraph. I'm talking exclusively about the visual representation of that chemistry i.e. does the filmic language represent and convey the same eloquence as the girls interaction? I don't think so. It's too dynamic, it's rapid, there's too many close ups and short cuts, etc. That sort of thing is typical for action movies and it's used to create a sense of urgency and excitement. If my memory's good, you should check out 'Cumpleaños Feliz'. That shooting-editing style would have been MUCH better suited and it would have helped to better visually realise the theme of that episode. Also, gotta agree, Alexis is one badass babe, but so are Uma and Lexi. They give their all to each other!
Additionally. For you Kat and anyone else interested, is a superb Malick film by the name of Knight of Cups. I'll tell you a VERY basic outline, cause you should engage and discover what it all means for yourself - it'll be much more potent that way. I'd be super keen to discuss it thereafter though! Basically, a guy get some Tarot cards read and he reflects on 6 different relationships. Honestly, one of the best films I've ever watched, just be prepared, it's Malick... you need to watch ACTIVELY with your thinking cap and you need to think conceptually, metaphorically and spiritually.
Monday, October 10th, 2016 on Tarot Part 4 - Death
Just an "end", here it's of a relationship/relationships.
This is one the best SexArt series I've seen, particularly in term of concept and theme - I really did view this as art and film, and not just your 'more common' brand of "titillating" erotica.
Still improvements to be made in shooting and editing though - "Hope" for example was ineloquently handled, and I use that word because thematically it needed to be warm and fluid and eloquent to visually represent the relationship "found". Some of your steadicam stuff is far too dynamic and when you're shooting that in close-up and then linking things with dynamic cuts, it can become... almost assaulting. Just let things breathe a little, and don't be afraid to use a tripod.
On the whole though, I'm extremely impressed and extremely happy for you guys. I'm led to believe this was shot almost 2 years ago now, but if you can bring something like this to the table again, and as a more regular occurrence, I'll be over the moon! This showcases your abilities as FILMMAKERS so perfectly. Well done, congrats, you have my admiration for a fucking fantastic series.
Also.. great casting!!! I said it on "False", but I'll say it again - I've never seen three girls interact in the ways these three do. They were made for each other, whether it be in 2's or 3's. Should Uma still be working, I'd whole-heartedly encourage you to bring them back together and often. Something like what these three have deserves as much attention as you guys can give it. I'd be delighted to watch an extended 10 episode series built around this 3-way lesbian relationship - I'd even be willing to dedicate some time to writing something if you guys can't find the time.
Once again. Congrats and well done on an almost perfect SexArt series :)
Sunday, October 9th, 2016 on Tarot Part 4 - Death
Yeah... and I agree with you. Great conception and all the right production values, the problem I had was that the assembly was a little confused. It's one thing have intent, another to convey it astutely and effectively through filmic language. I saw room for improvement so I provided constructive feedback. If I was Don, I'd want feedback, positive or negative, so I can better my abilities. Those are the values I've been raised on anyway.
I remember reading an extensive interview with Kaufman once and the most important thing I walked away with was a quote that went something like: "the most valuable thing to me is not money but art and those who can appreciate it. When people don't just watch, but engage with my work - understand why I lit a scene that way, or why I moved the camera that way - that is what's most valuable to me". My point? An artist allowed me the privilege of viewing their work, so rather than just consume, I engaged and attempted to give back... because I like and respect people like Charlie Kaufman and Don Caravaggio.
Saturday, October 8th, 2016 on Olas De Placer
Also. THANK YOU for the SOLOOOOOOO!!!!
Thursday, October 6th, 2016 on Olas De Placer
My feelings on this are fairly mixed. It’s got everything going for it… everything… but there’s something that I just cannot forgive – the disjointedness of the story and the tone that goes with it. It’s kinda like watching Suicide Squad. It has all the right intentions and all the right production values, but it’s confused and doesn’t really understand what it is or what it has the potential to be. The result… it’s messy.
You start with one of the most beautiful beachside openings ever, and you’ve got Lorena being her cheeky, flirty, natural self and you top it off with this joyous, free-spirited 80’s-inspired score and I’m like…. “this feels real and authentic and I’m pretty keen to emotionally invest in whatever comes next”. As far as openings go, like fuck… that hit the mark so damn well! But then…
You take it indoors and you literally forget about everything that’s just come before it. New clothing, new décor, stage lighting rather than natural… you’ve discarded the handheld for a mounted-sliding/panning camera (I don’t know what the artistic purpose of that is – take notes from Fincher and tripod mount it if there is none), and then you put this completely different, sophisticated jazz score in there too, and I’m perplexed, like, “What?!? How’d we get from A to B, in what way do they relate, and also, how do you want me to feel again?” You HAVE to consider this stuff.
Sorry Don. I know this might sound harsh, but if it helps, Ayer is great director with a hell of a lot of skill just like you – you only have to see End of Watch and Fury to understand that. It’s just… you have to think about the stuff I’ve mentioned above. Story and tone are 2 of the most vital, if not, the most vital things in filmmaking. You have to get em right. Otherwise, no matter how good the production is, it’ll always fall flat.
You’ve got to understand too, one of the primary functions of art is to manipulate emotion and make an audience feel, so… don’t confuse them. Figure out what it is you want them to feel and what journey you want to take them on and then use your film technique to accomplish that with consideration and consistency.
Anyway. I know you’re a kickass photographer – you’re my fav post-Erro – I just want you to keep going with your filmmaking cause I truly do believe in you and Lorena and you’re developing so much as a team! I always look forward to seeing your work and I can’t wait to see you again :)
P.S. Lorena (and Tracy) are like the most normal, natural, coolest girls ever. They make me feel so secure and unashamed of my sexuality and desires. And that’s seriously the highest compliment I can give them both :)
Some of these look to be out of order: 107-114.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 on Miroa
Do you think you could set it up please? She's incredibly cool and gives everything to her work and partners. I can tell she's a genuine lesbian performer, so she's definitely someone we should be seeing a lot more of - we just need to get her out from under the radar. Thanks Rose :)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 on Girls Love Sex - Samantha Rone
Hey Rose, off topic - have you by any chance interviewed Aiko Bell?
I'm not sure why... but I didn't feel any emotion while watching that. Not happy, not sad. Not aroused, not turned-off. I just felt nothing. Maybe its the lack of story and character, the sterile location, the lack of close-up, of eye contact, of communication, of warmth. I don't know, but... that should have made me feel something - elation, disappointment... something. Instead I just feel "meh". I really can't explain it, but that's just how I feel.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 on Resonate Dance
Awesome! Thank you
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 on Tarot Part 3 - Judge
Just seeking clarification that this is the final episode in the series? I'd like to do a little bit of a write-up, but only if it's finished :)
Team A&A did it for Secrets of Prague too. They're on top of things :) Thanks Team A&A :)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 on Tarot Part 1 - False
Well said _fer_. Whole-heartedly agree with you on all points.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 on Tarot Part 1 - False
I'll reserve judgement until I've seen the series in it's entirety, but as it stands right now Team A&A, you should know it's on an excellent trajectory. This is some of the better filmmaking I've seen at SexArt ever (by any artist), and definitely the best of what I've seen this year - faith restored. There's a shot in that introduction with the girls overlooking the ocean and watching the surfer's; and the framing, the lighting, the composition, everything... it's magic, Malick magic in fact.
My critique. Dynamic shots don't necessarily make a film interesting or "good", nor does constantly connecting them with dynamic cuts. Additionally, you simply can't shoot and edit in that style if it's all close-up, it's nauseating. I know you wanted to portray intimacy, but you didn't need to do that cinematically - the girls gave you exactly what you needed, all you had to do was observe. So just relax a little on the camerawork and the overly-frenetic editing, and find beauty in stillness and simplicity. Not only will that suit the viewing experience better, but it'll suit your ethos too - and that's extremely important; don't disservice your own ethos.
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 on Tarot Part 2 - Hope
There's something incredibly reminiscent of the Antea-Erro combination here - and that's not to be taken lightly! Their sensibilities match perfectly, and I see so much potential! I hope they'll work together A LOT more. They seem to bring out the best in each other. For the same reason, that's why I've encouraged collaboration with Team A&A below. Please let's make this happen.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 on Sybali
It's definitely time to see Sabrisse work with Team A&A
An excellent start. So lovely to see THE girls back together - these 3 were made for each other. Looking forward to watching how this evolves.
Sunday, September 11th, 2016 on Tarot Part 1 - False
Arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful intros I've ever witnessed. Stunning location, score, cinematography, lighting... it's as close to perfection as can be. It's a shame then that it's COMPLETELY disjointed to the body of the video. Surely this cannot misleadingly take it's namesake or poster art from 3 minutes of introductory video. In no way do the intro and body link or complement each other, and I unfortunately saw no attempt to even do so. Apparently the intro was shot in Mallorca... what indication do I have against the notion of the body being shot in a hotel room in Mumbai? Further, why are we shooting in what appear to be bland, lifeless hotel rooms anyway? In what way do locations such as this add to the story, the context, the internal and external emotion of a scene? They don't. Using them is not considered, deliberate filmmaking.
Bo's "Fire Dance" was FAR superior to this, and what's a shame, a real bloody shame... is that I know you guys were capable of exceeding it. You have the talent, you have the skill, you have the team; you guys are capable of much better! If you wanted to accomplish something truly transcendent you would have stayed out on the balcony and fought tooth and nail to overcome production difficulties and achieve it. If you you weren't prepared to do that, you should have added a VERY simple transitionary scene from balcony to bedroom and ideally not named the film Fire Dance. I don't know... maybe my expectations are too high? But then again, you're the ones who set the bar that high in the first place...
Friday, August 26th, 2016 on Fire Dance
Swell. Thanks Rose. The credits certainly depict a fun time :)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 on Faith
Thanks Rose, I appreciate it
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 on Faith
Rose - just wondering if you might know/be able to find out the shooting location for this film?
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 on Faith
Ivana looks fantastic in skinny jeans! The doors look great too... Such intricacy and beauty to their craft, I'm glad we didn't miss that, it would have been such a shame ;) Sarcasm aside though, this is when Team A&A are at their best. Their odes to Prague - Market, Petrin, Sunset on Charles Bridge, etc - capture the energy of what they're truly about. Other than the "poor framing, dead-space door thing" the video's got going on, it's pretty close to perfect.
P.S. I'd love to see Ivana paired with someone with genuine lesbian tendencies... Uma comes to mind. I think they'd be ravenous together!
Friday, August 19th, 2016 on JL Wall
Killer location and killer idea! The prelude and postlude are spot on and that soundtrack definitely suits the party atmosphere . Overall, I think it's a great little video, however, I do think some improvements could have been made:
1. There's a tendency for you, Team A&A, to have a disconnect between prelude (scene a) and body (scene b). Recent examples I would give are Like Waves, Models and to a lesser extent, Market and Girls Day. A scene is set, emotions are established (often in line with the score) and then, abruptly, a new scene starts, we have a new location, a new score, emotions change and we are putting together the context. Certainly, it can work... but in the examples I've given, I feel as though that little bit of extra set-up and scene transitioning will help to create a fluency and fluidity that would better suit your style. Following Nancy and Rosaline from the party to the hull and then tracking Margot as she joins later is simple enough and would help to provide that fluidity and context. You did it pretty well on What Happens When?, so maybe use that as a reference and tinker with it, until you hit the sweet spot :)
2. I feel as though more work could have been done in sound-editing to get this to it's most well-realised state. Recording atmospheric sounds on location, reducing their volume in post, and then adding post-production recordings of girls simulating the sexual encounter would have, in my mind at least, been the most ideal version. How practical that is given constraints however, I'm honestly not sure.
3. For any girl wanting to do lesbian movies, I'd recommend watching Malena Morgan or Tracy Lindsay. When they eat pussy, their mouths literally never lift away from it until their girl orgasms. That what separates them, elevates their work above others, and makes you believe in the reality of the connection they have with their partner. If a girl keeps pulling away, she's hesitant. If a girl uses her fingers after 30 secs, she's hesitant. And for me, hesitancy = uncomfortable or faking it. Neither of which I want to watch.
Lastly, thank you Team A&A. As I said, overall,I think it's pretty awesome!
Also... It's definitely time for more Kiara and Whitney! Uma too! Please? :)
Monday, August 15th, 2016 on Party Boat Part 1
Artists like Locanta, Fincher, Aronofsky, Winding-Refn, Inarritu, Malick, Kubrick, Hitchcock, etc. understand very well what I'm saying, and understand that it is MUCH more than semantics.
Friday, August 5th, 2016 on Where Do We Go
I wasn't trying to start anything either Rose and I think you've misinterpreted the tone with which I was speaking - such is the problem of the written word. That said, you just confirmed my fears in saying, "I think your distinction between erotica and erotic film is unnecessary". Erotica is not film - in no way does it inform you as the nature of the human condition or the complexities of the world in which we live.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016 on Where Do We Go
Rose. The whole philosophy of SexArt is that they make Erotic Film, NOT "Erotica", NOT "Porn". There is a VERY clear distinction - I'm mentioned it numerous times before. We've devolved significantly over the past year and a half, and I worry most that the people running, working and contributing to site are unable to make that distinction. That first sentence has hit me like a subway train. Is this truly what you and the SexArt team believe your philosophy to be?
Just like everyone else in the comments section, I like Nancy, I think it's great to finally see her on film and it's particularly awesome cause she's making out with another girl. I also think Sybil is gorgeous too and that both have a lot of potential! Honestly though, I feel as I may be the only person viewing this without rose-coloured glasses on.
As a story, as a film, as a testament to an artist's evolution over time... this is disappointing :( I can't help but harken back to my comments about Blink-182. This is the old hits being played over and over: The Sea Mousse, Horizont, Horizont II - with nothing fresh or original being offered.
The only advice I can give is to look at Alis' anthology films, specifically The Heat 1 and 2, Secretly 1 and 2, and The Road Goes on 1 and 2, and look at how he developed and strengthened the ideas presented in them. In every instance, he took "erotica" and developed it into "erotic film". Alis grew as an ARTIST. With reference to Blink also, it might be worthwhile looking into how Delonge has evolved as an artist too. The guy used to make punk music and dick jokes, now he's not only one of the most recognisable musicians and lyricists, but a filmmaker (an award-winning one to boot), an author of numerous novels, a comic-book artist, and the list goes on.
There's any number of ways this "video" could have been developed intellectually, conceptually, thematically. Give me 5 secs... Ok. Why not juxtapose the beauty and danger/destruction of waves with that of the development and deterioration of a relationship, al-la Cianfrance's Blue Valentine? That sounds like art to me.
I'm looking at today's release too - as in Take Care, and I'm thinking is this art? On an "erotica" site it would fit the bill - exceptionally well, but... I expect a LOT more from a ART-"film" site. Good art needs to present a theme, concept, idea, and/or evoke emotions that challenge or attempt to enlighten an audience as to the nature of the human condition - it's not art otherwise.
In all honesty, both these "videos" will be forgotten by the time I fall asleep tonight. Now isn't the purpose of art to create something that sticks with the viewer for what may potentially be the rest of their life. Something that informs the way they live, view the world, the people around them, etc.
Jon, this is what I'm talking about. These 2 films represent the deterioration of SexArt from erotic film into erotica. Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Isn't it time to bring Alis back here? Isn't it time to recruit someone with an artist's mind like J. Zakari and bring him in too? Isn't it time to involve a writer with Team A&A. You can pick Garland's scripts from a mile away because regardless of the director, there is an artistry and theme that comes through them. Let's get back to making innovative material... film. Let's get back to our golden age.
P.S. Andrej. If there is one particularly positive thing I can say, it's that your post-credits from this and Market have a lot of honesty and purity in them. If you can inject that spontaneity and truth into the body of the work, as in the actual film, it will elevate your work significantly.
Friday, July 29th, 2016 on Like Waves
Thanks Steph :) I just scrolled through the comments tab on the Blog and was excited to see your name too. I always enjoy reading your comments :)
Monday, July 25th, 2016 on Market
Your sentiments in both comments reflect my own perfectly, Solrage. I have indeed been missing the Art in SexArt.
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand
Beautiful! A wonderfully relatable story portrayed authentically by two especially professional performers. This is the best cinematography and editing I've seen at SexArt all year, and that perfectly serendipitous postlude beams with spontaneity, personality, interaction and truth - in fact, those moments were the most honest in this piece. Andrej, whatever you can do as director to garner and inject these moments into the actual body of the work, I'd strongly encourage. This a beautiful success; thank you Team A&A :)
Saturday, July 16th, 2016 on Market
Look... this is hot, particularly because I'm a legs and feet person, but I’m honestly unimpressed by this series.
First. It’s not GLS Season 4 as it’s claiming to be. To me it’s quite clear this has been pulled from the archives and recycled in response to the in-depth conversation that took part on “Tarein” – I think this says a lot about the state of SexArt currently, and I’d urge you guys to consider not just 1, but all 7 points made in that conversation.
Second. The series offers nothing fresh or different, though given the fact it’s old, I wouldn’t expect it to anyway. In the interest of helping out, here’s what I’d do with GLS #ConceptBySydney
Any time you’re interviewing an adult performer, you have to unique opportunity to subvert the viewer’s gaze, portray the individual as a real person and in doing so, diminish the idea of said performer as a voyeuristic, objectified sex object. Basically, through interviewing these women you’d promote the idea of relating to one another sexually in an honest, intimate, respectful and LOVING way by scrutinising and subverting the pornographic gaze.
To me porn perpetuates this strange, exaggerated perception of sexual activity and promotes promiscuity as the natural sexual state. It leads to us putting our sexual needs over those of love and intimacy, it undermines sexual monogamy, and as such, it diminishes trust between intimate couples and fosters this inability to relate to each other in honest way. So… subvert all those things by talking to real women, with real stories in a largely desexualised manner. Put that first, make it the centrepiece, spend significant time genuinely getting to know someone, discovering their intimate selves and discussing their real life sexual relations, and… if you need to film something sexual, film it “pure” and “raw”. Put her in “her” environment, at home, where she can be herself.
Anyway. That’s enough, I’m really tired… For reference, go watch “Just Jasmine”. It’s by far and away the best GLS episode ever created. Everything else well and truly pales in comparison.
Sunday, July 10th, 2016 on Girls Love Sex - Dana DeArmond
I just feel like these are old scenes...
Sunday, June 26th, 2016 on Girls Love Sex - Charlotte Stokely
Sunday, June 26th, 2016 on Girls Day
Agreed mimi :) A hell of a lot more of Charlotte! She's awesome!!! :)
Sunday, June 12th, 2016 on Girls Love Sex - Lola Foxx
I rewatched this last night and I started thinking about the possibility of a sequel, but that meant more than just doing it for the sake of it, it meant expanding/opening up the relationship and story, and strengthening the piece thematically. And that's when I thought of Linklater's "Before" trilogy. What if Ivana was a working-travelling woman and this couple only saw each other every few years, each time for the briefest of periods? What influence and impact would TIME have had on these women and their interaction? Given the time that has elapsed in "real-time" and the changing image of Ivana in particular - if I'm allowed to - I'd request that an intelligent sequel be made based upon this idea. There's no time like the present people :)
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 on Cafe
Thanks for clarifying Bo. It's great to have you back. I look forward to seeing what you bring us and how your style has developed over the years.
With regard to this, I'd say only that GLS Season 2 worked so well because of Kayla Jane. I'd strongly encourage you to seat a female interviewer across from these ladies in future instalments. It creates a much more open, intimate and female-centric environment, which obviously fits the title and theme much more appropriately.
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 on Girls Love Sex - Elle Alexandra
Shot in 2012-13 or shot recently?
Well filmed. Good see some changes implemented. Please continue with it.
Friday, May 20th, 2016 on Bittersweet Tale Part 1
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.
Sunday, May 15th, 2016 on Tarein
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.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 on Tarein
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.
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!
Well said _fer.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016 on Tarein
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
That doesn't justify it though
I have it on good authority that at least one of the aforementioned directors is churning out at least 2 scenes per day
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 on Tarein
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.
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.
Thanks for taking my response the right way Rose
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...
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.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 on Tarein
*To clarify, Team A&A excel at eliciting genuine chemistry
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.
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.
Jon - could you please reach out to Erro regarding solo girl films for SexArt?
Quite the contrary... I could not agree with you more strongly.
I'm trying it's just a matter of money, opportunity and timing. For SexArt, I have a script and 2 more concepts in development. I'm hoping to link up with Alis at the end of this year. We'll see what happens :)
Monday, May 9th, 2016 on Surprise In The Shower
_fer, Rose and Andrej,
You all already know my stance on this and it's particularly strong. In the interest of maintaining the peace however, I'll reserve my critique this time and ask that you watch this instead. Andrej, please consider it when framing, panning and shooting through objects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsI8UES59TM.
Friday, May 6th, 2016 on Surprise In The Shower
Sabrisse and Erro twice in one day... methinks K's feeling outstandingly generous :)))) Thanking you muchly!
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 on Qatopa
Melena and her colours... she gets me every time :) :) :)
Thursday, April 7th, 2016 on Dolis
The Alis of SexArt does not make erotica, he makes erotic film. In my mind there's a very clear distinction. Film is a medium through which stories, characters, concepts and themes are explored for the purpose of emotionally moving, educating and challenging the perceptions of one's audience. To get the most out of the experience, a true director would ask his audience to analyse. Thus we do, in the interest of our own knowledge and out of respect for said director. You'll notice too this takes it name from the 50's classic directed by none other than the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock - one of the most talented and respected filmmakers ever.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 on Rear Window
I've been patiently awaiting the arrival of this set. Even from that one image displayed in our updates tab, I recognised this immediately as Erro's photography. There's much to be excited about: the fact that this is is new, which means the best photographer is back, and also that our gorgeous Suzie is back and still looks just as good, if not better (I'd strongly argue better) than she ever has. Please more from both! Please!
Monday, March 28th, 2016 on Siecla
I'm very sorry to write this, because I know already that you will be pissed off with me. I honestly already have little tears in the corner of my eyes, but I can't not write this.
I loved this film Ariel, I really did, I think it's absolutely gorgeous. I think you guys nailed the costuming and you've elicited two wonderful performances that connect in a very beautiful way. That said, there are two pieces of camerawork that I don't feel fit the scene.
The first are the steadi-cam shots in your introduction. They are too fast and too dynamic, and do not visually support the relaxed stillness of the morning or the internal of the characters. A simple and still tripod-mounted shot would have better visually conveyed your story.
The second is the right-to-left panning shot from behind the wall onto the bed and girls. Visually, this shot tells me there is a voyeur watching the girls. The scene is supposed to be about the girls, and the beautiful connection they share. Every time you guys use that shot however, I feel so uncomfortable. It feels cheap and dirty in the wrong way.
Though I don't agree with it, by now, I know that shooting in and around your environment is part of what you guys determine to be your 'signature' style. What I'd say is that if you guys are trying to convey this, this idea of voyeurism and that we're always being watched, then I do apologise, but if you're not, I'd urge you to reconsider the use of this style of shot. Perhaps shoot in and around your environment, but make sure the camera always remains still and fixed. Otherwise, there's a voyeur.
I am truly sorry to write these things Ariel.
Sunday, February 14th, 2016 on Morning Touch
I know you probably mean nothing by that word 'unfortunately', but I would like to put my two cents in here if I may.
Solo films are incredibly unique in that they allow for the delivery of stories, ideas and themes that cannot be otherwise conveyed through the medium of g/g or b/g. Things such as self-love and self respect, embracing one's own distinct sexuality, exhibitionism, etc.
In 2014, SexArt was delivering one g, one g/g and one b/g per week. Yes, it served to diversify the content, but more importantly it served to diversify the stories, ideas and themes being delivered. As such, I can honestly label 2014 the most informative and educational year I've experienced in SexArt film.
We are yet to see a solo film in 2016, and in the past year I'd hazard a guess that SexArt delivered no more than roughly one per month. This, to me... is the TRULY unfortunate thing. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but it seems like SexArt aren't currently interested in delivering solo film, and/or do not currently have the proper emphasis on it's unique importance.
Losing Michaela and Sapphira was a sad day for SexArt. I of course do not know the behind-the-scenes story Jon, but on film I saw two talented young females dedicated to delivering truthful, powerful performances - I'd challenge you to watch 'Lonely' again and not feel or be moved.
In my eyes Melena fits the mold those girls laid down. More-overly though, in Melena I see a wonderful passion and commitment to creating true, important art... and yes, solo art. That's where she's most powerful and where she has the potential to not only leave a lasting mark, but inform and educate her audience in her own unique way.
What I'm urging/seeking clarification of, is that SexArt isn't undervaluing the importance of solo film AND it's solo performers... and that it's taking steps towards delivering more solo film. I'd also love to rest easy knowing that SexArt is actively seeking out and taking care of it's solo performers, i.e. simply asking (and in no way pressuring) them if they want to try their hand at g/g film - and further, that there are no repercussions for saying "no".
Thanks Jon. And just in case you're wondering, this is all written from the heart and with the best intentions. You know I care about SexArt and about the people involved.
Sunday, February 14th, 2016 on Melena A
Sparky, I could not agree with you more. Tracy is the number one lesbian model currently working, period. She brings an undeniable truth to everything she does, and to watch her connect with her partners in such a genuine, passionate and positive way is a thing of beauty. We are very privileged to have her with us, and I hope we will for many, many years to come. Thank you Tracy.
Friday, February 5th, 2016 on Imagination
Nice tease. Czech with Whitney or Russian with Melena would do fine as well ;)
By the way, what's going on with our toolbar thingie at the top Rose? It's moved down and to the right and it's covering up important stuff. There's also no more 'upcoming releases' on our Blog. I'm a smidgen annoyed... If you need a screenshot of what I mean just say so. I am however off to bed. Night night.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 on Vox Episode 3
This is my favourite episode yet, though I'm still not sure what to make of the series, or more accurately, the idea.
In terms of it's structure I'm reading Part I as an eroticism of language thing, which could extend into eroticism being a shared language - particularly given the fact we've had English, Spanish and Italian speakers (and I'd suggest a native French speaker to come in our final instalment - Lola please?). In terms of Part II, I'm suggesting it captures the action being read, or at least... the story as the reader interprets it.
I don't know... I could go into more depth here, but I can't help being distracted by my first impression. I'm unsure this has been visually presented in the right way. As always I could be wrong, and Alis, if I am, you know I'm already sorry and that you should just laugh it off :)
As an aside I just wanted to say that Agatha is so freakin cool. She well an truly deserves her title of 'solo queen'. She's just the inspiration I needed! Hopefully you'll be working with her more in 2016 Alis :)
I shall watch this some time today I hope, but I just want to say... Agatha! At long last, the queen of solo's is coming back :)
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 on Vox Episode 2
Totally unrelated, but do you reckon you could track down and interview Kiara please?
Monday, December 7th, 2015 on Men who like porn respect women more: the facts!
Hey _fer_, I somewhat agree, though there was a point during the film I thought, "is there something going on down there?" But I answered the question with no, because I thought it would defy the purpose of the read - that being Tracy bringing herself to a psychological/mental orgasm, which would serve as another rendition on Alis' notion of 'sex-in-the-brain'. So, I'm actually a little confused now...
I'm not sure the idea works. You either have an acted orgasm, which never quite comes across as believable, or you have a real orgasm, but you know it's assisted, and so it compromises the idea presented. I really like the idea, though I'm not sure it works. That being said, I could be reading this wrong and missing the point entirely.
Alis... don't answer :)
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 on Vox Episode 1
Ah, ok. So there is something going on under the table. Let me re-evaluate :) Forgive my original comment, I'll post a new one tonight.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 on Vox Episode 1
It's certainly an interesting idea Alis, but I really struggle with it because I know it's all an act - so whatever psychological/erotic appeal it would/should have is kind of lost on me. I'm not sure we'd have any actress skilled enough to convince me otherwise either, though I really hope so, because I'd love to see the idea fully realised. That's basically all I can say about this one. I do want to note however I'm grateful to 1) see Tracy again and 2) see solo's creeping back into release. Why? Because there are stories, ideas, themes, lessons which are better/can-only-be conveyed through the solo medium. We need more of them.
My feedback is always constructive
Monday, November 30th, 2015 on Fountain of Love
Ariel, thank you for your comment.
As to your first point, I can understand this entirely. However I'd like to point out that depth of field should be primary accomplished through camerawork and technicality: aperture, focal length, focal distance. Obscuring a scene with objects strictly for the purpose of conveying depth of field is the easy /cheat way to do this, and here it's not being used effectively. Consider Garden for example, their, having the palm-trees in foreground adds to the story and adds to the theme of tranquility. Here the stairs and railing convey...?
As to the glass. I can't support the use of it strictly because you think it's cool. Let me give you an example of where it's use might be appropriate. Say you have a film called 'Iridescent', and the idea of this film is, like the word implies, is to show things from different angles and see them in a new light. Then, you could have shots above the glass table showing one story, and shots below the glass table, showing an entirely different one. This is an example of where a 'cool' shot becomes meaningful and intrinsic to the story.
As to your comment below Ariel, all I can say is that I'm... disappointed. My desire is not to anger you or Andrej, but to give you constructive feedback that will help you grow and develop as filmmakers. I don't want you to read my comments and walk away pissed off. I want you to read my comments and say, "ok, maybe I agree with you on that, perhaps we can try working on that and getting it right for future films". You're not going to get better if you listen to 'yes men'.
And... I really don't like the idea of this 'signature style' you keep pushing. Every story, every film should have it's own unique style and it's own unique use of techniques to best convey the ideas, themes, stories being presented.
Andrej was my favourite erotic filmmakers 2 years ago Ariel. I'm trying to help you because more than anything, I'd like for you to become my favourite again. You said a long time ago, that you want to create films that you are proud of and that you could show your grandma. Well... I want you to make a film that your grandmother watches and turns to you after and says, "that is one of the most effecting things I've ever seen in my life".
I only want to help Ariel, I only want to help. Please stop looking at me as if I'm attacking you and your team, and please start looking at me as someone who cares deeply for your work and wants to help you improve.
Sunday, November 29th, 2015 on Fountain of Love
Sorry Rose, but if that's their ARTISTIC purpose it's nowhere near good enough. So, rather than lay down immediate judgement on a filmmaker I respect, I've offered Andrej the opportunity explain their inclusion.
Andrej - in reference to their use in this film, could you please outline the artistic purpose of following shots:
- wide shot in which the models are obscured by stairs and a railing in the fore/mid-ground
- close up shots through the glass on the table
Thank you :)
Lol. Impaired indeed Rose, but it's ok, Lola does the same to me... and then some ;)
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 on Time For Me
Congrats SexArt! You deserve the nominations, and even if you don't walk away victors, hold your heads high knowing that you should have - you guys are making the best/only erotic film available! You guys have been an incredible influence, driving my passion for film, erotic or otherwise, and for that I truly thank you. I cannot wait for the day when I am able to give back to this place I call home :)
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 on SexArt nominated for 2016 AVN Awards
This is my first film in quite some time, so maybe it's that I had high hopes, but... I was a little let down.
This lacked the psychology and thematic tones of Michaela's better films: Lonely, Diary, Mirror, even Reminiscence, and for that reason, I couldn't engage with it quite as well. This is... too simple.
I was also a little let down by the camerawork here, which is a rarity because that's something you guys normally excel in. When you have a girl as naturally beautiful as Michaela, it's important you take the (very rare) opportunity to display/convey that beauty to the best of your ability. I'd still go for languid, but less static would be my advice. Explore Michaela's physical perfection IBDS style.
So I guess in summary, my criticisms are that you could have better represented both the mental/emotional psychology of the scene, as well as the beauty of the model within it. That said however, as far as erotica goes, this is brilliant, but as you guys surely know by now SexArt to me is not erotica, but erotic film.
P.S. Nice to see Michaela again, and it's about darn time we got another solo Jon! Just in case you missed it... SOLOS!!!!!!! ;)
That's my kinda gal :) Blondie goddess!
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 on Binomi
Thanks Rose. Just missing him is all.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 on Ritual
Jon, is Alis still shooting for SexArt?
Great to see Alex Lynn at SexArt. I'd love to see more photography, but even more, I'd love to see what he'd do with film...
Monday, November 16th, 2015 on Mantra
Exams run until early Dec. Ariel. I just need to get through my first 2 this week. Then I have a short break - I'll contact you ASAP, I promise :)
Sunday, November 8th, 2015 on Models
Study, you know... to be a doctor. I have 2 exams this week, and then 3 more HUGE one's late Nov., early Dec. Sorry Ariel, but it's more pressing and my thoughts need to be solely on that right now. Please forgive me.
Saturday, November 7th, 2015 on Models
You bring up very good points, nearly all of which I agree with, the only one I don't is 'signatures'. If you are going to have a signature, it needs to be one that is NOT limiting. Shooting in 21:9 and using obstructive panning shots IS limiting. They can both be used to enhance a story in VERY effective ways. The way in which you guys are using them doesn't ALWAYS reflect that (i.e. sometime it does). Something a little more inconspicuous, such as shooting the lead characters hands before their face, (Nolan), is an example of a non-limiting signature.
I agree with you on the location suiting this film, though it's something that needs to be considered in your future work. 'Romance' for example would have had much more impact were it shot in lived-in environment that appeared to have been inhabited by the couple.
About the g/g thing. Forgive me. I'm being selfish. That's an entirely personal thing and not something that I should have criticised you for. That's my mistake.
About new girls. Yes, I'm in total agreement - I commented on VT about their value and importance to the industry just recently. I think what's most important when finding and shooting new girls is that you feel they have the X-Factor. Brands like VS, SI Swim, HegreArt, etc. THRIVE because of their ability to find women with that X-FACTOR!!! SexArt should follow their lead.
In regards to your incredible offer... First of all, thank you, and second, I want to do it!!! Though now and the near future seem unrealistic. I will ask Rose for your email, and contact you soon, within the next week or so (I'm crazy busy!), and I hope we can discuss and sort something out. Such an opportunity is once in a lifetime and not something I want to miss! Thank you again for being so incredibly kind and generous Ariel.
I'm pushed for time, so I can only offer constructive feedback. It's a nice film, but it let me down, so here's how to improve for next time.
These obstructive long shots are just that, obstructive, and when you're editing them together with extreme close-ups, they're purpose and place in the film is defeated entirely anyways. If you're not using a film technique to further your story and layer and theme, you're not using it right. And I'm sorry Andrej, but you're not using this technique right - this voyeuristic, obstructive panning needs to go, or you need to start using it effectively. It's harsh, and it's to the point, but I intend it constructively, please take as such.
Location. Please refer to my comment on 'Ladies' for further detail. You guys are REALISTIC storytellers, your locations need to reflect that. Give them character and make them feel lived in. Soulless 'hotel rooms' just aren't going to cut it. The importance of location is IMMENSE. Please start treating it as such. Same goes for Alis and anyone else shooting across the MetNetwork. P.S. Alex Lynn understands location.
G/G. For me, my G/G erotica needs to be G/G erotica, i.e. just girls, only girls... please.
Ok. Now, just a quick note, that's just a broad, unrelated type thing. This year SexArt and VT have been reaching out trying to find NEW girls and there's been such a huge emphasis on it, and honestly, I really don't like it. We need quality actresses to help make quality filmmakers visions a reality.
We we have an epic roster of models: Mango, Lola, Tracy, Whitney, Lorena, Alexa, Kiara, Melena Agatha, Aiko, Julia, Amarna, Ariel, Iwia, Lexie, Alexis C, Margot, Luna, Lucy, Tess, Carolina, Sabrisse, Nancy, Taylor, Dido, Alexis Brill, etc. most of which we've seen very minimally this year. The harsh reality of the industry is that these girls have an expiration date roughly after they hit 30 years of age. That means our time to shoot these beautiful, amazing and talented women is limited. Use their experience, use their confidence, use their talent while you can! Plus, we want to see those women mentioned above anyway - they're recognised as our 'Top Models'. We vote them into that echelon because it's our best way of telling you this!
Friday, November 6th, 2015 on Models
It's moving towards Caravaggio quality...
Personally, I'd ease back with the camera - more long/full-body shots that capture Nancy in her environment, and also less sequencing of close-up after close-up... etc. showing similar action. It's largely about striking a balance of shots and action.
Thursday, October 29th, 2015 on Conici
Little blondie babe... you're just so cute! And damn, you're in such great shape right now, and with that tan and that little butt, grrrr... why you gotta be so perfect?!? :)
Kiara, I have to tell you something, and please take this as a very, VERY big compliment. I don't like b/g erotica, it's just personal preference. I've watched a few movies, mostly by Alis, and the reason I watch them is because Alis will tell a story and convey a message of artistic and educational value. Something like LFS(2), The Writer, The Contract, Possessione: Vol. 2, J&J, etc. but honestly, even those I'm still hesitant to approach...
When it comes to the films you do with Matt though, I'm not hesitant. I click download right away. Now I don't do that because you're hot, or because I wanna see you orgasm, or anything like that - the reason I do it is because they make me emotional. I can genuinely feel the chemistry, and it's something very beautiful and real. I know you're enjoying every moment and that you feel safe, and warm and cared for and special - and that you feel that way, makes me really happy! And I think that's a great testament to you and Matt obviously, but also to the crew that you work with who make you feel comfortable and well, awesome about your shootings.
Please keep up your amazing work Kiara :) I adore you and I really do hope you'll take over SexArt next year - we'd be very lucky to see a whole lot more of you!
P.S. Please never change your gorgeous blonde hair! It's beautiful :)
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 on Perder Tiempo
Of course I enjoyed this FILM! But... in terms of what I think you're getting at, no, at no point did I find it erotic and at no point I was inclined 'that' way. Does that matter to me? Nope. It still meets the Sex(-)Art criteria, and more importantly, it's thought-provoking and holds educational value in the ideas it presents. Every good FILM should do that, it's not FILM otherwise, at least not for me... it's something less. That being said - I enjoyed this less than say, 'Riders of the Storm', which fulfilled my EROTIC and FILMIC needs simultaneously.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
Not too bad, not too bad at all. I can see how you came to these conclusions Rose - so I like it. In fact, I'd happily view this film from either perspective as I can see both being 'true'.
See, that's what I was thinking early on, but that's too literal for my liking - as in 'the cure' is simply a cure and does what a cure is supposed to - Melena never seems cured though. Yes, she was shy and insecure at the beginning of this, and only after the cure was administered did she find the confidence to look up as us. But even then, her emotions and reaction seem ambivalent, uncertain, almost aloof. I think this is a matter of 'La Cura (or No La Cura)?'. As in... is this the real cure to Melena's "illness"? Is she going to find confidence in cosmetic alteration, or will her confidence come from within?
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
So… where to start...? Perhaps the drip.
I think it would be easy enough to see that drip and think of it as a reflection of illness, and… I guess you could argue that what’s ACTUALLY going on here is an illness of sorts - but Melena’s not ill… physically at least – more on that later but.
For now, let’s approach that drip as more of a symbol than anything, actually more appropriately, let’s view it as a contextually appropriate device through which Alis can deliver his ideas. Because the real story going here is actually about plastic surgery – I’d hazard a guess that it’s cosmetic too… if we’re getting into specifics. Now where on Earth did I come up with that?
Well, if you wander the environment in which Melena stands, you’ll notice that behind her, hanging from the wall, are a collection of surgical tools – contextually, they’re the big clue here. Additionally, you’ll notice that the medicine (clear fluid) being delivered into Melena’s body is being redirected externally as saliva (clear fluid) to her breasts, and there is a clear emphasis on Melena’s breasts in this film – and thus we have our articles for cosmetic surgery.
Now… back to my point above about what’s ACTUALLY going on here being an illness. Let me ask you this – if you had breasts like Melena’s, would you feel insecure and would you toy with the idea of surgery for “improvement”? Well… I hope the resounding and is NO! And yet… she does. For some reason, Melena’s values dictate to her, that her breasts are imperfect, and therein lies the argument for illness – mental illness.
So onto the next environmental cue, which will help us understand Melena’s mental state and psychology – the bicycle wheel. Before I go on, if you’re not familiar with it, I’d suggest opening a new tab and Googling ‘Medicine Wheel’ in images.
Now… just above I mentioned that it’s Melena’s values that dictate to her, that her breasts are imperfect. So if we insert her into the medicine wheel on VALUES, we can see that her values influenced her DECISION to undergo elective cosmetic surgery; that, that decision then lead to her ACTIONS, and the surgery itself, of which we see symbolically play out before us; and that those actions then provide the directive for her emotional REACTION thereafter…
Now… you’ll notice that, unlike previous ‘Melena-Outlines’ instalments, there’s actually no contact with the audience throughout this film, at least… not until after 'La Cura' has been delivered. And even then, shy, insecure Melena has been sure to cover up her breasts beforehand. Ultimately too, her emotional reaction to all of this is ambivalent and ambiguous….
So there’s a big question here – what’s the value of plastic surgery, if any? Melena elected to undergo cosmetic surgery, which was assumedly to help her gather confidence in her body and breasts, but then, if she’s covering herself up even after the fact… did it really help?
This has been by far the hardest one to figure out, but I think I may have just go it... Let me collect my thoughts - I'll post my take on it tomorrow :)
Monday, October 19th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
It's Alis, _fer_, there's ALWAYS a deeper meaning!
And I'm going to watch La Cura tonight, so you should see an analysis for that in the next couple of days :) Timeline will follow thereafter. Sorry to Alis and sorry to you too that I haven't been able to keep up, I've just been busy with uni and my 'Nina' project - just waiting on Alis' response as to when I can send it through :)
Sunday, October 18th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 6 - Timeline
Wasn't 'Forget the Writer' Scene 3? I think Carteresque is referring to the fact that it doesn't appear in the Episode Listing above - which is something I've been wondering too.
Very keen to watch this! I still have to watch La Cura but...
_fer_, I guess what I'm trying to stress here is this - while the majority of Outlines is not to your taste, I don't want you dismissing it as artsy style over substance stuff - you're so much better than that! That's what I used to do with Kubrick and Malick, back when I was 16-17, back when I was naive and had such a minimal appreciation of film. Now... next to Alis, they are my greatest influences! To me, visual storytelling (show, NOT tell) represents the highest level of thinking and understanding of the visual form. Because the few people capable of achieving it understand one VERY important thing, that an idea is SO much more potent if you let a person discover it for themselves.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
I always love reading you Alis :)
While I've got you, can I please just commend you on keeping your visions and interpretations of this series to yourself. Explaining what these films mean would be the easiest way to clear things up for members, but it would also be the most detrimental to the films themselves. Subjectivity in film in perhaps the most important thing there is - makes the experience so much more potent for the individual watching. Congrats on resisting the urge!
I differ there _fer_. If we're thinking of them separately, I'd always go less sex and more art, but... we shouldn't be looking at them separately. SexArt is about using sex to convey art.
That's why I love Alis Locanta, because he uses sex as a storytelling device. It's not story-sex-story, it's story-story-story being told through sex. Secrets of Prague is the former, and that's why I don't think too highly of it; Memento is the latter and that's why I think extremely highly of it. Take the sex scenes out of Secrets of Prague, and you've still got a story that works, take the sex out of Memento and the story is almost completely lost... and that's a VERY good thing! That's what SexArt is to me - being able to intrinsically link the two.
As to the lighting. Everything has it's place and is being used purposefully to convey an artful message, so I'm cool with it :)
Afrodita. As much as I love SexArt and would love to sit back and sing it's praises all day long, I can actually sympathise with where you're coming from. I know it's not over yet, but as of right now, this year in SexArt film has been weaker than 2014.
Now obviously there are standouts that rise above anything that's been accomplished before such as series like Memento, LFS: Vol. 2 and Outlines, or standalones such as TRGO: Vol. 2, PTMA: Vol. 4 and Cumpleanos Feliz, just to name a few - but on the whole, I've felt the quantity... of quality... films has declined since last year. That said, I do think 2014 was an incredible year in SexArt film and one that will likely be hard to top moving forward; it's like 2013 film for example - that was a truly golden year in cinema with the likes of Gravity (3D), 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyers, La Vie d'Adele, Her, Short Term 12, etc. and I think that's going to be hard to top too!
So, I'm not sure... I think it's just a cyclic thing. I think some years we're going to get better films than we do others. Better is the target, but obviously it's difficult to always hit it. You just have to hope our directors turn out to be more like Scorsese or the likes, than they do Shyamalan or the likes. Even so... for me at least, as long as I know their putting 110% into everything they do, I'll be satisfied.
Maybe though, just maybe MetArt acquiring VT has something to do with this... Please forgive me in advance if this opinion is deemed disrespectful or uncalled for, I do not mean it so.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
Thanks _fer_, I'll get there. Obviously I'm very intrigued by this given my degree, so I'll be sure to pick it apart! Should you be interested, I finally got around to posting some thought on 'Fire My Light' :)
I’ve fallen behind, grrr… Just too busy. I finally had the opportunity to watch this tonight though.
Now I’m sure I could pick this apart and analyse it detail by detail – I could talk about the nature of that predator-prey opening and it’s relationship to the world of BDSM; the significance of those earthy brick walls and that almost ‘club-like’ bathroom setting in conveying a sense of determination and raw sexual desire; the manic score that literally assaults the senses and strips all thoughts, non-sexual or otherwise away; I could even go into how as humans, our instincts have, over time, become coloured by consciousness, but that our one primal instinct, animal attraction, quite literally remains black and white; but… I don’t want to go into detail; I feel that would actually defeat the purpose of the film. Because in the simplest of ways I feel all this film asks is that you surrender – wholly and completely to the animal inside you.
So honestly… I don’t feel bad saying I like this film simply because I like watching Alexa, tigress she is, be dominated like the little doe I know she can be.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 4 - Fire My Light
I haven't watched it yet _fer_, but just because this isn't to your taste does not mean it's a dud. 'Safety Not Guaranteed' did nothing for me personally, but I can respect it's originality and subversiveness enough to say it's a well thought out, well-directed film.
Sunday, October 11th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 5 - La Cura
This was actually the first movie Alexa shot for SexArt. So she's getting better, not worse :) Hope that clarifies things for you.
Friday, October 9th, 2015 on The Morning After
Totally in agreement. The excitement comes from the anticipation and storyline. Personally, I'd love to see more of that, and less of the actual explicit action. Sex is in the brain anyway, and I feel like that format would actually support that better.
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 4 - Fire My Light
Hmm... I both love and hate when we butt heads, lol :)
Ok, so let me start by saying that it's not a matter of 'but', because of course rules are made to be broken, subverted or challenged. I'm not saying do the same thing, surely only a derpy would say that - instead I'm saying utilise those things that have come before it to inform how you make your own projects. Every piece of modern art created is an adaptation, influenced heavily by what's come before it. The last truIy original works were, in my opinion, that of William Shakespeare. As hard as you try, you'll never create something truly original anymore, that's the cold hard fact of the matter.
I'm glad we can at least agree this works as a FILM and not a SERIES, because that's my main point. Unfortunately for this, it was released as a SERIES. Where does the flaw lie? Primarily on SexArt, because it does not yet support 'true' feature length films. Perhaps Ariel and Adele have brought that to light here, and in my opinion, that would be an incredibly wonderful thing! I'm waiting for the day we see 90-120min feature film. That would be one of things I'd push strongly for! However, I do have to say that the structural design of the series, is what let this down as a SERIES. So while ever this is the format our filmmakers are working with, they've gotta best understand that format and work around, or use whatever limitations there are to their advantage.
In terms of this being unpredictable, I just can't agree. It plays to all kinds of typical erotica and non-erotica tropes. This episode for example, how many times have you seen this sexual scenario before? And if you're talking storyline, the TV market is saturated with stuff like this. As to who won, well of course that's going to be unpredictable, but the fact that one team is going to win is entirely predictable - you've got a 1in5 chance of guessing anyways.
As for scripting and me having NO idea about how much planning goes into this, well... I recently handed in a 9-page script that I've been conceptualising for the best part of 4-5 months, it has all kinds of notes and images on production design, technicalities of shooting, editing, costuming, hair and make-up, etc. And in all honesty, it will likely be an Outlines (or slightly longer) length film. So I feel like my deer has at least one eye, though it's two I'm hoping for :)
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 6
Some good point guys, especially in terms of structure. For me though, planning should be meticulous. I find that if you write/work to a structure, you're not going to miss things. For example, in my 'Survivor' example, you have 3 instances in each episode that focus primarily on character insight and development, and then you also have other sections which serve their respective purpose and give varied insights into all manner of aspects of the game. I can see the advantages of not following a structure, but I immediately see the disadvantages more.
_fer_, you always talk about 'The Writer' being your favourite series. If you watch that series and focus only on it's structure, you'll immediately notice that every single episode is the structured the same and it gives a much more natural flow to the viewing experience. Same with LFS, same with Memento, GLS, etc. Those are the series I've saved to my HD, because they are SERIES, and they work as SERIES.
Now, one could argue that this would play out better as a FILM, and you know what, it would! If I sat down and binged, watching one ep after another, I think it would be a much better viewing experience, and I think I'd love it a hell of a lot more than I do. But this isn't a FILM, the SexArt platform doesn't allow for a FILM with a 90-120min runtime. It only supports SERIES of which this IS, and of which are truncately released episodically, on a week by week basis. I could also never consider this a film because it's origins lie in TV/
Now, If I sat down and watched 20mins of say, The Shawshank Redemption every Friday, and only every Friday, I'm pretty certain I'd think it an ordinary FILM. But you see, I never watched it as a FILM. I never parked my butt on a seat for 142mins and grappled with it as a whole, or more importantly, as it's intended to be viewed. And the same goes for series, they are meant to be viewed episodically, week by week, and this just doesn't work in that respect. You're getting little bits of story, then stopping, forgetting, going back in, trying to remember - it doesn't work and it didn't work as a SERIES.
So. SERIES! Because it's currently the only format that SexArt supports for a long, continuos narrative. That's what needs to be delivered and as with anything, you go grass-roots and look at the conventions of what makes that genre work and not work. House of Cards was created this way, and that's why it's been so successful. People sat down with conventions and statistics and viewer surveys and what not, and they based on a bunch of research created an incredibly successful SERIES.
You look at horror films for example, every horror film you've ever seen follows 5 basic narrative conventions:
- You have a state of equilibrium, which will lull you into a false sense of security
- That state of equilibrium will then be disrupted, without the knowledge of the characters (but to the knowledge of the viewer)
- The disruption is then brought to the attention of the characters through various circumstances which will scare the crap our of them (and you)
- The characters will then attempt to rectify that change to return to a state of equilibrium
- The equilibrium is then restored, but there's always a sense of fear or dread from some sort of unresolved issue that sticks with you and creeps you out forever after
Now, I can't pretend like I know everything about horror, because I've never made a horror film, but I feel like if I wanted to, I'd have a pretty good idea of how to do it. Why? Because despite the fact that they're my least favourite genre of film, I've watched enough of them to understand what works, how it works, why it works, etc. So... study and research. If you can wing it and create something incredible, hats off to you, you son of gun. But I can assure you Ridley Scott didn't just 'wing' The Martian. He would have gone back to Robinson Crusoe, Cast Away, stuff like 127 Hours, Tracks even (if you haven't seen it, watch it, Wasikowska is brilliant and it's got Kylo Ren himself in Adam Driver, and it's Australian) - and he would have studied them to no end. He would have said, if this is the benchmark, how do I build off it AND make it better, fresh and original.
I don't know, I'm getting very tangential right now, perhaps I'm missing being able to comment as regularly, grrrr... haha. I think my point is. SERIES. Understand that you're making a SERIES and make it work as a SERIES. I think that's my point :)
P.S. Please forgive the long comment. I'll try keep them shorter and more succinct in the future.
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 6
I guess I'm somewhat underwhelmed by this series on the whole. I know a lot of that's got to with me, my tastes and the fact that I hyped it too much. I mean, there is honestly some really great stuff in there, but I just feel like there was a lot of unfulfilled potential.
As a serial, as in, a week-by-week viewing experience, I just didn't feel it flowed and sat as nicely as it should have. It needed more structure, more consistency. I can only speak on behalf of Survivor, as it's the only 'reality' show I watch - but its 31st season, and the reason it's still going is because they have a formula, they understand their formula and they know how to (continue to) make it work! Yes they alter it a little from season to season, but each episode pretty much plays out like so:
- Aftermath of tribal council
- Time at camp the following day (discussion of tactics and alliances going forward)
- Reward challenge
- Reward, juxtaposed with time at camp
- Time at camp the following day (hunting for immunity idols, building/reconsidering alliances, etc.)
- Immunity challenge
- Time at camp (scrambling for votes, confirmation of alliance, hunting for idols, etc.)
- Tribal council where someone is voted out
I just feel that having a structure like that would have greatly assisted the series, as a series. Instead of placing an informative message here, and then there, but then forgetting about it in other episodes. Perhaps also it would have been helpful to have a 'Next time on Secrets of Prague' and/or 'Last time on Secrets of Prague' at the end and beginning of each episode.
Also. I have to say that I'm personally disappointed with the order the models went home. In terms of connection and chemistry, the series started out a lot stronger than it finished, and perhaps that's why right now I'm feeling underwhelmed. Episode 1 was by far and away the episode of the series, and a lot of that had to do with Margot and Alexis. Seeing them go home so early was extremely disappointing. In that first episode, I actually felt like we had characters too, genuine characters, I cared about Margot and Alexis and that's why it was gut wrenching seeing them go. After that, character writing and development never hit or held the standard. In all honesty, I wasn't even that disappointed when Whitney and Tracy went home. As for Cristal and Elisa and Lexi and Lady Dee, well there just wasn't enough time to spent with them for me to really care about their characters. Having Lexi and Lady win this was very underwhelming. I guess, if this was to be done again, you'd have to write better characters. I know I watch Survivor for the characters. For Boston Rob or Parvati or even Russell. Characters are the most interesting part of the show, and in all honesty, the only characters that I really got in touch with on Secrets of Prague went home in the first episode.
I was quite disappointed with the limited interactions seen between the girls of the series, and I know for example, that it made for quite a strange viewing experience with episode 3. I just couldn't realistically buy into the circumstances of that threesome. It was a hot threesome, but it was pretty much 2 girlfriends having sex with a stranger. I couldn't really understand either why Tracy and Whitney sought to lock Lexi and Lady behind that door either. I didn't really notice anything to indicate any kind of vindictiveness or jealousy or anything like that. Tracy and Whitney were villains of the series too, but why? What were there motivations? Why did they dislike pretty much everyone? And their villains too - villains are generally the most interesting people on reality TV. But I couldn't really get involved in their characters. I'm not sure, we just need more interactions for more realism, and like I've already said, we needed better characters and we needed some actual character arcs.
In terms of this being a g/g series too, well, I'm let down by the fact it was run by a male. It's a personal thing I guess, but it's g/g and the way I see it, g/g should be strictly g/g. I was a little frustrated in this episode also by the male masseuse. If this is done again, I'd want it to be strictly g/g.
I also had a problem with the music for the series. It's something that contributed to that tonal unevenness I was talking about on previous episodes. The epicness of that Race Sequence music just didn't fit with the comedic moments of the race itself. Especially in episode 5, when you the epic race going on and then you'd cut to Andrej being hilarious and change the music. It's funny, but serious, and I'm all messed up. On top of that, I'm just not sure 100% of the Race would be that epic anyway. I'm not sure how you guys are finding your music, but it doesn't feel intrinsic to the story, and it's not exactly helping to tell the story. If you're finding it after you've shot the film, it might be interest to reassess this and instead use it as a launching point.
Also. Cause it just came to me. What did the girls win? And what happened to the girls when they went home? There were some story threads that never really got finished...
That's all I can come up with right now. But I'm sure there's other stuff I can think of in terms of providing you guys with feedback. I think what you need to know is that the series was great, but from my standpoint, it wasn't outstanding. I'm someone who always expects outstanding, it's just how I've been raised. You're definitely filming great sexual content, and it's incredibly realistic. You can tell you guys create a respectful, comfortable environment for your actors and that's why they give so much back to you.
I'd strongly encourage that you go for a Secrets of Prague Season 2. This is a wonderful, 'adapted-original' creation of yours, and it will certainly lend itself to Seasonal viewing. I'd just ask you guys to work more on your storytelling. Creating stories and creating characters that we care for. That's what's going to elevate your work into the top tier. I'd also say, strongly consider what I've said above about structure, consistency and those beginning and end snippets. Lastly. Don't send the most awesome girls home first!!!! Haha :)
Thanks for the series Team A&A. It's been an enjoyable 6 weeks of viewing. I hope you attempt it again, and I hope you make it 'outstanding' next time round :)
OMG! What are gorgeous little blondie babe! You know as soon as you see her, Alex has that superstar quality! This is beautiful photography :) Gee I hope we'll see more from Alex. I know she's based in the U.S., but god, if our filmmakers ever get a chance to shoot her, boy oh boy! Fingers crossed we can make it happen :) The MetNetwork is by far the best place for Alex to showcase her beauty and talents :)
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 on Alcean
Hey Kiara, you're very welcome, it's nothing more than a credit-where-credit's due matter :) Stay motivated, I know I adore you work (and you) and would love see lots more.
Thank you! :) You too :)
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 on Ladies
Hey Kiara, thank you so much for stopping in. A simple, but selfless and thoughtful thing like this adds so much to the community, and it's always a privilege and pleasure to read your words :) Please get in Team A&A's ear and tell them you wanna work with them LOTS more. You guys produce such beautiful work together!
P.S. You're awesome... and pretty :) lol
I love this!... but there’s definitely room for improvement. So here goes :)
1) I loved that opening segment on the beach; with the location, camerawork and soundtrack, it captured a charming, feminine and relaxed summer vibe that hit the notes it was going for perfectly. However did I notice some issues with wind and sound recording, which I think could have been overcome during production or perhaps muted in post with a little bit more editing. I also have to bring it up, because it’s been present in the last 2 videos you guys have released – cigarettes are a no, no. Please let’s not see them on film again. Other than those 2 little things however, I have to say, I adored the opening :)
2) I loved the communication between the girls before and after their sexual encounter, but unfortunately the communication during the encounter itself was very limited. Communication is key in sex, and a heck of a lot more so when you have more than 2 people involved – it just doesn’t work otherwise. So it’s something that needs to be heavily encouraged in all scenes, threesomes particularly!
Additionally, you need that non-verbal communication, and too often we see Sicilia closing her eyes. Now, I understand that completely normal, especially if there’s genuine pleasure involved, but early in the scene I feel as though it’s a result of naïve and somewhat timid acting I guess. If there’s a true connection there, you’re going to want to look your partner in their eyes and feel their emotion and heart and heat and soul. Kiara did that very well (she always does) and it was captured very well; I have to say however that poor Taissia was undersold. Her eyes and smiles gave key emotional information to that scene, but if I weren’t looking for that, I would never have known. Now whether that’s an issue in shooting or in editing, perhaps both, it’s something that should be looked at. Because I feel if Taissia’s eyes and smile were given the camerawork and screen time they deserved, it would have elevated this scene to a whole other level.
3) Environments. This is something I’ve been discussing with Guy (at VT) a lot lately too. With your environments, it’s important that they have character and personality, and they need to support the story and it’s emotions. Viv, for the most part understood this very well, always opting for lived-in environments. If you’re interested, I’d take a look at his early work, a Stella-Vera Office Girls 1 Scene springs straight to mind. I bring this up because; a bland, white setting such as this does nothing to support the story being told. So let’s put a beach painting on the wall, some shell decorations; leave some thongs/flip-flops at the door, a beach bag and some towels too. Maybe leave some hairdryers around, some moisturiser, some make-up, a girly magazine, a water bottle, house keys, etc. Lived in environments add so much character and story to the story, and beyond that, give the scene a sense of realism – and tangibility is crucial for connectivity. Watch ‘The WETA Effect’ if you don’t believe me. Trust me, it might not seem important, but I can guarantee it will make a big difference, especially for you guys, because I consider you’re ‘REALISTIC’ storytellers. That’s your thing :) So let’s improve upon that even more
4) Kiara. When it comes to Team A&A Films, Kiara is definitely a force to be reckoned with, because there’s such a natural synergy there. It’s like Alis and Amarna for example, or Viv and Jo, or let’s really go for it and say Scorsese and DiCaprio. You can tell there’s a lot of mutual respect there, and a passion what’s being created. Kiara is someone I think you guys should consider trying to work with on a VERY regular basis, because no matter what, I know that together you’ll deliver quality material. And honestly, even if the demand for Kiara right now isn’t high enough, it will be! She’s a really beautiful and really talented girl, she deserves the opportunity to show (and tell) everyone just awesome she is really is!
Thanks for a really nice film Team A&A. Your work out of Sitges is really pretty!
I actually really like how shocking some of this imagery is! It gives a rather awesome neurological sensation. And I just love how different it is. Evolution is such a vital thing for an artist and it's great to see Alis pushing the limits, breaking barriers, testing himself and his audience in new and exciting ways! It keeps things thrilling, and that sense of excitement is such a crucial thing to that relationship... any relationship in fact :)
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 3 - Forget the Writer
Just a thought. I know it would've taken an enormous amount of planning, but with that Lawrence of Arabia 'left to right' writers page movement in Scene 2... I think it would have been really awesome had that camera moved across the page, then started on a new line as our writer continued writing. You could have layered the type-writer click/ching over that too. I think that would have extended that technical story-telling device even further. Anyway, however impractical, it's just a thought I had today. If anything, please take it as a compliment that you still had me thinking about this film... it's pretty darn awesome! :)
So this one I didn't really like. I find the premise to be a little too far-fetched, especially given the emotions of Lady Dee, and I also think this falls back into that 'too many genres at once' trap. Like I said on this note before, you're basically backing yourself into corner where very few filmmakers are able to succeed. I should honestly commend you for trying though, it does take guts to attempt such a thing. I know for example, that I'd steer well clear for fear of failure. Now with all that being said, I can still appreciate the scene as it did have some great stuff in there. And I can also say that I'm certainly gaining an appreciation for the vibrancy and beauty of Prague. As far as travel adverts go, we can definitely call this series an accomplishment!
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 5
We need some films starring Nancy... Xena too :)
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 on Xentina
I 100% agree with your assessments Rose! Can I just add too that Melena is someone who's clearly very intelligent and happens to understand the SexArt vision extremely well. Projects like this simply wouldn't happen without her, or girls like her.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 3 - Forget the Writer
Hey _fer_, specifically referencing the 'chemistry' component of your question, I'd say all that really matter is that it's there. Photographers need to be able to evoke and capture chemistry, to the point where the audience can feels something because of it.
I can't recall the name of the set, though I really should be able to because it was an incredible set, but it's a recent MetArt one with Dido and Lorena. Look at then, them tell me what you feel :) That's what needs to happen when you get two girls together. And I'm sorry to say it, but that's missing in almost all SexArt g/g photosets, hence my lack of comments and disinterest in them.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 on Atonement
I think this is a story of exhibitionism, and I’d go further to say it’s about the writer’s acceptance of exhibitionism as a powerful force that drives her sexual arousal and pleasure.
In Scene 1 we have our conservative writer, clad from head to toe, in a state of imagination. Now, I believe those crosscuts we see of Scene 3, with that powerful, poised version of herself represent what is actually on her mind, and what she’s first typing about. As she continues to type however, what actually plays out in Scene 2 is slightly less daring, I guess you could say it’s a positively skewed medium between 1 and 3 – and I think that’s because she’s somewhat fearful of admitting her truer (and nastier) sexual desires to herself.
So with Scene 2, in Lawrence of Arabia style, we have a medium shot that sees the writer’s page slowly drift from left to right as she enters a realm of escapism to divulge half-truths regarding her sexual self. We have those close-ups too that represent the more finite and sexually charged details of her story – those full-truths, some of which remain trapped behind the windows, being kept at bay. In both instances too, we see these small inconsistences with repositioning and repeats and such, as our writer’s brain ticks over and deliberates what it’s willing to divulge.
Again, like other installments in the series too, I think there’s some stuff in there about gaze and objectification, but this time around, unlike in ShowTime, Melena is most definitely the objectifying her own sexuality. And as far her exhibitionism goes, I’d say she’s somewhat encouraging her audience to do the same – our lust is her arousal, that’s her truth, but here there is still hesitancy too that. In Scene 3 however, we see those half-truths full realised.
With those last few explicit lines about the Ben-Wa balls tipping her over the edge, those thoughts our writer first had come flooding back, demanding to be written – and for whatever reason, she can no longer keep them at bay. Her mind explodes with creativity and passion as she rapidly divulges her true desires. Her exhibitionist display gives sexual strength and control – that shining slit indicating just how powerful a force it is in driving her sexual arousal and pleasure. Now if only can she admit that to herself in the real world…
Sunday, September 27th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 3 - Forget the Writer
Sorry to post here Team A&A.
SexArt Members - there is a truly wonderful scene live over at VivThomas today, called 'Don't Stop'. I strongly recommend you check it out! It's actually one of the prettiest pieces of 'erotica' I've seen in a very long time :) Please check it out!
Friday, September 25th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 5
I think I just worked out the postlude, and it's actually quite simple. My response is exactly the response desired. I'm looking at Melena (and her heels) thinking, 'the things I'd do' - and it's like the ultimate mental tease - but that's the point, it's just a tease, because it's parasocial. Whatever ideas and plans you're cooking up in your brain, are yours alone, so they're a reflection of you and your desires. And I think that gives us really great insight into that secondary imagery of Melena too, where she's imagining herself. Because we have to remember that there's actually nothing but fuzz on that TV, so what she's seeing are a reflection of her desires too. Very complex really...
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 on Outlines Episode 1 - ShowTime
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 on Outlines Episode 2 - Riders On The Storm
Oh, God... I didn't mention the lighting! Alis, a huge part of why I love this and TRGO(2) is because of the lighting in both. It feels like there is another character on screen, with the way is creates shadows and contours to the girls and the environment - it's EXTREMELY beautiful! I'd love to see this type of lighting used more often. Maybe you could reference this photoset over on MetArt too, because it does the same thing - it's called, 'Pindela', by Arkisi, with Yarina. P.S. Not a lot of photography gets my attention these day, but this set, strictly because of the lighting, shadows and colouring :)
Keep up the amazing work!
Monday, September 21st, 2015 on Outlines Episode 2 - Riders On The Storm
_fer_ and Larry. I read your comments. I love them :) I like the idea of Alexa being a 'projection'. I could see this as a being a Nina/Lily type thing for sure. I might have to reassess, because I after reading your comments, I feel like merging your idea with mine will probably get us pretty close to what Alis was intending :)
P.S. _fer_, I've been working on a little somethin', somethin', you know... Nina/Lily style. But shh... You should get the reference, I honestly hope others don't :)
Like ShowTime, I view this less as a story, and more as critique or insight into Alis’ thoughts, his vision as it’s termed.
And ‘Riders of the Storm’ conveys an idea about female-physical-perfection, and the pressures, expectations and demands society and women themselves are taught to place on it. Here we have the idea conveyed in the sense of gymnastics, but this extends directly into the field of dance, and indirectly… I think it extends to every girl out there who’s ever flipped through a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, hell even your basic retail-store catalogue – so… every woman ever! Because from a very young age, females are bombarded with an idea of physique and perfection relating to it – tall, toned, tanned, leggy, curvy ass, big boobs, etc., and to be honest, it’s unhealthy…
So let’s talk about this strictly in the sense of gymnastics, and to help walk you through the emotional complexities of this, I’ll break down it into individual scenes.
So with Scene 1, we have Silvie gazing through a window, as she observes Alexa working out. Now I don’t know about you guys, but if I’m at a gymnastics academy and I’m competing against someone like Alexa, I’m thinking, “I’ll never be a perfect as her”, and that’s exactly what Silvie’s thinking - Alexa is perfection! So you’ve got Silvie on the outside looking in, running her hands over her own body, making comparisons and drawing confidence-damaging conclusions, as she tries to ascertain just how on Earth she’s going to reach that level. But then… when Silvie then turns her back, something emotionally-elevating starts to happen, cause that’s the moment she starts coming into her own. Silvie starts making love to herself… for herself. Yes, her orgasm is understated, and the notion of self-appreciation is just blossoming, but the point is, that turn that she makes… that’s a turning point, and very positive one!
With Scene 2, where we have Silvie in the room, sharing it with Alexa, it’s extremely important to not that Silvie’s doing the pleasuring, and that it’s not the other way around. Why? Because if this is a competition, Silvie’s gotta impress. Which brings me to…
Scene 3, the black and white sequence, where you Silvie’s standing not only before Alexa, but also before us – and now EVERYONE’s judging her, rating her, scoring her out of 10… out of perfection. And that gymnastics theme is crucial here, because appraisal for gymnastics is entirely subjective – based on so-called objective measurements yes, but ultimately subjective. And I think it entirely necessary to point out too, that it’s also fuckin’ harsh! Subjective, harsh… sound a little like us?
So I mean… That question you’ve gotta ask yourself at the end of this is… “What do I score Silvie?” And if it’s not 10, you ought to think about the broader impact of that number. Even still, you probably ought to think about the fact that you even scored her to begin with. Because that panting you hear at the start and end of this film, that’s not orgasm, that’s exhaustion – from unnecessary pressures, expectations and demands.
Sorry, I can't believe I didn't mention how ridiculously HOT this is! It must be so awesome for Alexa and Silvie to watch this and think 'damn I'm sexy!'. Kudos Alis, and kudos EVA and RITA for bringing us the sexiest and most heart-stopping versions of these girls we've ever seen!
Sunday, September 20th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 2 - Riders On The Storm
So... Silvie Luca stars in my favourite 2 films this year ;) I've got notes, and they look gooood! Haha. I can't wait to write a review for this, I'm truly excited about what I'll learn as I write it :) I have lots of class tomorrow but, so you're going to have to wait. Just let me say though... this, right here, is exactly, EXACTLY, what I want from SexArt! Powerful, FEMININE erotica, (both in term of viewing and concept), that just speaks so much TRUTH! I freakin' love this film to death!
P.S. Hopefully I'll have my review posted tomorrow! :)
Wolvi, this hurts. It actually does. You're completely missing the point... and it just hurts...
I'd love to have the time to comment on everything Rose, but I just don't. So instead, generally my comments are directed toward those elements I feel REALLY worked (i.e. these lulls we're now seeing), or could have been improved (i.e. format/structure) - because that's where I feel I can help. If something isn't mentioned, it's because it was done well, or in many cases, extremely well. It's important that our directors know that, so thanks for making me clarify this. So basically, my comments should always be interpreted as, "I really like/love this (unless I specify otherwise) - but here's how to make it better for next time".
Saturday, September 19th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 4
I hate to say it, but honestly, I was a little let down by this entry. It's likely because I hyped it way too much in my head, but, I don't think that's the only reason. It's certainly a wonderful effort from all - loved that shot of water in shaking in the glass - and obviously I'm head over (Whitney's) heels for both our girls, but, yeah... I just didn't like it as much as Part's 1 or 3. I guess this felt a little too Part 2; and by that I mean... a little uneven.
It might just be a personal thing, and/or a perfectionism thing, but If I'm creating a series, the key word being series... I'm looking for either consistency (always the priority!) or a COMPLETE lack thereof, not something in between. Part 1 set the formula and then Part 2 broke from it, but then Part 3 followed Part 2's formula, so it made it kinda ok; but then this broke the formula again. I understand things have to twist and turn, but if you look at the show's upon which this series is based, i.e. The Amazing Race, Survivor, et. al., you'll notice they always follow a structure, a formula. It just links things better... makes them all seem congruent.
But anyway, that's my only issue really, and please don't take it too harshly, because Bartholomew Cubbins (one of my favourite directors) released a TV documentary series, 'Into the Wild', earlier this year, and I had the exact same problem with it - 7 Ep's followed a formula, then 9, then 1. To me, it just didn't feel right. But again, it's a small problem in the scheme of things, but, well, when it comes down to it, it's attention-to-detail that makes all the difference. And on that... dialogue and context please, it's 4 Ep's in and that really needs to be attended too.
Thanks to everyone involved! I'm really keen to see how the rest of the series develops :)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 on Secrets Of Prague Episode 4
I haven't even read the synopsis yet, lol. But I already know that these two better NEVER go home!!! Whitney and Tracy for LIFE! Now download faster :))))
So today's gonna be the most awesome day ever! Am I right Steph? :)
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 3
So nice to see Dido!!! :) She's such a cutie, and Caravaggio (like he does with all his girls) captures her best! I'm assuming this shoot occurred at the same time as the upcoming 'Lorena-Dido VT Feature'. Let's hope this wasn't the only one ;) Thanks Don and Dido! I'm finally falling in love with photography again :)
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 on Ahida
- "with the ability to be so versatile, yet always project her personality in every scenario". Every now and again Rose, your words flow like a perfect melody. It's like golden honey dripping from the fingertips of, well... Melena :)
Totally in love with Melena! She's so gorgeous and so fun, and always, always puts a massive smile on my face. She's entirely infectious, and just an awesome, awesome girl!
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 on Magla
Yeah Rose. It sounds like we have very similar views on this indeed. And... I guess we could talk about what means what all day, but at the end of the day, you're right, it's going to be ambiguous until Alis himself clarifies things - but Alis, you should not!!! That's a very big no, no! But for what's worth, Melena is definitely the object of our gaze, 100%, but she's also the subject of her own gaze as she watches herself, and yes, I think in turn she'd be objectifying the sexuality of her detached, or alienated self.
As for the comments below. That's definitely food for thought, but I don't think something Alis would have considered, at least subconsciously. I think sometimes we create things that run deeper than what we ourselves had thought or intended. I think that might be the case here (as it was with Memento, in the way it interacted with, and completed Love For Sale and the idea of a fulfilling relationship). But Rose, you're a smart birdy, I gotta say... that's not something I'd considered, but I'll something I'll take with me today :)
Monday, September 14th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 1 - ShowTime
Hmm... See, I'd go to VT for erotica (Viv himself delivered it masterfully), but I come to SA, and I LOVE SA because it offers erotic film. But... I can understand where you're coming from, and yes, OUTLINES is going to be 10 ep's long, and the vision quite abstract. But you don't have to worry about this becoming Alis' staple. You're still going to see films like those you loved. I see this as an experiment, a challenge, a SIDEWAYS evolution, and this is why Alis is so important, and remains so relevant - because he's always changing, and always offering something fresh! I can't stress to you how important that is for an artist!!!!
Now, just onto the Black and Domingo comparisons, I feel like that's such a simple comparison to make. You look at the broken down environment and think, ah, it's just aesthetic, but it's not. It's use is extremely purposeful, just read that 3rd paragraph again. I know it's not the most erotic environment, but it's not supposed to be, Melena is supposed to be the only thing grabbing your attention in that frame. I don't know... I just don't think I like the comparison. Alis is Alis, yes he's influenced by all manner of filmmakers and artists, but he's Alis. Maybe I also don't like the comparison too because I can't honestly say I'm the biggest fan of Black or Domingo, I'm not sure...
Anyway, as to your primary concern. Don't sweat it. Alis will deliver more erotica style, erotic films again :)
I get the feeling ‘SHOWTIME’ is a critique on photographic or, more appropriately, filmic GAZE – and I think it extends even further to describe a PARASOCIAL RELATIONSHIP involving scopophilia and objectification.
So… I guess a good place to start is with the camera and television, which facilitate GAZE and allow us, the viewer, to see something that we’d never otherwise see. To help you make sense of that, let me give you an example – I’ve never been to New York, but I’ve seen it, because I’ve seen photos of it and watched films like Taxi Driver. Thus in many ways too, I’m able to project what it might be like to be in New York for real. But, and this is very important, that GAZE of which I’m privy to, presents something that in reality, is likely very, very different from my imaginings of it – regardless of how informed those imaginings are.
Now with this film, and the GAZE it presents, what we’re seeing that we’d never otherwise see, is not a location like I’ve described above, but a person… Melena. And it’s incredibly important here that; made-up like a doll, clothed in these really eye-catching, fetishistic-fashion items and set against a derelict backdrop… she’s emphasised as being the most gorgeous fucking thing in existence (and Melena, you pretty much are babe!). Add to that the dark, blue-hued lighting, which also makes the pink of Melena’s beautiful pussy the brightest thing in frame, and what you’re engaging with is a visual dreamscape that allows you to embellish in whatever scopophilic desires you please. But you have to remember, those are just desires, just imaginings… because this is just a GAZE. Yes Melena’s looking at us, directly addressing us, and demanding we engage with her, but that’s just it… this isn’t real, this relationship is entirely PARASOCIAL and Melena’s nothing more than object of our desires. No matter how many times she looks down that lens, that lens will always separate us – and our lens, the television, serves to remind us of that – (just think of yourself as Melena in those opening few seconds trying to grip nothingness). But… and this is a very big but, because otherwise our viewing of this film would seem a very sad existence indeed… that’s not the only thing the television does. The television also acts as a medium for self-examination, for Melena, but most importantly for us. Through television, through film, we’re able to examine and learn things about GAZE, about PARASOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS; about ourselves… and also about how ridiculously perfect Melena is ;)
Now, I also want to add here that, while I was watching this I could literally feel my brain undergoing neurogenesis; it was firing action potential after action potential connecting synapses that have just never been connected before, and what I experienced was like… a neuronal orgasm. Different completely from the typical orgasm, but now that I’ve got an understanding of this, I’m going to go back and re-watch it. I’m interested in what happens this time round ;)
Also… As for the postlude, I have no idea… All I know is its HOT and that I that If I ever get ahold of those heels, there’s no telling what mischief I’d get up to with them ;)
Lastly, thank you Alis Locanta! To me, visual poetry is something that can only be accomplished by an elite few – those who represent the most intelligent and most visionary filmmakers across time. This is visual poetry.
Bodysuits and heels - they get me every time! Am I really that easy? lol. Little Sabrisse is just gorgeous too, I mean - pretty face, cute smile, pert butt, long legs and gorgeous feet, that's all I ever want :) But wait... what about Sabrisse's hair, eyes, shoulders, arms, abs, back and GOD, I missed her pussy!!! This little bunny is perfection :)
Monday, September 14th, 2015 on Bosana
If this was longer _fer_, I get the feeling you wouldn't have a problem with it. Can you see what I'm getting at here? Because I really don't want to have to say it.
Basically what you need to know is that with Alis... SEX IS IN THE BRAIN, and with this Outlines series, orgasm is too. I'll go into that more in my comment, which I'll post later tonight, but for now, just have a think on that one :)
_fer_, about the style over substance... I used to disregard Malick as utter codswallop, it was only once I started to learn how to engage with the content that I began to realise the genius of it. Malick's stuff, and stuff like this, it's divisive... because it's all essentially metaphor and symbolism made by film buffs for film buffs, and so alienates a lot of people. Stick with it though, cause you're more than smart enough to work this out. I'll post a comment tomorrow, after sleep, hopefully that will help :)
Sunday, September 13th, 2015 on Outlines Episode 1 - ShowTime
I've been trying to decode this for about 2 hours now! I think I've finally worked out what you were going for... But I'm very likely wrong, lol ;) I have to get some rest for class tomorrow, but check back in tomorrow, I'll have finished collecting my thoughts into something legible by then :) By the way! I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love this comment Steph! Especially cause of your LIAD reference, and because of the lighting reference too. This is very much a dream-scape and those lighting choice are 100% used to inform us of that. Just look at what Kubrick did in Eyes Wide Shut :) Cool to know you're a lighting designer in dance and theatre by the way! That's really awesome!
Next, Melena IS not just A freakin' goddess, she's THE freakin' goddess. Holy hell she's scorching!!!!! You and I have such similar taste in women :) Total respect girl! I know down the track, you're going to like that little fact ;)
Lastly. Hell yeah on the heels! Those ones in the 'water' scene, I want them in my mouth!!!!!!
Oh, I just remembered, I did want to say one more thing... Leila! She's really growing on me. She's not usually my type at all either, but there's just something about her. She's really genuine and passionate in all her work, and she has a face that could easily have seen her cast as an elf in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth. I'm really, really starting to dig her! :)
And, intelligent filming of her. I don't remember seeing her tattoo once throughout the scene. But at the same time, it was done so smoothly, and at no point could I tell that you were trying to hide it. That's brilliant. Guy at VT (I hope you read SexArt comments), because this is what I'd being doing with someone like Talia - using positioning and camera angles to hide her tattoo.
Friday, September 11th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 3
Damn! This is just too much fun! I was worried after Episode 2, but my faith has been more than restored. This was awesome, and quite honestly, I think it's the most authentically handled threesome I've ever seen. Team A&A really do know how to bring reality to, and through, the screen. And... that brings me to my biggest compliment of the series - LULLS. They've been present in every single episode and just that little cool down in between the more heated moments, it's just so pure and it reflects so beautifully the reality of lovemaking. I'd go as far as saying their inclusion in this series is going to change the game. I know it's making me reconsider things. Just brilliant Team A&A, just brilliant!
If I do have one criticism, it's the subtitles. Where Episode 2 was perfect, this still had a few misinterpretations, though less than Episode 1. Please try to fix these before release, because releasing with imperfectly edited subtitles detracts from the incredible professionalism of entire production. So please, make sure they are perfect!
That's all. Thank you so much for a killer, killer series Team A&A - this is so damn cool!!!!
Yes. Between these two filmmakers, they are my major influences. And as soon as I watched that trailer, I thought, "god, they're the same". I watched Hurricane just now too and then rewatched the trailer and... I just love the style. I can't wait to see what Alis does with Outlines, I really can't!!!
And I get distracted by Jared Leto's abs too Rose... that's how good looking he is! And I love him even more because not only can he direct (yep, this is him directing), he can act and sing and do just about everything else under the sun. Like Alis, he's a very talented person!
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 on Outlines – a major new series from SexArt director Alis Locanta
I actually can't believe those details about Lola and The Heat: Vol. 2! That's my favourite standalone feature, and to know that those minute details were still conveyed despite an incredible language barrier. Wow! The power of google translate right?!? Haha :) Sorry, I should probably stop reading this interview again and again, and go do something else, but... nah...
Off topic a little... but for anyone interested, if you liked what you saw in the trailer, I highly recommend checking out 'Hurricane' by Bartholomew Cubbins. The feeling that trailer gave me, I've only ever had that once before, and it was watching that film. Here's a link - https://vimeo.com/41281172 - I hope it will excite you even more for 'Outlines'!!!
This is getting saved and will be referenced regularly! So much content there, so much education, so much to take in... I'm scheduling Traffic and Insider for viewing ASAP. God, this is just amazing!!!
Alis, you are my inspiration, my role model, my hero. I've learnt so goddamn much from you, and I will keep striving to learn more and more. I'm so lucky to have discovered your work, because for me, that was my turning point. I liked film, but you made me LOVE film! You made me understand it; you made me consider and appreciate meticulousness and detail; the power of the visual form. You made me think of film as something beautiful, something to be admired like a beautiful woman, but perhaps even more so. You are a genius Alis! I know it's a long way off, but one day I promise you, I'll make a film, a good film, if for nothing else than to say, "this is what you inspired!"
Thank you so much!!!!!! I can't wait til Sunday!
Holy FUCK! - sorry for swearing, but I feel it's important to convey my amazement - I just watched the trailer and I'm blown away! Such psychology and with a really brutal (in the best way) visual style. This is poetry... Now to the interview.
I think there's a place for it, if it extended the story in some way, which maybe it did here...? - but if it doesn't, which is often the case, I agree, do away with it. Just because it's a cinematic technique doesn't mean it's cinematic. Simply put, it's not cinematic unless it has purpose.
And I understand _fer_, I distinctly remember a lamp? in Locanta's 'Vertigo' produced the exact same feelings of annoyance you have now. And that lamp? blocked Eufrat and Dido. I mean Leila and Vanessa, that's not so great, but Eufrat and Dido!!! That's sacrilege!!! ;) lol :) I definitely need sleep...
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 2
Thanks rollingstoned, but I can't claim this as a critique - I don't know nearly enough about photography! I'd be interested to learn though, particularly if it was in the modelling world :) Basically though, this is just me (like every other person... ever!) being head-over-heels for our little kitten :)
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 on Mismoda
It takes a fair bit to get under your skin _fer_, so this must truly be annoying you.
Andrej and Ariel, I know _fer_ comment will probably read very harshly, please know that _fer_ doesn't intend it that way. I think he is just trying to make sure you understand his point. He has the deepest respect for you :)
Caravaggio, beautiful girls and the Spanish Summer are a match made in heaven! It's been so long since I've been genuinely interested in Erotic Photography, but with Caravaggio (and Alex Lynn) my faith is restored. Quality product - 80-90% of the time. It's just brilliant!
Taylor, you're freakin' cute-as-can-be! #3 is the pick of the lot - you're so ridiculously pretty! I hope this gets made your profile pic... and Don, I hope you'll include a pic like this one (non-explicit, girl-next-door) in all your future photosets.
P.S. Go the outdoors, go the blues and greens, go the water, go the sunshine! Happiness everywhere :)))))))
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 on Darfe
Ok. So I love this, and I also don't like this. So let's start with why I love it.
This series has ambition! That's why I love it! It has a lot to offer and a lot to say and it's doing it in really inventive and interesting ways. I love the story, the cast, all the thought and effort that has gone into this is very clearly evident! That's what I love most! The sexually explicit scenes are also among the best ever witnessed, simply for their purity and authenticity. I hope Alis, Guy and Don are watching, because they could learn A LOT about the crucial role pacing plays in the portrayal of genuine sexual encounters - those lulls (in combination with the highs) are very important! I'm also glad to see you guys listened in regards to dialogue and context, and fixed it up in such a short changeover period - that's commitment! :) Everything here matched up and the English was spot on, so thank you and please continue in this fashion. Basically what Im saying is, is that my highest praises go out to everyone here, they honestly do! But...
I also don't like this - for 2 reasons.
1. And I hope I'm wrong here, but if the 'boot-out' order follows suit with the way it has here, it's going to make for very uninspiring and predictable viewing. I just really hope I'm wrong, because seeing those two go out this early makes me feel cheated - in so many ways...
2. This just feels tonally uneven to me. I'm very picky and I'm a total snob, I know it, but mixing comedy and melodrama with serious, sombre drama too... you've gotta have serious skill and you need to be extremely self aware to do that. And actually, I don't think I've seen mainstream films succeed all that often. 'The Descendants' is probably the best example (though I'm desperate to see 'The Lobster'), 'Stuck in Love' and 'The Kings of Summer' did ok, but then you've got stuff like 'What We Did On Our Holiday' that kinda reflects how I feel about this episode. It hits all the right marks, just not simultaneously. Things feel segmented, and it makes more an uneven tone and uneven viewing.
But anyway. I've only watched 2 episodes, maybe I'm jumping the gun too early. We'll just have to wait and see.
Friday, September 4th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 2
I'm lucky I watched the video before reading the comments, because I feel for Shere Khan, BlackWing - watch your spoilers please and thank you :)
Thanks for joining us Alexis and Margot!!! This was a really romantic little film, and the conversation between you two before the sex was really funny. Be sure to try teach those 'big headed blondes' who's the best ;) lol. I hope we can see more of both of you in the series and even more in other/future productions. I send my warmest thank you's and warmest hugs :) You girls are awesome and make life all the more enjoyable!!! :)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 1
Just what I needed after a crazy day of study! Thanks Don!!! :) And thanks little Mango :) You're a cutie - with your cutie tan, and cutie pink nail polish, and cutie anklet, and cutie everything!
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 on Mismoda
I'm so excited for this Rose! And I'm extremely excited for Taylor's photoset too. I wish Don was on location with Alis always. Then he could give us photosets of beauties like Alexa, Tracy, Whitney, Lola, etc. that you just can't find anywhere else. Don... please photograph them!!! :)
Monday, August 31st, 2015 on Taylor Sands
Hey _fer_, I'm way too exhausted to reply right now, but I'll try get back to you soon :)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 on European Love and Sexuality vs. American Love and Sexuality
I had a little quibble with the male presence also. One of the major reasons I watch g/g erotica is because there's no male involvement - and I'm sure others probably feel the same.. I'd have much rathered a female to have been cast in the role. It is a quibble, and a very personal one at that, but I just thought I'd mention it because I like my g/g erotica to be just that, strict g/g erotica.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 1
Good point Rose. I can't talk in terms of polyamorous relationships, because I've never had one and have no desire to be part of one - however in terms of monogamous relationships... I understand that we're all flawed, but as you know, I do believe in perfection or something very close to it. If I wasn't fulfilling my partner in a certain way, I'd want that communicated to me, and I'd want to develop myself as a human being, so that I can fulfil them. Because I'd do just about anything I could for someone like Kate Bock ;)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 on European Love and Sexuality vs. American Love and Sexuality
Hey BlackWing - this is a really interesting article...
I've contemplated the concept myself numerous times over, because I understand that as animals, instinctually we are designed to reproduce, and specifically, reproduce for the purpose of ensuring genetic diversity and thus survival of the species. So, basically we're programmed to 'f**k' and reproduce with as many different people as possible.
Now when it comes to monogamy, I feel that it's nothing more than an outdated, age-old societal/cultural construct - and one that requires us to deny our programming. That said though, it's one I do believe in. Weird right?!? So here's my take on things.
After having watched LFS(1), Memento and The Heat: Vol. 2, I've come to understand that when it comes to relationships, they need to be: sexually AND emotionally fulfilling first and foremost, but also mentally, spiritually and socially fulfilling too.So I think that when in a relationship, you need to ask yourself, 'does that person fulfil me in the 5-pronged way mentioned above?' If so, I'd deem them marriage-material, if not, I'd break it off. Why? Because when you're not getting something from the someone, you search for it someone else.
Anyway... Can I put a copyright on this view? Because I'm currently working on something that portrays it, and I don't wanna see anyone else steal my idea... Now you might think that's funny, but I'm serious.
Anyway, great article/opinion piece BlackWing, thought provoking, and response provoking. I'll be interested to read this discussion as it develops.
At last, The Amazing Race, whoops, sorry... Secrets of Prague is here! Haha :) This seems like it's going to be a heck of a lot of fun. This was a wonderful introduction, beautiful, genuine, truly tender lovemaking, shared between well-portrayed on-screen girlfriends.
Just some notes:
- Dialogue. It elevates this to a whole new level. The exchange between Alexis and Margo prior to and during sex add such realism to the scene and to the relationship portrayed
- Subtitles. This is how subtitles should be done! Hard-coded, no CC and no .srt, hard-coded! The only issue I did have here is that I get the feeling the subtitles are being done by someone who's native language isn't English. So... some of the subtitles don't quite fit the context. For example, when Alexis is taking off her panties, the dialogue reads, 'yes, put them down'. That really doesn't make any sense, 'yes, PULL them down', or 'yes, take them off' would be much more appropriate. As a perfectionist and someone with OCD, I find this really grating. Perhaps before releasing future episodes, a native english speaker can have a look at the subtitles and provide feedback with how to make them more suited to the context?
- Story. This is the kind of story I want from SexArt material. The stories need to subvert, redefine or better yet, totally do away with porn cliche's and offer something entirely fresh. They also need to engage the viewer emotionally and mentally. This is a wonderful story, I hope things continue on par, or get better as things go
-Editing. I'd refer to this as 'technically' erotic editing. The style is languid, stretching out shots for added realism. It provides plenty of long shots (allowing our eyes to peruse the scene as we wish), and these are beautifully mixed with what are very treasured close-ups showing genuine physiological excitement from the girls. Alis, and Guy and Don in particular should definitely look at this aspect of the filmmaking here, because this is exactly the shooting and editing style I'd be using over at VivThomas.
- Alexis. She keeps growing on me! And like Steph said, her eyebrows say everything. She's definitely one of your beautiful and talented girls Team A&A, so please continue to shoot with her. She always seems to connect in a very genuine way with her partners, specifically: Lexi, Uma and Margot
That's all. Thank you Team A&A. I can't wait to see future instalments... especially the ones that feature those 'big-headed blondes' :)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 on Secrets of Prague Episode 1
An inspiring and empowering interview. Thank you Chloe and Rose for your wonderful work :)
Chloe I must say, you're a rather deadly combination of beauty, brains and ambition! I hope you achieve all that you set your mind too. I'm certain all that hard work will bridge your reality with your dreams.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 on Chloe Amour: smart and sexy Texan!
Thank you for stopping by Kiara :) Your words make this film even more special than it already is!
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 on Garden
This hit all the right notes in terms nostalgia and associated eroticism, and ticked all the right boxes in terms of technicality and structuring. Compliments to those involved with sound-editing (brilliant!) and especially camerawork - that's natural/reflected lighting that rivals the best of Viv Thomas. Congrats also to the girls who excelled in their portrayal of real-life, every-day girlfriends - there wasn't a false note anywhere.
Thank you Team A&A, Kiara and Timea for this little slice of happiness :)
P.S. Go Kiara! You gotta love a blondie who'll wrap her gorgeous legs around you!
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 on Garden
I'd definitely love to see Nancy! Maybe our teams could try write a few solo's for her?
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 on Ducina
P.S. Go the black and white bodysuits!!! HOT!!!!
Up until now, I must be honest, I haven't really paid too much attention to Nancy. Not because she's not stunning- boy-oh-boy is she STUNNING- but because the photography itself hasn't interested me. Well, that just changed because lo and behold, Don Caravaggio strikes again with a sister set to almost rival Ms. Melena's. So gaw-jess!!! Thank you Don, and thank you Nancy. Please work together again... and regularly!
P.S. Nancy, I've never said this to anyone before, but your lips are soooooo pretty!!! I envy those that might get to exchange a cute little kiss with you.
Jon - are our SexArt teams able to work with Katherine yet? I noticed Ninn released (new?) material of her.
Saturday, August 15th, 2015 on Katherine A
Guys, I would love to, more than anything, mostly because the film DESERVES appreciation, but I'm sorry, I don't have the time. I've been promising Alis a review for 'The Heat: Vol. 3' for about 3 weeks now, and I still haven't had the time to finish it. I'm already letting him down, so I don't want to commit to this and then let Team A&A down too. It's demoralising. Bloody medicine I tell ya, this stuff is way too time consuming right now!!!
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 on Rewarded
Ok, so let me try this again.
This set confirms it - you are, undisputedly, my favourite MetArt photographer. You always work with the most 'beautiful' girls, and you always bring out both sides of that beauty (physical and internal) in the most fun, vibrant and sex way. You understand posing and the value of personality just as well, if not better than any VS or SI Swim photographer, and you understand how to best fill your frame. Add to that your ability to shoot with vibrant, uplifting, joyous colour and light, and I'm wowed regularly by your ability and class. Were I Melena, I'd look at these photos of myself and I'd just think, "wow, these make me feel so confident and special and beautiful - I'm like a naughty, sexy, awesome princess!". And for a girl to that as those images and feel that way, I'd just be so grateful that you captured and helped me discover that.
Did I mention you're a frickin' goddess?!?! lol. Your work always brings so much joy and happiness with it, and for that I can only say thank you. Thank you Melena for being so ridiculously awesome!!!
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 on Thami
I have to agree 100% Jon. This is purely original story-telling that you just won't find anywhere else. It's exactly what I've been asking for from Team A&A and they delivered big time. There's a level of psychology here that has me invested in the film, it's emotions and the relationship of the girls. And it's that psychology that encourages and provokes thought, and in turn, has me finding important educational value in the film. Never have I seen anything like this before. Thank you Team A&A.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 on Rewarded
I'm WAAAAAAY to overwhelmed right now to say anything of important, but what i will say is... Melena, you are a frickin' goddess babe, a frickin' perfect, amazing, wonderful goddess!!!!
It's incredible to hear from you Jon. I'll schedule this for viewing tonight!
Monday, August 10th, 2015 on Rewarded
Saturday, August 1st, 2015 on Arguments
Hey Rose, I've just been way too busy lately, and nothings really clearing up. I wish I could comment more, but honestly, this is the only movie I've watched this week, and I had to actively make time for viewing. I guess I'll have a lot of catching up to do during Mid Sem.
I agree with you about the dialogue, I think Chloe interpreted it well, and I can't wait to see me some Layla Sin too. She's by far and away the pick of these girls. Just stunning!
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 on Love For Sale Season 2 - Episode 1 - Polaris
Great filmmaking, almost great writing. Just a few things to note:
1. I'm glad we waited long enough before launching Season 2. Launching earlier would have diminished the importance of Season 1.
2. I say 'almost great writing' because when you go cosmic, you have to go epic, I understand that... but you ride a very fine line that constantly verges on the too epic/self-indulgent. At times, this felt like that. But hey, Interstellar fell in to that trap too, and that's Nolan writing, so don't take the criticism too harshly.
3. The best thing about this (and that's saying something), is that we don't have that 'in-your-face', inelegant, ridiculously oversized SexArt logo slapped onto the beginning of the film. I honestly rejoiced at it's exclusion!
4. I'm excited to see what the future holds. I hope it continues to diverge and offer something different than what was presented in Season 1.
5. While I'm on the topic of Season 1, just let me say how incredible that was!
As you know Alis, I'm not normally one for B/G, but i'll be following this one for sure! :)
Thanks for the preview Rose :)
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 on Love For Sale 2: sophisticated and seductive cinematic storytelling!
Haha. Thanks Steph :) You might like to know Amarna favourited the Tweet too. These are all very good signs... :) I'll be talking to Alis (at length) again soon (he's really busy right now!) - I'll be sure to ask him about progress on this idea :)
Thursday, July 16th, 2015 on Sermin
Thanks for your support Alis! :)
Thursday, July 16th, 2015 on Pour Toi Mon Amour 3
Alis responded... "cool idea!!...". Sounds promising... Yep, keep that voice loud Steph, we'll will it into existence together!
And 'Be Mine' is the pinnacle of Don and Lorena's filmic work! Amazing :) Let's hope for future productions that top it! :)
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 on Sermin
Hey Steph :) I just sent a message to Alis and Amarna on Twitter, asking them if they could write this for Lorena and Alexa. Fingers (and toes) crossed!!!
Maybe you're picturing a little Que Es Le Pasion: Vol. 3?
These words are perfect.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 on Romance
Again - a fair assessment :) Thanks Rose.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 on Pour Toi Mon Amour 3
Some good stuff, and some not so good stuff. Let's start with the good.
I liked how the narrative unfolded, in that it was all essentially a set-up leading to that final postlude and final message. A message which I think perfectly encapsulates the poetry on which this is based. Anissa, leading/guiding Alexa into the darker side of sexuality/love/pleasure. I loved the hints and inklings you presented throughout also: that one tiny cut of the postlude in the opening, and a similar scenario presented in the mirror early on too. Artistically/conceptually, this succeeds, however as the chemistry was lacking it fails to reach into the upper echelon of your output. Also, before I move onto the bad, let me just say: that opening scene was sexiness defined, leggy girls in jeans are one of my greatest weaknesses, a little bottom licking makes me feel naughty and it's something I think should be incorporated into future SexArt features, should the model be open to it.
Now the bad:
- This fell into the old Alis trap. Long shot, medium shot that wanders from pussy to face, close ups that focus only on pussies, breasts and faces. It's a bad trap... a very BAD trap. Don't fall into it. You know the reasons why! ;) You're not missing the action if you wander down that gorgeous leg of Alexa's, your adding to it in a different way, and different is GOOD!
- Location. You have to be really careful and considerate about where you shoot which movies. You really can't go shooting something like this or I've Been Missing U in a location such as this. I know there are restraints and what not, but the surfaces are too clinical, hard, cold, and as such they just don't suit films like this. That location detracts from the story. So you're goign to need to alter the location itself, or change the location of shooting.
Let me point you to 2 VT scenes and I want you to watch them and evaluate the location only. Which one would be better for PTMA and why? The answer should be VERY, VERY clear!
And just so you know Vol. 2 presented the perfect location in which to shoot idea. It's warm and it captured that 'market' feel... and there were some flowers and maybe even some birdcages too if I remember correctly.
- It's too similar. Vol. 2, 3 and 4 are all a little too similar for my liking. Yes, they're all good films, but I've seen them done in this way before. When you shoot a new volume for your anthology collections you must think about (Re;). And by that I mean, all the words and associations from it. re-invent, re-imagine, re-invigorate, re-define, etc. (Re;), it's the BIG IDEA you need to think about when shooting new volumes in your anthologies.
- I know you're like Nolan in that you want to keep things flowing, and keep your pace deliberate, so you edit accordingly. Well, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. Here it's not because it doesn't add to the scene (I've seen you use it to convey immediacy before, this is GOOD!), but here it's just an 'out' because the girls would likely have fumbled with their jeans and heels, and not known when to move the little perch thingie. Just remember, sometimes it's ok to watch the girls fumble because it tells us that this is real.
I think that's it Alis. Hope it's helpful :)
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 on Pour Toi Mon Amour 3
Oh yeah! Alexa for sure! Two spanish beauties going crazy for each other :)
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 on Sermin
Thanks Don. I'm looking forward to seeing all your future collaborations, and more of Lorena's work behind the scenes too :)
Oh sorry, forgot one more question - can you please continue working with Lorena for many, many years to come? :)
The 'Dream Team'. Absolutely! You can tell these two have such a respect for each other, and that translates so remarkably well in all their work. Lorena and Don, for me at least, have a track-record that rivals that of Antea and Erro, and that's freakin' saying something!
Don, just a couple of questions for you:
- Does Lorena still help you with editing and colour correcting and such?
- Do you and Lorena have any desire to dabble into film again?
Thanks for a fabulous set! One of the best this year! You both should be really proud of it!
Hey Rose, a very fair assessment. You're right, it can be insensitive (I can be like this at times) and it can cause rivalry - though rivalry doesn't need to have a negative connotation, in many ways, it can be positive.
And thanks Rose. The point is, I did and do still kind of feel genuinely bad for making Ariel feel the way she described. How could anyone not? She's a cool girl, I have the utmost respect for her (especially because she defended herself and her team with such passion) and I hope all will smooth over with time.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 on Romance
Sweet. Ok. Perfect explanations. Sorry I didn't follow the first time. This is a very good point and I do agree.
I do think notes should be taken from these conversations however. There is some very useful stuff in there from EVERYONE, which will help both teams, I'm sure of it :)
Wow! BlackWing. Very well said indeed! Despite where it started (with me), I feel like this forum has evolved into something very positive, valuable and useful.
Monday, July 13th, 2015 on Romance
You know what Rose, I think you've just hit the nail on the head, I do underestimate Team A&A. But... there's always reason for that, and the reason is, I simply don't 'feel' the message in a lot of their films.
Let me put this to you - if a message isn't coming through, at least not as well as it could, don't you think it might be useful for an artist to reconsider how they deliver their message?
I'd use Alis' Vol. 2 collection as the best example of this. Look at all his Vol. 1's and then look at all his Vol. 2 counterparts. You can see Alis learnt how to better convey his message.
Watch The Heat 1 and then watch The Heat 2. Alis was already 'trying' to convey a message in The Heat 1, but in all honesty, The Heat 1 is just an exposition in atmosphere and sheer animalistic sexuality. It doesn't really succeed on any other level. The Heat 2 however, well, you know what that story is about and it's DEEP; it's about the physical, mental and emotional connection that permits sex, animalistic and otherwise to occur in its warmest and most fulfilling form. It's because Alis rewrote, restructured and reinvigorated his second volume with more purpose, with more attention to detail, and with a better understanding of HOW to convey a message. He then went even further on The Heat 3.
I'd look also to Secretly 1, to be honest, it fails on all accounts, at least for me - you've got some whispering and then some sex - but Secretly 2 uses a non-linear narrative to tell an affecting tale about the nature of Dom/Sub relations and it's one SexArt's finest films. Those whispers become desires, desires to be dominated or to dominate, and that willingness to submit is based on trust and mutual pleasure.
TRGO 1, I don't remember it all that well, but there's a reason for that, it was very, very ordinary. TRGO 2 on the other hand delivered a gorgeous, beautiful, bitter sweet story about travel romance. TRGO 2 is my favourite film this year. Strange considering I thought the first rendition was... 'very, very ordinary', don't you think?
Pour Toi Mon Amour 1. I couldn't even sit through it, and Alis knows that, but hey, he reinvented. The following 3 Vol. 3 volumes expanded upon the idea, and while they are all far too similar for my liking they do show a development in Alis' ability to convey a message. Look at 3. The opening scene is about revealing your sexuality, the body is about engaging with your sexuality, the closing scene is about sharing the darker parts of your sexuality.
There are others if you have time to look into them...
So basically, you can see how Alis evolves between films, how he tries to better convey a message, and keep things fresh. With Team A&A, I feel like whatever message is in their films, isn't being emphasised or delivered powerfully enough to take effect. So it's this, and the fact that The Sea Mousse, Horizont 1 and Horizont 2 show little evolution between them, that's probably the reason I underestimate Team A&A.
First, I just want to again reiterate that Ariel is justified in her response and feelings. I've obviously made her feel this way and it's my words/actions that have made her feel this - it's not something I ever wanted, but I am responsible for making her feel this way, and for that I apologise. I do feel I've always come from a place of constructive criticism, and if you look back through my comments (which began on 'A Glance') I'm not sure you could really argue against that. However, I haven't presented my comments in the most respectful, kind or considerate way, and I should have, I regret that a lot and I'm striving to make that better.
Now, to your response _fer_, you're right, our directors definitely manifest different gifts and definitely excel in areas where the other does not! And I'd could go on and on comparing and contrasting Alis and Team A&A (which I have previously done), but I honestly think that's part of our directors roles as well. Yes, they are different, and will generate different kinds of films, but I feel it's important for them to watch and to learn from each other. I know Alis learnt A LOT about chemistry, authenticity and genuine connection from Team A&A for example, because I've talked to him about that in the past, and I know he reads comments I leave on Team A&A films as well. So I guess... for me, I think Team A&A could learn a lot from Alis too in regards to writing and structuring a scene to better convey a message, and to convey it with purpose and conviction. And not just Alis, but other filmmakers too. Those filmmakers that inspire them: whether it be Cameron, von Tier, Bigelow, Soderbergh, Jolie, Anderson, Lee, etc.
I was watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic-Con panel today and something that JJ said really hit a note with me. He said something along the lines of, "you can shoot a scene on the Millennium Falcon and that might make it cool, but without a story, without a purpose, all it is, is a scene waiting to be cut in the editing room. It's like, why are we shooting this? What is it that this scene needs to say?"
So... I don't know, let me just give an example right. This is from a project that I've been working on, hopefully everyone will see it soon, so I will give very little away. But... Here's how I would write and shoot this 'tiny' section of a scene...
GIRL is at home, she is in black bra and white panties.
She is sitting at her makeup table, on table is her dildo. She is applying dark make-up to herself in mirror and drinking wine. Entire bottle can be seen, wine is almost gone.
Now what's the purpose of this writing:
- The BLACK bra and WHITE panties represent a dynamic in her character and an evolution from the previous scene
- She is applying DARK make-up, again, because she is transforming, at least willing herself to. She wants to engage with the darker side of her personality, and she feels that physically transforming herself may help her evolve psychologically too
- The bottle of wine that is ALMOST GONE is her stimulant, something she's abusing to help/force herself to reach those depths. This in turn carries these really dark undertones, which emphasise her (attempts) at the journey into darkness
Now how would I shoot it:
- I'd go very minimal, very soft lighting which sheds light on the actress only. I'd want the rest of the room to be cast in shadow to help emphasise the that theme of darkness
- I shoot with a panning close up, that moves across from right to left. First we'd see her dildo (which carries symbolic meaning I'm unwilling to share), then we see her, in her lingerie, applying dark make-up, then it pans over onto her wine. It takes you on a psychological landscape, as we register these things, register their meaning, and comprehend her emotions
- I'd probably set it to a very dark, but very passive/soft/low volume score. Something similar to BMS(2), that you're not really paying attention too, but that you are too. Something that manipulates your feels very subtly, to make you feel a mixture of eroticism and thrilling anticipation
Anyway, that's just a primitive outline. But you can see right?... You can see just how purposeful EVERYTHING is. Every tiny little detail is important, every detail is crucial, every detail has meaning. It's one thing to write and shoot a scene, but it's another to do it with purpose, that's basically what JJ is saying, and that's basically what our directors need to do, both Team A&A and Alis.
I know this might sound egotistical, but I've watched enough film now to understand it, to know how it operates and to know how to make it work. And no, I'm not trained in any way, but it's like Tarantino said 'you don't need to go to film school, you need to go to movies'. And I've been to a lot and a lot of movies! I know I have useful thoughts and opinions for our film-makers and I enjoy contributing them because I feel like... I feel like I can genuinely assist, and genuinely help to keep SexArt evolving in a positive way.
I just need to do a little more kindly and a little more respectfully, and I think in my response here, you can see I'm trying hard!
Thank you _fer_, yes story-telling, but there doesn't necessarily need to a story... not in the typical sense anyway. Yes, it's one one to do it, but mix it up... I'd use 'The Heat' as an example of story-telling done differently. It's a visual poem. Each scene/act/new piece of visual stimuli is used as a metaphor, as symbolism for a particular piece that contributes to an overarching idea/theme/story.
I'm in the middle of FINALLY writing a Blog piece for 'The Heat: Vol. 3' which you'll read soon, so I don't want to spoil it... but... To give insight... look at the beginning, that opening scene with Tracy talking to the camera... it's not just Tracy talking to the camera. In the scheme of ALL things, it's about connecting and engaging with your partner AND with the viewer, who can essentially be a partner in this anyway. It also works on another level in that it extends as a 'thank you' to those members who put in so much time and effort to help, critique and keep SexArt developing in a positive way. (It's a shame that more of you were not named, and you particularly _fer_! I guess such a re the restraints of time..). It's that kind of meticulously thought out, ambiguous-yet simple enough to read if you understand it-storytelling that engages and challenges the viewer.
Once you read the whole thing... you'll understand just how deep Alis goes, and just how deep I go, and want to go. Look at Memento, according to Alis they're separate stories, that's Alis' interpretation, (which, in my opinion, he should know not to give) - but look at mine, look just how deep that story can go, how important that story can be, how it change the way you think and feel, how much it helps you to understand emotion and emotional intelligence, the nature of relationships: long-distance, on-off, once romantic-now destructive, etc, etc. It's such an affecting story!
I guess I want that from Team A&A too. Meticulously thought-out and well conceived, thematic, emotional, challenging, educational, important... story-telling. They can achieve it, I know they can, because they have before!
Just in regards to two of your comments:
- We are the harshest on those we admire the most! You're so right. I wrote to Jon about the feedback I provided on 'A Glance' and word-for-word this is what I said to Jon, "writing stuff like that is always hard for me because I adore our SexArt filmmakers and have the deepest respect for them, but at the same time, I want them to challenge themselves and keep getting better. Riding the line is hard in those circumstances. I just hope at the end of the day, they know I love them, and that I only write it for constructive purposes." I'm sure if it needed to be clarified too, Jon would confirm those were my exact words.
- Thank you for reading 'below the surface'. That is the most beautiful comment I've ever received about my writing. I always consider my words with the utmost care and detail, it's why it took me roughly 10 hours to put together 'Memento: Reordered and Decoded'. You're not just reading words... you're reading with with a very deliberate, very well-considered meaning. So thank you!
Sunday, July 12th, 2015 on Romance
Thank you for replying. Firstly, please let me apologise. It's always hard to strike a balance between being kind and critical, and it seems I've fallen too far toward the latter. I never intend them to be mean-spirited, only useful, but it seems here I've missed my mark also. I am very sorry for this. You and your team have done amazing work for over 3 years now, work that I've loved and adored and been privileged to watch... so I apologise profoundly for not returning the favour with respect and gratitude. I should know better than this, and I should be better than this.
In the interest of explaining what I want or how I would do things, well... what I want is something 'conceptual', something that presents a story, an idea, or a theme that says something, and educates in some way, or least makes me think and feel.
I think to achieve that, it starts in the writing. Instead of starting with a story, start with a theme, and then think about the visual/verbal/sexual ways in which you can relay that theme to the viewer, through the story. One of the greatest examples of this type of writing can be seen in Steve McQueen's 'Shame'. That began as a theme: sexual addiction, and the story was developed around portraying that theme. Take Sissy, Brandon's sister for example, who comes to stay with him. She is in a very, very dark time in her life, but because Brandon's condition is so consuming and because of the nature of his addiction, he really couldn't care for her at all, and so he pushes her away and gets angry with her, and is upset with her for virtually no good reason at all. Sissy was written into the theme. McQueen and Morgan would have thought, 'how does sexual addiction affect our relationships?', and then they would have wrote Sissy into the film, as the catalyst for answering that question. The fact that Brandon is a sexual addict is never explicitly stated, we are given a glimpse into his lifestyle and habits, but we are allowed to discover the answers ourselves. That adds a level of psychological complexity and intrigue, which, without it, might make 'Shame' a fairly boring film to watch.
Next, it comes through in the location/production and the technicalities of shooting. So for Shame:
- McQueen uses lots of black and blues, and minimal lighting, especially when Brandon is at home. You'll notice a different in the degree of warmth between the lighting in his house and the lighting in the pubs/bars he visits. This symbolises Brandon's mood/emotional state and coolness/emptiness associated with his condition
- It's mostly shot in an apartment, which is modern and sleek, but also cold and empty with all it's hard, shiny surfaces. It's not 'lived in'. Tis is used to symbolise the nature and associations of Brandon's condition
- It's shot with a lot of long, continuous shots, which are used to deliver authenticity, but those shots are used also as a means of reading Brandon's psychology. They are of his face, as he thinks and is emotionally lost, or moved. They add that layer thought and psychology to the film, and help us to grapple with Brandon and his condition
Now these things are just the things that come off the top of my head, (it's been over a year since I watched it), but that's kind of my point... it stuck with me. I remember being knocked around by that film for about 4 days after. Just thinking and grappling with what it meant to be a sexual addict, and thinking about the nature of addiction and how it effects and controls every aspect of our life.
Now you have definitely achieved this before Ariel. Honestly, Symphony is probably the best film available at SexArt. It made me grapple with 'sexual emotion' as a theme: love, lust, desire, sincerity, etc. and it was the music and those glorious curling overhead shots of facial expressions that got me inside the heads of the actresses. That's why I was so touched and so moved by it, because I got inside their state of mind. I don't know if I told you this Ariel, but that film actually made me cry tears of joy, something I've only ever done once before in my life.
Anyway, I genuinely hope this helps. And please again let me apologise for the nature of my comments lately. They have been too critical and too harsh, and at times, disrespectful, and I thank you for telling me so. Without that little kick up the bum, and some constructive feedback to set us in the right direction, we don't grow. You've just helped me to grow and I hope in the future, I can help you and your team grow too. I will endeavour to comment as constructively, kindly and respectfully as I can in the future. I hope this hasn't caused a rift between us, and that we can both move forward.
Thank you again for your response and for knocking me back down :) I needed it :)
Saturday, July 11th, 2015 on Romance
It's been achieved many, many times before by Team A&A, Rose: Waiting For You, Horizont II, Sunset on Charles Bridge, Above, Together, Symphony, etc. I don't disagree, it's profound and it is beautiful, and I'm totally for same sex relationships - I wrote a Blog piece about them! But my point is, this is far from fresh. Rotten Tomato this and it scores a 65-70% at best. It's a good film, darn it, it's great, but it's not fresh. I want fresh!
And let me just put this out there... As I write this, Alis Locanta holds the Top 32, yes 32!!! spots on our 'Highest Rated Films' list. There's a reason for that...
Okie dokie. It’s a really gorgeous film, and like BlackWing says, it may well be your best since Symphony. It’s authentic, it’s moving and from a technical side of things, it’s inventive. And Steph, right now I totally agree with you, close-ups lend themselves very well to the portrayal of intimacy.
So, I don’t believe in ratings on MetNetwork, but to give you an indication of how much I loved the movie, I’m giving it a 10. That doesn’t mean it can’t be improved however.
Without the beauty and talent of these actresses and without their genuine, loving chemistry… this film wouldn’t really say anything at all. THEY brought life to this, and THEY moved me. The cinematography and editing helped that, and I’m sure the directorial indications that were given prior, and throughout the scene helped that too; but from an artistic directorial stand-point, this film says, ‘sex is beautiful, romance is beautiful, we should all strive to achieve love-making that is beautiful - like this for example’. And from that standpoint and in what you were trying to achieve, you’ve hit your mark for sure. That’s why I’m giving it a 10. But artistically, you should try to achieve more…
That said, it’s a gorgeous film, and I’m very grateful to have watched it. Thank you Team A&A.
100% agreed Steph! I know it's advertising and I know SexArt needs money, but I've never clicked them and never intend too. An option for people like you and me to turn them off, would be very, very welcome :)
Saturday, July 4th, 2015 on Perceive
Michaela (SexArt) and Sapphira (MetArt) in stars and stripes on the same day! I'm not American, but heck, this is one very awesome day indeed! Thank you Luca/Don!
Saturday, July 4th, 2015 on Sbadina
I hope so! A gift would be wonderful!
I saw some pictures Alis... You were shooting that on a rainy afternoon weren't you? I've been excited for a while. I will most definitely be watching! I'm looking forward to seeing your concepts too.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
Not sure if anyone else has noticed, (because they haven't commented), but our NEWS tab/BLOG has some new updates! An 'UPCOMING' section that shows future updates (up to a few days), and a Twitter feed from @sexart. Check them out!!!!
Andrej and Ariel, I will watch this soon - just too busy right now - and provide some feedback :)
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 on Perceive
Team A&A... I'm not sure how far back your memory goes, but... it wasn't too long ago I said you guys were better at sex/chemistry, while Alis was better at art, and that to improve you both needed to work on your respective weaknesses.
Since this comment Alis has delivered:
- Unplugged. Amazing chemistry AND... it conveys and artistic message - social commentary on how technology is contributing to a state of disconnectedness in modern relationships. Which is then contrasted with a face-to-face encounter.
- Secretly: Vol. 2 Chemistry AND... - the shared dichotomy of Dom/Sub sub relationships, showing they are built on trust, intimacy and connectedness
- Pour Toi Mon Amour: Vol. 4. Chemistry AND... - sex/love is intensified by showing and sharing your unadulterated sexual self with another.
I could most definitely go on... My point is, Alis has improved on the chemistry front, to a point where he is rivalling and even surpassing what you guys deliver. Just look at Cumpleanos Feliz, that is all about pure chemistry. To be honest... after I made that analysis, you delivered Symphony and got me all excited, because artistically it rival and even even surpassed Alis... since then however, I really haven't seen a change.
I'd love to see you try some more inventive things again, like when you did Pulse or Dulce Despertar. You were playing with music and editing and lighting and slow mo, and it was all more artistically oriented. At least, that's how I remember it when I first viewed it.
Anyway... I'm just trying to provide feedback that will help you guys! At the end of the end, I hope you know that I love and respect you both (and your team) dearly. But I just want you guys to stay relevant and stay interesting. My only intent is help :)
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 on Waiting For You
So this is a good Team A&A film. Why?
- The girls. For two reasons.
(1) They are both attractive, they are both 'Top' models, and they are both a SexArt level of gorgeous
(2) As Whitney has stated and confirmed, these two share a genuine bond.
These things elevate this scene to a higher level of eroticism and realism than other offerings. If there is anything to take away from this, it's that you should work with in demand models, who are physically beautiful women, and who, preferably, share a genuine connection. For example: Whitney and Eileen, Whitney and Tracy, Lorena and Tess, Lorena and Tracy, Tracy and Suzie, Uma and Lexie, Uma and Alexis, Lexie and Alexis, Dido and Iwia, etc.
- Continuous shots; which when you have a genuine connection, are extremely useful in conveying it. Their use was evident and purposeful, and they add an artistic dimension to the film. Congrats on shooting them and on allowing them to breathe in editing.
- Opening scene. Whitney should have been shown drying off, because she clearly did off-screen. The option to not show it detracted from the realism of the scene. And also, I don't care how turned on you are, sitting on a leather couch when you are wet is completely irresponsible ;)
- Cinematography. When you have a genuine connection like this, you are going to get genuine, erotic, autonomic nervous system responses. These occurred by way of: Margot's arm hair standing on end, Whitney's nipples flushing with blood and going very hard, Margot's pupils dilating, etc. I noticed these by way of long shot, however I'm sure others would have missed them. Cinematographers should look for these and focus on shooting them in close up.
- Something that separates it, something that defines it, something that makes it memorable for something more than connection... and it's missing. I will watch this again, but I'll watch it for the purpose of sex, simply because I like seeing Margot and Whitney make love. It's shallow, but true. What I want... is to watch it again for the purpose of art too. I want to watch it again because it moves me, makes me feel, provides me with the opportunity to think and learn. And it doesn't do that... but it could.
So I don't know, I'm completely spitballing here, and this is just what comes to mind, so don't be too harsh on me for the 5-second, undercooked concept, but... lets think about the emotions of the scene... there is lust involved, their is love involved. What can be said about those things? Maybe there could be a dynamic. Maybe Margot's looking for a loving romantic drink with her partner, but Whitney's in lust and wants sex... So there is a love, lust dynamic, which then gets thrown into whack after Margot's achieved orgasm and now she's in lust and ready to domineer and please, and Whitney is cooling off and now want's to be loved. You could focus on capturing these emotions through facial expressions and close-ups, and generate a story based on this. Anyway, there's inklings of this in the scene, but it's not explored artistically. So let's get thinking artistically.
I think the big question is... What is that Team A&A wants to say about sex/love? Cause all this film says to me as it is, is, 'it's beautiful, so enjoy watching people participate in it'. Well. I do think it's beautiful and I do enjoy watching it, but... I want more ART!!!!
This series is incredible Steph! :) Really gorgeous story, and I loved that we got to see Luna and Whitney grow as an on screen couple and as actresses simultaneously. If you weren't in love with Whitney before you started this, you certainly will be after. That girl has an IMMENSE amount of talent!
Sunday, June 21st, 2015 on The Writer - Listen to me
Thanks Rose :)
And Mike Hawlk... ALL opinions are subjective, like Rose said, 'To each his own!' And there's really no need to infer that I'm idiotic or ignorant simply because our opinions don't align...
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 on A Glance
I'm not sure whose responsible for the film covers, but I just want to point out that the covers of Team A&A films have an 'Ultra HD' logo on them, while only being available in 'Full HD'. I know it's nitpick-y, but that's kind of misleading - one could even argue 'false adve....'
Friday, June 19th, 2015 on Next Station
What would be the chances of uploading the 4K version of Love For Sale? (with hard-coded subtitles!!!) Please and thank you :)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
The taste, the taste. Hmm... See now I only agree with you on Paparazzi.
Horizont has been done before, on two ocassions actually. Horizont 1 is basically The Sea Mousse 2. The problem I have with the anthology is that they're all pretty much the same: girls running slow mo in the wind/water/sand - transfer to sex on sands/rocks/blanket on rocks. There's really nothing defining any of them. It was awesome the first time, but after that, it's just more of the same.
Campus didn't resonate with me, and it should of given that I was in college just two years ago. What Happens When, it's a great concept that was imperfectly realised. If you're looking for a well constructed, complex version of it that actually leaves you thinking and with something to take away, you watch Mr Nobody. In addition, all the sex across both series just blends together for me. With the exception of WHW Ep 1.
I watched Flash on your recommendation, but I didn't like it at all. Apart from some inventive camerawork, it's a simple (unchallenging) score, soft focus, 21:9 aspect ratio, etc. It's just the same technical stuff not being used to emphasise a story or it's themes. I really should have liked that film too, cause Aiko is adorable!
Anyway... You're absolutely right, it is a matter of taste - and I know my tastes have changed, and will continue to change over time, but I'd just like to think Team A&A can still hold my interest. But when they just do the same thing over and over like say, Keith Urban (I used to love him), it gets old. I don't think Taylor Swift would be half the success she remains if she didn't adapt and surprise people with each new album. Can you see an 18 year old Taylor singing 'I Knew You Were Trouble' or helping to make 'Bad Blood'. I don't, but the fact that she has keeps her relevant and keeps her interesting.
Anyway, Secrets of Prague is coming up, it's got a stellar cast, let's hope it hope it satisfies.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 on A Glance
Team A&A, you're probably not going to like it, but it's time for some harsh honesty... Your films just don't interest me anymore. What you guys deliver is wonderful and beautiful and of a really high-standard, but it's just more of the same. When I first discovered your work, I was literally blown away because it was the best i'd ever seen! But I've been following your every g, g/g (and some b/g) films for 3 years now, and I've seen no real artistic evolution. It's become repetitive: introduction (with music), transition into a soft, sensual (occasionally primal) celebration of sex, then cool off. It's too clinical, it lacks creativity and it's not holding (and I hate to say it, but sometimes even warranting) my attention anymore.
Now to help you understand what I have liked from you in recent times, I'll point out some films that perked my interest and explain why they did:
Symphony - it's honestly the best film you've ever made, and quite possibly, it may be the best available at SexArt (and that's a HUGE compliment). Why did I like it? Because it was inventive. Camera angles, camera movements, scoring, types of shots (lots of close-ups), that film genuinely moved me. It was the second time I've ever cried tears of happiness.
Lift - because again it was inventive. You shot in an elevator for god's sake! :) Not only that, but you experimented with primal, naughty, dirty sex, and that's not something that's common for you. On top of that, you added a little postlude at the end that was awesome! It was funny, it was candid, it was fun, and it's not something SexArt does often (if ever).
Holiday - because it had a great story and killer chemistry. Ivana is a total sex kitten, and she was perfectly cast in her role. She owned it and really brought it to life. It utilised it's environment and actually relied on it to tell the story.
One Day - because of it's models! This is gonna sound very vein, but honestly, it's in our programming, it's an evolutionary thing - a lot of the models that you're shooting with lack superstar appeal, and lack an expected degree of attractiveness. You used to regularly shoot girls hotter than VS and SI Swim models (Lorena, Sylvie, Tracy, Whitney, Michaela, Sapphira, Iwia, Suzie, Ivana even you yourself Ariel, but) lately... things have gone downhill. The only girls that I've genuinely taken an interest in since Symphony are Aiko, Kiara, Uma, Lexie, Alexa and Tracy Smile. I want to see more of the girls named, because... well, these are videos about sex and to be honest, if I don't find a girl attractive, I'm not interested in having, in this case watching, her have sex.
Together - uber hot girls, great story, excellent use of environment, some inventive camerawork
My City, My Love - this was another film that really stood out. It's right up there with Symphony as one of the best SexArt films. Great story, with and inventive use of voice over to narrate it. It captured a genuine real-life atmosphere, was languidly and authentically paced, and it deliver pure, heated, powerful chemsitry!!!
What Happens When 1 - For the same reasons as Lift. The sex had a really primal feel to it, and you could tell in the way the actors moved, and frenetically fucked, they even fogged up the bathroom mirror was was hell sexy! After episode 1, it was again, just more of the same. The sex stopped being different, stopped being inventive, it all just moved back to slow and sensual, and it just got repetitive and boring after 3 episodes.
Petrin - same reasons as Together. I loved that it was an ode to your city!
Above - because these two together are dynamite! Pair Lexie, Uma and/or Alexis Crystal in any way twosome and threesome and they are going to deliver one hell of a gorgeous video. Add to that the inventive overhead camerawork, that may or may not have been used to symbolically represent them as 'angels', and you've got a great film!
Sunset on Charles Bridge - arguably one of your finest films ever! You took two relatively inexperienced models and used their inexperience to your advantage to tell a coming-of-sexuality story about lesbianism. It was real, it was beautiful, it was almost Blue is the Warmest Colour-esque and you even took the time to incorporate some shots related to caricatures and religious symbolism to create themes and ideas!
So... we have 10 film in 9 months... All those films were some even the best available at SexArt, but your output of 'good' films, that move me, that make me want to watch them again, is few and far between. You need to get inventive, you need to get creative, and you need to evolve. Experiment with:
- camera angles and movements, shot types like you did in Symphony
- score, because all your scores have the same relaxed, easy-going feel; lets get darker, crazier, more poppy, maybe more electronic, just try your hand
- focus, because everything is soft and romantic regardless of the type of scene you're shooting - lets go for harder, grittier, you know change it up, keep it fresh
- aspect ratio, i know you guys like to use 21:9 as your signature, but you should use it for more artistic purpose. Let's shoot the opening scenes of My City, My love in 16:9, to emphasise the beauty of the city and the chances of meeting your one true love in this big, vast world. Then lets shoot the sex scene in 21:9 to emphasise the intimacy of the scene, the connectedness of the actors and use it to bring us into heir sexual centre
- continuos shot, lets use them to add to the authenticity of a film, and maybe even get inventive with them like Ep 4 of True Detective Season 1, or the opening scene of Gravity, even the scene of Brandon running in Shame.
I could go on and on, but by now you get the point. You guys need to change things up, and you need to challenge yourselves. I think you've found your groove and are pretty happy just sticking with it, but for me, that's not gonna cut it. U2 were the biggest rock band the world had ever seen only 10 years ago. They're now redundant. Coldplay claimed their spot when they released Mylo Xyloto, a powerful concept album that was as much musical broadway composition about the bliss and war of love as it was a stadium rocking wonder to behold. They then followed it up with a really intimate, personal, stripped down electronic album, Ghost Stories, about the heartbreak of love that would be best played to 10 people in tiny little bar. It's this reason Coldplay maintain relevancy, because they are able to adapt, to change and offer something new. It's time for Team A&A to follow Coldplay's example, because I'd hate for them to become the next U2 - a world class act that fell out of touch...
Thanks again for all the updates Rose! :) It's just too much fun reading. I can't wait to see Kira Queen, she looks like one hot tamale. I hope you had an awesome time!
P.S. It sounds like you're going on location with Mr. Locanta next. I can't tell you how damn jealous I am!!! You're gonna hate when I quiz you and give you a thousand questions to ask about filmmaking! Ha-ha-ha :)
Monday, June 15th, 2015 on SexArt on location in Sitges – day four!
I think I've just worked out why I like Don so much, it's because like Erro, he gets us outdoors and out of apartments. Nearly every other photographer struggles to do so, and I think that's why my love for MetArt photography has waned over the years...
Anyway, thanks Don. I adore your work :)
Monday, June 15th, 2015 on Esenbi
Sweet! It's nice to have you back commenting Jon :)
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 on SexArt on location in Sitges – day three!
Hey Rose - can you do me a favour please? Can you ask Ariel if she's open to doing a 'Pulse: Vol. 2'? Thank you :)
So... Jon - Rose on location is brilliant! To come to the blog every day and have a new and exciting post to read about is so much fun! She's doing a great job, so let's get her there more :)
You're very welcome Alis :) I know you've been too busy to comment on your films lately, but it's great to have you back! Even something as simple as this means a lot to me/(us). Keep up the incredible work Mr. Erotic Cinema :)
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 on Cumpleanos Feliz
Too funny! :) I did pretty much the same thing last night with this film! It's nice to know you're as dedicated to Alis as I am ;)
And thanks! I totally understand what you and Rose mean, 100%. I just think a little differently, a little less sexually maybe ;)... you dirty birdies ;) Like Rose said too (you know me too well Rose)..., for me, it's story and concept and emotion. That's what makes me 'think' and in turn 'feel', and so that's what turns me on the most. Just seeing something 'hot' doesn't necessarily do it for me. And... believe it or not, the majority of that 'thinking' and 'feeling' is given life through a) the writing, but b) the technicalities of a scene too: shot selection, editing, camera movements, score, etc. I guess this might sound a little weird, but I find the art of film to be very beautiful... so, watching an artful, well crafted film for me, is basically just as and/or complementarily enticing, as watching goddess like Julia and Alexa 'get it on' so to speak.
Check out 'Shoes' too Steph, it uses the same shot. It's not a perfect film, but there is a hell of a lot potential in terms of the concept it presents. In terms of that concept, it took us all a while to work it out, cause it wasn't conveyed very well, but I think we got there in the end... You'll have to browse all the comments though, cause it was a big team effort! And... keep your eyes and ears open, cause you 'might' see it revisited again soon, and hopefully this time it will be better realised! :)
I really love reading you Steph :) Great comments! The only thing I don't agree on is the aerial shot, cause I think it would have detracted from the realism of the scene. Anyways... keep the comments coming :)
Every time I think I've got you worked out... you evolve! This is powerful, authentic, romantic and FEMININE! And honestly, I think feminine is the highest compliment I can give. This makes me feel special, and beautiful, and appreciated, and loved. You and the girls have taken a simplistic concept and made it yours. I used to say Andrej was the best at capturing authentic chemistry... well Alis, Andrej should watch this, he might even learn a thing two.
Now what makes this work:
- Long, continuos shots. If you're looking to breathe life and authenticity into a film, that's how you do it. Just look at Shame, Blue and Short Term 12.
- Editing. In addition to the role long shots play here, you're really relaxing on the editing front. Yes, it remove that level of cerebral complexity, but for a film like this it makes for a more authentic, languid, believable encounter/atmosphere.
- Camera-work. Kudos to you and to Duliamo on this front. As of late, you're camera is wandering, swaying just that touch and exploring all parts of the female body, and your work it less masculine because of it.
- Chemistry. You knew these two were going to have it, just like I did. It's really important when your casting to try and match the right girls and you pretty much always nail it on this front. Please don't hesitate to link these two up again. Rose's idea of a more primal encounter is certainly something I'd be interested in.
- Allowing sexual positions time. For example, the scissoring scene. Compare this to the one in TRGO(2) and you'll notice the difference straight away. Once seems completely fake and the other seems completely real! Don't rush the girls, don't rush the positions, don't edit to increase the pacing, just let it all flow naturally.
That's all I've got for now Alis, haha. It was another late night killing time [writing ;)] until this downloaded, so I'm rather tired. I'll think on this in my sleep and I might have more to add in the morning :) Keep up the incredible work! You're amazing, and I'm very lucky I discovered your work!
Friday, June 12th, 2015 on Cumpleanos Feliz
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Friday, June 12th, 2015 on Love For Sale - Harder - Chapter 1
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Friday, June 12th, 2015 on Doubleface
So... I just looked through the pics (#0005 is my fav) and Eva killed on the costuming again :) Alexa's dress is stunning! I want it bad, bad, bad!
Holy moly! This is gonna be HAWWWWWWWWT!!!!! Alis... I love you! Now let's download baby!!! :)
Rose... you're so awesome! Sounds like your having so much fun! Thanks for taking some time to share some of that with us. How very selfless, haha. I know I'd be struggling to tear myself away from it all. Especially the film crew! Oh how much I could learn from Andrej...
P.S. I get the feeling you're crushing on Ally... and in that dress and those heels, I don't blame you ;) I hope you're able to interview her (if you haven't already).
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 on SexArt on location in Sitges – day one!
Really, no make-up?! God! Ariel's skin looks amazing! Thanks for the little interview Rose :)
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 on Ariel Piper Fawn on location for SexArt!
Wait a second... Did Ariel and Michaela just kiss?!?! You lucky girl Ariel ;)
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 on Last Guest
Very!!!!!! BBut I have to ask, did your write that, or did one of the girls? ;)
Send my many thanks to Team A&A please Rose. And please send a HUGE thank you to Adele! The feminine edge she delivers through her editing is a massive part of what makes me enjoy Team A&A films so much.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 on Bounce
Thanks Steph, that means a lot to me too :) Oh yeah! Whitney and Tracy together... (I'm already speechless just thinking about it).
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 on Tracy Lindsay – the ultimate sex star?
Hey Ilikelights, (is 'Lights' for short ok?).
On behalf of the members here, I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to SexArt! It's great to have you here :)
There are TONS of goodies just waiting to be discovered! I hope you have fun finding them all, and please let us know if we can help in directing you toward the best content available :)
Once again, it's great to you aboard. Welcome to SexArt and it's wonderful community :)
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 on Memento - First Act
Killer comment Steph :) An awesome read!
I can answer this one for you, and the answer is... YES! That's our Whitney ;) I'm loving your comments by the way! Welcome to SexArt, it's great to hear from another regular commentator :) Keep 'em coming :)
Friday, June 5th, 2015 on Lost in a Dream Vol 2
Ok, sweet :) Thanks Rose, you're awesome!
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 on Unexpected Photo
So when you click on the tab 'FILMS' and then click on the tab 'Series', in SA it shows only 'Kamikaze Love' and 'GLS - S1 and S2', and everything is represented as separate episodes, not grouped. Over at VT, everything is grouped (i.e. After Hours is one link, The Gym is another, Art, etc. etc., and when you click on this, it then opens a page which displays all episodes in the series). So that needs to happen here at SexArt, unless it already has and for some very strange and unknown reason has, and just isn't displaying on my version of SexArt
In regards to the logo's. I can understand and respect every argument MetNetwork would make as to why things are the way they are, but... as they appear currently, they're too in-your-face, too crass and they detract from the beauty and elegance that I expect from MetNetwork.
Thanks for your response Rose :) I hope that clears things up for you and the team :)
- The series section of SexArt needs work... desperately. It's messy and essentially redundant at this point. Very Un-SexArt indeed. VT's series section (currently under development) should be the model to follow.
- Logo advertising is really beginning to frustrate me! First it was the MASSIVE logo slapped onto the start of our films, which is completely in-your-face and quite frankly, crass. And now logo's are being slapped unsubtly onto our film posters too, so that they're the first thing that catches your eye. MetNetwork represents class and elegance, the subtly with which logo's are being advertised across our filmic content does not. Please fix it up.
Sorry if this reads harshly, my only intent with these comments is to provide honest, constructive feedback.
Absolutely agreed ViringaLover! Vanda in SexArt film is a must!
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 on Vanda B
Hey Delta, thank you so much for such an in-depth response. Although a know a little bit about film, I know virtually nothing about photography... just that I like it :) Reading this response is great, and very helpful and informative! You're such a great contributor to our conversations here!!! I truly value your work and words Delta :) Thank you again! :)
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 on Oleo
Hey Delta :) - so nice to see Melena again! :)
This is another good set, but it's not 'great' like the other two. I think it's missing that level of vibrancy, flirtation and naughtiness I normally expect from Melena. I think you were trying for more sexy and sensual in this set, and thats great to see you experimenting with mood, but I like it when photography reveals that candid, 'this-is-me' feeling from the models. Those are just my feelings though :)
All in all, despite that and a few little focus issues in your long shots (particularly regarding Melena's face) it was a nice set :) Thanks Delta, and thanks Melena.
By the way Melena, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next... ;) 'Someone' told me it will be extremely exciting!!! ;)
Hey Kirst, you definitely have a point too, please don't think I wasn't listening :)
For my liking, Alis uses aspect ratio artistically and you really notice a difference in his films because of it. I remember watching IBDS(2) for the first time, (t was the first time he shot in 21:9, I'm pretty sure...), and the aspect ratio made such an impact on me. I'm in total support of the way Alis utilises aspect ratio to further the ideas and themes of his work.
Team A&A, they prefer to use it more stylistically, as you say. It's more just a signature designed to tell you they made it - Ariel commented about this once before. It definitely suits their style of work, because when I think Team A&A, I immediately thinking intimacy... but I would like to see them change it up, and use it more artistically. 'What Happens When' for example, personally I would have shot that in 16:9, particularly because the idea presented throughout that series was 'larger' than life. For or this film though, I feel 21:9 perfectly suited.
So anyway. I do understand where you're coming from, 100%, and I think it's a good discussion to have :) Who knows, maybe Team A&A will listen.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015 on Horizont II
Thanks Steph! I'm so glad you love hair and makeup, and costuming as much as me! It adds so much to beauty of the film, and it accentuates the beauty of our girls too!
If you want to see a full film review for Memento, you should look on the Blog, (it's under the 'NEWS' tab) for 'Memento: Reordered and Decoded'. It's my favourite film review I've done, and if you do check it out, I hope it will add to you're understanding of the series!
Thanks again for your reply Steph :)
Sunday, May 31st, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
I just want to come to the defence of Team A&A here, and in fact Alis too, regarding aspect ratio. Our artists, are artists, and the technical decisions they make are most definitely purposeful.... and well-considered.
If an artist is shooting in 21:9, which Team A&A (nearly) always do, Alis on occasion - it's primarily a choice based on atmosphere. A 21:9 aspect ratio in a SexArt sense, is designed to bring a sense of focus and intimacy to the events of screen, and you'll find that often when shooting with this ratio (like here), the artists will purposefully centre their actors in the frame. And all of the above is intended to bring you (the audience) into the sexual centre of the actors, permit a strong sense of connection and thus add to your experience... Not detract from it.
Anyway, I hope this helps in some way :)
I commented not too long ago about this idea, I'm not sure where though... I'd think 'Doubleface' given the similarities and Julia's casting (once again). I'm curious if you read that comment and decided to develop it? In any case, after reading _fer_realz_ comment I had to watch, mostly in part because this is an idea that can only be expressed in B/G film (as far I'm concerned anyway).
Because this film compares, contrasts and challenges the ideas of gender and relationship conventions and desires. We have the 'generally male' perspective of picking a woman up in a bar/club and having naughty, wild, drunken, one-night-stand sex - and we also have the 'generally female perspective' of making love within an ongoing, romantic relationship. Which one is preferred, which one is better? And in fact... do you even have to chose? This was one couple and perhaps this was all role-play? In any case it's that ambiguity that lets the viewer detail the film in their way, and which makes it extremely special.
A killer concept Alis, and brilliantly executed! Seriously! It's brilliant! This is a B/G film that I actually enjoyed - because it wrapped me up in psychology and concept! And Julia is really cool! She has such a unique look and vibe, and she brings something very different and exciting to your films. I hope we see more of her Alis, especially in G/G outings :)
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 on J&J
She's amazing right!?! I think I just had a case of Miela-fever, in the same way you get Michaela-fever, haha :) Oh Rose... now I really know how you feel. These young wild girls... they make a mess of us ;)
Monday, May 25th, 2015 on Rastu
Don and Miela,
DAMN! This is my kind of photoset :) Thank you!!! I hope you have more together coming? :)
Here we have hella sexy beach blondie, in a hella sexy one piece, (they are my favourite these days). She's out in the glorious sunshine, tanning up, and she's surrounded by lovely, saturated blues, greens, and terracotta's, and she's even being a flirty water baby! Oh Miela... You're a goddess!
And Don your shot selection is gorgeous. You always position and capture your girls soooo beautifully. Everything you do elaborates upon their already existing beauty, and your able to deliver such passionate pictures because of it. This feels so Erro-like, and for me, that's the highest praise I can give when it comes to erotic photography!
And can I just note too, I love how you always consider the girls legs and feet. Erro did this too, and for me they are my favourite female features. To see you actually care for them, and put the effort into capturing them so beautifully is so very welcome! Next time you see Alis, you must have a conversation about this with him! :) He needs to learn, lol :)
Thank you again for both of you!
And can I just say... Miela is arguably the hottest thing on MetNetwork right now! Seriously, what... a... BABE! SexArt and VivThomas director(s), it's time to get her back on film! And that's not necessarily a 'please can make this happen?', that's a 'this needs to happen... and soon!!!!!' :)
Just want to add, while I continue to wait for this to download... I really dislike these new lines that frame everything. They're less classy and more tacky! Please revert back to how things were.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 on The Heat 3
This is possibly the most excited I've been all year! And I've done some pretty darn exciting things... Hurry up and download!!!
(Blushing) Rightio smart butt ;) Guess I can't argue with evidence...
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 on Reminiscence
I told you I was becoming dyslexic Rose... Amendment to above:
That theme could have been better realised if Michaela had continued (at least on one occasion) to look at the pictures on her camera.
You're too funny Rose! Put Michaela in front of you and you and your brain turn to jelly. All articulatory skills are lost. You're in love girly!
Hi MonCapitan :)
I think you'll find the reason she dons that lingerie is because that's part of her 'Reminiscence'. I can't say with certainty, but I'd suggest that on that camera, Michaela is looking at pics of her partner, and that in those pics, she's wearing that same lingerie. What we witness thereafter is a 'Reminiscence' based on Michaela's reaction to those pics.
That's one very wet little girl... ;) Sexy, sexy :)))
It's quite simple, but what I love about this solo is that like Mirror, Lonely and Diary before it, it has a theme, and that theme has been brought to life wonderfully through Michaela's performance, and exquisite/well-directed cinematography. A killer solo entry! I've been waiting for something exactly this for weeks now :)
Just one point of critique though... That theme could have been better realised in Michaela continued (or least one occasion) to look at the pictures on her camera. That's all though :)
And can I please just confirm... This is from Portugal? Thanks in advance Ariel :)
Another wonderful interview Rose! You're writing is getting better and better... I hope it's not rude to say it, but reading your work is actually quite erotic and stimulating! Which I think is what you're aiming for anyway, so keep up the great work! Thank you! :)
And thank you Tracy! You're such an amazing girl! Would you believe it, we have all the same interests! Haha. I love staying healthy, I especially love good film, and travelling is just the best! Do you have any favourite movies I should check out? Or places I should travel too? South America and Barcelona are definitely on my list, but your recommendations would be great :)
Tracy your work across MetNetwork is absolutely gorgeous. Love For Sale is one of my favourite ever film series (along with Memento of course)! It was so personal and so very important to me. I'm only young like you, so I'm still learning so much about my sexuality, and Love For Sale really expanded my mind and tastes in so many ways! Thank you, thank you!
I'm very excited to see what projects you have in the future! Secrets of Prague will be amazing. I didn't realise you were being paired in couples/threesomes... You and Whitney are maybe my favourite actresses, so I can't wait to see you together! And... I reserve this word for times of impact, but I think here it's warranted... FUCK, i'm soooo excited for The Heat: Vol. 3. Vol. 2 remains arguably my favourite standalone film.
I love your dreams and ambitions, because they are very similar to mine :) I want to graduate university too, but I'd also like to continue to contribute to this field, because it's very special to me too! I think maybe you should start talking to Guy over at VT... I can imagine you and Lorena shooting a candid, behind the scenes type of movie. That is something I would love to see!!!
Thank you again Rose and Tracy! You'e both awesome, and this was a wonderful read! Oh, and any chance we can get Tracy to join us in the comments here? It would be a dream come true :)
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 on Tracy Lindsay shares her sexual adventures with SexArt!
Totally with you on that one glow :)
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 on Reminiscence
I finally got to it! And it was really cool: awesome girls, awesome chemistry and awesome acting :) Ariel Rebel was just adorable, she was like a sensitive little bunny and Anissa her sultry fox! That piece of cinematography through the hallway, accompanied by that very transcendent punk/rock track was excellent and inventive film. I loved it! But there was one major problem here… the setting.
Now I know it might sound silly, like, ‘why was I even looking at the setting?’ but I do… because it’s important in helping to convey the look and feel of the film. And it pains me to say it, but the tender chemistry and those cold, black walls and sleek hotel design are polar opposites! Unfortunately, the setting alone (and the feelings it evoked in me) takes this film from great, to simply ok. Which sucks! Now I know the difficulties associated with location and so on, but certainly think there would have to be ways around things (i.e. colourful rugs/blankets, warmer and softer lighting, shooting primarily in medium shots and close ups, etc.)
So yep, that’s all I got. Thanks for the film Alis and team, and Ariel and Anissa :)
Sunday, May 17th, 2015 on I've Been Missing U
Rose!!!! OMG! These are UH-MAZING! Thank you, thank you :) The only thing better than this would be kiss on the cheek from Candice Swanepoel :) So many wonderful pictures, that offer such a different and fresh perspective on things :)
These are so good, I'm inclined to say instead of releasing 'sex' photosets along side the films, release 'behind the scenes' photosets instead! And I'm serious! I love this!!!!
Now. My favourite pic here is 'Luna on unreleased picture set (7/1/2013). I'm legitimately in love with it! There is sooooo much happiness and joy there, it's a ray of sunshine and an image that stands on it's own as piece of art! God, I love, love, love this pic!!!!
I also love Luna and Whitney's 'Approaching' image. Luna is getting a little crazy, and Whitney's is hilarious and pouty with her arms crossed :) So funny!
Sophie tied up and smiling in 'The Writer' is an absolute gem. It shows how soft and caring and gentle and loving BDSM can be :)
Now... I'm very curious about Tracy in 'Vox'. Any chance we can see this film please? And just on another Tracy note, how adorbs is she smiling in front of Amarna pink dido?!? :) Mmm... totally cute!
And Aleska... it looks like this may have been Alis' first ever scene shot for SexArt! I know it probably hasn't been released because of technicalities and such, but boy, I would love to see, if only to see just how far Alis has come as an artist... Any chance please?
Thank you again Rose! And thank you Alis for sharing these!!!! I thought our last news item was fun! This is like Christmas come early!!! :)
Friday, May 15th, 2015 on Alis Locanta: Hidden Shots
Delphine is really... interesting... there's something there that's strikes me special, intriguing. Does anyone know if she appears anywhere else on the MetNetwork? And Don, can we please see her again? This photoset was cool, but I always like natural settings as opposed to studio ones. Coudl you please do this? Please and thank you :)
Thursday, May 14th, 2015 on Fraze
Rose! This has been the most fun news thread I think we've ever had. To learn about an upcoming project, and actually some some backstage footage, and then to have Ariel commune with us in the comments (THANK YOU ARIEL!), it's totally awesome! Thank you so much!
Maybe we could see more things like this in the future? Footage, images, etc.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 on How many stars can you name?
You're very welcome Ariel :) I'm so glad this is a g/g series, I honestly cannot wait to see it now!
Best wishes to your team and all our awesome actresses! I hope everyone has an absolute blast making it!
Oh no! Please pass our best wishes and a speedy recovery onto Uma. And lots of hugs!!!
And that's very understandable. All Czech girls for an incredible Czech series! I like that :) And I'm glad we will see Kiara again soon, she's super awesome... so I hope we get lots more of her :)
Yep, yep. I'm not sure if you saw it Rose, but Whitney actually commented for the first time ever about a month ago on Lift. I think she said that her and Margot's chemistry stems from 'loving each other'.
Oh yeah! I just saw them too. Whitney's outfit is gorgeous and her heels are STUNNING! Can't wait to see this scene :)
I know right! Whitney's totally amazing! I saw her and I was like, 'helllllllls yeah!' I hope we get to see some more Whitney-Margot lovemaking! I'm also really excited to see Lexie! My only wish.... that Kiara and Uma were there too... ;)
Oh, thank you Ariel! Elisa is really pretty! I'm excited to see her work. Vanessa Decker, oh... I haven't yet got around to watching Broken yet, but I absolutely must! If it's anything like you're other Prague entries, it's sure to be amazing!
Oh great! I could have nearly mistaken her for you Ariel - you two look so similar! That's really exciting. I've always believed you and Andrej are the best at capturing raw, authentic chemistry, (though Alis has been improving lots lately), and I think Adele's editing plays a very big part in conveying that chemistry! It will be great to see her work in front of the camera!
Sweeeeeet! Haha. I saw a funny clipboard with the title on your Twitter, I'm sure it will be awesome! Can I ask... is it a g/g series?
Thanks Ariel! :) Always a pleasure to read you :)
So much fun!!! I saw this on Ariel's Twitter last night and was trying to work it out myself Rose! I'm really excited for this. Andrej's 'Prague Collection' of films has been arguably his finest work this year! We'll have to see what 'Secrets' he has in store for us with this series ;)
I recognise (from left to right-front to back):
(Unknown), Cristal Caitlin?, Leila Smith, Alexis Crystal
(Unknown), Lady Dee, Margot
Whitney Conroy, Tracy Lindsay
I'm not sure who the two 'unknowns' are: the brunette in the salmon singlet and jeans, and the brunette in the leather jacket... can anyone help?!?
First: It's interesting that you say that because Interstellar is as much about the effects of Gravity (particularly on time) as it is about Love. I think it's an apt observation and one that I have to agree with. Love pulls.
Second: Hmm... Very interesting. I don't mean this disrespectfully, quite the alternative because it takes an inquisitive mind to even think of these types of things, but I can tell it's still in a primitive/speculative stage. Spirituality both bewilders and fascinates me. There's a large part of me that doesn't believe in it, and yet, the most incredible moments of my life had this different kind of energy to them, a spiritual energy. It can't really be explained, which is partly why I'm such a sceptic, but you can truly feel it. Something special and almost otherworldly becomes tactile in those moments... (I promise I'm not high right now, lol). But yes, I think I do agree once again about the spirit/energy idea. Though that last bit about the world being a 'precipitate' seems a little different... _fer_ were perhaps high? haha ;) only kidding :)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 on Sunsets (and Same-Sex Relationships)
Hmm... Let's say 'entertain, involve and educate', and a 'True' film (by my own snobbish definition) does them all concurrently.
If there's one thing I've learnt over the years it's that first and foremost, film must 'entertain'. Because if it doesn't, it's not going to interest you, and it's not going to involve you.
Which brings me to 'involve', and I think you're spot on here Rose, that a film must involve the viewer by making them feel and think. And it's from this that 'educate' stems.
Because it's those emotions and thoughts provoked that should stimulate ideas and conversations, and thus learning and 'education'.
But that's just my (entirely snobbish) take on what makes a 'True' film.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 on Fallen
Thank you for such a gorgeous interview Rose, this is my favourite yet! Whitney is such a beautiful and talented girl, and at just 21 years of age, I find her commitment to her work, her intelligence and her self-confidence/assurance incredibly inspirational! She makes me, and I hope other young people like me, want to strive to achieve and be happy - no matter what interest or field we decide to pursue.
Thank you Whitney for your incredible work at SexArt - like Alis, your someone who truly inspires me and makes me want to follow my dreams! I hope we'll see (and hear) lots more from you in the future :)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 on Whitney Conroy opens up to SexArt!
Hmm... After reading and responding to BlackWing, I thought of how love is portrayed in Interstellar (and less so Inception) and it got me thinking:
What if love is force... a propulsive force that points us in the direction we need to go?
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 on Sunsets (and Same-Sex Relationships)
Interesting take on the distinguishing factor between erotica and porn - after considering it, I have to agree! To further that - what then distinguishes erotica from erotic film is an artistic purpose to educate and inform. Now I've seen 3some and 4some's represented in erotica, but very rarely in erotic film. Of the top of my head, I can only think of Waltz With Me, which was conceptually brilliant, but let down in delivery. So... I would like to see another attempt made at 3some erotic film. 4some... hmm... I can't really think of anything I would artistically want to say, but maybe Alis may have some ideas?
Glad you understood what I was trying to convey about solo films. I love them, and I desperately want to see more!
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 on Fallen
What an incredible response! Well thought out and articulated with purpose. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot tell you how much it means to me to that you've shared such a wonderful comment here :)
I loved the hormonal outline and explanation of lust, attraction, attachment. I'll definitely have to look into that myself, because as a young person training in medicine, hormones (particularly female ones) are something that interest me to no end! In every instance I believe you'll find a chemical explanation for the ways in which we behave and react. And you're so very right - it's these hormones that play a critical role in determining those that we are sexually attracted to.
But going deeper... love. It's a complex entity and one that difficult to succinctly define. Over the years of viewing Alis' work here, my perception of love has developed and even now is still constantly being retooled. I've have come a long way with the help of The Heat: Vol. 2, Secretly: Vol. 2, Love For Sale and Memento, just to name a few. But what I always come back to is the fact that bond of love is powerful and all encompassing... (I want to say more, but I'd rather show you and our other members what I mean) - hopefully soon...
Thank you once again for your wonderful, informative, educative, awesome comment BlackWing! I sincerely hope we'll continue to hear from you with more insightful comments! :)
You must, must, must check out the latest scene at VT! Written by Rose, it's titled 'Imperfection - Solecism' and let's just say that, 'watching dominant Tracy be dominated with kinky romanticism is perhaps one of the sexiest things you’ll ever witness in your life'.
P.S. If you're not a member, you can always use 'Pay Per Scene'. Trust me... it's worth every cent :)
Monday, May 4th, 2015 on Taino
Hell yeah Rose! You said it! Melena is so awesome :)
Walter and Melena,
This is amazing! Absolutely amazing! This is what SexArt photography can and should be!!! It's not often I'm captivated by photography anymore (not since Erro's retirement), but this, like Alex Lynn's work too for MetArt, is beautiful. Walter you have told a sweet/cute/fun little story is told and captured Melena candidly, sensually, sexually, and quite naughtily with that little finger in her bottom I might add :) Everything feel genuine, unrushed and you can tell no boundaries/limits exist. Just take the length of the photoset as an example. Thank you Walter, this photography breathes life, and Melena you've put one very, very, very humungous smile onto my face! Thank you! This is just incredible! More like this please Jon :)
I'm really looking forward to watching both this and 'Broken'! Hopefully I'll get the time soon. For now though, can I please ask to see more Team A&A films starring (in no particular order):
Thank you :)
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 on Campus Episode I - Semester Begins
Solo films are incredibly important, if done well, simply for the fact that some ideas can only be conveyed through them. The problem is... I think solo material is perhaps one of the hardest, if not the hardest material to 'skilfully' conceive. Unfortunately that means many writers/directors won't approach it, or if they do, the results are fairly mediocre. Even Alis, the maestro of the solo film, has (for my liking) only hit the mark 8 times. That's 8 times more than most others though, and 4 more times then Team A&A. Now I know Alis has some more solo's on the way, but I was hoping my subtle asking would prompt Jon to search his archives for one, or... prompt Team A&A to get on the job in the meantime :)
On the topic of three and four way scenes... Hmm... as long as they present something of importance (dramatic, light-hearted or otherwise) - and are not just done for the purpose of throwing all the hottest of hot together.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 on Fallen
Just out of curiosity? Who would like to see Angella and Vanessa's story continue?
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 on Sunsets (and Same-Sex Relationships)
Thank you for response guys. That's exactly what I was looking for. I feel the same way - let love be love :)
Rose, I actually watched this based on your comment. It was fantastic, and I think you've said pretty much everything I would have wanted too. What I'm enjoying most about Team A&A's films as of late is the writing and how it's translating in the direction. These stories are well conceived and have theme and meaning. Keep up the incredible work Team A&A, your films as of late are truly 'SexArt'.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 on Fallen
Thanks mep1 :) Oh yes! Lorena at SexArt again please :)
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 on Superstar Lorena stars in daring new movie!
Sorry to comment about an unrelated topic but...
I sincerely miss the days of solo, g/g, b/g.
And it's the solo's I'm missing most...
Hi members (and non-members),
Please, please, pleeeease check this out. I cannot urge you strongly enough! As Rose has mentioned above, she scripted the film, and she did an incredible job of it!
If you're a member of VT, I'd say jump in and view everything :) If you're not, I would recommend using 'Pay Per Scene' to get ahold of 'Scene 01 - Caliginosity'. It stars superstars Lorena Garcia!!! and Tracy Lindsay, and it's honestly one of the hottest productions by MetArt Films this year!
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 on Superstar Lorena stars in daring new movie!
I watched it for you, but I have to be honest, that's the only reason I stuck with it after that incredibly intriguing opening. Why did I love the opening? Because I didn't see any tattoos. Why didn't I like the rest? Because there were just too many tattoos. I don't like them, and the problem is, if you don't like them, then you really, really don't like them. I know tattoos in SexArt Film are rare however, so, I guess more than anything what I'm trying to say is, please keep it this way.
Please forgive me if I've offended anyone by sharing these thoughts.
Monday, April 20th, 2015 on Just Touch Me
P.S. I'm desperate to watch Caliginosity, but I've just been too busy. I'll definitely post my thoughts over on VT though :) Hopefully some time tomorrow :)
I did watch the first 2 mins though... Those office influences came through Rose ;) I'm sure what follows between Lorena and Tracy will be a rather 'Lift'-ing experience ;)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 on The Road Goes On II: Travel Diary
Excellent! :) Haha, Yes we will :) But I think if you, I, and Ariel push for this with enthusiasm, Alis will have no option but to make it happen ;)
I'll keep you posted (privately) on my thoughts/ideas Rose. Lately I've had luck with 'lightbulb' moments while exercising and listening to music :)
Yay! It might be a little while off yet, but hey, why not throw out an idea already?
I know you love your beach photosets just like me Rose, so, does an Erro-inspired beach film starring Ms. Rebel and a companion sound good? I'm sure Ariel would be interested ;)
Hey _fer_, haha, ambitions always begin high, and even if don't quite meet the mark, you have to hope you got close :) That's how I always look at it :)
Thank you! I'm extremely glad you said it was Silvie's. That means I found her voice in your opinion too. So I'm very happy about that :) Like I said to Rose too, I really hope it will add to your experience when (re)watching TRGO(2) also.
I've never had the opportunity to travel to Spain, though it's certainly somewhere I want to go in the very near future! It seems like such a wonderful country! So yes, it was all done by extrapolation, but also... I have been lucky enough to travel elsewhere before, so I definitely drew from those experiences too.
And thank you again. I've been trying really hard to write for (myself) and our members and try and engage them in new and exciting ways :) and I know Rose is trying even harder! I think I speak for both of us when I say we appreciate your support immensely! It's what keeps us going, and hopefully, as time goes on, we'll find a larger number of readers too :)
And... I've been drafting three screenplays, all of which are waiting to be read by Alis. Hopefully once his very busy schedule and life slow up, we'll be able to begin developing and working on one or more of them. So for now, that's where I'm concentrating my efforts :)
But wow! Developing something with Rose! That would be really interesting and definitely something I'd be open to in the future! :)
They really are... I hope you're doing ok Alis :)
And thank you!
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 on The Road Goes On II: Travel Diary
Good luck _fer_. Can't wait to read your thoughts :) Hopefully more will join in the conversation too :)
Mission accomplished :) haha. So glad to hear it Rose :)
Haha. Thanks Kirst :) Yeah that film was pretty cool, I must say. I loved it's emphasis on Viv's classic 'legs and feet' style. And you're right, Eva and Kiara were great. Blondie Kiara is such a babe! :)
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 on Lost and Found
This news just made my day! Thank you for replying again Ariel :)
Thank you Jon and Rose for your support and assistance with posting, and for helping me make this a reality for our Alis and our members :) And thank you Alis for letting me produce this :)
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 on The Road Goes On II: Travel Diary
Thank you so much Rose! I felt that catching Silvie's voice was crucial, so I'm very glad you feel I did :) I really enjoyed writing her, she's such a cool girl, and I think this experience has given me a greater love and respect for her as one of our SexArt girls :)
I hope too that you noticed a few little things, (some more subtle than others), designed to add further meaning to TGRO(2)...?
Oh, that's totally awesome! I still remember your first shoots from Lanzarote, they were some of my favourites: Apple Pie, The Sea Mousse, Spanish Lesson, just to name a few! You're doing a fantastic job by the way Ariel, please keep up the awesome work :)
I'm very excited for these two new series! I hope one of them will be just G/G?
Thank you for replying. I really appreciate it :)
I was just wondering if this film, Chef, and more ones I assume are to come, were shot in Lanzarote?
Thank you :)
If I can offer some advice...
I think if you stick to 1st (I, my, etc.) and 3rd person language (she, her, etc., your writing might read a little better. The 2nd person language (you, your, etc.) you use in your Genevieve and Sabrisse posts is quite an unconventional method of writing, which makes it a little harder to approach. Just some friendly advice is all Rose :) I hope it's ok to provide it?...
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 on Erotic fiction for SexArt?
Yes please Rose! Your writing is always interesting to read, and you do an incredible job posting and keeping our MetNetwork Blogs entertaining :) If you have some ideas for erotic fiction, please share, I would absolutely love to read! :)
Haha. Ok, I'll do it for you Rose... and Alexa, and our genius director too.
I'm glad you agree! It's been a while since we saw Whitney. I genuinely miss watching her. It's like having to patiently await a full year to see DiCaprio again! haha :)
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 on Possessione 2
Thanks for the insight Rose! :)
For anyone who's browsing the site, and may be interested in using this incredible new feature, can I please point you towards the following films:
- Pour Toi Mon Amour: Vol. 4 by Alis Locanta
- Symphony by Andrej Lupin
- The Memento and Love For Sale Series by Alis Locanta
I hope they'll whet your appetite and have you wanting to join the wonderful SexArt community permanently! :)
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 on NEW FEATURE: Pay Per Scene!
This is an anthology I'm desperate to approach, but am hesitant too because of the b/g factor. I think I'll have to with Alexa this time round though...
But, is there any chance you could do a g/g Vol. 3? Whitney's spider-web story from 'GLS- Mistress' would fit perfectly! And... I'm certain she would be open to collaborating with you ;)
Hi... sorry, I didn't see your comment before posting. But yes, Xena in our films would be awesome!
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 on Vollina
Jon - Is there any chance you can involve Xena in our films please?
I agree Rose. It's nice to have a choice :)
I would just like the choice to consider the platforms on which the movie can be watched too. Unfortunately .srt does not allow for this. An embedded subtitle track that can be switched on and off on the device (whether it's blu-ray, computer, playstation, ipad/tablet, etc.) however does, and thus it would be the most ideal setup.
I know I'm probably getting repetitive now, but I feel very strongly on this point. It will help to improve SexArt Film, I have no doubt of it! Please, please, please make this your priority Jon.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 on Hors D'Atteinte
Unfortunately not BADFAD. Sorry.
Monday, April 6th, 2015 on Raggaki
Hey Jen and Kirst! :)
I was definitely thinking the same thing. We do have the last Episode of WHW? coming out later today... maybe we'll see Eva grab Ariel, take her to a side room and have her way with her... It's very unlikely, but here's hoping!
Saturday, April 4th, 2015 on Hors D'Atteinte
Hey _fer_, just on the kissing point... I felt this was soft/romantic kissing, and was likely a directive from Alis to encapsulate that feeling. I think if tongues and deep kissing had of gotten involved anymore then they did, it would have detracted from that. Just my feelings though :)
You certainly weren't the only one waiting Rose. Lola films are my favourite, so when Alis, (or Ariel), teases them, boy-oh-boy do I get excited! Lola just brings something to Alis' films that no other girl really can. For me, her sex appeal is unrivalled, but its her expressiveness and acting talent that sets her apart! You can actually feel her emotion, her gravity, and that allows me to connect with her and the scene in a really intimate way. All we can hope is that the relationship between Lola and Alis is a good and healthy one, because their work together really is something special, and something I'd love to see more of going forward!
P.S. Sorry Ariel, I know I'm focusing so much on Lola here, but it's because I'm blinded by one very big crush! You're totally gorgeous and talented too, and you know it!
I really loved this little Soderbergh tribute, right down to that flirty striptease! I must say, I think this one tops Clooney and J'Lo's :) The structure of the scene and the emotions involved reminded me very much of Jealousy: Vol 2, which as you know is one of my favourite films! This still however felt fresh and offered some new insights and perspectives! And, can I say that the body of the film was just gorgeous! I loved how romantic it felt, especially with all those candles!
Congratulations Alis, Ariel and Lola. This is beautiful!
P.S. Please keep bringing both ladies back! Especially Lola. She just brings something to your films that no other girl does...
Thanks Rose :) I always love reading your thoughts too! That actually sounds like a fantastic idea, because it's those little moments and eccentricities that resonate on such a personal level. Have fun watching! :)
Saturday, April 4th, 2015 on Above – an erotic reaction
Sorry to post here Alis, but... members :) My Blog post for Above is now live! Please check it out! :) I'd love to hear your thoughts
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 on Hors D'Atteinte
I just want to raise the subtitle issue, specifically, the .srt problem. Now the problem with them is that they limit the ways in which you can view a film (only on a computer, only on VLC), and in this day and age, that goes directly against prevailing attitudes. The advantage of 'digital' media files, is that they allow you to watch the film on whatever device you want: TV, Blu-Ray Player, IPad/Tablet, Playstation, Computer, etc.
Personally, the way I'd like to watch this film is on a big screen 1080p TV, but I can't... I can only watch it on my computer. So I reiterate what I wrote on a previous post: providing subtitled movie file (with option to turn them on and off, on the device) should be SexArt's ideal platform. That is what any well-considered and high quality Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download would provide.
If this is not possible, I would strongly recommend hardcoding the subtitles directly over the film regardless of the fact they cannot be turned off. Given the market, and the fact that English is our primary language, that would make the most sense.
I'll write something of value here at some point, but right now, Lola has rendered me... something, haha, I don't know... speechless, motionless, incomprehensible...
Second thing. I love Lexie and I love Uma! You can tell they both love women, and enjoy their work. I want to see them regularly at SexArt, and VT. With all this talk about 'family' lately, I definitely feel they should be a part of it! Please 'thumbs up' if you agree. The more 'thumbs up', the more power behind the statement, and the more influence it holds!
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 on Above
First thing. What a gorgeous film! Absolutely awesome. I wrote a Blog post, and it's waiting in the wings. Hopefully it will be up some time soon :)
My, my, my... This is going to be one very hot pairing! I can't wait to watch!
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 on Above
Kiara! Let me please preface this by saying I that I think you're an awesome girl, and that I appreciate everything you bring to SexArt as an actress, a person and a member of our wonderful community. I honestly have a great deal of respect for you (even though I don't 'really' know you, haha) :)
I have to respectfully disagree with you on the smoking front however. It is something a great percentage of the population engage in, but that doesn't make it good choice. As I said above, I have a background in health, and I've seen too many people suffer the backlash of it's effects. The first ever death certificate one of my girlfriends (her 3rd week as an Intern) wrote, was for a 52 year old man who had developed lung cancer from cigarettes. I'll never forget her telling me the story of how she had to deliver the news to his wife and 3 children. It broke her heart, and it broke mine listening to it.
I know you're an adult, you're actually 1 year older than me, and I know you're going to make your own decisions and do whatever you want, and so you darn well should! This is just something very close to my heart, and I couldn't keep my mouth closed on the topic. Awareness is key! And it doesn't matter what age you are, you are never too old to learn, adapt and change for the betterment of yourself and your relationships.
I'm very sorry if I've caused any offence by sharing this view, and I'm also sorry for getting a little somber and emotional with this comment, it's just as I said, very close to my heart.
Thank you again for your contributions at SexArt! I hope we get to experience lots more with you, cause you're a really cool, really awesome girl! :)
Monday, March 30th, 2015 on What Happens When Episode 5
That makes perfect sense _fer_. Hmm... haha. We are in total agreement on everything here, and yet, I don't think I've conveyed what I mean well enough. I'm just trying to say that this is a journey about Mango seeking sexual AND emotional fulfilment, and that over the course of her journey, she learnt that both of them are critical to a successful relationship.
Oh well, it's a flaw in my writing, but that's ok, it just means I have to work harder on my next review!
Monday, March 30th, 2015 on Memento: Reordered and Decoded
Wow Rose! Thank you for the interview! I absolutely loved reading it! You're contributions here are just incredible! Keep up the amazing work!
Kiara, what a babe you are! Haha. You just seem so cool and so relatable. Everything you said, I was just thinking, 'OMG! I hope a find a girlfriend just like her'. Thank you so much for offering us this chance to get to know you, and for your work at SexArt and VT. I watched 'Episode 5' of 'What Happens When?' this morning and I was really blown away with your performance. I sincerely hope we will lots more of your work on the MetArt Network, especially here at SexArt.
By the way, how cool is Japan? Haha. I travelled myself when I was on uni break, and I was blown away by how gorgeous it is. It's so clean, so considered and the people are so polite, and the culture so beautiful! Not to mention the skiing!!! I loved Hiroshima too! Have you been to The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto? If not, you must, must, must go!
Thanks again Kiara! :)
Monday, March 30th, 2015 on Blonde beauty Kiara Lord talks fun, passion and positivity!
It's extremely rare I venture outside of SexArt, but when I do it's either because a girlfriend has recommended something to me, or because I'm craving female-directed material. It's a gap we currently have at SexArt and VT, however... We shouldn't forget the feminine energy producer's Estelle and Ariel add to the work of our male directors. In saying that, you can immediately feel a difference in the energy of erotic content directed by females.
I couldn't agree more about Jo. She has produced content for VT, and I've seen a couple of videos she's produced for her own site too: all of which are incredible! I would completely support her inclusion as a VT director, particularly because of the feminine energy she would bring to that role and those that she works with. It's just a matter of what vision she would bring...
Monday, March 30th, 2015 on Petrin
Also, just one criticism. I would have preferred an instance other than smoking to drive the origins of this encounter. As a med student, I don't think I need to go into details why...
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 on What Happens When Episode 5
The most engaging episode (of the g/g instalments) to date. The connection was pure and masterfully captured... that eye contact! I'd love to see these two together again in a 'girlfriend' film.
Hey _fer_. Yes, that's perfectly understandable. Just to note, that 'within' is supposed to be 'therein'. Sorry, damn spelling! haha.
You're absolutely right though, both girls offered each other exactly what they needed, or more accurately what they thought they needed at that point in time. For me though, I just couldn't shake the feeling that this never truly emotionally fulfilled. It wanted too, but something (Tracy) lingered there, and that lack of UNRESERVED commitment made me feel this way.
If you watch the scene where Mango watches Lola pack her bag, and when Lola gets up to leave, you can see how impassive she is. I just feel that if she were emotionally fulfilled and emotionally committed, doing both those things would have a much sadder effect on her emotions; similar to those she experiences when Alexa leaves.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 on Memento: Reordered and Decoded
I think the thing that set VT apart is what harryben mentions above. The core actors and the insights we got into their personality; which made them feel real, the relationships portrayed feel real; which in turn allowed us to connect with them and that, on a real level.
SexArt is different, because it's more about 'Film': it's designed to illuminate, educate and inform. I look at VT more as 'TV': as the focus should be on the development of story, characters and relationships. Obviously there is a lot of cross-over there, but I hope my point seems clear enough.
What we need is the development of a VT family. Girls we grow to know and care about intimately; girls who allow the audience to connect with them just as much as their on-screen partners. I do understand this will take time. (It's taken 3 years here on SexArt, and we are only just establishing it now). The advantage is VT is a part of the MetArt brand now, and what we have at SexArt: directors, actresses, visions; can be transferred and (loosely) adapted to the original VT format.
I really do have high hopes for this new film. I have a feeling it will deliver :)
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 on Petrin
Hey _fer_. I totally agree with you about the Mango/Lola relationship. I'm actually a little upset that didn't come through in the writing! Grrr....
The relationship was certainly 'on-again, off-again' and suited both girls: "offering them, but also allowing them to keep just the right amount of distance from a little thing called love". Mango's reasons for wanting this are clear in light of her past with Tracy; Lola's reasons are much harder to interpret and infer.
Pay close attention to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd last words of this piece. I think you'll find I agree too that they never parted on a permanent basis... I don’t think it would be a stretch for Mango, now more emotionally evolved, to reach out to Lola, assumedly more emotionally evolved too, and seek a committed relationship with her.
I 100% agree about Mango. I know she's branching into different types of modelling now, and I think if she put her mind to it, and if that's what she wanted to do, she could well succeed in the film industry.
Thanks again for your reply _fer_. As I said, comments from members make this seem all worthwhile. Without your support and the support of other members, I honestly don't think I would have the drive to do this. So thank you so, so, so much!
An exceptional return to form!!!!!!!!! It’s not often we see the non-sexual relationship receive (almost) as much billing as the sexual one, or the storytelling take front seat either. This film however demonstrates perfectly why this should happen more often! It’s as beautiful as it is authentic: a tale of place, and of a ‘true’ lesbian relationship in which sexual gratification is just one of many layers, (but one most gorgeous to watch).
P.S. It certainly fits the SexArt formula, but this is exactly the kind of film that VT needs to be generating. Story, story, story, authentic lesbian relationships, and characters we invest in and care about. I get the feeling Guy’s next film will do just that…
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 on Petrin
Alis! Thank you so much! What you do is incredible! It's film, it's art and it continues to inspire and delight me. You have helped teach me, as well as develop my analytical and creative brain astoundingly; the latter of which I hope you and other SexArt Members will be seeing very soon! And... which I hope you will be willing to collaborate with.
I will email you the original file for this review, because that's how I desperately wanted you (and other members) to see it! I hope you will enjoy it just as much (even if it is your second time reading).
P.S. The 'L.' is dedicated to you :)
And... with your permission, I would like to begin work on my next SexArt Feature, a Short Story entitled 'TRGO(2): Travel Diary'. A prelude to your beautiful film about travel romance, told from the perspective of Silvie Luca. Do I have your go ahead?
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 on Memento: Reordered and Decoded
Thank you so much _fer_! Again, It's great to have you and Rose behind me and supporting me. It just makes me feel incredible and the time I dedicate to what I do seem worthwhile! :)
I know you studied this series hard too, do you think I've hit mark? Perhaps you had other ideas?
Thank you Rose. It's a lot to take in, and it took a lot of work to decode Locanta's 'incomplete context' and the EMOTIONS (these are most important) of our actresses. If you need any clarification, please don't hesitate to ask. I dedicated a lot of time to this series, I know it like the back of my hand :)
Thank you so much for such a quick reply. It's so rewarding to have your support! Thank you, thank you! It means the world :)
Unfortunately due to website formatting, the artistic format used could not be transferred. Hopefully a link to the original .pdf will be uploaded soon, and made available to you to preview/download. For now... please feel free to read and comment! I can't wait to here your response! :)
'Memento: Reordered and Decoded' is now live on the Blog!
Check comments on 'Memento - Third Act' _fer_ :) You'll find your answer there :)
Friday, March 27th, 2015 on Inside Couple - Anissa & Franck
Just to add, you can also download the .srt file from under the 'Download Film:' tab. This will automatically play with the movie file in VLC, provided both files (.mp4 and .srt) are in the same location and of the same name.
However... providing an option for a hard-coded movie file (with option to turn subtitles on and off, on the player) should be SexArt's ideal platform. That is what any well-considered and high quality DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download would provide.
Thanks Rose! I can't wait to start the ball rolling! In addition to the release of 'Memento: Reordered and Decoded', you'll find out on Friday what's next...
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Yes 'it' most certainly does Alis :) I can't wait to tell you what I have in store next, but I am going to need your permission to do it. On Friday...
As you may have noticed, Hayley13 is now Sydney! But it's still me. This is the discussion that I wanted to have with Jon before moving forward. My old name was not personalised, and after posting with it for almost 2 (or is it 3) years now, I wanted to personalise it! And with Jon's help, I have :)
I'm hoping it will symbolise a new and exciting chapter for me, as I continue to contribute to SexArt in new and exciting ways! Here's hoping you'll see Reviews, Short Stories and even some Screenplays in action soon! :)
P.S. I hope the name change doesn't upset anyone, as I said, I just felt like at last, it was time to personalise :) So from here on in, it's Sydney :)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Haha. She does have gorgeous hair doesn't she Rose. The stuff on envy! I do the same with all my Antea pics by the way. I always zoom in to admire and discover new little freckles. She has 3 on her face that together look like Orion's Belt: it's just soooo adorable :)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 on Curve Play
'Memento: Reordered and Decoded - A Film Review' is complete. I however want to have a discussion with Jon before posting. I'm hoping for a Friday 27th release date, to coincide with previous Memento releases. Get excited guys! I'm really proud of this one, and I hope you'll all love it. I can't wait to start the discussions afterwards!
Alis. You're gonna love this, I just know it! :)
Monday, March 23rd, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Thanks for your reply Delta :) I really appreciate it! I know what you mean about Melena, because I remember Alis mentioning the exact same thing about her on one of their films :) She really is something special! I know I want more, more, more, and I'm really glad you are providing it.
These two photosets have become a SexArt benchmark, and I wouldn't be surprised if you find this one (particularly) sitting in the 'Top 10' for some period of time! It's perfectly erotic because it's like Rose said, "It’s hard to believe your eyes when a girl this hot does things this naughty!"
Congratulations once again Delta! Please utilise these sets as an indication for future work, because quite frankly, if you do, you'll be well on your way to 'Erro-status'!
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 on Difino
Haha. I think we did too _fer_, but he should know by now he has a TRULY dedicated following! Just an update, I finished 'Second Relationship, Second Act' tonight, this is really looking fantastic! Only two more parts left now... I can't wait to get it out there, and I can't wait for Alis to read!!!
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Alis, thank you for such an in depth response. Especially for giving us your insights about the models!
Your last paragraph is incredibly interesting... because I see them as extremely intricately linked, each informing the next, and each being a logical step in the development of Mango's emotional being. I'm working on a film review for the Blog, you'll see what I mean very soon! I think you've created something more special than even you know Alis! And I mean, SPECIAL!
And please!!! You've now established yourself such an incredible core of female actors: these are your girls, the very best of the best! Please continue to utilise them regularly! Their talent (and beauty) brings as much 'draw' to a film as McConaughey, DiCaprio, Lawrence, etc.
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Hey Melena, I was just wondering? Are you going to work with Alis again any time soon!?!? I miss you in his films!
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 on Difino
Haha. Thanks so much Rose. Yes Heidi, oh Heidi... she's a stunner! And she still looks (and sounds!) so sexy for 41! Granted, that's still young, but she's 20 years my senior :) haha
Now that is an interesting choice. I'm sensing a strong Lara Croft-vibe here. Feminine and toned, but with just the right amount of masculine, kick-ass sex appeal too! Have you seen Lara's latest iteration in video-games? I think you'll be remarkably surprised by the resemblance with 'Shane'. That's an endearing little back-story by the way.
I'm exactly the same Rose. But like you said above, and to paraphrase again, 'pretty girls, with dirty minds'. I just love that quote by the way! It really is incredible! It's on my list by the way, right under a Kubrick quote:
"The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated. When you say something directly, it's simply not as potent as it is when you allow people to discover it for themselves."
I post it because I think you may like it, especially after our talk about incomplete context :)
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 on Tracy Lindsay – the ultimate sex star?
You're so right Rose. Everyone's definitely different on the context front, and I think even then, that changes according to our mood. I don't approach Kubrick or Mallick or Nolan unless I'm 110% intellectually prepared. So it's nice to have films out there like Tangled, and The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Star Wars that are just feel-good adventurous fun!
I totally agree there as well, I'm all about buttons too: water-front location, fashionable costuming, bums, legs and feet, some powerplay like you... haha, it's definitely time to stop ;)
Excellent! Alis, did you hear that? Me and Rose, (Rose and I) want more Whitney... pretty please :)
Thanks _fer_. I hope you'll find them informative, even more so when reading my Film Review :) I just finished writing up my 'Intro', and my analysis for 'Third Act, First Relationship'. I'm really excited to post this! I've been working hard!!! But that will have to do for tonight, between this and uni work, I think that's enough computer for one day. Please you and everyone else, keep your eyes peeled :)
Wow, Flash... Ok, that's really interesting, because I actually stopped watching it. I loved the opening, but after that I just didn't feel anything... and that's unfortunately becoming more and more common with Team A&A films for me, post Mirror, Lonely and Diary. I think Alis has spoilt me too much, because without an artistic, psychological 'sex in the brain' aspect nowadays, other erotic film doesn't compare for me anymore... Unless the all girls involved in the scene are supermodels like in 'One Day'. I guess I'm going to have to try Flash out again :) I've read good things about 'The Contract' too, and I do love Iwia, so I think I better go and watch that one too.
And Lift! Yeah, wasn't it great?!? I only just got around to watching it about a month ago. I kinda read into your personal reasons based on your review, and I can totally understand what you mean. I think that's part of why I love TRGO(2) so much as well! By the way, I think it's time we see Whitney again... your thoughts on this? haha :)
Wow Delta! Between this and Litati, you really killed it with these shootings! I can really only reiterate what was said on Litati here: this is next level photography :) You've really grown a lot! I hope you still have a few more sets with Malena from these days of shooting... please tell me you do?... haha.
Thanks Deltagamma and thanks Malena, you little hottie! :)
You're most welcome Rose! :) I'm the same, film is much more to my taste (and knowledge), but I love photography too. That's what originally stoked my interest in women, and it all developed from there: from SI, to VS, to EA and eventually to the rest of the MA Network. It's incredible how just one still can carry so much weight. I still vividly remember the first image I ever saw of Heidi Klum (my first ever crush), let me see if I can find it...: https://quizzlerslammer.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/heidi-klum-si-swimsuit-collection-2000-sports-illustrated-si-vault/
I totally agree that Tracy could carry off just about anything too. I think she could dress in a hessian bag and still look sexy! But i'd much prefer her in a bodysuit, and a nice set of peep-toe pumps (you guessed it, haha).
Oh yeah! I honestly can't wait, I'm sure Guy wouldn't bring her in unless he had something special and worthy of her. Finger-crossed, and thanks again for the little teaser :)
Great write up :) You really wear your heart on your sleeve when it comes to Ms. Lindsay, don't you. I can't blame you though, because she's the real deal, and I most certainly am an avid fan!
I think you sum Tracy's appeal up perfectly when you say "it's hard to believe your eyes when a girl this hot, does things this naughty". Now in my 'best quotes' document, I just think that perfectly encapsulates Tracy Lindsay: gorgeous, intelligent, open-minded, sexy and fun! It's been an incredible honour watching her talent evolve and seeing her take on so many different roles. And... I can't deny it either, just looking at her in all her angelically-carved deliciousness, and admiring that perfect bottom, those pretty legs, that gorgeous smile, those light brown eyes, hehe... it's exciting :)
As a film, you can't go past her role in 'Slippery When Wet', because her and Amarna literally sizzled hotter than a volcano, while maintaining beautifully romantic tendencies. That was such a 'warm and fulfilling' relationship; the stuff of envy! As an actress though, Love For Sale is Tracy's finest performance!
What do I want to see next, well, anything. I'm extremely excited to see what Guy has done with her at VT, because if it has Tracy Lindsay's name attached, I've come to learn your in for a pretty amazing piece of erotic cinema. I'm certain Guy'll want to top Andrej' efforts with Tracy there too. I honestly can't wait! But for me, I want:
- to continue to see her in a variety of roles
- to paraphrase, "a girl this hot do (very) naughty things"
- more focus on Tracy's legs and feet in her films
- photosets with Don
Thanks again for the write up Rose! You're awesome! :)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 on Tracy Lindsay – the ultimate sex star?
Sorry, I really should just go to bed, but...
In regards to dialogue... It's incredibly hard to write! I know, because I've been trying and I also know because I don't see Alis including it, unless their was some artistic meaning behind it. Alis is the artist he is, because early on, he couldn't write dialogue based on the abilities of the girls he was working with. That led him to convey meaning through visuals and incomplete context; an ability even the best (Nolan particularly) lack, and that sets apart the cerebral visionaries (Mallick, Kubrick). Dialogue is just such a hard thing to master, particularly if you wanna be master, so I can understand why the progress there has been so steady.
That being said, I still agree that it needs to find it's way in, particularly given that this is erotic film. The social aspect of sex should never be forgotten or it's value underestimated. I think more than anything, it's going to be a matter of trusting our actresses to deliver genuine dialogue during their sex scenes. Personally, I'd trust our 'core' to do that! I hope Jon, and our directors will begin to feel the same. And hopefully... Alis can continue to challenge himself, and begin to write dialogue for his films.
Ok, I need to stop! It's bed time!
Friday, March 20th, 2015 on Memento - Third Act
Yep. Series of the Year... unquestionably! I say series because I feel like 'Film' and 'Series' should be separate categories. With that in mind, can I ask what your favourite film is Rose? I want to know because I really respect your opinion, and, given that we don't share the same one, I'd like to delve into that film again in hopes of understanding it in a new 'Rose' light. Mine is The Road Goes On: Vol. 2, based on storyline and Alis' mastery of incomplete context, just in case you were interested :)
Rose! I will definitely check that out! But in the morning ok? It's like, 3:30am. God! Alis, another dedicated night of film study in your honour, haha :)
Can I just add. This is the best cast on an erotic film I have ever seen. The most beautiful and perhaps more importantly, the most talented. We discussed the importance of 'core actors' on Rose's, 'Sblattero thread' on the Blog; these are the ladies I want to see most at SexArt! These four right here! Plus Whitney, Amarna and Ariel. This team of ladies Alis has built is incredible, and constantly generate beautiful, thoughtful, high end film! This team is the strongest since the likes of Sandy, Sophie Moon, Stella Stevens, Nella, Kylie, Jo, etc. at Viv Thomas.
Hey _fer_, for most of what you've written here and are questioning, you'll find answers below in my notes. I hope you will understand if I don't answer much here, as it would honestly spoil the reveals I have waiting in my Film Review.
What I can say, based on what you've outlined here, (and this can only be said with 80% certainty, based on me backing my knowledge of it's Nolan namesake, and my ability to interpret film and importantly emotion), is that:
- Tracy wasn't 'really' hurt after this relationship, Mango definitely was though!
You are right when you say that,
- The ending of the Lola relationship wasn't really bemoaned by either party
- The Alexa relationship hurt Mango bad (too).
- The order of these relationships is as follows: Tracy, Lola, Alexa.
B&W: Contemplative, progressing to sexual. At the dining room table.
3. (I) Mango hands Tracy her bag, wanting her to leave. Tracy doesn’t follow guidance, closes door and tries to ‘fuck’ Mango. Mango resists, clearly not wanting to give in to those advances, but does surrender. Clothing (Tracy) is BDSM/kink. Mango is surrendering as Tracy rubs her pussy, but Mango suddenly stops, re-clothing herself and repeating her original gestures for Tracy to leave. When Tracy leaves, Mango wipes her lips, as if it to erase the dirty taste of what she engaged in. [Scene is about Tracy trying to redeem herself by showing Mango she can think about someone other than herself, but Mango knows Tracy’s true colours by now].
B&W: Sexual. Contemplative. Sexual. Contemplative.
2. (II) Mango and Tracy making out in bedroom, moving a bit more languidly. Love could exist… Same attire. Mango making eye contact and trying to connect. Tracy just takes her orgasm and leaves. Mango is suffering in silence, as love doesn’t exist here → Mango finally ending the relationship
B&W: Contemplative. She’s getting dressed. [In same spot she had Lola last time]. Putting things to rest?
1. (III) Tracy is dressing in BDSM attire. Mango watching and is a little hesitant, maybe even frustrated/angry, but why? It’s already post (and not pre) sex, where Mango had satisfied Tracy with no return (An indication of how the relationship has worked for some period of time. Behaviour at the end of a relationship is indicative of everything before it, and the outcome of it). Now Mango wants her orgasm. Stands up and dominates Tracy, and has to direct her to get what she wants, all the time. Mango up and leaves at the end, giving Tracy a taste of her own medicine → a deceptively more languid/loving scene (II), that demonstrates to Mango that Tracy will never change
Leaving that house behind, leaving those memories embedded in it behind, and moving on. Colour transition!!!!!!!! Life after loss!
Postlude. Mango always seems to be pleasuring herself. And then the other person joins, but at different rates/times. Indicating the closeness of the relationship? Also, what’s the significance of Mango pleasuring herself?
• Panning shot of Tracy’s hand rubbing over Mango’s bum. Pretty hands, pretty nails, pretty ring. You’ve come a long way since static medium shots of a pussy, torso and head.
• Mango’s heels in Scene III are hot!!! I only wish I had of seen more of them...
• Love the piano score in this! Alis you’re a musical master :)
[Last bit omitted] Ok. Now that Memento has come to an end, I can start to work on a Review for the Blog. As this story is centred on emotion, it might take a bit of time to wrap my head around Mango and where she's been, is at, and is going, but I hope to get it up soon! Please keep your eyes peeled! :)
Hey harryben, just remember that Mango hasn't met Alexa yet. Lola came before her, and the girl we see in Act 3 will come before them both. All the colour scenes are playing out in reverse order, whilst the B&W scenes are moving forward :)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 on Memento - Second Act
Thank you and also Ariel too for the insight. I watched Scenes 1 and 2, because I was intrigued by the concept. Although I don't intend to follow the series right through (my B/G issue, and I was also let down by Episode 2, for whatever reason), it's definitely a great concept, and I can see a lot of room for incredible story-telling and great thematic writing.
This concept it actually one of my favourites, as it was featured in what I consider to be the most influential film I have ever watched, Mr. Nobody. If you, or anyone else has the time, I would highly recommend it. Although it's as about indie as they come, it features an incredible cast, including Jared Leto and a truly remarkable Sarah Polley. Just promise me that if you do decide to watch, you'll have a very open mind, and that you'll stick with it... It's fairly abstract ;)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 on 'What Happens When' – Ariel Piper Fawn talks about major new series!
Can I just profess my adoration of Mango one more time? Haha. Mango, you're so adorable and awesome! :) Please keep working with SexArt because we all love you!!!!!
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 on Mango – sweet, juicy and delicious!
Hi guys, this was such an interesting read from both of you. So insightful! I think it will definitely take some time, because as an artist, Guy will have to establish that fine line between presenting his own unique vision and that which will be well-received by his discerning audience. I know it took time for Alis to do the same here, and his output now is incredible.
I'm really looking forward to seeing some storyline over at VT. I sincerely miss the days of Unfaithful, Sole Collector, Pink Velvet, etc. I think we will be in good hands with Guy though!
Lastly, I absolutely, 110% am behind you harryben when you say how important it is to build up a strong team of performers! If I look at the sites I've liked most (haha, the only 3 I've ever subscribed too), one of the reasons I loved them was because of that. At SapphicErotica we had Jackie, Rene, Juliette, etc., at Viv we had Sandy, Sophie, Stella, Jo, Nella, Lisa, etc. and now, over the 3 years(?) at SexArt we have Whitney, Alexa, Lola, Tracy, Mango, Ariel, Amarna, etc. as our core. It's those girls and that talent that makes me love these sites. Of course it's always nice to see fresh faces, but it's the core that brings be back every time! I definitely think it's important to build that core at VT too. Lexie, Samia, Uma, Timea, etc. and hopefully some SA crossovers.
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 on A new director for Viv Thomas!
Hey _fer_, a really interesting and well thought out response. Thanks for taking the time to reply :)
I’m a little confused with your opening paragraph and how it’s worded. Just in case… Remember that the Lola relationship came before the Alexa one, as this story is being played out in reverse. But… what’s important is the question surrounding the memories of the Lola relationship, and what impact they are having in the aftermath of the Alexa split. I have ideas, but I don’t yet think we have enough information to conclude on this, so for now, it’s open ended.
The monogamy debate is a really interesting one, particularly if it’s as you predict, and is a major topic in this story. Although I’d like to ambitiously and romantically believe that there is only one person who will ‘complete’ me, our very instincts as humans program us otherwise. Our sole, primitive function (as animals) is to reproduce for the purpose of genetic diversity, thus ensuring survival of the species: that’s the very fabric of our existence. It’s (human) consciousness and it’s/our response to cultural and societal paradigms that complicates things... As I said, it’s really interesting… I’m a strong believer in instincts and following them to the tee; but, my heart (and I guess personal integrity) has always told me to be monogamous, and while ever I’m in a relationship, I always will be.
The last thing I want to bring up relates to your last paragraph, because I think you raise some important points. I agree with you that Lola and Mango’s relationship was just a physical dalliance, and that neither of them was really affected by the outcome of it. The most interesting dynamic there however is how different that was to the Alexa relationship.
The point you bring up too, about this being over a weekend, is a particularly relevant one. Alexa and Lola were only there for a day; two at most… So is this story about a young, unattached girl, exploring her way through a field of lovers (some long-term, some short, some on/off) over many days/months/years in search for what she wants in a relationship? A girl indulging in those primitive, sexual instincts, before feeling as though she’s ready to settle down with that perfect girl (when she finds her)? It’s plausible, but again, we don’t yet have enough information to conclude on anything. Can I just add here… this is the genius of Alis Locanta. He has that Pizzolatto writing skill in being able to present ideas with an incomplete context, which are able to provoke wide-ranging thoughts regarding theme, character, storyline, etc. over the course of an entire series, before turning things on their head and really knuckling down on what is central to his story. He was fantastic with The Writer, he was brilliant on Love For Sale (and yes, those Tracy interview scenes did feel very True Detective), and that brilliance continues here with Memento.
I can’t wait for the next Act, especially to see who Mango is paired with next. I mean, how do you top Alexa and Lola?!?! I’m pretty sure the Candi and the Victoria’s Secret Angels aren’t quite into erotic acting…
Yes. It definitely is :) I know Caravaggio had the chance to shoot Ariel Rebel while Alis was working with her on PTMA(4), and I'd suggest that's what's happened again here with Mango. We can only hope that Caravaggion shot Lola too. Fingers crossed...
Rose. I know you will definitely appreciate this, because how amazing is the costume design in this series!?!? Eva has definitely outdone herself. These clothes are drop dead-gorgeous! Congrats Eva!
Friday, March 13th, 2015 on Memento - Second Act
I absolutely agree _fer_. What amazes me is that I originally thought the Alexa/Mango relationship was based on sexual infatuation, but you're so right because I now realise how emotional it was! That's genius writing/plot technique at it's best!
I've again posted my notes below, and I feel as though I'm starting (if not on page, then in my own head) to put the pieces together. I'd love for you to read and give me your thoughts :) I'd really appreciate it!
Order of lovers – ???, Lola, then Alexa.
New relationship, different story - works off it’s own accord, but also offers insight into the workings of the Mango/Alexa relationship, and vice versa with previous Act.
Different mood! Where Alexa’s Act was somber, regretful, contemplative, Lola’s is more sexually charged/oriented – Why? – Mango had deeper feelings (of love?) for Alexa. The Alexa relationship didn’t revolve around sex (as was first believed). So… If Mango was in ‘love’ with Alexa, why is she reverting back to a ‘sex-driven’ present? Does she use sex to overcome grief? Note however that the last B&W scene is still a little somber… Lingering thoughts of Alexa that cannot yet be overcome?
3. (I) Outside. Lola and Mango making out. [Note! Another suitcase]. Lola leaving, but Mango not as sad. For her, Lola was just about sex? Didn’t seem as though it hurt as much to see Lola leave.
2. (II) Watching Lola pack her bag, doesn’t seem all that concerned about it. Not like she was with Alexa. Same attire again. Sex quickly ensues. Reinforces notion of this being a sex driven relationship.
1. (III) Giving her a dress as a parting gift? Same clothes. Again, sex quickly ensues.
• B&W Scene 3 suggests Mango want to be dominated – Mango is dominating in colour though… Replaying as she wants it, or as her partner was? Note that the replay function is becoming more noticeable also. How accurately is Mango actually remembering all this? Reinforces idea of these memories being older, but perhaps something else too?
• Length of scene. No mistake that this was much shorter and based strictly on raunchy, hot, no fuss, SEX! There wasn’t much emotion on display, or time dedicated to exploring it (it was there in very small touches though, i.e. kissing hands). This was just about a physical connection
• All in the same day again. We are seeing the last day of a relationship. Why? Meaning to the story - or meaning for writer/director – or both? Is the end of a relationship and how we end the most important, the most indicative of how a relationship worked? Hmm…
Does Lola’s relationship set the stage for Alexa’s? With Lola, it failed (are these failed relationships? What’s the story with the suitcases?) because it was strictly physical. With Alexa it seemed both physical and emotional, (and perhaps mental too) – a combination of lessons learned from previous lovers? Will scene 3 show Mango experiencing a Mental connection?
Lola giving in to Mango very quickly, not giving her something to chase like Alexa did… Note that Lola physically touches Mango (early) and just goes straight into the sex, whereas Alexa engaged her through mind and emotion, before connecting physically.
• Incredible sound control outdoors! Windy, plus external sounds (dog barking, insects, etc) and yet everything was incredibly well controlled, with the sexual encounter remaining the central sound focus. This is how it’s done!!!!
• More IBDS. Shots of hands (including jewelry), skin, lips, hair, bums (Lola's!!!) etc. Keep it up, it’s soooo hot and sultry and sexy!
• Minimal (if any) lower body (legs and feet) medium shots and close ups. Very disappointed…
Note for Alis!
This series is extremely personal for me. Which is incredible, because I know as a director, it’s most personal to you. To be able to tell a story that reaches your heart, and the hearts of many is an incredible accomplishment. I know it’s not done yet, but so far, this has achieved just that! Relationships and experiences from our past, present and future will all be affected by, inform and educate one another. What amazes me is that this concept/theory is something I have been considering for a very long time, and it was in fact, Memento that inspired that pattern of thinking. I honestly cannot believe that Alis! I honestly can’t.
P.S. Mango… you are one spoilt little angel. Alexa and Lola… How do you even do it girl?!?!? But, you know what, you deserve to be spoiled… Thank you for all your efforts so far, I can’t wait to see the next (and perhaps final? Act).
Yep. Candi is the one to chase. It's her, or perhaps a little more realistically, someone just like her. Maybe I'm being a little too ambitious even then?... haha.
I agree. When I saw the poster, and that particular brunette/blonde combo, I melted. Two of our most beautiful and most talented actresses together... I say thank you Alis!
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 on Mango – sweet, juicy and delicious!
- Yes, she's very much SexArt's Candice Swanepoel. Candi also happens to be my ultimate crush!!!
- Glad you agree. She was my favourite in the original, and I know she'd be even better come round 2.
- I know what you mean... but, it'd still love to see it. Mango is naturally very sensitive, sensual and submissive; you tell by her aura, and the roles that Alis casts her in (Alis is a master at casting). I'd definitely be interested in seeing Mango's dominant side though, it would have to be with the right girl. I know she's not with us anymore, but I can see her owning Michaela Isizzu
- Excellent news! I can't wait. Thanks for the tease :)
Rose! Such an awesome topic. Mango is just the best!
I love her most because she's a 'naughty angel'! It's exactly as you say; she has that sweet, gorgeous, innocent persona that just makes you want to know and romance her little socks off, haha. But Mango's not one-sided, because she also has that carefree, sexy, (very) naughty attitude too. And I feel like in her real-life she would make you work to see that side too. I also love her because she's here at SexArt, she has wonderful acting talent and she has a growing film catalogue that is starting to rival the great Whitney Conroy!... and even the best in Hollywood!
It's so difficult to pick a favourite fllm... why Rose, why!?!? Haha. Ok. I think it has to be Stay, and that's for the sentiments the film carries (i.e. the vulnerability we open ourselves up to in true love, and the trust we place in our partner as a result).
What do I want to see in the future? Anything! Whatever Mango is part of, I wanna be first in line to see it! But, I would like to see:
- Her paired with Whitney Conroy
- Her having sex on the beach, re: Horizont and The Sea Mousse (but in bright sunlight)
- An increasing number of SexArt photosets (we only see her once every few months) by both Vlad and Caravaggio
- Her leading a rebooted 1-Hour (42min) Haute Couture Special, that's very VS Fashion Show
Thanks for the post Rose. And thank you Mango! You're just toooooo pretty (and awesome).
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 on Mango – sweet, juicy and delicious!
Thank you Rose!!! :) That's about the most rewarding thing you can hear as a critic (even an amateur one). I can't wait for the next instalments... Are you aware of how many there are?
I'm guessing three?
Monday, March 9th, 2015 on Memento - First Act
Oh, Rose. Haha. You're too funny! I've just had a very good chuckle to myself :)
Monday, March 9th, 2015 on Crocie
Hey _fer_, I wish I could have replied earlier, but I just haven't had the time. Thanks for comment about my notes. I just wanted to offer something different and fresh for the members (and myself), each time that I wrote about the series.
I'm thinking after the little costuming inconsiderations in Waltz With Me, Alis definitely has this one sorted. He's always striving for improvement and listening to our critiques, so I'm certain he will never make the same mistakes twice.
I'm really glad that you pointed that out. Nolan really only used the colour contrast to indicate timelines, it's incredible here that Alis has metaphorically extended it's meaning also. Did he just one-up Nolan? ;)
In regards to the timeline, I know what you mean, and I know you understand it, but I think you may have made a little mistake and wrote the wrong word when you said 'the first reminiscence actually happened (first)'. In the timeline, it happened last. It's the most recent memory. That conclusion is based on it's inspirational namesake, and the fact that Alexa isn't arriving, she's leaving.
I couldn't agree more with you in regards to dialogue, especially given that we know Mango can speak English well (and in a cute accent I might add); however you are totally correct in saying that I was ok with it, because the acting was so strong! SexArt really does need to continue to push for dialogue inclusion however. Sex isn't silent, it's all about communication (particularly verbal), and I want to see that reflected in there films.
Hmm... I not so sure I like this decision Alis. It just seems out of place. Maybe you could upscale next time please?
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 on Memento - First Act
Just a quick question Alis. Is there a reason the MetArt films opening and SexArt closing only take up about 1/3 of the screen on the downloaded files?
Friday, March 6th, 2015 on Memento - First Act
I just checked out Habits (artistic film clip) and Talking Body by the way. I hadn't heard of Tove Lo before. I think i'll download her. Thanks for the recommendations Issy (even though they were meant for Alis, haha).
Friday, March 6th, 2015 on Slippery When Wet
It's so nice to read you again! I have a film for you to watch. It's not SexArt so I hope it's ok that I bring it up here... It's called Girl Fever starring Riley Reid and Remy Lacroix. Track it down and watch it ASAP! It is quite honestly one of, if not the, most authentic and beautiful lesbian love connection I've ever seen! :) And there is a bit about 30mins in that will make you go a little crazy ;) haha. Enjoy! And have a great weekend too :)
Black and White = Present
Colour = Past
Recalling from the past. (Reverse sequencing). Scene I is actually the last in this entire film/series. All Colour is playing out in reverse, while Black & White progresses forward in present.
3. (I) Alexa has arrived with Luggage (travelling) – first meeting – NO - last encounter, she’s leaving – sex that doesn’t progress, just a kiss - ecstasy to melancholy. B&W with slight replay function as Mango processes and accepts what’s happened - relationship is no more
2. (II) Sex on longue – given attire (same), likely from immediately before. (Relationship seems based primarily on sex, is that why it [failed?]). Mango seems a little more submissive, and all focus is directed to her – Alexa is a little more ‘cold’… (is Mango more vulnerable, still in [love?] and hurting more when this is all over?) Alexa smiles as she pleasures Mango (knowing Mango’s infatuation with her?). End and gets up to leave → progressing to (3) - continued desires, met with resistance – some explicit action, but just a kiss before leaving
1. (III) Alexa getting dressed – Mango enters nude and Alexa regresses to nude too. Alexa still seems a little distant in the beginning (e.g. looking out in the distance), but quickly warms with passionate kisses and eye contact, ending in sincere, passionate embrace. However, comes back to logical senses and quickly grabs clothes (same as previous scenes) thereafter and exists. → progressing to (2) - repaying Mango the favour… (distancing continues to grow stronger)
[Very likely that everything has occurred on the same day. Mango knows Alexa is leaving and is trying so hard to hold on to what they had/[are?]. Alexa is handling things a little differently, trying to distance herself, because she knows that The Road Goes On] -aside- TRGO(2) either birthed Memento, or was birthed from it
Black and White is mostly contemplation and melancholy - last scene seems happier, more optimistic however. Likely from the previous day or sometime earlier that week…?
Postlude – continues to contribute to story – Alexa IS more dominant (attire, stance, eye contact, etc), with Mango more submissive/vulnerable (as suspected) – [Mango trying to impress her ‘Mistress’ for reward]. Has Alexa (older) helped Mango (younger) in her sexual awakening/infatuation? Is that why Mango is holding on so tight, because Alexa is more special to her, than she is to Alexa…?
• Locations (particularly outdoor)
• Shots panning to lower body – still push further and hold more though
• Continuous long shots (particularly Scene III – 12:26-23:05 (10min 39sec) – longest yet!!!
• Natural lighting – in latest films lighting has been an issue for me, especially with the way it has altered skin tones – here was great!
Sexual side notes:
• Love how Mango licks her fingers before she pleasures any girl she’s with. That’s her little thing!
• Alexa rests her foot behind the crook of her (opposite) knee/ on calf when she orgasms
• Two of the most beautiful girls ever, kissing! Mmm… Mmm… bliss! :)
Alis and Members,
Much like it's story-driven Nolan namesake, I don't think any of this is really going to fall into place until the last few minutes of the Final Act.
So... I thought an interesting way for me to contribute and give back while the series is still running, would be to post the notes that I make for each 'Act'. These are the notes that I generally make for all my film reviews, before structuring and finalising them into something that makes sense.
Once the series has reached it's completion, I'll then compile them before posting a Film/Series Review as a Blog Piece. I hope it's a good idea...
_fer_, I totally agree with you. To add to what you've said, the Unplugged anthology, like Jonze's 'Her' (as I understand it), operates as a commentary on how technology connects us, but also isolates us from legitimate, warm human contact. In this technological age, there is a growing need for communication to occur in the 'real' world, and less so in the 'virtual' one. The idea that this film proposes (as I understand it) wasn't accurately portrayed and thus like you, I feel lack of carried-over communication does detract from it.
Friday, March 6th, 2015 on Unplugged 2
OMG! This is what I've been waiting for :) So excited!!! I can't wait to watch! :)
I really don’t have too much to add here. It’s a gorgeous film, but for me, it’s not much more than that. I think that comes down to the issue of rebooting too soon, and in turn failing to add anything overtly fresh in the way of story and theme.
I did however love the ‘Haute Couture’ – Fashion-esque postlude. If you are struggling for new ideas, and I can completely understand if that’s the case, you work your butt off!!! But, that is certainly a series that I feel could be rebooted and/or adapted. The original, for my liking, had a great number of shortcomings, and I’d love to see an updated Alis 2.0 version of it, with a much greater emphasis on Fashion and less on explicit sex.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 on Unplugged 2
I want to say that I understand this but I really have no idea; and what I did get from it, seems very, very far from what was likely intended.
I know you carefully consider every aspect of your films, but… with its dark/somber score, and (un)intentionally green-hued, saturated, washed-out lighting, the film had a very ethereal, creepy feel too it. Given the anonymity that lighting cast over the faces of our girls, and with the way it emphasised Chloe’s skeletal frame too, I was honestly half-expecting a Gone Girl moment of throat slitting proceeded by a postlude revealing a forensics investigation with a team watching that scene through CCTV, searching for evidence of murder.
I guess, I don’t know, I guess… I’m really confused. From my current perspective, things just aren’t matching up or making any sense. It seems like so many things weren’t considered, and that lots of unintentional things have crept in and completely changed the mood and story you were going for, but… like I said, I know you carefully consider everything, and that what we saw was very likely what you intended. Maybe you can help me out on this one? Please?
A few notes on the plus side though:
- It’s great to see dialogue slowly creep into our SexArt film, particularly during sex scenes; it’s important!!! Please continue to push in this direction!
- I love that your long shots are now incorporating the lower halves (legs and feet) of our ladies. I still want you to push further, and make sure these parts are in focus however, and also utilised in medium and close-up shots! These are two things that I find remarkably sexy, and I know our other members, and importantly the ladies (Rose and Issy, I’m looking for support) agree with me.
- Again, it’s nice to see some little IBDS technicalities creeping into your more recent films. Please keep this up, because it greatly adds to the eroticism of the scene
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 on Something Else That I Have To Survive
I can see what you were trying to accomplish here with the story, that being that, Sapphira’s not really missing out on anything by not going out (to what presumably is a party). She is the party (as we see postlude), and it’s the people that are out, that are missing out on her.
Unfortunately the personality/aura required to pull off such a story never quite rang true. It just didn’t have the weight or authenticity it needed to shine. And as much as I like Sapphira, I think with a more experienced actress (this was obviously shot early in her career, pre Lupin-pairing and pre end of exclusive contract), this story would have succeeded in a much more complete way.
I wouldn’t say no to a g or g/g Vol. 2 starring Amarna, Ariel and/or Tracy. I also wouldn’t mind if you treated it as a little critique on single nightlife vs. committed relationship, because I could feel an essence of that presented here.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 on Dance The Night Away
Awesome Jon! I have two ideas that have been percolating.
I'll work on the first, described above, this week, nailing down details.
The second is a continuation of an already established Alis anthology, and I'd love to be able to work with Alis to extend those ideas and themes from it, and take it to a more complete level. As I envision it, it will be the finite definition of 'The Heat'.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 on Don't Forget Me
Thanks _fer_, one can only hope :)
I couldn't agree more about Lola, Alis. I hope we'll see much more of her work under your tutelage. Preferably in g or g/g though, haha :)
This is absolutely awesome news! I can't wait to see what you in stall for us. Best of luck with it, Alis... 3.0 :) I'll follow you wherever your journey takes you; in a non-creepy way of course ;)
Thanks for your reply :)
Absolutely harryben and Rose! :) And While Alis is working with those two, Andrej can work with Ivana Sugar and Sabrina Moor, in a 'Café' continuation.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 on Slippery When Wet
This was a really interesting read, especially your last point about male/female singers. I totally agree. I remember feeling this way before, but I guess maybe I just got used to it. Now that you point it out though, everything comes straight back and it just makes so much sense. I'd love to see more female representation in the music of SexArt.
To your musical tastes, could I suggest:
The Naked and Famous ('Hearts Like Ours')
Broods ('Bridges' or 'Superstar').
Thanks for the tip Rose. I will make an exception for this one, Lola's talent is just too amazing, it would be sacrilege not to watch... especially in the hands of Alis! And Lola's eyes... they are very definition of sexual gravitation! No wonder Alis selected her for her role in 'The Heat: Vol 2'. She really does 'own you' with those pretty green eyes!
P.S. Alis, any updates as to whether or not you can make my Lola idea reality?
- A single, continuos take
- A full-body shot of Lola in a lacy bodysuit/lingerie with gorgeous hair and make-up, jewellery, painted nails, heels (peep-toe pumps please)
- Lola's eyes and facial expressions are the main character, with some very minimally and vaguely suggestive physical sexual innuendo (i.e. rubbing/crossing/opening of legs), so as not to distract from...
What I envision as Lola's eyes and expressions (smiles, O-rgasm, licking/biting of lips, etc) and what the viewer discovers in them... Everyone, including Lola, will have a different story for the duration of that experience. A testament to the value of mental engagement during sex, and an experiment in incomplete context.
I've been thinking lots Alis, and I would love to contribute a screenplay to SexArt. It would be such an honour and privilege. Please let me know what you think of this idea? And, I have another one too, should you be interested. I figure there is no harm in asking :)
Thanks _fer_, I totally agree with you on all accounts here. I love chatting with you and Rose, amongst others too of course... and it's so great when our directors and models get involved too :) That's so rewarding and awesome! :)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 on Stalker
The more I read you, the more I think you're reading my mind Rose... or should I say, Professor X (a female Professor X that is). Haha :)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 on Slippery When Wet
Rose :) I love your second sentence. That's exactly how I felt about the film, and what I've written below. It was romantic AND naughty; neither is mutually exclusive here, but combined in a 'warm and fulfilling' way. The love/sex connection shared here indicates that these woman are completely in tune with each other: mentally, physically, emotionally.
And I loved the position you talked about too, but mostly because I love when Tracy is on her toes. The definition it gives to her whole body, but her legs and butt especially is phenomenal. I'd love to see what Caravaggio would do with her in a set of heels. (But take them off around picture 80, cause I wanna see her pretty feet too please, haha) Such a goddess!!!....
Friday, February 20th, 2015 on Slippery When Wet
I absolutely love it! I knew these two had chemistry based on what I saw in Cross-dressing, but this really sizzles! It has the gentle loveliness of say ‘Stay’ or ‘Jealousy: Vol. 2’ (hand-holding, nose kissing, smiling, mutual masturbation, etc.), but also the blazing passion and naughtiness of ‘Pasión: Vol. 1’ (genuine and powerful orgasms, rougher play, some postlude kink and BDSM). It’s a perfect combination, and perfectly reflective of a ‘warm and fulfilling’ relationship shared by two lovers, enthusiastic to push and explore the boundaries of their relationship and sexual being. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!
Just a few quick notes too:
- I love when we get to see our girls out and about in public (TRGO(2), and here). It sheds such an authentic light on the realism of the relationship.
- When Tracy was kneeling before Amarna and you were shooting close up of the dildo, if you had of zoomed out just a little, you would have been able to capture Tracy’s legs and feet a little better. Given that it’s Tracy too, these features are something I feel should never be missed!
- If you are able to, with copyrights and what not, please remember to credit your score for the film
Thanks again Alis, and thank you Tracy and Amarna. You two are just so awesome! :) I can see why Alis cast both of you in this film. It’s because of your fun, outgoing nature, coupled with your naughty confidence, particularly regarding your sexuality. It’s your work, and your aura, and my utter respect for you that is helping me to grow more sexually confident in myself too! :) Thank you so much guys :)
Beautifully said guys :) You're both awesome!
Thursday, February 19th, 2015 on Stalker
Thanks Rose. I'm so glad everything is sweet between us :) I think we share a similar, if not the same idea of what SexArt is about. And I totally understand that last point you bring up, these lovely SexArt ladies... whew! If I ever met them in real life, I think i'd likely faint :)
Hey _fer_, you bring up some really good points. I hadn't considered that I was viewing it 'too' literally, because well, you know me, generally I'm all about metaphor and symbolism. It's possible that this could be on me, and the way I was viewing it... however, I still feel as though my wants, given the title of the film, are what team A&A were aiming for, and missed the mark on achieving. That's just my take on it. I do completely understand what you're saying though, and if I'm wrong, then I apologise for misunderstanding the context.
Thank you for your response, it's extremely helpful for me :)
Sorry if I've offended you in any way. It was never my intention too, and by no means did I ever think you were blowing smoke. Your a wonderful, intelligent girl, and you do so much incredible work here at SexArt. Once again, I apologise profoundly if any offence has resulted, I truly am sorry, and I hope you can forgive me.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 on Stalker
I appreciate your support for team A&A on this film, and I'm certain they do too. I do however stand by all of what I've said above. The camera is of course the voyeur, so rules that apply to the voyeur MUST apply to the camera too; sorry but there's no defying physics here... In fact, there is a much greater need for understanding the rules of physics here.
The best example of where this film fluctuates between 'right' and 'wrong' in the sense of it's concept, because of camerawork, planning, storyboarding, editing, etc. is in:
- The shot from 10:45-11:10. This is very 'right'. Stalker is outside the house, and framing indicates an obscured view as they try to look in, whilst remaining unseen. We also see them move between locations to get a better/different view. This shot is the kind of shot that needed to be carried throughout the entire film for the concept to have credence.
- From 11:10-11:24. This is 'wrong' as the previous shot ended in an entirely obstructed view with curtains. This camera and thus stalker has changed positions, they are also clearly inside the room with Michaela. That's not possible however, because the camera is the voyeur, and as previously established, if the voyeur can't jump between locations in the blink of an eye, neither can the camera; the same rules apply. Thus, we are receiving a view from a different stalker.
- From 11:25-11:37. Right, as in first example.
- From 11:38-12:00. Wrong, as in second example.
- From 12:01-12:11. Right in the sense of where the stalker should be (outside the house), however very wrong, as with the 3 and 1/2 previous shots we were looking through the other window. Again, the stalker can't jump locations in the blink of an eye, so... We have yet another stalker watching Michaela.
If you then continue to watch the scene from this point forward, you'll notice 3 different camera's (stalkers) have been used to capture the scene, with the views shifting between what's been captured by all 3 of them.
Sorry Rose. I'm not trying to attack you or anything like that. I hope you know that I respect and adore you lots. All I'm just trying to do is better convey my point regarding the film, as I really don't want another repeat. I hope you're not mad at me for going on another rant...
Andrej and Ariel,
It has noble intentions, but sadly it misses the mark. What disappoints me most is that with just a little more consideration and planning, its faults could have been easily fixed.
I love you guys, but this, like ‘Just For you’, wasn’t very well thought-out. If we have a singular Stalker (me the viewer), as the title indicates: why am I receiving so many different viewpoints, how am I jumping between locations, how am I venturing into and out of Michaela’s room, where are these extreme close-ups coming from, I'm almost certain she would have seen me by now?... The list goes on. It just doesn’t make sense.
The concept required a singular point-of-view, a singular lens through which to viewer Michaela, a singular stalker; me, the viewer of the film. Unfortunately the film didn’t provide that, and so the concept was lost, the meaning was lost, and for me, all eroticism was lost. What I’m left with is a creeped out (not in the way intended) feeling, having just watched Michaela be spied on by a group of dirty stalkers; and a disheartened feeling that one of our better performers (which hurts all the more as she's no longer with us) was let down by her directorial team (again), in her efforts to bring an authentic performance to what could have been an inspired film.
Planning, writing and storyboarding must be improved and more well considered, and film technique must be adapted and applied appropriate to each film/story.
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I truly am sorry for the harsh words. Critics can be rather unforgiving when they want to. Please know that what you guys do is way more valuable than what I do. You guys CREATE art! I’m yet to achieve anything on that ‘next-caliber’ level. You have my complete and utter respect, and my complete and utter support. I only provide these words in hopes that it will help you to grow as filmmakers. If I’ve taken it too far, and you feel I deserve an unkind response, that’s because I do. I will accept whatever you guys throw my way.
Thanks swplf2 and Amarna for your responses.
I'm only young, so sex is very new to me and I'm still discovering and uncovering things. I feel so passionately about the art Alis makes and the educational value it holds! What disappoints me is when my girl-friends and other women my age turn away from work like Alis' because 'it's porn', and instead place value 50 Shades. It's so silly, and really makes no sense to me! Perhaps it's simply representative of the low-quality, abusive porn that they've come to be familiar with through a boyfriend? But who really knows.
What we need is female-oriented erotic film that women can approach comfortably and with acceptance. For the most part SexArt does a brilliant job, but maybe we need a selection of films that are less explicit, so that more women can get their foot in the door? I'm not sure... We could always encourage people to be a little more open minded too.
Again, thanks for your response guys. I really do appreciate you taking the time :)
Sunday, February 15th, 2015 on Amarna Miller talks about her life and her passions!
Thank you so much for your reply Ariel :) I know your timetable runs pretty much non-stop, but it's this intimate, personal response that makes our efforts as commentators/critics feel worthwhile! If you get time, we would absolutely love to hear from you guys as much as humanly possible given your workload. Thank you again! Keep up the incredible work :)
Sunday, February 15th, 2015 on Together
Rose. First, can I please just say thank you so much! The work you do here at SexArt goes above and beyond anyone's expectations. You're always contributing not only to our comments section but to our Blog as well, posing new questions and prompting new thoughts. You always make us feel valued as members, and always post/respond to our opinions with such a welcoming attitude. I just want to say thank you so much!
On to the topic of Amarna. Well, don't we all just love her! I totally agree with swplf2; having models like Amarna and Ariel with us at SexArt is an absolute privilege. Like you Rose, they contribute above and beyond expectations to make SexArt a more intimate and enjoyable place to be. I love hearing their stories and I love how we are slowly learning about them, their personalities, their values, their beliefs, etc. They are not porn stars... these are intelligent, articulate, considerate, thoughtful women who set their own rules and cut their own path. These women are both wonderful ladies, and I personally view them as incredible role models. Thank you Amarna and thank you Ariel too.
If you have time to respond, I do have a question(s) for you because I read and agree with your article on Fifty Shades of Grey. Why are people so taken in by it? I mean, is it because it's 'softer' and more commercial, and thus more acceptable than pornography? With sites like SexArt out there, don't you think it would be more valuable for men and women (particularly the younger generations) to take their education from an artist like Alis? Because if people are looking to explore their sexuality in the realm of BDSM, my first recommendation would be his work: BMS(2), Secretly(2), Stay, Love For Sale, etc.
Saturday, February 14th, 2015 on Amarna Miller talks about her life and her passions!
A wonderful addition to your GLS series! I loved how this 'sort-of' broke from the format of previous entries; I only wish you'd pushed even further outside the box. Just in case you missed it, I proposed some ideas on 'Noche de Fiesta'. I really feel it's time for Alis 2.0 to introduce GLS 2.0.
All I can say is thank you for what you bring to SexArt and it's members. A fun-loving, confident, enthusiastic, opportunistic and inspiring disposition that makes you one hell of a special lady, and one heck of a role model for young women (and men). It was incredible to hear your story, and a pleasure to hear your 'other' one too, haha. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal with us! I adore you and I hope to see so much more of your work with Alis and the SexArt brand :) We are oh so lucky to have you!
Saturday, February 14th, 2015 on Girls Love Sex - Threesome
Thanks Alis! I was travelling just recently, and this story, well, lets just say that I know it :)
Friday, February 13th, 2015 on The Road Goes On 2
Thanks swplf2! It's good to finally be back :) Hi to you and _fer_ :)
Hey Alis :) It's so great to hear from you! Thank you for replying :)
I'm not surprised to hear that you 'felt great' during shooting. It must be so rewarding to have a script that you believe in, and then to see your actresses bring it to life in the way you imagined. And darn it, I should have commented on the 'young and indie' look/feel Agatha and Silvie brought with them. I knew by the soundtrack too that's what you were going for...
I commented below about the ending just now Alis. You might be interested in reading? Basically, I loved it and thought it was perfectly suited to the story you were telling.
Awesome news! I know you've got a Lola/Mango 'Memento' series locked away somewhere, that's what I'm most excited for at the moment. That and The Heat: Vol. 3...
It's interesting reading these different responses to the ending: some wishing they hadn't seen it, others reevaluating. In the context of the story being told, I feel it's the most authentic/likely outcome and still view it as beautifully bittersweet. In no way do I feel it detracts from the story, for me it strengthens it tenfold.
Despite only meeting at the beginning of their trip, these ladies likely had a powerful 'is-this-love', 'I've-known-this-person-all-my-life' connection/chemistry straight away. This then being compounded by all the amazing shared experiences they now have together, a year's worth of memories experienced in the space of a week: maybe holding hands and jumping from a really high cliff into the ocean at sunset, seeing beaches and caves together, and that time they showered naked under one of the waterfalls, and how darn cold it was!, partying in a foreign country together and reminiscing about all the hot girls they kissed together, experiencing the in-and-outs of said countries culture together, etc.
But, well, see, I'm sure these ladies knew that soon enough 'The Road (Would) Go On' and that they would have to return home to their respective countries. They would have recognised the expiration date stamped all over their whirlwind romance, and understood it's imminent end. And so they made the most of their last day/night together... They booked in somewhere beautiful, and together, they engaged in beautiful, passionate, loving sex...
And that's why I love this ending, and why I love this film, because I feel the notion of 'travel romance', has been beautifully captured and perfectly represented.
Hey Rose :) It's so interesting that we both found this to be SO romantic, because well... at least given my take on things... these girls have only just become familiar with each other on this trip, and it's not long before they bitter-sweetly separate before 'The Road Goes On' to their next (respective/separate) adventure. I guess we can assume that although their time together was short, their connection and chemistry was very real; and it's quite strange when that sort of thing happens. How we can just be so in tune with someone we hardly even know, to the point of feeling as known them all our life...
Also, I stayed up til 3:30am waiting for this film to download so I could watch it; it's now 4:15. Just an idea of the dedication your art inspires...
This really is a breath of fresh air! Now I say fresh because whilst your offerings in 2015 have been wonderful, most have been anthological updates that are too similar to their counterparts (Incandescence, Pasion(2), 122 Fahrenheit, etc.), or have been re-evaluated and offered up too soon following the original (Distorted Reality). This idea and this story felt fresh, and I was thus able to approach it with brighter eyes and a more open mind.
For me, the film was also so vividly nostalgic. I’ve just been backpacking for a month myself, and all these experiences are so fresh in my memory, that I could actually feel myself living this story with our girls: meeting new and stimulating people, wandering and discovering new locations to explore, organizing and locating accommodation and the excitement you get when it’s actually pretty awesome, enthusiastically engaging in a little promiscuous activity with a new friend; before ‘The Road Goes On’ to the next adventure. It’s simple, yet relatable and beautifully realised.
And it’s because of these few little things in production that I think this film really shines:
I don’t really have to say either of these things, because you almost always get it right Alis, but congrats on casting; Agatha and Silvie suited their roles perfectly, and were gorgeously matched as a couple; and also congrats with your direction. I loved how you placed significance on the fondling of breasts. It’s a very feminine directional choice and I absolutely love that! You’ve also managed to coach and garner a performance from Silvie that was her best yet! However… I felt incredibly awkward watching that final-final (as in when crotches touch) tribbing scene. It lacked all authenticity… I think I’ll just leave it at that…
I also wrote just recently about how much I love the format of IBDS, particularly in the way the second half of Vol.’s 2 and 3 emphasize female beauty through a (close up) full body study. I went on to say how I hoped this style of shooting-editing would be incorporated into films outside of that particular anthology. It was thrilling to see that happening here, and I hope it will continue in future releases.
Lastly I want to commend you on utilising your gorgeous outdoor location and managing such an attractive indoor setting, particularly with regard to your lighting! I loved how the shadows contoured and highlighted both ladies bodies.
Congrats on such an awesome film Alis! This is easily one of my favourites of 2015. I hope you’re well, and I look forward to seeing all your future work :)
P.S. I really want to see hugging, cuddling happening during explicit sex scenes. It doesn’t worry me if I miss out on seeing abs, or boobs, or whatever… That form of interaction is highly affectionate and extremely telling with regard to chemistry. I’d find it much ‘hotter’ and more authentic if our actresses were permitted to hold each other as they so desire during their scenes, rather than worry about ‘sexily’ positioning their bodies.
I just had to comment now that I've started to experience all these sexy new ladies... So I feel as though I need to mention 3 girls.
Ok. Layla Sin is just incredible. She's tanned and toned, with luscious hair and dark features to match. She also has a super cute butt, leading to gorgeous legs, which lead to uber cute feet :) ooooo yummy! I do think a lot of that 'beautiful' image is amplified by IBDS specifically however, given the emphasis the anthology places on female beauty, particularly with the way it's shot and structured (i.e. as an 'authentic' single shot, which transitions to an extreme close-up, virtually full body study). Don't get me wrong, Layla is hot, hot, hot. I just think IBDS gives her an advantage over her competition.
Uma. Brunettes are gorgeous, and almost all my attention when I'm walking down the street is captured by them, but it's that one (or four: Lola, Whitney, Uma, Tracy) special blonde that always seems to capture my true lust/love. Suffice it to say Uma did over at VT, and now that she's working with SexArt, I hope to see sooooo much more of her. Uma and Alexa anyone? OMG!!!!
And for my last lady, I know she's not 2015 new, but she is new and she has already had a busy SexArt 2015... it's Alexa. She's just the pinnacle of female physical beauty. She has the kind of body that every girl dreams of! I think even some of the VS angels would be jealous. And to add to that, she seems like an absolute sweetheart, and she's a very talented actress. Just look at IBDS(2) and Incandescence... this girls got skill! :)
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 on New Year, hot new girls!
Oh, yep, yep! I just watched and commented. I loved it! :)
P.S. And this question goes to Issy too... I would love to see a feet and leg film (Viv-style) with Aiko, what about you?
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 on Flash
Hey Rose :) We both had the same idea about this being my next movie to check out, and basically... it's just a lot lot of fun!
This film reminded me of the days when I first discovered erotic entertainment, which was over at SapphicErotica. My first ever films were a collection released in 2005, set in the tropics; the best amongst them being a video titled 'Bedroom Rapture' starring Jackie and Rene. Please check that one out, it still remains one of my all time favourites to this day. The connection between those beautiful ladies is moving... But back to the point, those films were something that inspired and excited me so much, because I could feel the powerful chemistry between the drop-dead-gorgeous girls 'acting' in them. This film was just such a nostalgic experience in that sense, and I totally adored it for that.
What this film got right was it's playful soundtrack, it's stunning outdoor and indoor setting, it's costuming, which was intelligently selected specific to each girl, (i.e. Margo in jeans, Whitney in short shorts, Aiko in a super short nighty), it's threesome dynamic, and perhaps most importantly, it's casting. Seeing a particular name such as Whitney's, attached to a film immediately demands that I watch it ASAP!
Andrej and Ariel, thank you for such an awesome film. Like Rose, I could also watch these ladies all night... In fact, I'd like to think that postlude is actually a prelude and that I could watch them 'One Night'... Here's hoping! :)
P.S. Are you able to work with Miela again? She looks like she's in the fittest, sexiest, most confident state of her life right now. Her photosets are incredible, and I'd love to see her on film again. Oh, I sure hope the answer is yes...?
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 on One Day
Hey Rose, I can definitely see why you love this film, particularly it's opening. It's a great exploration of our ladies bodies and their fashion sense, and it has that girly, young london vibe to it. I was totally sold on this bit too. The body is excellent, most notably for the things you pointed out, like Blue's giggle post orgasm, and the intelligent camerawork used to capture the 'more' striking features of the actresses (i.e. Aiko's legs).
I have to say though, although I liked the film, and thought it was incredibly well put together, it just doesn't really run to my taste (regarding music, wardrobe, setting, too much close up camerawork, and even Blue unfortuantely). That's on me though, not those who made it, so I only offer my congratulations. I'm sure the next A&A film will be my style, and as it's going to be 'One Day', I think I can already guarantee it.
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 on Flash
Oh yes it would!!! :)
Okie dokie, I just watched Pasion(2). Unfortunately I was a little let down... So, I guess you're better at picking movies than me ;) I'll take the suggestion and watch tomorrow morning. Ahhh... waking up to Aiko... haha. Night :)
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 on A celebration of beauty
Welcome! :) I'm really glad you love SexArt! It's simply the best erotic film site out there. In fact, it's the only one really... No one makes anything like SexArt. And I'm soooo happy to hear it's inspire a sex-postivie attitude! It's really helped me a lot too. To understand and be comfortable with my sexual self :) Sounds like it's done the same for you :)
I take it you love this film because of Lola?!? Haha. She is one sexy gal :) If you haven't already checked it out, you should watch The Heat: Vol. 2 with Lola and Tania. I even wrote a piece for the Blog about it a while back, be sure to check that out too :)
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 on Pour Toi Mon Amour 2
Hey Issy :) If there is one part I did love in this film, it was the postlude. You and Rose have got it totally right, it's so cute and adorable. Hope you're well! :)
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 on Que Es La Pasion 2
Hey Rose, it's really not important, and I don't want to be rude about it, so all I'll say is that I agree with your lack of 'enamour' regarding Julia's 'pubic topiary'.
It may just be me, and it may just be the mood I'm in, but... I didn't like this film. Following the intensity and palpable chemistry featured in Vol. 1 (one of the few B/G films I've ever watched), I honestly expected a lot more from this; particularly given that your Vol. 2's generally improve and strengthen ideas featured in the original. I just didn't feel or learn anything here. I'm sorry.
On the brighter side of things, I did love the setting! Such a gorgeous bedding set.
Thanks for checking it out Rose. That's really sweet of you :) It kinda just blew me away, and both our girls were so gorgeous! Just as a side note, I would luuuuuuv to see Alexa and Uma 'Together', wouldn't you?
P.S. I think my next viewing will be Pasion(2), I'd love for you to check that out too :) Thanks :)
Hey Rose :)
Thank you so much for alerting me to just how amazing Together is! I made it my second watch, and I just reviewed it; actually, I kinda just wrote about how it made me feel, haha. I'd love for you to check that out for me, cause I value your responses a lot! :) Thank you :)
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 on A celebration of beauty
Andrej and Ariel,
The last time I remember feeling this way was when I viewed Symphony. The thing is though, if someone asked me where I was emotionally ‘at’ after watching that film, I would never have been able to find the words to describe that. I recall trying to write a Blog piece for Symphony and very miserably failing. I was so disappointed in myself, because it deserved all the praise and love in the world. And that’s just it; I can’t really describe how these films make me feel, because these films make me FEEL… is love. I mean, I know what love is, but I certainly can’t articulate it to anyone. All I know is that it’s pure and perfect and real, and that when you’re that truly, madly and deeply in love, nothing else ever really matters. The interesting bit is that normally you have to be in love, to FEEL love, but with Symphony and Together, well… I mean, all I’m doing is watching… but I can tell it’s love, and I can FEEL its love. And my god is that something extremely, incredibly SPECIAL!
Thank you Andrej and Ariel, and also to Iwia, Suzie, Lexie and Alexa for the creation of two of the most beautiful films available at SexArt (which basically means, two of the most beautiful films available).
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 on Together
"The object of our voyeuristic gaze (AND) the one who controls it". Absolutely Rose! You hit the nail smack bang on the head. Thank you so much! :)
Monday, February 9th, 2015 on Io Ballo Da Sola 3
Very interesting postlude indeed Rose. Alis is the master of these.
Hmm... So, Voyeurism was definitely something Alis intended here; I mean just look at the structure of his opening 7:49 min, continuous long shot. Throughout the body though, we are strictly voyeurs. In that postlude however that things change...
Though she's looking down the lens of a camera, Layla is certainly still playing for her own pleasure, and remains unaware she's being watched. The interesting part is however, in addition to watching her from another angle, it's through that camera, and the adjacent live TV feed, that we are drawn in by her. I'm not too sure on it, but... I think this scene represents the mental connection Layla's voyeur has established with her.
Wow! So that is confusing to read... I hope you kinda understand what I'm getting at Rose. And please, I would love to hear your thoughts!
The archetype on this film, particularly regarding the technical, remains mostly the same as its predecessor. We have: central framing and a 16:9 aspect ratio, continuous, panning long shots (a 7:49 gem to begin with, your longest yet!), in addition to panning close ups and extremes of these, and we also have a 4K camera. All of which have been similarly utilised to emphasize the ‘sexual centre’, authenticity and voyeurism, and definitive female beauty.
For my liking, there honestly wasn’t anything too fresh regarding the experience I had with this film and it’s predecessor. However, I see this series (particularly Vol. 2 and 3.), and the very things that define it, as an exemplary illustration of the importance of technical cinema, and it’s ability to convey mood and generate emotion. It’s this brand of technical cinema that I feel works best in the erotic field, and it’s certainly something that I hope will extend beyond your IBDS series and into your other films.
As a side note: I noticed that you were shooting legs and feet in your long shots, and I loved it. I was let down however when they were not included in your close ups and extremes.
Thanks Alis and thanks Layla. I hope we will see lots and lots more of Layla. She’s a hottie!
Hey Rose :) I'm back! Yay. Haha. I've been holidaying and it's been the best! But I've missed you and the SexArt guys! :)
I've just been catching up on everything here (comments and Blog wise, no watching yet). Might I say, 2015's offerings look awesome! It's gonna take me a while to catch up, but I hope everything watches as good as it looks. And from this Blog piece, Together sounds like it will. If it can match Symphony for emotional depth, I will be astounded!
IBDS(3) is scheduled first however. Coming off of Alexa's IBDS(2), I'm sure Alis would have killed it again. And I totally agree with you, of our new babes, Layla Sin looks awesomely beautiful! Little Israeli hottie!!!... just like Bar Refaeli :)
I'm so glad to see Uma here at SexArt too. I think I'm going to make an exception and watch her BG film, but I hope so much that she appears with girls, lots and lots. I wanna see so much of her work. I'm a blondie lover, but it takes a special blonde to really get my attention.. Uma is just that girl!!!!
Oh goodie, goodie, goodie! I've missed SexArt and missed all of you, it's so good to be back. Time to unwrap my presents. That is... after they've downloaded, haha! :)
Missed you Rose!!!!!!!
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 on A celebration of beauty
Hey _fer_realz_, I totally second your request regarding a translation of the opening dialogue. I'm certain it would only enhance the scene even further...
Friday, January 9th, 2015 on Pour Toi Mon Amour 4
Alis, Amarna and Ariel,
To me, the Pour Toi Mon Amour anthology presents one of Alis’ simplest, yet most emotionally evocative and resonate ideas: that the love of two (bound) individuals is intensified by showing [prelude], giving [body] and sharing [postlude?] their unadulterated sexual selves to one another.
I must be honest and say that to date, the anthology has struggled to truly and convincingly affect this idea. Here however, these sentiments have been beautifully realised; thanks in no small part to the very real chemistry shared by our leading ladies.
I can only say thank you to all involved for allowing me the privilege of viewing the wonderfully captured spectacle of ‘love’ shared by these two very gorgeous ladies. And for presenting me with to opportunity to better understand and appreciate the artistic message behind this anthology.
Keep up the amazing work everyone! :)
P.S. Ariel. I loved how naughty you were with Amarna boobs and nipples. Haha. You naughty little angel ;)
Oh Rose! YES PLEASE! I'm very excited for this! After PTMA(2), I'm very excited to see what Alis has done with this next entry! I hope he's developed it even further...
I can already tell it's going to be chemistry, chemistry, chemistry with these two! I can't wait to hear what they have to say either Rose... Our comments section is going to be set alight, and that's maybe even more exciting than the film itself!
SO VERY EXCITED!!!! Thank you for the write up :)
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 on Preview – Ariel Rebel and Amarna Miller come together!
Issy! I've missed your comments so much. This is one incredible fantasy of yours... I too think it might be TOO much. I'm not sure I could handle that much heat all at once, haha. Merry Christmas and Happy New year by the way! :)
I absolutely loved this movie too. Whitney with her sweet voice, her shy personality,and erotic storytelling. She's just a goddess! One very incredible... awesome... goddess!!!... especially when she pulled those panties aside. That was the single hottest visual I've ever seen.
I'd certainly love to see this story of Whitney's come to life; and I certainly love to see more of those body features Whitney loves, especially that cutie smile and those cutie feet :) (like in Secretly 2) featured in her films :)
This last bit is for you. If you haven't seen my comment on Alexa's 'Noche de Fiesta', please take a look :) GLS (Season 3) has been awesome, but it can be developed even further, and be made even better. I think it's time to revamp it, Vol. 2 and Locanta 2.0 style :)
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 on Girls Love Sex - Mistress
Thanks _fer_realz_. it will definitely jump to the top of my list, though White Bird in a Blizzard just got released, so that will be first! Can't wait to see Shailene and Eva in action! :)
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 on Distorted Reality
Thanks for clarifying Alis. Sorry for misinterpreting :)
Thanks for the recommendation. I personally haven't read any of Stephen King's work, though this is something I will certainly look in to when the time permits. Psych thriller's I love! But psych horror, let's just say I'm a super wimp. Time to 'pump-up-princess', I think, haha. Thanks again Rose :)
Thank you so much for your response. This is so helpful, and gives me a much better understanding of how you create your Vol. 1's and then develop them in your Vol. 2's. Funnily enough, I was going to mention that I would like to see this concept revisited in a Vol. 2. I'm so glad we will get this!
You've certainly accomplished your goal of creating an emotional/psychological experience, and this was in no small part due to the score. I knew you had a background in music, but actually getting to hear your composition, it was awesome! That was the most interesting part for me, because this film felt like a 'visual-soundscape', if that even makes sense.
Thanks for informing us of your inspirations. Now I must watch The Shining. It's been on my list for soooo long, but I've been avoiding it because horrors actually 'do' scare me.... lots, haha. But as you know, I love Kubrick, so it's now an absolute must!
Thanks for your film, for pushing the boundaries and always offering something fresh and exciting! And thank you also for helping to expand my appreciation of film and it's history! You really have contributed so much to my knowledge and the way I view the things. Thank you so much Alis!
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 on Distorted Reality
Hey _fer_realz_, thanks for your response. it looks like you were right, at least more than I was anyway. I got caught in a classic problem of over-analysis...
Just to clear things up. I don't have an 'official' role here at SexArt, I am however a regular commentator and do assist by contributing to the SexArt Blog. I am unsure of the status of Lorena B, however given that we have not seen her 'filmic' work here for nearly 8 months now, I would suggest we won't be seeing anything else either (at least for some time).
We can only hope that our favourite girls will one day come back to SexArt, the most gorgeous erotic film site there is...
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 on Kanatu
We will no longer be seeing movies of Michaela or Sapphira (for that matter) at SexArt (unless they are from the archives). Not while they are now under contract externally that prevents participation in film 'elsewhere'. I and everyone else are just disappointed as you...
It's unfortunate because MetArt produces the highest quality erotic film in the business. And it's a shame their talents will never be fully utilised, collaboratively realised or recognised in the way they could have been here, or under any filmic label of the incredible MetArt Network.
Hey _fer_realz_. So yes, I'm really struggling with this opening sequence, and even the film on the whole too. Like I've said in my comment, this is 'too' cryptic' for me, so I've asked Ali to help, but I'm sure you will be able to offer some great insight too.
This definitely had a horror-like feel to it, so I'm thinking the opening has to do with fear maybe? Fear relating to our sexual selves, our sexual partners and the unknown regarding both of these? Hmm... I really don't know. But I hope we can find out...
Monday, January 5th, 2015 on Distorted Reality
I really do like this! It's so individual, artistic, and incredibly perplexing... it's so you! it's like a Paranormal-Activity-Soundscape of sorts. I love it! But... to be honest, it's 'too' cryptic for me to comprehend (at this point in time). I can't quite put my finger on what's happening with the storyline, the themes and the filmic techniques here, and I'm struggling to understand what this all means. Maybe if I knew the influence it might help? I really do want to understand this Alis! I get the feeling this has something very important to say!!!
And just purely from an erotic perspective, as in shooting and editing of sexually explicit content, (and I may be missing the fact that it was purposeful, in which case I apologise in advance), but this was a reversion. Too many static shots, combined with too many close-ups, and really lacking any true long/full body shots. For me, it depleted the authenticity and chemistry of the sexual acts taking place. (Again, maybe this was purposeful, and I apologise if it was).
Thanks Alis :)
Rose! Fantastic write up! I can see this generating lots and lots of responses, and I sure hope it does!
It was thrilling to read just why you love Whitney, and to be honest, I can't disagree with anything you said. Whitney's been with us since the beginning (European beginning), and in my opinion, she holds to strongest film catalogue available here at SexArt. Pound for pound, it, her presence and her acting ability rivals the work of DiCaprio. Almost everything she's committed to has been of value and depth, and she's been a part of a wonderful mixture of films and roles. For me, and for these reasons, she is the undisputed queen of SexArt, and I hope we will continue to see her work deep into the future.
That said, I want to give honourable mentions to Alexa and Lola. Two glorious newcomers this year, who are both angelically beautiful, and possess Lawrence/Woodley like acting chops. Between IBDS: Vol. 2 and The Heat: Vol. 2, their films thrilled me erotically, technically and conceptually. With the right effort and care, both on their behalf, and the film crew(s) they work with, I see both ladies contributing wonderfully to SexArt's future: and I want that more than anything! I want their work to rival that of Whitney's!
Also, please let me mention Mango, who holds a very soft spot for me...
Thanks for the write-up Rose, it was incredible! And thanks for the tease! I can't wait for GLS - Mistress!
Monday, December 29th, 2014 on My SexArt Girl of 2014
I absolutely love Ariel's portrait! Between hers and Amarna's, they are the most professional and gorgeous looking of all our models. This is definitely the quality SexArt needs to shoot for in the future. See what I did there ;), haha.
And, it doesn't relate to anything, but that floral top in the last image is ridiculously pretty! Great work Eva :) I can't wait to see this in motion :)
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 on Ariel Rebel: my first experience of shooting for SexArt!
Thanks for the shout-out _fer_realz_. LFS Review, Part II will be coming soon :) I've finally been able to make some time for viewing and reviewing. At.... last....!!!!
Ariel, you are totally freakin' awesome! This was such a delight to read. To gather that behind-the-scenes insight into your personality and sexuality, your artistic drive, your experiences with the girls, and your genuine love for your work is just invaluable. It's an absolute pleasure and privilege to have you here! You've added so much to the SexArt community already, and I hope you will continue too. You'll always be welcome and always adored! Thank you again so very, very much! You're a little legend! :)
Also Ariel, this was seriously, genuinely, erotic writing. I know Amarna has collaborated with Alis on a screenplay before, and the film product was gorgeous! I think that you should write him and ask for the opportunity if you're interested. There is absolutely no harm in asking and I'm certain inside that pretty little head of yours, lay some beautiful and artistic ideas just waiting to be realised!
Yes, Natalie is awesome! She is superb in Black Swan and so is Mila. I actually think Nat may have won the Oscar for Best Actress that year, (let me check), yep, she sure did! :) I absolutely love that film! Aronofsky is hauntingly brilliant! If you haven't seen his catalogue, I'd strongly recommend them. He's only done 5 or 6 films, but they are all top quality (even the divisive, The Fountain and Noah). Enjoy _fer_realz_! :)
By the way, Closer is scheduled for viewing on Tuesday night :)
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 on Incandescence - Ariel Rebel
Hey Melena :) Thanks for writing in our comments section. Its always so nice to read you :) Know that we all love you too! With your gorgeous energy and smile, who couldn't?!? Haha. Thanks again. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas by the way!!!
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 on Litati
This is perhaps one of your best pieces of photography yet. Great lighting, colour, focus, setting, hair and make-up, lingerie, etc. Everything is just that little more bit sophisticated. In my opinion Don is SexArt's best photographer (not that I don't think everyone else is great, yourself included), and this is right on par, if not better than some of his work. Thanks Deltagamma, and also Melena :)
Andrej and Ariel,
To the comments of others I have very little to add. I do want to say that watching this scene brang a pure sense of joy! Every element here represents so strongly what I love: water, summer, women, happiness, an outdoor location with beautiful furniture (etc.). Like _fer_realz_, I do wish bikini's had of been added to this mix, but that's quite nitpicky and based on personal taste. On the whole, I loved it!
Akio and Tracy have both slowly grown on me, to the point where they are now two of my favourite models here at SexArt. Tracy really is killing it! Like Rose said, it's great to see her in so many different roles, which demonstrate just how dynamic her personality and acting ability is. And yep Rose, her ass is ridiculously gorgeous! Akio has truly come into her own too. To be honest, my eyes were mostly on her, and god is that a compliment, because Tracy is close to the epitome of hotness! Aiko's skin tone, her eyes and the little freckle between them, her legs, her little girl and her little toes, everything is just perfect! Please bring both ladies back, more and more and more!
Lastly, and I wont harp on too much about it, but yes it's gorgeous, but again it's beautiful porn. It's saving grace is that is SUPER beautiful with two incredible actresses. But I want more, and to be honest, I think the SexArt brand demands more.
Sorry guys. I know you're uber busy and have waaaaay too much on your plate! I hope soon enough the pressure will come off you, as VT finds more filmmakers, and then you can get back to quality over quantity. I do understand however that for now, quantity is what's being asked for. You still have my complete and utter support though! I think you guys are all amazing!
Friday, December 19th, 2014 on Shards of Summer
Wow! Awesome. I have actually been considering how I myself would improve The Heat for a Vol. 3 instalment. I'm interested to see where you take it, and if our thoughts and ideas will align :) Thanks Alis, I'm really excited for this one :)
Thursday, December 18th, 2014 on Doubleface
Of course :) "clever use of lighting and actress positioning (note the room switch)". I should have been more clear... But it was awesome! And I loved this film :)
Additionally, could you please see and reply (if you choose to) to my question regarding BMS(3)? It's on the Doubleface thread. Thanks Alis :)
Thursday, December 18th, 2014 on Incandescence - Ariel Rebel
Can I just say that, I thought this series would explore more 'Roles'. Episode 1 was subtitled 'A Doll Story', I had assumed Episode 2 may be 'A Machine Story', or 'A Vampire Story'; something like this any way. I think that's what I wanted too: for you to continue with the Incandescent theme, but offer something fresh and different regarding the 'Role' in each anthological Episode. That way, the Incandescent theme is explored in numerous ways, and understood from a variety of perspectives and in turn the whole, better.
It's why I loved your Vol. 2's this year, because they expanded upon the already built ideas, but also offered a fresh perspective on things. And by the same token, it's why I gradually tired of your LIAD series, which as you know, I loved in the beginning, but as time went on, it became quite repetitive.
Just some food for thought. I hope I've made my points clear enough for you to kind of understand. If you need me to clarify anything, I'd be happy too :)
Hey _fer_realz_. Yes! I have seen this, but it was a couple of years ago now. Based on your enthusiasm, I think it's time to refresh! Plus, it's been so long since I saw a Natalie Portman film, that's just sacrilege, haha. Thanks for your recommendation! :)
Hi Ariel :) Thank you for your reply! You're very welcome :) It's such a privilege to read you :) Thank you also for your compliments! It means a lot, really :)
I would love to see a sex on the beach scene! I'm a total beach baby myself, so that would be totally awesome! Use your powers of persuasion and encourage Alis as best you can! :)
I actually saw on Alis' twitter a little while ago, a pic of you and Lola! I think that's what I'm most excited for! I can't wait!
Thanks again Ariel! It's so nice to have you at SexArt, and also in our comments section :)
I like it, but not quite as much as Alexa’s version of it. I’m a little rushed too, so I’ll just have to give constructive feedback. Please don’t think that this wasn’t still awesome however! Ok pieces of constructive feedback, of which there are only two:
- I felt this lacked the sustained ‘Doll’ storytelling (and hence psychological appeal) Alexa brang to Episode 1. However, perhaps if the concept were new to me, as it were when I watched Alexa’s, I would be singing similar praises. Maybe I’m being a little harsh second time round, just as I was with LIAD.
- Camerawork. I’m very sorry to say it, but this is a jump-back for you. These were all static shots, hard-cut between medium/long full body shots and facial/pussy close-ups. Please try to avoid it, for reasons already specified.
Thanks Alis for another great addition to your Incandescence series.
Welcome to SexArt. It’s such a pleasure to have you here, because, well, after watching this I realise there is no one quite like you. You bring your own unique style, look and aura through Alis’ lens. I hope we will see lots more of you here! And can I please just say… you’re a little pocket rocket hottie! Haha. Thanks for your efforts on this piece! :)
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 on Incandescence - Ariel Rebel
Alis, I know this review is late, but I sure hope you will see it! I'm still catching up on everything, and I'm trying desperately to make time to view your works, I'll get there eventually. I still have to watch Chapters 3 and 4 of LFS, but they are now at the top of my list, (at last!). I think having viewed this piece will assist me to better understand LFS as it concludes, and I think that's perhaps the highest praise I can give you: that your works inform and work off one another.
On that note, can I please ask: I'm soon going to watch BMS(3). Is it to be viewed as a separate Volume, or a Part 3? i.e. based on the lighting, i'd suggest it's Part 2's 'Doubleface'. Should I be thinking of it as such, and will those works offer a more complete story if understood together?
Thanks for your help Alis! :)
Also, camerawork is greatly improving! I love that your panning and capturing our girls legs, hands, hair, etc. It's much more erotic! I love it!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 on Doubleface
Alis, this is an extremely intelligent and considered piece: it’s absolutely awesome!
Exploring the duality and dynamics of a relationship and the partners within it, we’re first presented with our girls as single, separate entities. The traits they bring to the relationship are clearly defined: Mango offers fun, flirtation and sexual energy, where Julia brings her shy, intimate, sensual aura.
Intelligently casting ‘against type’ however, and with clever use of lighting and actress positioning (note the room switch); as Locanta’s story unfolds, we see the girls begin to shed/evolve from their defined characteristics, essentially switching traits as the story progresses: i.e. they become more like each other. This detail reaches its metaphoric pinnacle through a session of mutual masturbation and an ensuing scene of redressing, in which the girls switch clothes.
What we have is a multifaceted (doublefaced) relationship, involving two multifaceted (doublefaced) partners: and thus, a relationship that continues to intrigue, offering mystery and exploration.
Congrats Alis 2.0! Another 2014 masterpiece :)
Hey _fer_realz_, before you read any of this, I think it would help to read my comment/critique first.
Your first critique rings true for me. I certainly would have loved an unobstructed view of Alexa, especially one that included her heels. However, I saw the setting as an over-crowed attic, to which a once joyous, played with Doll had been relegated too, and subsequently forgotten about. I think the obstructions supported this idea, and those feelings. I'm not overly confident on this front though, because the setting, apart from the lights, does seem to be fairly organised. But, I like the idea, and it's all subjective at the end of the day, so, that's the idea I'm going with.
In regards to your second critique, I felt that Alexa's initial heavy breathing was actually crucial to the story being told; this was her, (having been directed by Alis), acting out a symbolic 'coming-to-life'. Think of her both as an immobile, lifeless, (Toy Story) Doll, and also as an incandescent lightbulb through which heat surges to relieve her of this state. This is how I viewed it, and of course I may be wrong, but given the context, I'm fairly confident I'm right on this one.
Just some thoughts for you :)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 on Incandescence - Alexa Tomas
Thanks Adam! I couldn't agree more with your words here. I thought the script/dialogue was so very important to this piece, and it was a real shame that some of it was 'lost in translation'.
Alis has actually been kind enough to help me with this issue, so I will be watching LFS Chapters 3 and 4 ASAP, though that will be in over a weeks time. I'm looking forward to reviewing them and learning for about Tracy and in turn, myself. I'm not sure if you saw it or not, but I did have a Blog piece for Chapters 1 and 2 posted not too long ago. If you didn't see, I'd love for you to take a quick look :)
I also want to say a big thanks to SexArt and it's workers for listening and responding to my (our) wants/demands. Though I've been helped however, I hope others will be too, and that, like you said, they will be able to download subtitles versions also.
Thanks again Adam :)
Thursday, December 4th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
I've been wandering through the VT archives, and stumbled upon a documentary series the other day, The Return of Sandy. This is fantastic, for all the reasons I mentioned above. I'd love to see Andrej and Ariel attempt something like this. If you have any sway, can you encourage them to try? If not, 'Incept' them ;) haha.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 on Samantha Bentley talks about shooting ‘Love For Sale – Milestone’ for SexArt
Hey Rose, great comment! I can't agree more about the 'unnerving fairytale aspect' being immensely intriguing, it sure was: Locanta psychology is awesome!
Do you remember when I talked on your Blog piece about Alexa's acting ability being utilised? This is it! For me this is pretty much perfection. I love the erotic aspects of these films, but, and this might sound weird, something that contributes to the eroticism of them, are production and technical aspects (sound, editing, location, hair and make-up, etc), storyline and themes in a psychology sense, and acting (seeing Alexa's talent, that makes her even more appealing, if it's even possible).
This is just a fantastic film! It makes me want to go and watch the Toy Story film :) I wonder if that was an influence? I'm thinking it must have been, Alexa and Jessie are very similar...
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 on Incandescence - Alexa Tomas
I could not have said that any better myself Rose. Those sentiments need to be framed! :) I love that SexArt cares so much for its girls and puts such a strong emphasis on it's female market! It's invaluable!
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
Alis and Alexa,
I just wanted to congratulate you both! In my eyes, your efforts together have resulted in the production of the two best solo films of the year and perhaps, the best ever on SexArt, which would in fact mean, the two best Ive ever seen: this and IBDS(2). Your talents as multi-dimensional director and actress are second to none, and I sincerely hope you both will continue to work together to bring us beautiful Erotic Film. I adore you both!
I guess this one goes to you both as well, but Alexa, I think you epitomise the female form. Everything about you: from your hair, to your nose, your abs, your legs, your feet, your nails, your eyes, your little butt etc. is just the perfect example of female perfection. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Alis, I would love for you create a film that features a full (and I mean full) body study of Alexa. Perhaps you could 'revamp' Haute Couture (that is something I really want to see) for one episode (or more), and read into our critiques on how to improve that concept. Not only would that be the perfect platform for a full body study, but it would a great way into Alexa's personality, and a great way into the Fashion World, both in front of and behind the scenes.
If you like this idea, please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish too. I would absolutely love to help in any way possible. I love Alexa, I love seeing personality, and I love fashion and I love hair and makeup, hmm... I think I love women ;) haha.
Normally as I watch I’ll often pause to make quick notes, which help to formulate my critique of a film. Not by choice, but through sheer mesmerisation, I found that I didn’t stop once during this film. You and Alexa truly captured my attention.
Relegated to the attic and left in the dark (literally and metaphorically), I don’t think this Doll has been played with for a very, very long time. Although she once may have been excitable and sensual (as we see postlude), her time spent in the attic has left her with feelings of abandonment and dissatisfaction. I think she longs to be played with again, and longs to experience a sense of joy that has eluded her for so long now; and when the lights come on, she has her chance.
An incandescent light bulb, an ‘electrical current’ surges through our Doll: she’s coming to life… At first, her movements are jerky and mechanical as she studies her figure, but as the wire (she and her arousal) grows hotter, she begins to glow brighter (become more free-flowing). Building to a fittingly staggering (in more ways than one) climax, The Doll collapses: her idle joints unable hold up, and nor her sexual hunger, as we watch her marvel in the blissful to-and-fro of orgasm. An appropriate indicator she hadn’t been played with or satisfied for an extensive period of time; as the lights dim and our focus fades, the Doll reverts back toward her lifeless state. Will she ever be played with (again)?
Rose and Sam, thank you for this incredible interview! You guys are awesome! The insight you gave behind the scenes, especially regarding acting, making-of and erotic aspects, is truly invaluable. And it's also just so great to get that insight into a performers personality/psyche behind the camera. It makes things much more accessible, intimate and also informative I think. Anyway, thanks so much girls!
Rose, I love your interviews. Absolutely love them! Please sit down with more actresses, directors, producers, makeup artists, etc. and bring us more insight behind the scenes. If you can of course...
And Sam, I'm yet to watch this scene because I'm waiting for a subbed download version, (I can't stream, grrr..), but I'll thank you now, because I know you'll likely disappear and wont read it otherwise, so thank you!!! It's great to have you here at SexArt, and I'd love to see you work with Alis lots more. He's a true artist and you're a true actress: I'm certain you guys could make even more stunning work together. By the way, can you please ask Alis to get you and Amarna together again? Pretty please! Unplugged was awesome!
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 on Samantha Bentley talks about shooting ‘Love For Sale – Milestone’ for SexArt
Rose, this is really exciting news! I love your writing and I think Sam is a great actress, so I'm looking forward it :) Thanks for the little teaser.
Monday, December 1st, 2014 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
Alis, thank you so much for responding!!!! This makes me incredibly relieved. I hope you will sort this soon. I know I'm missing out otherwise. Thank you for looking out for me (and the other members). I sincerely appreciate it! Immensely! I'll patiently await the re-uploaded, subbed versions.
Hey _fer_realz_. All ok :) My internet has issues with streaming, so I'm ruled out there. Though I can't anyway (re the above point), I also don't like watching films in low-res. If a film was shot in 4K, it should be viewed this way. If it was shot in 1080HD, it should be viewed this way. True filmmakers don't waste money on high-res cinematography for gimmicks sake. They use it to purposefully convey the themes and ideas of art-piece. I would use Alis' 4K, 'Haute Couture' as a prime example.
In addition, streaming would indicate to me, that you only have the intention to watch once. Film, especially those such as this, are not meant to viewed in this way. They are meant to be readdressed, reassessed and enjoyed numerous times over. Streaming would be like going to the cinemas to watch Interstellar and it never being released to own on Bluray/DVD... To be even more critical on this point, as a result, we're forced to pay (in this case with internet data) to watch it again: this shouldn't be the case.
I want a copy of these films to own, with subtitles, as is necessary. Up until now, SexArt has provided this. It seems they have fallen short this time around. Though, it's not too late to fix. I don't think what I'm asking is too big, especially as this issue is something that should have been considered and sorted prior to the series' release.
I think what I'm most disappointed with, is that as a result of this issue, an otherwise fantastic site (and I stress fantastic!) is letting down it's members, and perhaps more importantly, it's artists. If this were my film series, and people were put-off viewing it for something like this, I would be extremely dirty on those releasing it.
I sincerely hope SexArt will respond to this comment, and give feedback in regards to this ask. And I hope, I truly, truly, truly hope, they will offer the option to re-download, with subtitles, ASAP...
Hey _fer_realz_, I know I'm missing out and that's what disappoints me. But some of the dialogue, which is soooo incredibly important to this project is completely incomprehensible. This needs to be rectified, if not for me, then for Alis' sake as an artist, and Adam's sake as writer. They're being let down too. Big time!
Sunday, November 30th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Milestone - Chapter 4
Despite all our feedback, this still has no subtitles on the download version. I'm really, sincerely, severely... disappointed... SexArt, I wished I'd never be saying this, but you've let me down, big time. I can't even bring myself to attempt to watch these last two Chapters.
I hope you'll resolve this issue and provide an option to re-download Chapters 2, 3 and 4, with subtitles soft-coded, as they were in Chapter 1. Why you took a backwards step positively bewilders me...
I'm so sorry for such harsh feedback, I'd honestly hoped I'd never have to give it.
Any updates on this front Jon?
Saturday, November 29th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Safeword - Chapter 3
This is how I watch these films. Download and play through VLC, or through a HD TV. In which case, if not soft-coded (such as in Chapter 1), subtitles would need to be hard-coded, with the option to switch on and off. Only providing a CC option on your site, limits the ways and means by which the film can be watched; which if you follow recent research into sites such as iTunes, NetFlix, etc. is not the best option, and is unsuited to user demand.
Can you please provide a re-download option for Chapter 2 and 3 with subtitles? I know I might sound annoying and whiny, but that is honestly, in my opinion, the best option. As I've said, the series is fantastic, but it's being let down by something that should have been considered and sorted prior to it's release.
Sorry for the harsh feedback Jon. I know you guys are working hard.
Friday, November 28th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Safeword - Chapter 3
Thanks Jon, are they programmed onto the mp4 download?
It seems like we all have a major crush on Whitney! She's just awesome! Obviously she's a PLT, 'pretty-little-thang', haha, but it's her ability as an actress that gets me. I just love watching her. She's super talented and in my eyes it contributes to her sexiness 10-fold. I personally think she has the most impressive catalogue of films of any model here at SexArt. Every project she has contributed to has been top notch. She's the DiCaprio of SexArt I think :)
If I had to pick a favourite moment, or perhaps memory, it's my first time seeing her, which was in Apple Pie. Those were the days when Andrej and Ariel were just starting to produce glorious day-in-the-life films, that were ever-so relatable and captured a really gorgeous chemistry. My feelings and wants from SexArt film have since evolved, but back then, those films really got me... I loved Apple Pie, because cooking is something I love to do with a partner. It's just something I find fun and sexy, and I love the teamwork aspect of it. Sylvie and Whitney captured that idea really well, and beyond that, they are super gorgeous!
Have you checked out all of Whitney's films from her Lanzarote trip? Apple Pie, The Sea Mousse, Dulce Despertar and she had one prior, Winter Wonderland (not part of that trip though). All are very gorgeous. Check them out if you haven't already.
And I gotta say too, cause you brang it up as well, for 21 years old, (which is the same as me), Whitney is really killing it. So accomplished in her field. Whitney we love you and please keep up the amazing work!!!
Alis, can we please see her in a supremely dominant role, we haven't seen it yet, and I'd love to see how she handles it.
Thanks for the write up Rose. I love Whitney so much I'll probably be writing here again soon, confessing my adoration once again. Haha. Thanks again :)
Friday, November 28th, 2014 on Killer moments with Whitney Conroy!
Generally when you’ve offered a Vol. 2, you’ve developed and extended on the themes of its predecessor. It may just be me missing all the hints and clues you placed, but I didn’t feel this film achieved this. However, it was super erotic! So I must be thankful for that :)
The food-play with ice-cream, which is my favourite food, was super sexy! It’s a little naughty and kinky, and it’s just something I think is hot. Seeing Silvie’s nipples being treated in that way, oh yeah!
It was also great to see that your long shots were genuine long shots, taking in the entire scene and the entire actresses bodies. It was nice to be able to ‘browse’ everything on display, because it was all beautiful. On the note of cinematography and editing, when panning to a body part, please be sure to hold on the part that you pan too. Don’t jump away too quickly, it says, ‘we panned because you guys have asked for it in the past, but the real action is up top, so let’s get back there quick’; I don’t like that.
Silvie look gorgeous in this film; I think it’s her long, slender, athletic build. Great work Eva on dressing her too, I love that top, it’s very feminine and innocently sexy. I have to say however, than Keren, I thought the makeup was a little heavy handed. I would have liked to see it toned back, for a more natural look. Silvie’s nails however looked gorgeous, so well done on that front. Silvie though, you’re sooo gorgeous, but sometimes it’s hard to watch you because I feel you’re overacting, please relax little. Don’t underestimate the sexiness and value of silence, just be yourself!
Taylor, I love you, but shaving does not agree with you. You’re skin hates it. Please find something else: waxing, epilating, creams, etc.
Thanks Alis, not your best, but certainly not your worst. Now… please give me subtitles on LFS so I can watch it…
Friday, November 28th, 2014 on Another Love Journey
Alis, I've finally got my chance to watch and unfortunately less than 2 minutes in i'm aggravated! I cannot stress how much this needs subtitles! We need to be given the option to re-download Chapters 2 and 3 with them, and Chapter 4 must, must, must include them. This series is impeccable, it's being let down by something soooooo easily fixed.
I repeat. We need subtitles on all 4 Chapters. Please!
Hey _fer_realz_, I'm still yet to watch. Again, just super busy. Hopefully soon though. I intend to review Chapters 3 and 4 together, which will make up Part II of my Blog.
I'm sure there's still a lot of content there, and I'm aware that it might change the way I've been currently looking at things. I'll just have to watch to find out...
Thank you so much by the way for all your input into my Blog pieces :) I really do appreciate it a lot!
Monday, November 24th, 2014 on Love For Sale: Harder + Cross-dressing – Review, Part I
Yep. That's what I was insinuating, but having trouble putting into words. I think I was over-complicating things. You've explained it all nicely for me. Thanks for your insight and help :)
I haven't watched and won't be able to for a couple of days, I have however skimmed. It seems that subtitles are missing from this Chapter also, so I will accept and EXPECT that they will no longer feature in this series. I genuinely hope this is the case.
I would ask/PLEAD however that you provide the option to re-download Chapter 1 without subtitles. It lacks professionalism and continuity otherwise, and given the incredible series this is, it would be a VERY REAL SHAME to be let down in this way.
Additionally, as you'll notice on the Blog, one of things I mentioned was sound-editing on the 'universe' scenes, and the difficulty I have understanding Tracy's dialogue in them. It's too late to change anything now, but for future reference, if anything like this is attempted again and may require subtitles; I would ask that you provide a subtitle track (.srt file) or preferably consider hard-coding them, with the embedded option to turn them on/off. Not things I think you or SexArt have really looked into, but I think it's very necessary.
I reiterate the important point I've made above: don't let your films be let down by a lack of professionalism. Sorry if it's harsh, but I needed to make my point very clear.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 on Love For Sale - Safeword - Chapter 3
Hey Rose :) Thank you sooooo much for your feedback. My inclinations on future instalments have already been proven wrong. Suzie is our supporting character in Chapter 3, which is live now by the way. I can't wait to check it out myself, but I'm going to have to wait a few days :( grrrr...
I have to agree with you, I don't think this will be completely wrapped up... I see a psychological/ambiguous ending brewing, and I think it's going to be up to us to decide the outcome of Tracy story. Oh how I love the ambiguous ending :)
Thanks for your comment about me giving insights into "Tracy's subconscious motivations and inner world". That's what I'm finding most interesting in this series, and something I find remarkably interesting in general. Emotional intelligence is something I value deeply, and one of the first things I look for in a partner. I've actually been writing a screenplay/script, (it's just a passion project), based on the very premise.
I totally understand your slight disappointment with the sexual content in scene 2. For me though, I actually think the fact that the dildo was inserted and that we sort it being inserted has conceptual value, and I'm sure that's exactly what Alis, the intelligent man he is, intended. I see it as a metaphor. It needed to be viewed and seen as 'fake', as well as something both girls can 'fakely' connect over. It also somewhat undermines the notion of love being involved, and seeing that insertion, in my mind, accentuates these ideas. Let me know what you think, because I may well be overthinking... and I also think that's fairly poorly explained on my behalf, haha.
Thank you again for your reply Rose :) I very much appreciate it! Like, immensely :)
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 on Love For Sale: Harder + Cross-dressing – Review, Part I
Indeed Diana. I can't wait! Luckily it's only about 5 more hours now :) And it's with Samantha Bentley, and it's going to be very kinky...
Thanks again for your reply. It's nice to hear from you and discuss these sorts of things :) If you have any more thoughts, please check them in here, i'd love to read and reply :)
By the way, welcome to SexArt! I've noticed that you've only be here for a few weeks now, but it's been great to read such insightful comments :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on Love For Sale: Harder + Cross-dressing – Review, Part I
Heya Issy!!! :) It's so nice to read you. It's absolutely incredible, because you're the first person I've ever met who seems to find the exact same things erotic as I do; which in turn makes things even more erotic!
I think tanned skin is gorgeous. It gives us that radiant, healthy glow and Iwia is no exception. Her brown hair and eyes actually accentuate it even further. And who doesn't love a blonde, haha, well, you know I sure do! Grace is one of my favourites in terms of looks. She has that very sweet, innocent appeal, but I think she'd be a little firecracker once you get to know her. And yep, yep! French manicures are gorgeous. Nails and polish in general are gorgeous. Very feminine and sexy!
I hope you're doing well Issy, because it's been a while since we talked :) If you get the time could you please check out my post on the Blog for 'Love For Sale'? I would luuuuuuv to hear your thoughts please :) And same goes for you Rose :) Hope i'll hear from you both soon :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on The Audition
Hi ToEachTheirOwn_, I finally got around to watching that film. It's quite a gorgeous one too. Aiko only grows on me more... Please MetArt Films continue to work with her :)
P.S. Directors, my favourite part of that film, is where Aiko is sitting back masturbating and Stacy wants to lick her, put Aiko pushes her back with her pretty foot to make her watch. The dom/sub thing, and the feet thing together was soooo hot. I'd love to see one, or both elements incorporated where/if applicable.
Thanks for the recommendation ToEachTheirOwn_ :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on Touch of Sun
Having now watched 4 episodes of GLS International I’ve noticed a pattern: interview, (acted) transition (i.e. I can’t talk anymore, I’m too turned on), sexual content (all in the same location); postlude.
GLS, for my liking is about capturing candid insight into the models life and personality, and more than anything I’d like for that to be translated on screen. It’s being done, but it can be done significantly better. I’d like to see you do away with format and adapt each GLS episode specific to the model you’re shooting.
For inspiration I would look to ‘Just Jasmine’, which was part of Season 2. She was captured in her own house, on a beachfront specific to her episode only; we gathered insight into her photoshoots, her films, and her relationship with those she worked with. We even got to see her and Charlotte playing around, demonstrating a very real friendship and chemistry. Plus heaps of other stuff too.
In fact, more to my point about you adapting your episode to each model, what I’d love is for you to do is collaborate with the models directly, and work together to show something that is truly them. Show us their interests in a variety of forms (for Mango: travel/adventure, photography, bikini’s, food), score the episode with their personal taste in music, don’t use the photoset as a ‘screenshot collection’ from the film, instead use it to capture the girl modelling, cooking, surfing, reading, anything that gives us more insight into their interests/personality, etc. etc.
It will be harder, and I’m not sure if all your models will be open to it, but if it’s possible, I think you will generate better GLS episodes because of it.
Thanks Alexa for this film also. I adore your work and I hope you’ll continue to produce lots more with Alis and SexArt. You’re a total hottie!
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on Girls Love Sex - Noche de Fiesta
I cannot agree more with your first paragraph _fer_realz_. This is the best shower scene that SexArt has offered, because it is a genuine shower scene. The emphasis on the sex side of things is aquite reserved, which is absolutely fine, because for me, (and I know it's gonna sound weird), the everydayness bits were actually the most erotic.
Still... I want more from Andrej and Ariel. I used to look forward to Michaela offerings because they were both artful and erotic, unfortunately her last two films have not been. In fact, we have not seen an artful and erotic film from Team A&A since Oct. 10 in Symphony. I hope we'll be seeing one soon...
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on Feminine
Thanks Rose :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on Ariel Piper Fawn talks about shooting for the MetArt Network!
This is awesome! If you ever get the chance to do something like this again, please do! I love the behind to scenes insight. It makes everything seems more personable and accessible. I watched 'The Return of Sandy' over at VT and loved that for the same reason!
Thanks Rose, and thanks Ariel for taking the time to give Rose (and us) your thoughts. Keep pushing hard, and at SexAt specifically, artfully...
Thanks again Rose :) I really appreciate all your efforts that go into the Blog :) It's so cool to have such a great community at SexArt :)
By the way, save me searching for it... your second pic on this piece, the full-body outdoor shot, can I ask what gallery and image please?
Rose! :) Sorry I haven't been able to reply earlier, I've just been far too busy. Spanish girls seem to have this very genuine aura about them. I get the feeling for them, no matter what, 'life's good'. They're so smiley and positive and charming! They are the perfect advertisement for Spanish travel! I'm definitely gonna go sooner, rather than later :)
In regards to Alexa specifically, I love her too, but what I love most is her passion for her work. She's gorgeous yes, but like McConaughey or DiCaprio, Woodley or Lawrence, it's her passion and drive that gives her that epic sex appeal and really draws me to her! I get the feeling she wants to be considered an actress, and as far as I'm concerned, she is one! Her efforts in IBDS(2) were phenomenal! That continuos shot is perhaps one of the greatest moments I've ever witnessed here at SexArt.
I do want to see her talents utilised to better effect however. Her second outing, in my opinion is actually one of Alis' weaker efforts. I'm still yet to watch her GLS episode, which I'm immensely excited for, but for me, that doesn't necessarily count as film. It's candid insight into her personality and private life, which I love and want, but, yeah... I think my point is, is that I want to see her in something that requires real acting. Alis, I hope you're listening :)
Thanks for the write up Rose :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 on The laws of attraction – why I love Alexa Tomas
Hey Diana, thanks for your response :) I totally agree with you. Tracy is 100% our 'conduit': our way into the story. We're on this journey just the same as her, and we like her are learning. Fortunately for us, as well as Tracy's articulations and we're getting Alis' indications, which are allowing us to learn just that little bit quicker than her.
I can't wait for these last two Chapters. Given Adam's preview pics, I think Chapter 3 will see Tracy venture again into prostitution, though this encounter like this first, will be icy and cold. I see Tracy beginning to realise love cannot be found there. I also think she's going to start to realise her clients are just like her, and for that reason, I get the feeling Chapter 4 may see Amarna enter the picture once again.
Haha. I've gone all 'True Detective' once again. the theories I had... Chances are I'll be way off base again, but only time will tell.
Thanks again for your response :)
Hey _fer_realz_, thanks for your reply :) Please do take your time to mull it over. It took me quite some time to perfect this piece, and there's a lot of content there, so I totally understand. But the cerebral person you are, Im sure you'll be on top of it in no time, in which case I'll be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Thanks again for your reply :) Alis', yours and the other members response make the effort all the more worthwhile :) I'm hoping to hear from the others soon :)
Firstly. Sorry I haven't been able to provide feedback on your other works lately. I've been so busy with exams and work, it's crazy! I dedicated what time I did have to making sure this was a deserving review for the masterpiece you've created.
Secondly. Your sentiments are incredibly encouraging. Something I've always valued about SexArt is the way they listen to, and implement community input and feedback. I try really hard hard to provide valuable constructive criticisms and contribute in what way I can to the betterment of this wonderful site. It's amazing to hear that time is not being misplaced or wasted.
Thirdly. In no way does 'Love For Sale' diminish your previous works, but it certainly is on another level. Keep your foot on the throttle and continue to create interesting, educative film. I keep on thinking you can't get any better, but you continue to show me otherwise. Don't let that stop!
Fourthly. Did you see a pre-screening of Interstellar? Perhaps read the script? Perhaps sit down with Nolan (or a colleague) and talk about the themes? I ask because I find the similarities between the films, and your works in general incredible. Both of you are known for your cool, calculated style, and it's just amazing that at the same time you've both intensified that style, but at the same time subverted and added something fresh to it. You've both pushed outside your comfort zones and gone intimate and dramatic, and with great success might I add.
Anyway, thanks for your reply Alis! Keep up the incredible work and please pass my compliments onto your team.
Oh, not done yet, another thing, actually two, and they're both a little negative, sorry. One: I have an issue with sound-editing in the 'universe' opening and closing scenes. It's extremely difficult to understand what's being said. Two: I'm certain this was shot around the same time as Unplugged. Unfortunately with both works, the colour palette (regarding lighting and cinematography) is being washed out. This definitely needs to be fixed.
Also, though off topic, am I picking up influences from McQueen's Shame?
And also, can I get access to Scene 2 with subtitles please?
Sorry. There's just too much to talk about, I promise Im done now :)
I've just made my second post on the Blog, please check it out when possible :) I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.
Friday, November 21st, 2014 on Another Love Journey
Hey swplf2, sound is not so much the issue (except on opening-closing 'universe' voiceovers), it's more a cultural-linguistic thing in understanding everything Tracy says. She's doing a fantastic job, but it's still a little hard at times, which is frustrating because the (Adam's) dialogue in this series is incredibly insightful/important. I sincerely hope Alis will put subtitles on future offerings in the series, and re-upload this with subtitles.
Sunday, November 16th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Crossdressing - Chapter 2
I'm another minute through and I am actually straining to understand what's being said. This needs subtitles.
Resolved :) I won't read anything anyone has written until I've watched and written my own response, (I don't like to have my opinion influenced until I've properly considered myself), but please _fer_realz_ and other members, keep your eyes pealed. I intend to release an analysis for Chapter 1 and 2 later this week (sooner, rather than later). I've been working extremely hard on it, and I hope it creates a lot of discussion about Tracy and her story. I also can't wait to read what you guys have said here, and hopefully on the Blog.
I'm 1:27 through, and I cannot stress just how much it irks me there were subtitles on Chapter 1 and not here. It's a continuity (and OCD) thing. This is a series. You needed to pick one or the other and stick with it all the way through. I'm literally going crazy right now!!! Can I please, please, please, I beg you... get access to a copy of Chapter 1 without subtitles, or Chapter 2 with? This hurts!!!
Experiencing difficulties with download speeds once again. Can you try to resolve this please?
I'm yet to watch _fer_realz_, I just haven't had the time, but I did quickly skim it. I'm getting a Ledger, Joker vibe. Given the symbolism, in reference also to her IBDS(2) postlude, I'd say we're getting an insight into the darker/looser realms of Alexa's (specifically) sexuality/personality. I could be wrong, it was just a skim (collection of screenshots essentially), but you've watched, so you'll have a better understanding of it than me, and will know if I am. Let me know what you think... I'll try watch some time soon.
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 on Girls Love Sex - Noche de Fiesta
Again, incredible comment _fer_realz_. Genuinely loving your insights. It seems I don't have much to write about anymore, because you've not only touched base, but hit a home run on all the things I noted myself. Maybe, I shouldn't wait... I just get somewhat concerned, because I never want to be too quick to judge. But, oh, the conversations we could have... Let me get back to you on that one :)
Monday, November 10th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Harder - Chapter 1
Awesome comment! Loved reading everything :) So insightful!
I don’t want to say too much, because I want to write an in depth analysis of ‘Love For Sale’ as a whole, and I’d rather avoid repetition.
What I will say is that I don’t think its coincidence the release of this series coincided with Interstellar. Where Interstellar sought to broaden our understanding of emotion and relationships, both in literal and metaphoric relation to the universe (in amongst many other things [I still continue to ponder and discuss]), this film (and I would suggest series) broadens the notion of sexuality (also in amongst other things). I can already see these works informing one another. Please take this as a massive compliment.
Additionally, Alis, the greatest artists of our time actually have but a few simple things to say. Across their broad and dynamic range of work exists a continuation of ideas and themes, each time adapted, each time offering a fresh perspective and further illumination. I can feel echoes of Be My Slave: Vol. 2, Secretly: Vol. 2, The Heat: Vol. 2, Stay, IBDS: Vol. 2. This appears to be the coalescence of all your greatest works, to form perhaps... your greatest work.
Finally, congratulations Tracy. Really, honestly, you killed it! I’m in awe of your passion and commitment as an actress. It’s admirable, and it’s downright sexy in the same way McConaughey and Woodley (just examples) are. You freakin' go girl!
P.S. I wanted to write so much more, but it will come in due time. I get the feeling I'm going to have lots to take in, and lots to learn! I'm genuinely excited!
Thanks Adam and Alis :)
Sunday, November 9th, 2014 on Love For Sale - Harder - Chapter 1
I was wondering what the best way to watch this series is: week by week, or wait until all episodes are out and watch them all together? I'm leaning toward the latter, but your recommendation would be of great assistance. Thanks in advance :)
I most definitely agree with more of Aiko :) My appreciation for her beauty and acting can be related to that of Tracy Lindsay: for some reason I never took note, and then all of a sudden it just hit me, and I feel stupid for not noticing earlier. So, yep, enough contextual blabbing from me... more Aiko please :)
Friday, November 7th, 2014 on Touch of Sun
Andrej and Ariel,
I’m beginning to worry a little that your roles at VT have influenced the type of content you’re producing for SexArt. This is another piece of beautiful porn, the problem being that it lacks the thematic storytelling I expect from SexArt film. I hope I’m wrong, because I know you guys are capable of more transcendent work, and I hope we’ll be seeing something fresh and different soon. Yes, as far as beautiful porn goes, the video is a wonderful effort, but even still, I honestly wanted to like it so much more than I did.
On the positive side, the opening was fantastic. I’m a summer person and a real beach baby, and I have a bit of a fashion fetish too (Aiko’s dress and shoes are soooo pretty!): so you caught my attention early. What turned the whole thing on its head was the girls rolling around with wet bodies and wet clothes in the sand… I’ve never had a problem with sand before, ever, but here I did. Dry bodies and dry sand can actually feel quite nice, wet bodies and dry sand but… it’s icky! And those poor dresses!
Additionally, and I’m extremely surprised to be saying it because you guys always capture and edit intimacy; but the shooting and editing of the sexual content in this film was sub-par. I expect their were difficulties involved with reflections, but the still (lack of panning), fixed cameras, and the regulated hard cuts (long, medium, close up, repeat) drained a great deal of authenticity from this piece. I was surprised and disappointed.
To finish on a highly positive side, however, I must say that our girls looked stunning. Congrats to Marcela! In particular too, I want to mention Aiko. I’ve had three experiences with Aiko as an actress. In her first scene with Alyssa Reece (for SexArt), I must admit, I saw her merely as an extra. [Faith is a wonderful example of the type of film I expect from SexArt by the way guys]. In her next appearance with Tracy Lindsay (for VT), I thought she played a great supporting role, but now in her third appearance, I see her as a leading lady, and a gorgeous ‘role model’ of sorts. Aiko’s beautiful: her skin/tan is soft, radiant and healthy, she’s looking fit and toned, happy and smiley, and she seems to bring a/her genuine, kind personality to her work. So, Aiko, if you’re reading this, ‘please keep up the great work. You’re beautiful and talented!’
Thanks to all involved. I know you guys put your heart and soul into every video you make, and as long as I can tell that, even if it falls short, I’ll still be content, happy and grateful.
Alis and Jon,
This is brilliant! This GLS episode provided an intimate look into Mango, and you’ve perfectly captured and conveyed her beauty, sexuality and personality. We are able to ascertain so much detail from this piece; which in turn adds depth and psychology to Mango’s films, her acting and her real life persona. If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that I’m so glad and proud (I don’t mean to sound snobbish) you’re listening to and implementing the feedback we, as members, provide. I genuinely believe you are producing more authentic and intimate films because of this.
Two discussion points, well, one really, the other is just a comment.
So I’ll start with the comment. I love the ending scene, for so many reasons. First, I’m a bikini person. Second, on a personal and professional level, so is Mango. Third and fourth, I liked the cheeky little anal play and score, both throwbacks to ‘Be My Slave: Vol. 2’ (her first work for SexArt). Fifth, location and the wide range shots which displayed it.
Ok, now onto the big discussion point and that’s anal. And in all honesty, I don’t feel this should be a big discussion point (if that makes any sense). This was well within the realms of SexArt. Mango enjoys/enjoyed it, and if she wants to explore and show that side of her sexual tastes, she should be more than welcome to. I’ve been watching a few VT works lately, and one of the things they incorporate is ass-licking (hmm… it does sound dirty when I say it). But to watch it, I don’t mind it all. In fact, it’s a little naughty and sexy, and it makes me feel that way too, which a nice thing. I understand if SexArt never want to include it, and that’s fine. I just want to say that I’m open to it however, as long as it’s always at the discretion of performers.
That’s all I got. Thanks Alis! And thanks Mango! You’re tooooooo awesome!
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 on Girls Love Sex - Exhibitionist
As it's a tease more than anything, I don't have much to add. All I can say is congratulations! Being able to help Alis write this series, must be an incredible honour. Seriously... Congrats! From what I've seen and read, this tale appears to be highly stylised and psycho-sexually profound. Tracy is a treasure and true actress, and i'm so glad she was selected to lead this series. I'm genuinely excited! In fact, these are very exciting times. Two new Locanta G-G series are on the horizon... I can't wait!
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 on "Love for Sale" — Mr. Locanta's Erotic Opus...
Hey _fer_realz_, I definitely recommend it. It's crazy good fun, and though it takes a bit to really get off the ground... it's got lots of brain and heart, (and one rather catchy tune). If you're a fan of Lord/Miller (Jump Street films) eccentricities and played/play with LEGO, you're gonna love it. I'm a sucker for animation too, so that always helps.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 on My Little Apartment
Hey _fer_realz_, I totally understand your point of view and would in fact somewhat support it (just in a more regulated balance). I only make the comment because Team A&A produce 'moment in the life' films more often than they venture into artistic, thematic endeavours. I want something from my film, and I want to walk away more informed and more educated than when I walk in. That's the reason I enjoy it, and the reason I make as much time in my life as I can, to view it.
You're correct however, sometimes I do want to sit down and watch something 'easy', feel good' and not as challenging. However I still believe it's possible to layer a film such as that with depth. Take The Lego Movie for example. It's ridiculously fun and oh so easy to approach, but what separates it from the pack is it's brain. It pushes one very simple, but important take away theme: it encourages imagination and creativity (outside of the guidelines).
I guess my point is, is that I want something valuable from my film (and my TV too) that provokes thought and emotion, and contributes to my intelligence. 'Simple' entertainment is ok in small doses, but 'Smart' entertainment is what I'm really after. Too much on the 'Simple' front and I personally feel I have more important/better things to do.
I hope that gives you a better insight into what I'm trying to say _fer_realz_. Thanks for your reply by the way. You were really kind in your response. I appreciate it so much :)
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 on My Little Apartment
Team A&A - I write this review post, ‘Flawless’ also.
Yes, you guys are creating an atmosphere of romanticism and authenticity in your films that is unrivalled; and we’re seeing scenes of genuine lovemaking that (based on my experience before SexArt) are rarely viewed outside of it. However, the storytelling is less storytelling, and more scene setting. It’s only serving the purpose of adding romanticism and authenticity. It doesn’t have the filmic, thematic edge that SexArt film is known for… and that’s what I want most! I want to be pushed and challenged on an intellectual level, and I want to be able to walk away from your films with more than, ‘Sapphira’s pretty; Nataly and Blue had nice chemistry, etc.’. Efforts such as ‘Symphony’ and ‘Soldier’ provided that, and I would urge you guys to strive hard in your writing, cinematographic, editing and scoring processes to layer your film with depth and meaning. More film, less beautiful porn.
Friday, October 31st, 2014 on My Little Apartment
Throna - Image 87.
Throna was my favourite set of the month. It featured a gorgeous, vibrant backdrop and an attractive Michaela in elegant, classy attire. I choose image 87 largely because of Michaela's pose, which exhibits a wave-like structure, accentuating and illuminating her tone and every curve: arms, back, breasts, waist, quad's, hami's, calves and feet. They are all there, and all in stunning, angel-carved detail.
Thanks for the write up Rose :) I hope you like my favourite image too :)
Thursday, October 30th, 2014 on My SexArt Photo of the Month
Haha. Indeed they were ;) And I think OUR love for Nolan will be satisfied soon... Interstellar in roughly one week... Cannot wait!
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 on Secretly 2
Alis, thank you! Now i'm very, very excited. Mango and Lola! Two of our greatest and most gorgeous actress'. God I cannot wait to see them together! That would be like matching up Shailene and Jen. I'm even more interested to see how you're going to adapt 'Memento'. Oh, I just cannot wait!......
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 on Secretly 2
Thanks _fer_realz_, you're awesome! It's so nice to hear these compliments. I strive hard to analyse my film, and it's so rewarding to hear that others find my insights valuable.
P.S. I'm working on my next piece for the Blog. Keep your eyes peeled: I think you especially will find it interesting...
Hey _fer_realz_. Sorry. This is my first time checking comments since I made my complaint. Thanks for your thoughts and assistance anyway. I do appreciate it :)
Great review/comment by the way. Would you mind taking a look a mine?
Monday, October 27th, 2014 on Secretly 2
I eventually got there... It took a while, but it was worth the wait. I hope this problem will just spontaneously resolve itself soon. Thanks for your help :)
The Pledge, The Turn and The Prestige ;) It’s a fine little magic trick you’ve performed. Luckily I was, ‘watching closely’.
The Pledge: in our opening B&W sequence we are presented with the inklings of a Dom/Sub relationship and Whitney is established as the one in power.
The Turn: this setup is however immediately subverted in our middle colour sequence, as we watch Julia take control. As the sexual encounter unfolds however, we begin to understand the mutual nature of Dom/Sub relations. The girl’s interaction develops further and further, and “the powerful emotions they express, and the desires they convey to each other, are what gives the films it’s weight and adds such powerful erotic impact to the encounter. Yearning, hunger, desire, lust, pleasure - through body language, eye-contact, even something as simple as a deep breath; the communication the lovers share as their encounter proceeds is both involving and exquisitely beautiful”.
The Prestige: and it’s in our closing sequence that these sentiments are confirmed. We learn through skilful use of juxtaposition and layering, that our B&W sequences are one in the same. A Dom/Sub relationship did exist, but it’s not as we thought; we’d been deliberately misdirected. This Dom/Sub encounter, and in fact Dom/Sub relations on the whole are a shared experience, consisting of shared roles. Situations such as these are not performed for the pleasure of one partner, but both. And though on the surface they may not seem it, they are built on trust, intimacy and connectedness.
On a technical note:
- In regards Jorge and Duliamo’s cinematography, they need to work on adjusting/adapting their focus when using tracking shots. It remains relatively fixed on (mostly on the face), and thus when tracking arms, hands, legs, etc. these body parts are out of focus. This is definitely an area for improvement.
- Long shots were MUCH better in this film. They did not cut out our actress’s lower bodies, and in fact, throughout the entirety of the film, thighs, legs and feet were almost always visible.
On an erotic note:
- My favourite erotic part of this film was the tracking of Whitney’s panties being removed, because we got to view Whitney’s legs and feet… and they are beautiful!
- Eva’s costume design. These costumes were unreal! So sexy and so feminine, and just gorgeous. This get’s my nomination for Best Costume Design at the 2014 SexArt Oscars.
- Physically, and Whitney and Julia were perfectly matched. They looked hot together, and couple-like.
Thanks to all involved. Alis, this was awesome!!!
If you want to know these answers, I suggest you contact Jon directly. Though I could give you them, I do not feel I'm in the position to do so.
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 on Energy
Nope, still having difficulties. Left my download to run over night. It did not finish, it actually cancelled out after downloading 1.1GB's, because it was taking too long. I'm trying again now, but it says it's going to take 19 hours. Due to data restrictions, I'm going to have to wait until the problem is solved. I can't afford to download another 1.1GB's with nothing to show for it. This only happens at SexArt. I'm not sure what's going on...
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 on Secretly 2
Sorry to post here Alis - but Jon, my downloads for SexArt and SexArt only are running impeccably slow... It took 7 hours to download 'Energy' and it's telling me 9 hours to download this film. I was wondering why this may be?
Friday, October 24th, 2014 on Secretly 2
Also, thanks for the shout out :)
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 on Love letter to Michaela Isizzu
This is pretty much just copied and pasted from 'Energy'. But I think it conveys the sentiments that I 'can' say best. "I can’t seem to shake the bitter feeling I have when watching Michaela Isizzu films. Knowing that Michaela in no longer a Met-Exclusive Model, and that she has now been contracted elsewhere, means these last few films will likely be her last ever for SexArt; and last ever worth watching. It hurts… I could honestly never get tired of watching Michaela’s solo SexArt films. She’s been a part of 3 this year, Mirror, Lonely and Diary that are among the best SexArt has ever offered: erotic, conceptual and technical... they are film. Michaela is a solid actress, and between her and Andrej and Ariel, they always produced believable, romantic films together.
I can’t seem to shake the bitter feeling I have when watching this. Knowing that Michaela in no longer a Met-Exclusive Model, and that she has now been contracted elsewhere, means these last few films will likely be her last ever for SexArt; and last ever worth watching. It hurts… I could honestly never get tired of watching Michaela’s solo films. She’s been a part of 3 this year, Mirror, Lonely and Diary that are among the best SexArt has ever offered. She is a solid actress, and between her and Andrej and Ariel, they always produced believable, romantic films. This was no exception…
Andrej and Ariel,
Once again it’s more beautiful porn than art, so I don’t have much to add. Only one constructive criticism, and that’s if someone is exercising in shoes, they NEED to be wearing socks. The reasons are very obvious and also very gross, so I don’t think I need to elaborate. And also, I’ll add one little side note on an erotic aspect I enjoyed in Michaela’s performance, and that’s how she always lifts her left leg towards her body, caresses her foot and leg, before dropping it again.
Thanks to those involved.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 on Energy
Very professional and very private. I respect that a lot!
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Awesome! Like you said below, glad I could show you a new perspective on the viewing of Alis' postludes :)
Checking that out now :)
Such an awesome comment Rose! :)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 on Rain
Wow! I did not even notice this... I think you're spot on! The 3-model cut especially, as well as the emphasis on female form and features, and also attire, elude directly to Alis' 'Haute Couture'.
Wow! Thanks _fer_realz_, that's just added another layer of depth to the film and a new aspect from which I'll watch Alis' postludes. Thanks!
I need to watch Vol. 1 again. But I think tomorrow...
And I'm glad you're a Whitney fan. She's an actor! A legitimate actor! And pretty one at that :) Also, I know she does work elsewhere, but she's very loyal to SexArt and their vision (especially Alis')! Which I love about her.
Time to check that out right now :)
Hey _fer_realz_. I'm so glad you kept this tabbed :) The final scene is my favourite too! Alis' postludes are just incredible in the way they add to, and cement the themes of his films. I'm thinking of Stay and Txt Me specifically.
The way I viewed the final scene was that Lola, whilst her own entity, is concurrently a metaphorical representation of Tania's sexual centre and the more she (Lola) connects and becomes a part of that, the more responsive she becomes to Tania's touch. When the girls reach out and do touch, that's the final merging Lola to Tania's sexual centre, and the merging of spirit and soul. The girls have become truly united.
(A diagram would have helped heaps here. If you imagine two circles: one light pink (Lola), the other dark pink (Tania) and in the foreground, slowly overlapping and the light pink (Lola) growing darker to match Tania's as they ultimately align; I think this will help you to understand my point).
Also, whilst the scene puts Tania's sexual centre at the forefront, it works both ways, and could have easily reversed the performer's roles. It's the merging of two people, there was just no viable way to show this visually.
Hope I've done ok at explaining here. Sorry if I've confused you... I can do that. My explanations can get a little outta hand sometimes.
Thanks again for your reply! :)
Andrej and Ariel,
Though this is not so much Erotic Film as it is Beautiful Porn, I couldn’t help but love it. You’ve kept things really simple here and it’s the simplicity that makes it in the end. These feel like fun, flirty, sexy, joyous moments captured from the lives of a real-life lesbian couple. That’s something very special and in actual fact, it’s what I find most erotic; for me, connection is everything! More of this, in something with a filmic edge (i.e. Alis’ ‘Unplugged’) would be ideal! Just as a side note I want to praise the inclusion of dialogue here. It felt natural and added yet another layer of authenticity to the encounter. Also, Ivana, you’re too much fun!!! :)
Thanks to everyone involved. You guys continue to get better and better!
Please guys. This looks cheap. The other font looked far more professional.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 on NEW FEATURE: Black is Back
Please, please revert back the old font. Please.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 on NEW FEATURE: Black is Back
Jon, Tech Team,
Needed to post somewhere you guys would look. Did you guys change the font? Cause I like the old one so much better!
Haha. It's rather constant for me too! You should definitely listen to Rihana's 'Stay' (Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars also covered it if you prefer a male voice... plus, it's sooo sexy!) and then watch Alis' version of it 'Stay (Here With Me)! I think I provided a little review there too if you're interested. It's actually my second favourite film of 2014.
And thanks Rose. You have no idea how much that means to me. My family and friends always take stabs at me because I can get too absorbed in my art/media/literature. I tell them it's just another way to learn and grow, but they don't listen. They think it's all a waste of time... silly people. So thank you Rose!!! :) That comment made my day!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 on Obsessed
Don - It's been so long since yours and Miela's 'Gavese'! I'm so happy to see her work again. Miela's obviously done lots of work health and fitness wise, and it's really paid off. She's got one of the most toned bodies in the world right now! She looks happier, sexier and more radiant for it too! Congrats on another beautiful photoset. Please keep them coming. I love the new Miela!
Jon - Can we shoot another film with her?
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 on Wahio
Glad to hear it Rose. Awakening is a great film! Have you listened to Snow Patrol's 'Crack the Shutters'? The scene in the hallway and it go hand in hand. Oh, the nostalgia...
Hey Rose :) I am definitely an Elle Alexandra fan! Knowing that her and Malena shared a real-life relationship over the time they were here at SexArt made their films made that much more interesting to me. Secret Love is undoubtedly my favourite too, but Lingerie was also very special because of cheeky little Charlotte :) Watching her watch Malena and Elle was so sexy!
I can't speak highly enough of Ariel either. She and Andrej are a force to be reckoned with! It was their films that put me on the path of recognising and understanding the SexART brand, and it's with their (and Alis') films that I continue to grow and understand sex, relationships and the human condition more wholly.
Great write up :)
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 on In Praise of Redheads
Andrej and Ariel and your whole wonderful freakin team,
This film moved me in a way I don't think I've ever been moved before! Please keep your eyes peeled on the SexArt Blog. I'm going to work extremely hard to give this film the review it deserves! Thank you 1000x!
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 on Symphony
Paragraph 2. Well said Rose :) I do think lube could be incorporated into a select few scenes though, if only to gauge a reaction regarding it's eroticism and place in SexArt film. For example, I thought it's inclusion in 'Awakening' was very sexy.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 on Obsessed
I wanted to like this so much more, but I just can’t. This style of shooting-editing is growing old and I honestly don’t feel comfortable watching it, it feels far too male-centric. I was on the verge of quitting. You have done much better in your more recent films (I’m aware this piece is older), such as in IBDS(2) and Unplugged; please look to these films for examples on how to overcome this issue (if you haven’t already), as well as the work of Adele Hollis.
Additionally, leather chairs… They’re very sexy to look at, but not fun to hear someone squirming around on. I recall quitting on Andrej’s ‘VC: Cherished Love’ for this same reason. I hate when I have to do, and I hate myself for doing it, but it’s just not nice.
Further, an excess of heavy breathing, used in situations where it is not applicable, in attempt to convey sexual arousal, doesn’t work. It’s unnatural and clearly acting, and over-acting at that. An alternate method(s) needs to be sought; perhaps shooting ‘hungry’ eyes, red ears, aroused (pink/red) nipples?
Too add some positive. This felt really moody, and it was the music, which created this atmosphere. I recently saw Gone Girl, and it’s use of score to convey mood and emotion was exceptional. Though it’s early to call, I would not be surprised if it receives an Oscar nomination in this category (and perhaps others, Best Actress?). Anyway, the point is, the film, and yours also, would not have had the weight or impact they did without the adept choice of score. Congratulations on this front.
Thanks for your efforts Alis.
Thanks horsemaster. I appreciate your kindness immensely :)
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Also another quick question regarding the 'black' feature. I'm curious as to what the defined boxes (i.e. synopsis, credits, comments) look like if coloured grey?
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 on NEW FEATURE: Black is Back
Awesome work by the tech team! I've grown accustomed to white, but I'm sure this will make many members happy. I'm glad we have the option to choose :) Thanks for your hard work guys. Keep it up! Excited to see what other goodies you have in store.
P.S. Can we still have the 'Beta Feedback' tab for a little while yet? It makes it lots easier to provide feedback and by no means is it intrusive.
Hi guys, it won't be long before this Blog post is forgotten, before it is though, I wanted to thank you all so much for your support! The responses you guys have given have all be so rewarding. Hopefully some of you will keep it tabbed and remember to share your thoughts about The Heat: Vol. 2 and more so, what your favourite SexArt film for 2014 is and why. Thanks again :)
Monday, October 13th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Absolutely Rose. Just making sure you've seen it, because I consider it essential viewing :)
Directly below the widescreen film poster you'll see a series of symbols, 'thumbs up' is the rating, 'speech bubble' lets you know how many comments; there are some other symbol thingies there too. You can rate the film yourself by clicking the stars located in 'the poster and synopsis' box. Hope that helps :) If not, you'll have to reach out to Jon...
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 on Weekend - Episode 3 - Lust
Awesome choice Rose! Diary is one of my favourite films this year too. It's conceptual and erotic, which is exactly what I ask of SexArt film. In my comment on the film I noted that, 'these symbolic moments feel personal, discrete and emotionally pure: just like a Diary'. You can tell that Michaela is such a professional actress too, because she puts so much effort into ensuring she gives a natural and beautiful performance. Have you seen Lonely? It's my personal favourite Isizzu film. The emotion is truly palpable.
Thanks for your reply Rose :) It's so great to get your thoughts! I think I share the exact same feelings: authenticity is perhaps the most important element of Erotic Film. Thank you again :)
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Awesome comment _fer_realz_! This was exactly the kind of response I was hoping to elicit. You talked wonderfully about the filmic and erotic aspects of your favourite(s). I hope I get lots more responses like this one, and I hope the SexArt team is reading and thinking about applying this feedback to future films. Thank you so much for your response and support!
P.S. I said one film silly ;) haha. But it's ok :)
Thanks heaps for your support _fer_realz_. I'm glad you'll check it out :) If you get time please check back in and share your thoughts on it, and i'd also be really interested to hear about your favourite film and why you love it.
Friday, October 10th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Just read that you were having more difficulties Naomi, if you were using lots of emoticons, try to ease back. I've had trouble with them in the past. Hopefully someone from the MetArt tech team will contact you and try help you with any problems :)
Glad to hear you watched The Heat: Vol. 2. Now please read my Blog :) haha :)
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 on Unplugged
Oh, it is my pleasure. I love when we have new girls joining SexArt, because unlike most porn sites, as an Erotic Film site, SexArt strives really hard to include and emphasise the importance of a female audience. I'm so happy to have you on board, and I'm sure our other members (especially our other girls and some of our regular male commentators) will be too :) I think we share the same beliefs and I hope to read lots more of your gorgeous comments!
By the way, please check out the 'Blog' if you get time. I made my first ever post a couple of days ago, and I'm really excited for people to read it! :) It's a review for The Heat: Vol. 2. That film really does explore and educate us about sex in it's warmest and most fulfilling form. I hope you'll find something really special when watching and reading.
P.S. The multiple post thing has happened to me before, haha. If it doesn't show, just be patient , it will sooner or later :)
Thanks Issy. I'm excited to hear I've got you to watch! :) Please check back in with your thoughts about The Heat: Vol. 2, and please keep this Blog piece tabbed. If you get time, I'm genuinely interested and excited to hear what your favourite film is and why.
P.S. I've been watching a film over at VT of the past week. It's called The Sole Collector. Lots of sexy blondies, pretty legs and feet, and a story centred on heels (eep!). I know you've got lots to watch, but every scene so far has been great, and I would highly recommend it for you :)
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 on The Heat Vol 2 - An exploration of sex in its warmest and most fulfilling form
Thank you Alis. This is why I watch and review film. To learn and to grow, as well as give you feedback, (to get you making even better films). I'm only very young, and still have a lot to learn about sex and what comprises it. This film added an amazing level of depth to my views on the topic, and this message is something that I will strive hard to achieve in future relationship(s) and sexual encounters. It was an honour to view. Thank you.
That makes me really happy that you'll watch it again. I love discussing film and listening to other peoples experiences when viewing. I remember discussing Life of Pi heavily with a friend, after which both our knowledge of religion, and perspective regarding it, grew 10-fold.
Have fun going through your shortlist :) If you can, check back in and tell me which is your favourite and why. I would be super interested to hear.
Thanks Jon :)
Also, if you are interested, please check out the 'Blog'. I made a post! :) And I'm really excited for you to read (and perhaps even reply). Thanks in advance if you check it out :)
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 on La Cinco De La Tarde
Sorry, but this one didn’t work for me. Part of it is based on personal preference, but for the most part, it’s because this is less sharp, considered and comprehensive than what I’ve come to expect from you.
So, I’ll start with the topic of preference. This bit bares absolutely no fault on your behalf, it’s entirely mine, but I if we are going to see extras in solo (girl) scenes such as this, In Your Eyes and Workout, I would personally prefer their gender remain anonymous. It allows everyone (an audience of both genders) to find their own way into the story, which is something solo scenes promote, and that I value: viewer connection to the performer. I also want to note that if we do see a guest performer, I think it’s important they are credited for their work, even if it’s under the heading ‘guest starring’.
Now onto the next bit, and I’m going to be very critical! Please don’t take it to heart.
Let’s begin with sound. I noticed a lot of background noise coming from the set, and recognisable was a male voice (I would suggest giving direction) at 3:52 approx. Secondly, one can assume that Alexa works with colleagues at her office; why then was she so excessively loud? Which brings me to my next criticism, that being an issue with sound editing on the whole. Alexa’s tones are exaggerated and over-performed, particularly given the visuals on-screen (i.e. extremely heavy ‘mouth’ breathing, despite the fact that the mouth is almost closed). Perhaps this was done in an attempt to drown out the noise I’ve described in my first point. Whatever the case, all of these elements of sound detract from my being able to suspend reality.
My second point regards lighting. The light coming though Alexa’s office window is a blazing white light, which casts a significantly long shadow against her wall. I want to believe that it’s from the corridor of her building, however lighting in a building is generally consistent, and given the blinds, as well as the fact that they are slightly open (colleagues could see her), I have to assume it’s coming from outside. Where I am, the sun doesn’t set until about 7:30-8pm, but even at 5pm, no light is this bright or penetrating. Once again, I’m struggling to suspend my reality.
Lastly is an issue with pacing and editing. Everything felt very rough; transitioning wasn’t smooth, and consequently it took away from the authenticity of the piece. Also, referring to your explicit scenes, you tend to forget that your actresses have lower bodies! For this scene specifically, I didn’t know Alexa had lower thighs and knees until 6:50 (seen for half a second), so I would considered it more accurate to say 7:54; calf muscles until 9:50; or feet for longer than a couple of seconds until 12:43. To be brutally honest, it’s awkward and abnormal viewing.
So, sorry Alis. I’ve been highly critical, but I hope not disrespectful in any way. Please forgive me if I’ve over-stepped the line. I am still very grateful for you and your team’s effort, especially Eva’s, (it was great to see Eileen’s necklace again, and also that new one in the postlude! Stunning!). Welcome aboard too Carolina :) Alexa’s hair looked beautiful (especially postlude) and I consider it a compliment when I say the best make-up (in my eyes) is when you never appear to be wearing any, which was the case here with Alexa.
Lastly, thanks Alexa. You are one smoking hot babe!
Welcome to SexArt! I'm so glad to found the site. SexArt has really changed what porn is, and can be. Personally I see this as Erotic Film. Art is the philosophy behind SexArt film and with thematic and conceptual intent, it seeks to inform, educate and illuminate it's audience about sexuality, and more so, the human condition. Can I please recommend to you The Heat: Vol. 2. That film explores sex in it's warmest and fulfilling form: the combining of physical, mental and emotional selves. I hope you will find something really special and meaningful in it if you decide to watch.
Monday, October 6th, 2014 on Unplugged
Hey guys, I haven't watched the series and likely won't. What I did want to say however is that, given you're feeling for and engaging with the characters, I think credit should be given to the writing and character exploration featured in this series. Well done team A&A :) That's a very SexArt kinda thing :)
Monday, October 6th, 2014 on Weekend - Episode 2 - Infidelity
I'm not sure if I mentioned it in my comment or not, but what you mention in your second paragraph is something I noted from the film too; about bodies resting on each other. I whole-heartedly support that. Forgoing this for the benefit of the viewer, in my eyes, accomplishes the exact opposite of it's intentions. It's about connection between performers, that's what I find most erotic.
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 on Unplugged
It's likely that the series runs in unison with the 'popularity' of actresses/models. Vol. 4 followed 1, because Taylor was just coming onto the SexArt scene. As for Whitney's Vol. 2, well, because it's Whitney. Tracy's Vol. 5 ran in parallel with her VT Film Sexpresso.
I don't think there's any real order, and nor does it particularly matter I think. They are after all, stand-alone films within a larger anthology.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 on Lost in a Dream Vol 6
This issue still needs to be fixed.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 on Coach
I’m so happy, but I’m also let down. This was so awesome, and I want it so bad to be my favourite LIAD volume, but a very crucial technical issue let it down. Being a perfectionist, I’m just so mad! ;)
Sound-editing was a real weakness. Often the sound did not align with the footage on-screen and I would use 6:05 approx. as (only) one example. Silvie is licking her fingers and yet we can still hear her fingering herself with that same hand?!? There were also women talking in the background at 4:55 approx. Which makes almost no sense given the context here. I know it’s nitpicky to be so upset by sound editing alone, but to me it’s really important!
Additionally, what grated on me were, well, it’s not really your fault because these are my personal preferences, but:
- With the way Silvie was framed on those stairs, and the way her entire body responded, her final orgasm literally begged to be viewed as a single, continuous, full-body shot. The quick cuts between full body and facial close up actually detracted from the authenticity and eroticism of that scene…
- I know it’s older (and I know you’re working to improve it in your new work) but like I’ve said many times before, it’s the shooting of the sexual content, which again detracts from the authenticity and eroticism of the content
Ok. Now that the criticisms are out of the way, let’s deal with the good stuff.
- Fading and crosscutting (together) are my personal favourite way of entering and leaving reality or the dream state. Together I feel that they’re the most effective method used I this regard, from both a filmic and erotic perspective
- The fade/glitch edit was also really cool and demonstrates how this technique can be used purposefully, as Silvie grasps her dream
- In terms of eroticism over the course of the film, a couple of things really stood out to me: Silvie’s bodysuit, how Silvie left her panties hooked around her ankle, and her heels. Also… The Hitachi!!! As soon as I saw it, I knew Silvie was in for one very awesome orgasm.
- Dream 2. Silvie looked like a VS Model. I’m thinking Izzy Goulart or Ale’ Ambrosio. But OMG! How stunning! :) And her hair!
- Postlude. That’s my style. Outdoors being water and sun-soaked, and wearing a big fun, flirty smile :) And even playing some pop-punk tunes too :)
A few points of feedback also:
- To Silvie. Never underestimated the value of silence/quietness
- To Alis. I know it was probably not your intention for so many volumes to be released together. But because they are, LIAD is becoming a little too repetitive and all volumes are a little too similar for my liking. As much as you love this anthology and I do too, I think it’s time to rest it. That’s not to say never approach it again, I would just suggest affording yourself more time to reinvent, and attack it later with greater purpose and consideration, such as with BMS(2), IBDS(2), Jealousy(2), etc.
Thanks Alis and thanks Silvie.