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Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by sk360 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:46 pm

I found some very interesting behind-the-scenes footage of Erotic Andrew Blake who is one of few( maybe even the only) who shoots motion picture film in the Adult Industry. Even though Blake 's work is closer to high fashion as he takes his creative queues from photographers like Helmut Newton and Guy Bordine, he does shoot explicit sex scenes( mostly between hot girls) so if that sort of content offends you or your under 18 years old, don't click on the link below :!:

Anyway, I'm posting this simply for educational purposes :mrgreen:

http://blog.andrewblake.com/

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Post by Jean Poirier » Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:07 am

Nice Bolex. Jean

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Post by cubdukat » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:22 pm

sk360 wrote:I found some very interesting behind-the-scenes footage of Erotic Andrew Blake who is one of few( maybe even the only) who shoots motion picture film in the Adult Industry. Even though Blake 's work is closer to high fashion as he takes his creative queues from photographers like Helmut Newton and Guy Bordine, he does shoot explicit sex scenes( mostly between hot girls) so if that sort of content offends you or your under 18 years old, don't click on the link below :!:

Anyway, I'm posting this simply for educational purposes :mrgreen:

http://blog.andrewblake.com/
He's gone down to 16mm now? For years, all of his pornos loudly trumpeted the fact that they were shot on 35mm film.

They were also some of the most intelligent (for porn, anyway) pornos out there, which makes sense. If you're gonna shoot on film, you need to be thinking about getting it right the first time, because film's too expensive for bullshit.
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Post by CHAS » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:04 pm

In the '90s at least Paul Thomas and Jack Remy (among a small group of others) also shot some of their "better" porns on 35mm.

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Re: Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by sk360 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:19 pm

cubdukat wrote: He's gone down to 16mm now? For years, all of his pornos loudly trumpeted the fact that they were shot on 35mm film.
That was like twenty years ago when He actually had budgets to shoot 35mm. These days, he's really just shooting on his own with maybe a crew of one or two people. Plus super 16 seems the more practical format for him to use.

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Post by jaxshooter » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:00 am

I love Andrew Blake's work. I think he shoots with a Bolex and an Arri SR 3. Unfortunately, his films didn't sell all that well at the adult vid store I worked at briefly a few years ago.
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Re: Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by Scotness » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:45 am

I had a look but I didn't really see much film making info there. What I'm about to say is purely personal taste - but it all looked pretty tart, corny and cliche'd to me - and by that I mean the scenes and the women.

Knowing that he shoots on film I was expecting something more artistic. Perhaps the films are different? The blog is mainly a front for his other site and his VOD site - which I assume is pay for view - which is fair enough. But it wasn't really a wealth of information on erotic photography or anything.

I think film has really got a power to make things look beautiful and emotional - and to reveal ~ for what I saw there he might as well shoot on video - everything looked predictable and unemotional -- they look like women who undress to hide themselves, rather than reveal themselves. What are the films like - are they different? Was I expecting too much?

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Post by StoneBuilder » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:45 am

Was I expecting too much?


Probably!

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Post by mauka » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:10 am

Yeah, what a pity that Blake's films are just as boring as any modern softcore, even though they surely look a bit better. And another real pity is that looks like my all time favourite super 8 hardcore maestro Richard Kern is nowadays shooting on video, as can be seen in his new Extra Action DVD.

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Post by jaxshooter » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:31 am

Scotness wrote:- they look like women who undress to hide themselves, rather than reveal themselves. What are the films like - are they different? Was I expecting too much?

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Interesting POV, Scotness. Please elaborate on what you mean by "undressing to hide themselves". What were you expecting simply because film was used as an aquisition media?I mean, how many different ways can you shoot naked bodies playing with each other?
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Post by Scotness » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:48 am

Well what I mean is by their make up, hair styles, fake breasts etc they are presenting a certain image - in order to make you think a certain way about them; rather than just being a person who is naked and revealing more of their character they are actually throwing extra layers on top, even though they are taking their clothes off.

To put this to film making and film as opposed to video - film because of it's texture can capture certain moods and feelings that video can't - but based on these stills he doesn't seem to use them in his palette.

Call me strange but I don't really like pornography now - as a younger man I used to appreciate it - but not now -- character based erotic kind of stuff fine - but what these stills look like has no allure or emotion and no interest for me. Personal taste of course -- but an under use of the possibilities that film offers.

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Post by jaxshooter » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:44 pm

Makes sense, Scotness, I can see that. The problem with the so called "softer" eroticism is that it just doesn't sell and with the overhead of film, exotic locations and expensive talent, I don't think he would've lasted too long if he didn't cater to the market demographics.

Porn is something I can take or leave. My wife and I will enjoy a porn once in awhile, either one of Blake's films or a 70's classic that's always good for a laugh. I like what George Carlin said about porn. You have this gorgeous girl that comes out and does everything she can to get a guy hot and she kind of becomes an imaginary girl friend. Then some ugly guy with a big tool comes in and does my imaginary g/f and it pisses me off.

I used to work in an adult video store a long time ago and there was definitely a small niche market for Blake's stuff, same type of folks who would prefer Playboy or Penthouse to Hustler.

One of his films has a model filming with a Bolex.
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Re: Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by Scotness » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:59 pm

jaxshooter wrote:Makes sense, Scotness, I can see that. The problem with the so called "softer" eroticism is that it just doesn't sell and with the overhead of film, exotic locations and expensive talent, I don't think he would've lasted too long if he didn't cater to the market demographics.
I think that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

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Re: Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by sk360 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:48 am

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Scotness wrote:- they look like women who undress to hide themselves, rather than reveal themselves. What are the films like - are they different? Was I expecting too much?

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I think you are :wink:

Blake has said what he does is make erotic home moves and if you look at the BTS scenes and it's just him, with a make up artist.

I wouldn't argue that there is an air of pretentiousness about his work, but that's what he's going for as he's taking his artistic queues from high fashion. For myself, I simply like the fact that he's actually good at what he does and still believes film is better then video-especially in an Industry who couldn't care less.

Besides,I think this is pretty cool that he has this on his website :D

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Re: Andrew Blake Shooting 16mm

Post by woods01 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:37 pm

The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting.

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