Porn The Brave ~ Sophie Delancey Part Two

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Great, you’re here! Which means that you must have had your interests piqued by my interview with the lovely Sophie Delancey last night. As promised, this is part two. Sophie and I discuss the shift of styles in pornography, how she met Camille and Mike and what the future holds for the Beautiful Porn revolution.

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Jillian: Okay, we left off at the conclusion that there is a market out there for what you guys do.

Sophie: Yes indeed

Jillian: Which I for one am very pleased with.

Sophie: As am I. Otherwise my job would cease to be.

Jillian: And that would in turn be detrimental to the porn world because they would be stuck in the same loop as they have been for years. Your job has made a change.

Sophie: For sure. I think that there are eras of porn that you can look back on and you can see the shifts. Just not all shifts have been great for the audience. I’m not saying that porn in the 70s was any better, but the direct to video/web model made adult filmmaking lose some of its lustre.

Jillian: When do you think that the shift towards the current model of pornography happened?

Sophie: Probably gradually in the 90s. I’m not a big porn historian, but I guess as distribution became easier and our appetite for porn grew, there was less competition for the few screening opportunities and it became more about getting something, anything, out there.

Jillian: Am I right in thinking there was also a shift in the tastes of the audience?

Sophie: Possibly. People started being able to get away with more, so they ran with it. I’m not saying it got out of control, but there was kind of a runaway train effect that has spiralled in the last decade or two.

Jillian: A kind of blurring of the boundaries, if you will.

Sophie: Mostly I just think that it came at the expense of the process of creating something erotic. Anything that gets too formulaic suffers from a detachment from its original intention. Porn isn’t just about showing sex, it’s ideally about making people feel it. That makes me sound all new-agey, but you know.

Jillian: I get what you’re saying. Tell me more about the history of beautiful porn. Where did it all start?

Sophie: I think it’s fair to say that it’s the marriage of erotica and more explicit sex.

There are varying degrees of explicitness and of glamour, but it’s the idea of playing with and tweaking the aesthetics and the devotion to the way sex is conveyed.

Andrew Blake is a good example of someone who played around with that, leaning mostly less explicit and more glam.

While I do find his work very beautiful, beautiful porn that tweaks it more the other way feels more authentic to my own sexuality.

I’m not speaking for everyone.

I think that glam quality can read as fabricated because it is, and that’s not a bad thing.

I’m not often pristine in super expensive silk gloves during sex and I’m not alone in that.

When Camille does something more glam, it looks like a girlfriend dressing up to feel sexy, not like a model on a film set.

That realism is the missing ingredient in a lot of porn for me.

Jillian: I completely concur.

And I know a lot of my friends would too.

Sophie: I think there’s a way to make that realism shine through when shooting non-couples, too. Queer porn is good at that. A lot of it comes down to styling and not interfering too much as a director. Using real homes instead of McMansions, letting people wear what they’d normally wear, letting people have the kind of sex they would actually have…

Jillian: Exactly. When the director interferes and calls out instructions, it loses its naturale. Real sex, basically.

Sophie: It’s so weird that it’s so rare in porn. Real sex can be awesome to watch.

Jillian: And as you say, queer porn has got that down.

Sophie: I know that if I’m watching something by Shine Louise Houston or Courtney Trouble, there’s going to be a moment where I directly connect with what they’re doing. That doesn’t happen when I watch most mainstream porn.

Jillian: There’s a disconnect.

Sophie: I think that comes down to genuine passion.

Jillian: With things directed by people like Shine Louise, you know it’s from the heart.

Sophie: It’s the reason people love James Deen.

He just loves what he does. He’s like a big puppy.

If you’re that full of joy, it’s contagious.

Jillian: For mainstream, James is a godsend.

Sophie: Love makes that easiest to convey, so people like Mike and Camille or Lilyanne and Max have it in the bag naturally.

I guess queer porn has a ton of joy because sex can be such a huge part of queerness and it’s thought about so much.

There’s so much permission to be creative and enjoy yourself in queer porn.

For mainstream, it comes down to the people involved.

If you’re making porn because it’s what you desperately love and you’re an engaging person, you’re going to come across that way.

If this is your fifth scene of the day and you’re over it, that’s going to come across too, and it seems like mainstream porn culture mostly churns out that kind of content.

Jillian: Because that’s what generates the big money.

Sophie: Exactly.

It’s a machine. That’s no way to have sex. (Except I guess with Fucking Machines.)

Jillian: Well, that’s true. Can I veer off into another topic and ask how you met and got to working with Camille?

Sophie: Craigslist! How all sexy adventures begin.

Jillian: Really?!

Sophie: Yessir. I had just finished school and I was looking for a job. I had always been a sex nerd, so I was unphased when I saw their listing looking for someone to work in adult. Once I saw the reel, I was even more convinced. We met up, clicked perfectly and my first day was that Monday.

Jillian: And history was made.

Sophie: It fell into place pretty perfectly.

Jillian: It shows. You make a wonderful team together.

And then Lilyanne and Max came into play. What was your goal with them?

Sophie: We’re not out scouting for couples, but we do want to expand into sharing our way of making porn with others. We met up with them to discuss their interest in making a site and helped them to make the site, create an image and make really beautiful porn that reflected themselves.

The goal is just to get more beautiful porn out there.

Jillian: What can we do to help the cause?

Sophie: More couples finding ways to make the porn they want to see is great. For that to happen, we need to reduce the stigma about making porn, so more education to create openness about sexuality is essential. It goes back pretty far.

Jillian: Would you say this interview is a step in the right direction?

Sophie: Yes. If everyone talked about the potential in porn, we’d have more people get that spark of interest on some level, even if just insofar as being a little more open to the idea that porn doesn’t have to be awful.

Jillian: So it’s a case of spreading the word.

Sophie: Getting everybody talking about beautiful porn would do a world of good.

Jillian: I hope that I have sparked interest in my readers to check out your projects!

Lastly, perhaps a little hint of what’s in the future? Apart from the super secret project?

Sophie: We’re hoping to continue developing new sites to get more beautiful porn out there and to reach into lots of adult and mainstream sources to get more people talking about it.

Jillian: What would be the ultimate goal?

Sophie: For porn to be destigmatized and much more varied in its offerings.

Jillian: And that is a good goal to work towards. Sophie Delancey, thank you very much for this interview!

Sophie: Thank you, Jilly Boyd!

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Thanks again to Sophie for agreeing to do this interview. You have been lovely.

Go to The Art of Blowjob for a taste of Camille and Mike’s work.

Or go to Slow Motion Blowjob for a taste of Camille and Mike’s work in slow motion!

To see Lilyanne and Max at work, go to Pornographic Love and follow their sex explorations.

 

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