Rolling Stone Article About Custom Videos

A recent article in Rolling Stone describes a shift in the porn/fetish industry towards custom videos, primarily as a way for producers to stay viable in the age of incessant piracy.

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It’s really well written and worth reading. You can check it out here.

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shevek
shevek

I said this on the other forum too, but personally I’m wondering why the superheroine fetish community isn’t specifically mentioned in this article other than erroneous mention of a “Wonder Woman bikini” (it’s a full costume, buddy) if two of the three photos associated with this article are specifically from Christina’s SHIP videos. They seem to focus on the more unusual stuff – maybe the writer just thought SHIP was too tame?

LordSnot
LordSnot

It costs 5 grand to get a custom from Christina Carter??

MAV

For an hour-ish long hardcore movie with a popular model, I guess that’s possible. I’ve never gone past mid-ish 3-figure quotes, although I have been tempted

BigZee
Jacques

In the past I did pay about 3k for a couple of customs. During the last 12 months, I had 5 customs filmed by Damien, they were all around 2K euros. Most of them were shot over 2 days. The costs covered actress salaries, rent for the locale and some miscellaneous items including food.
BTW, his videos have some awesome AOH sequences. While most of them are in the vertical position, there are a few which take place in a horizontal position. My personal favourite is the heroine stretched out in the bath tub and water boarded.

BigZee
Jacques

Really, that is a very impressive sum of money. i take it that for this amount you get hardcore. I guess that the shoot will take place over several days.

p g
p g

It says in the article that she charges more for the videos like that particular one that she doesn’t think will sell well. If something is so hyper-specific that probably only you would be interested in it, then you have to underwrite more of the cost.

Honest Fish
Honest Fish

Really interesting read. I had no idea that customs were becoming more the norm for the porn industry. i was under the impression that it was only for niche communities like the SHIP one but it looks like everyone’s getting in on the action. Maybe that’s why there’s been more superhero/dress up stuff on some mainstream sites.

Darkwrath016
Darkwrath016

I honestly would like to hear from a few producers what they’re thoughts are on this. For me, one of the major takeaways that I got was that this was an issue that was affecting the ENTIRE porn/fetish world and not just super heroine peril world. I had no idea that the issue was widespread. Another thing that really jumps out at me was just how wrong I was in regards to where the genre was in the normal business cycle. I had thought we were in the phase of ‘only the most efficient/best producers will be in business’ stage where the products were mature, there’s a wide selection for consumers and soaring profits are exchanged for steady cashflows that kept only the best of producers alive. I had no idea that we had shift to a completely different business model all together and the bottom had fallen out in the old world of ‘non customs’. Makes me wonder what other valleys are left for us to fall through.

.As for the shift itself and my thoughts on it…..hmmmm. For me the jury is still out I guess. Its hard for me to judge the quality of this new world mainly because so many things for me has changed. Back during the roaring days of the mid to late 2000s, I was completely cash strapped. I could probably afford four or so films in a year. Now I can order a couple of my own customs in that same time period so financially, I’m a lot better off. I can buy more stuff and take more chances as oppose to waiting for that super awesome trailer to rock my socks off, prompting me to buy the video right away. So I might be tempted to say that the quality in the early years was good but I was more selective back then too. At the same time, I worry about customs become super specific in terms of the fetish element thereby only appealing to one or two people instead of trying to garner broad support. Luckily that hasn’t hit genre (yet). Most of the customs I’ve seen feature a variety of stuff so there are generally elements in there that can be enjoyed by a lot of people. And there’s been a lot of really cool ideas too so that’s good.

The one major thing I worry about though in this age of customs is the current state of the PG13 subgenre. Twice now Heroine Movies has posted an announcement regarding customs with their actresses and in both cases there were people asking for whether or not they could include some R rated elements. Over almost two years, TBFE has produced I believe only six or seven PG13 films while all the others have been R rated. Layla who was a pure PG13 actress (and a great one at that) released a video that showed off her nipples and had a lot of sexual innuendos something I wouldn’t have dreamed possible earlier in the year. RYE UK (which i don’t even think is a customs production) produced a grand total of TWO PG13 films this year and I think the same can by said for RYE as well. My point being is that even if this customs only world is the only viable option for the genre, it sure does seem like the PG13 crowd is losing out on this. I guess the line of reasoning becomes if I’m going to spend 1000s of dollars on a custom I better see some skin. And there’s nothing wrong with that but it could leave those of us who like the PG13 stuff with no recourse.

BigZee
Jacques

For me, I am fortunate enough to have been be to able to afford several customs a year. This way, my customs can purely focus on the various options that are must haves for torture sequences (level of intensity, amount of time dedicated to a particular sequence, etc), bondage positions and story lines to satisfy my tastes and fetishes. There only a few producers that turn out films with elaborate story lines with only PG content that would interest me.
I am not into nudity, sex or quasi (aka simulated) sex, just give me great looking exposed abs which take a beating and I am a happy camper. Water tortures, AOH and electrocutions are other elements which can satisfy my fetishes. Given the level of violence and blood, I consider my customs to be the equivalent of a PG 17 rating. With customs, there must be a level of trust with the producer who has the final responsibility to put everything together. I have had some disappointments with another producer. Once we agreed on a scenario, he then decided to make a film his own way, sometimes ignoring what I had wanted.

Jeff
Jeff

I’m all honesty it isn’t too bad of a shift I believe, we get to see some interesting and awesome ideas come to life, although i don’t believe there was a time where that option was not available, besides the producers own awesome content. I just wish the shift wasn’t brought on by so many nasty pirates 🙁

solitary unraveling
solitary unraveling

If you see pirated videos you can always report them to the producers and then they can request the video to be taken down.

Valik
Valik

Unfortunately that only works for so long. All they do is take it down then simply rename it and put it right back up. It got so prevalent and I spent so much time writing these sites about stuff from my site that it wasnt worth the hassle anymore

solitary unraveling
solitary unraveling

That’s when you hire a 12 year old to write a bot for you that will automate most of that process. 🙂

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