November 04, 2013 01:29pm
A Day in the Smut Den
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Company Press Release
A Day in the Smut Den - Billy Watson shooting BlacksOnBlondes, Gloryhole, and others for the Dogfart Network, by Rich Moreland with photography by Bill Knight.
A decade ago internet porn was "A joke" to the major DVD makers, Billy Watson says. No one took the new media conduit seriously. But when the internet gang turned big profits, industry moguls took notice. The computer guys suddenly had to produce their own exclusive content. No longer could they buy DVDs and resell scenes to a host of affiliates.
As a result, the game changed for Billy. He had to learn cinematography.
Billy's "smut den" is in downtown LA He shoots for BlacksOnBlondes, Gloryhole, and other sites that are part of the mammoth Dogfart Network. Today Andy San Dimas arrives for a glory hole episode and later Madelyn Monroe checks in to do a scene for Billy’s own FabulousCash.com site.
In producing his own content, Billy’s philosophy is simple. He shoots the stills first and then lets the talent do what makes them famous when the action starts.
"The less directing I do, I think the better," Billy says. "Let them follow the stills as best they can, but no pressure if they don’t."
Billy’s editor is Doron who operates his own site, TheMinion.com. Joviality describes Doron. He slices and dices video, does the green screen when the girl is fresh and throws in the "behind the scenes" segment when needed. Spending a whole day with Doron is a how-to education.
Billy Watson wasn’t always in porn. Literature is his expertise and novel writing his forte. A career path into the college classroom was a natural so he sought a tenured position in his home state of Arizona. But like the oft said "best laid plans," the road ran out of paving and a new avocation was needed. With the urging of a friend, Billy learned photography and girls who were willing to take off their clothes. A pornographer was born.
But the business is no cakewalk. The recession challenges everyone's bottom line and piracy is rampant. Most irritating are the "non-paying guys," as Billy calls them, who "think they have a right to this stuff for free." He’s thankful for the members whose monthly renewals "support the industry and the girls."
Then Billy turns grim. "People like ripping us off because we’re the bad guys, exploiting and raping the girls, doing horrible things to them," he says. A few moments with Andy and Madelyn puts that misconception to rest. When asked about filming at age twenty-one, Billy is forthright in his support. Eighteen and nineteen-year-olds are in over their heads, he believes. They have "wacky sex too soon," get involved with "crazy fetishes," and make too much money too fast, Billy says. They are just too immature to be here.
The smut den probably once served as a car repair shop or a storage facility. The roll-up door is open except when shooting starts as children occasionally walk by. Tucked in a corner beyond the door, the office accommodates Billy’s desk and Doron’s editing space with room leftover for the make-up chair and a huge couch. The atmosphere is friendly, the ever chatty Andy and Madelyn mill around along with some of the male talent.
The sultry Andy San Dimas is a true veteran who is terrific on camera because she can act, a skill not always evident in porn. Madelyn Monroe is perky with a dimpled smile. She is semi-retired now, dropping in for this shoot while she's in town. The Seattle native is a trouper whose on-camera presence is worth every dollar spent to get her here.
As the day winds down, Gracie Glam stops by. She’s Andy’s driver. Billy grabs the opportunity to shoot some stills with her, his "artsy-fartsy" stuff he calls it. He has plans for a coffee table type book one day. The academic forever resides within the pornographer.
Around 7 PM the roll-up comes down and another session is complete. Billy takes a few minutes to walk his true love, Maggie, who keeps watch over the "smut den" and is always available for petting.
[Photography by Bill Knight]