BEHIND THE LENSE: INTERVIEW WITH A PORN CAMERAMAN

Behind The Lense: Interview with a Porn Cameraman
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BEHIND THE LENSE: INTERVIEW WITH A PORN CAMERAMAN



Written by Gabriel Mathews
21 Friday 21st July 2017

There are 4.2 million pornographic websites that is 12% of all websites in the world. There are 68 million search engine requests for pornography every day that is 25% of all search engine requests in the world. The pornography industry is a £13 billion-a-year industry, clearly there is money to be made. But would you face the dark sordid underworld for a quick buck? Well a lot of people do and we sat down with one to find out the who, what, why, when and how.

 

How old were you when you started?

27

Why did you do it?

I needed money and I didn’t want to work in a bar. I possessed a modicum of camera ability so I thought maybe I could capitalise on it. I knew I wasn’t good enough to shoot proper TV, so I thought ‘what’s the next thing down the ladder?’

How did you end up doing it?

I simply emailed a well known British porn site and asked if they were looking for cameramen. About an hour later the producer emailed me back and asked if I would like to come in for a trial day. You try getting a quick and positive response like that in TV!

What type of porn did you shoot? Was there a limit to what you would film? Did it clash with your morals or it is as you’d expect, you have to leave them at the door?

I mostly shot hardcore BDSM with a light smattering of bi porn. It didn’t really clash with my morals. I don’t mean that in a ‘I’m so cool and liberal way’. I genuinely don’t care what people get up to sexually.

Although I did have a limit and that’s the main reason for why I left. On what turned out to be my last day, I was filming a scene in which a dominatrix was pegging a slave hung in a swing seat with a strap on. The combination of her vigour and the angle he was positioned in meant that after a few minutes he suddenly lost control of his sphincter. I decided right then that I had had enough.

Are there any skills you’ve learnt from working as a cameraman that you’ve used in other jobs?

I am now fairly competent at shooting low angle shots because you’re always doing that in porn. Capturing the undercarriage action, so to speak.

Did you have a porn cameraman name?

No they knew my real name.

Did you make friends on set?

They weren’t friends per se but we did become somewhat close. We used to have lovely lunches together in between the action.

They were a very liberal bunch. One girl was talking to me about how bad the M25 traffic whilst she was completely naked. Everything was out.

What was the weirdest thing you saw on set?

A man dressed as a living doll with large fake breasts and a huge wig being forced to consume a dominatrix’s urine. That was a tad too much.

Did you ever “have” to get involved? Did you ever end up in front of the lens?

I was offered but I didn’t want my pretty face on camera and I wouldn’t be able to ‘perform’ anyway. One guy took so long to ejaculate that we literally went into overtime.  

Smooth transition to my next question: any regrets?

On deep reflection I probably think it wasn’t the best use of my time. But I don’t regret it. A more considered and mature me would have done something else. But I needed easy money and I guess I found it exciting so I went ahead with it.

Did it affect your sex life? Did it affect your relationships?

I didn’t have a girlfriend at the time, but I’ve told girlfriends since and they were OK with it, although they might have been lying.

Do your parents know?

No! I used to tell them that I was disappearing every Friday to shoot corporate videos for Nestle.

What the most important thing about shooting porn?

In all seriousness, making sure that the picture is exposed correctly and in focus. The company had fired other cameramen who would become distracted by the scene and would take their eye off the lens. I always concentrated on getting the shot right. What was going on in it was a secondary concern.

That and making sure you stay the right side of the money shot.

What would I need to do if I wanted to become a pornstar?

I would not advise anyone to do it. Do anything else. Anything. Although they were nice people you could tell that they didn’t really want to be there. Somewhere along the lines their plans didn’t work out. I don’t think little girls grow up dreaming of porn stardom. So forget the fantasy and stay away, kids!

Let’s hope the lubed up lads and ladies don’t drag you back!

All artwork created by Cecilia Herbert. 

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