Readers: This was something I posted this morning on my forum in the popular "Evelyn Lin" thread. I thought some of you guys might enjoy reading about some behind the scenes drama on a shoot, so I decided to publish it here also. By way of background, I shot a porn scene with Evelyn Lin and Alexis Love back in 2006 for my studio Blue Syren Productions that has not yet been released. This morning I noticed someone on another adult forum asked Evelyn if she ever intended to film a scene for Blue Syren -- he was apparently unaware of the unreleased scene from a few years ago. Instead of answering the question in a polite, professional way, Evelyn decided to post a disrespectful, smartass response. Below is my reply. Enjoy!
I'm sorry to see that Evelyn Lin is running her mouth about me again. On another forum porn fan "Manl" asked:
"Eve, Are you going to shoot with/for Blue Syren Productions?"
Evelyn responded as follows:
"HAHAHAHA god I hope you're joking. My one and only shoot for "Blue Syren Productions" aka SNOWMAN of Raincoat Reviews took 12 hours. Literally. The other girl almost walked off set because it was taking so damn long. It wasn't even a feature! Just your run of the mill B/G/G"
Maln ... thank you for your interest in Blue Syren. Since you are obviously a fan of Evelyn and aware of my studio, I am sure you will see my response here.
It is highly unlikely I would ever hire Evelyn for another shoot for a couple of reasons. First, she is too vanilla. I am mainly interested in casting starlets who perform anal, DP and the like without hesitation. Second, I think Evelyn has changed a lot since she first entered the industry and not for the better. In my view, her head has grown to gigantic proportions even though she is still a minor league porn star. On a more personal level, I would never hire someone who is disrespectful and unappreciative as Evelyn is.
Also, Evelyn misrepresents what happened at the Blue Syren shoot by omitting many important facts. First, the shoot was essentially full two scenes. The first was a girl/girl foot fetish scene I was shooting for forum member BongoGigilo and the second was the Boy/Girl/Girl scene for Blue Syren. I attempted to find a way to combine them for the eventual Blue Syren release. Naturally, it is going to take much longer to shoot twice the amount of content. Both Evelyn and Alexis Love (the second girl) got paid extra because of this. If memory serves, Evelyn received $1400 for this "run of the mill" BGG scene -- the going rate for vanilla boy/girls scenes was about $700-800 at the time.
Second, although Evelyn states it was not a "feature" film, there was an introductory set-up with dialog and costumes. As such, there was not much practical difference between shooting this scene and a "feature." Evelyn and Alexis struggled with the dialog portion even though it was very basic. The nature of the content also required them to change in and out of their costumes several times. After the shoot, male talent Rick Masters commented on how sorry female talent is today. He told me that the girls he worked with today were not true "porn stars" -- rather they were closer to whores who just want to spread their legs and get fucked on camera for easy money without making any effort at all to make a real movie. He was truly disgusted. Rick has appeared in thousands of movies since 1990.
Third, it is untrue the shoot took "12 hours." I believe the call time was about 1:00 PM and the shoot was over about 10:30 PM. Part of the reason the shoot took so long is because of Alexis Love's behavior. It was her first week in the industry and she was totally clueless. Unfortunately, when girls enter the adult industry today, they often have no idea what is expected of them on the set. Nor do most of them possess any acting or modeling skills. Many of them don't even know how to pose or position their bodies for the camera. Literally, all that's needed to break into porn is a willingness to suck and fuck on camera. This is one of the reasons why I prefer to shoot more experienced starlets. I don't have the time or desire to teach newbies how to do their job on my set. We also took a 30 minute break between scenes to eat a quick dinner from Subway.
It didn't help matters that Alexis was calling her boyfriend every fifteen minutes and taking frequent trips to the bathroom. Alexis' boyfriend appeared to be Mexican gang banger -- he was covered in tattoos and looked and talked as if he just got released from Pelican Bay. When he became impatient that the shoot wasn't over by 8:00 P.M., he tried to shake me down for an additional $500 in modeling fees. When I refused, he resorted to threatening me. All this stress from her boyfriend was making Alexis upset and unable to perform at her best. It is important to understand that Alexis was represented by Goldstar Modeling and her fee was negotiated in advance with full disclosure we were shooting more than one scene and it would take longer than normal.
When the shoot didn't conclude at 9:00 PM sharp Alexis' boyfriend decided the shoot was over and invited himself into Rick Masters apartment where we were filming the scene. We had no choice but to let him in because he started to bang loudly on the door and was causing a scene. He commanded Alexis to get dressed and boldly announced she would not sign the model release. Then he practically drug her out the door. Alexis was visibly upset and fighting back tears. They sped off into the night.
At this point, we were faced with a dilemma. The entire day was going to be a bust and no one was going to get paid (other than a minimal kill fee), or we could reshoot the entire scene again without Alexis. Evelyn decided she wanted to reshoot the scene again. No one was looking forward to shooting the scene again, but we were all trying to make the best of a bad situation. To her credit, I thought this was very professional and mature of Evelyn. Just as (PA) Cougar was about ready to go on a Walgreen's run to buy more Mini-DV tape, Alexis returned to the shoot and said she would like to finish the scene. In reality, the scene was nearly done except for the pop shot and it took about thirty minutes to wrap everything up.
Evelyn also failed to mention that Goldstar Modeling fired Alexis instantly after they heard about her antics on this shoot.
In light of the circumstances, I think the shoot took a reasonable amount of time. Despite Evelyn's implication, it is not unheard of for shoots to take all day. It happens more frequently with features, but it can happen on any set. Also, since I am small start up studio, I do not have a lot of assistance on the set and do nearly everything myself. In contrast, a larger studio will have a crew to set up lighting and sound, take stills, shoot the video and handle all the paperwork.
Evelyn's griping about the shoot shows how out of touch she is with real world wages. By my calculations, she earned $147.00 an hour and only about 25% of this was in front of the camera. The rest of the time she was just standing around waiting, filling out paperwork, getting make-up applied, eating, talking on the telephone etc. That's pretty good pay in my opinion. If Evelyn Lin ever walks away from the sex industry and works a "real" job, she will have a better understanding of this. Furthermore, given her age in the industry, limited "will do" list and with the current economic state of the industry, she should be thankful if anyone wants to hire her. The last thing she ought to be doing is whining about a long day on the set. Producers don't want to hear it. Everyone is working longer hours for less pay.
One last thing. As a producer/director I am interested in capturing the very best video footage and stills I can at a shoot. I am not particularly concerned about a model's time schedule or ideas about how fast I should be working so she can get back to her leisure life. Sometimes I see directors bragging about how fast they can shoot scenes -- often citing 2-3 hours. Personally, I don't think this is anything to be proud of. Rush job and quality usually don't go together in any kind of work. When I book girls I always tell them how long I expect the scene to take (6 hours) and that I work slowly. However, if it takes longer, it takes longer. I do not apologize for trying to do the best I possibly can. If this doesn't jive with some self-important starlet out there, so be it. I'll work with someone else.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention David Aaron Clark here as he influenced me to some degree on this point. DAC was notorious for extremely long and demanding shoots. However, although girls would bitch about it behind his back, they continued to work for him over and over and often praised his desire to shoot "amazing" footage. Once on a DAC set, I commented how long it was taking and he responded, "You can't rush the process. It is what it is." And that was his attitude. He didn't care if the shoot took twelve hours. He was more concerned with his craft and bringing his vision to life.
I hope to begin releasing the Blue Syren scenes later this year. I just purchased a new, fast computer that will make editing so much more enjoyable.