Most (if not all) of the big movies that will compete for January’s AVN awards have already been filmed in anticipation of the San Fernando Valley’s cruel, cruel summer. “Pirates II” just wrapped and is in the early stages of its massive (for porn) post-production and Adam & Eve has three contenders in the works, “Rollerdollz” (pictured) and the “Indiana Jones” pornody (I just invented that word) “Carolina Jones,” not to mention “Dark City.”
Traditionally the big studios slow down production in the summer for two big reasons: sales are usually down in California stores and e-tailers due to the heat and, also due to the heat, shooting is sometimes unbearable.
That is not to say shooting is not done in the Valley in summer, and that people don’t work hard. Last July Jack Lawrence shot a movie in Woodland Hills on the hottest day of the year. “The temperature was 119 degrees,” he said. “Evan Stone put on a fig leaf and climbed through the trees to entertain the people fucking outside.”
This is how you know that porn is a job – people who are already fucking still need to be entertained.
Hustler’s “Night Shift Nurses – Escort Service” was filmed on the hottest day of 2006. I was there that day, and people were sticking to the surfaces they were getting mounted on, like fleshy museum exhibits. It almost put me off porn.
Another practical reason for a summer slowdown is AVN. The deadline for submitting films for AVN nominations is the last day of September, so savvy companies get their principal photography done early.
That is not to say that people don’t get things done at the last minute. One future-themed movie that picked up a lot of AVN awards this year was delivered to AVN at about 3 p.m. on the day of the deadline, having been overnighted back and forth from New York to the San Fernando Valley for processing.
So as you peruse Gamelink’s massive libraries (and jugs) for movie choices, keep in mind during the coming heat wave and rolling blackouts that porn stars have sex early and often so that when they collapse, exhausted, you’ll be ready to go.