What a year we've just had with women rising and saying out loud what their truth's are(#Metoo, Harvey Weinstein and so many others). It's been most audible in the entertainment industry but really this is a larger cultural problem we have. It comes down to consent. One thing that I find really beautiful about the BDSM scene is how well it's figured out how to honor all parties involved in it. As long as you have healthy individuals involved, it sets the foundation for good interactions because communication, consent and negotiation are standard practices when coming together as a Top and a Bottom (Mistress/submissive). Everyone has a voice and that's beautiful. Also, the use of safe words is a real and practical safe guard for anyone who is playing their edge. Our mainstream culture (called 'vanilla' in BDSM) could learn a thing or two from the safe practices put into place in the BDSM community. We have a fertile ground for the show to flower this year because we have some answers to some of our cultural problems this year.
Over the weekend we shot two more scenes from our pilot episode. It was a test run for Teresa and I to keep us on our toes and learning, while also staying creative to see what our story could look like live and to create more footage to help us with pitch meetings. Here are stills from the weekend's shoot:
After an evening, yesterday, of watching reads from actors, I feel grateful at the choices we have in front of us and we are now saddled with a responsibility. We had wonderful performances and a multitude of chemistries between actors that would each bring something special and a subtle message on their own. We stand at a place that some productions would be envious of. We have talent. Not just the shining stars but many shining stars to choose from. Some of those shining stars we've already had to cut. Now how do we organize and make sure we pick the right pair?
I guess the first question that I have to ask (or remind) myself is: what is our responsibility with this show? One of the big themes, is love. Questions of: what does love mean to you? How does one express it? Is there a right or a wrong? We have a very particular stance on that and that is 'choose what fits you'.
Another question I have to ask myself is, what cultural lens is important to tell this story through? Having our protagonist be a white woman born to her natural birth parents has a very different implication than a Latin woman raised in a Latin household or an Asian woman adopted to white parents...etc. While we have the show written a particular way, there are other combinations on the table that might have interesting viewpoints that are important to tell. It feels big. How we cast this is important.
My own vision on what the show should look like it very particular, but I also have to remind myself that we're bringing together a hybrid of visions ( as that's what happens when you collaborate) and only part of my vision is going to show up in the end. Which parts can I let go of and which ones will I not compromise on?
Then there's 'business'. This is the part that I hate bringing into the creativity of making choices, but as a producer, these are things you must think about. If you want people to see your work, you have to cater to the desire of what is in demand. What is Hulu looking for? What is Netflix looking for? What is Vimeo looking for? What is Amazon looking for? What do 'the people' thirst to see? These will ultimately guide our decisions as well.
There isn't a right answer. There are just answers and we're going to pick an amazing one.
It's been awhile since we updated here. We've been noodling in the background looking for meetings, meeting new people, going to seminars, hosting panels, talking shop and creating the whole of Season One for the last several months. I'm not so good at keeping up on the blog posts when we're in admin/ mode which I think is probably pretty boring to hear about. The other part of it is that when things get messy or puzzling I have a harder time enjoying connecting with people, which is probably the real answer. I apologize for that. We've decided to use some of our fundraising money to shoot 2 more scenes from the pilot episode. We're in the midst of looking at directors and soon after that we'll be adding 2 more cast members to the show. Hopefully I'll have some more interesting things to report soon!
Hot interview on podcast Sex Out Loud with cast member Sandra Daugherty aka Sex Nerd Sandra!
The online Publication, The Mary Sue, had the exclusive details for announcing her. You can read it here:
We did a fun photo shoot with Kink Weekly last week and they published an article on the show. Links and photos below:
Photo shoot here: http://www.kinkweekly.com/photography/1709/
Article here: http://www.kinkweekly.com/article-guest-author/1700/
So happy to have their support!