On Set, lets do this!

June 28th, 2016 by lightsoutherncinema

Finally, everything is coming up Milhouse and the stars have aligned, it’s the day  (or week) before your shoot.

I like to send out a message the day before touching base with everyone to make sure everything is all set for the next day; check that everyone has their tests, the crew know their roles & call times. Note: Ideally performers would arrive after crew so they don’t have to wait around for set up.

Let’s do this in point form:

  1. The first and most important items are, release forms, payment and ID – Do all 3 at the same time BEFORE you start shooting. I’ve uploaded a 2257 form 2257_release, this is a standard form that is used industry wide, but there are variations, this is just an example. These are legal documents, and should be filled out neatly and correctly by your performers. Take time to explain the form, ESPECIALLY if the performers are new and give them the option to ask questions. Be sure to go through the forms with a fine tooth comb, mistakes are often made and you don’t want to risk the viability of your shoot because a performer hasn’t known to use their birth name on a legal document.

2.  Taking the ID Photos is another serious legal obligation. BEFORE you start shooting                you need to sight and take photos of 2 forms of CURRENT ID, this means in the                        relevant expiry dates. Valid forms of ID are, at least 1 photo ID eg. passport or drivers            licence and 1 other ID, in Australia either Medicare card or bank card. You will need                to take high res photos of the performer holding them, they’ll need to be readable                  and in focus. This keeps you out of jail, so don’t fuck it up.

– Have a good filing system on your computer and keep these, they prove that you are shooting people over 18. If you are on-selling the content, distributors will always ask you for this.

3. Now is a good time to pay your performers (given you are paying cash). Be                                 transparent – give them a chance to count it.

4. Talk your performers through the day -what is going to happen and when. * This is a            good time to check in with your performer and give them an ‘out’. It’s important that          they know they are in control of the shoot and they can pull it if they need/ want to.

5. Introduce your performers to crew: who does what. Who will be in the room for the               sex scenes and are they OK with that! Just another note on crew. On adult sets (we                 believe) it’s not cool for your mates or non-essential people to just drop by. I’ve even           heard of directors kids ‘dropping by’, I cant tell you how uncool or unethical this is.               You have a obligation to keep your performers in a safe, confidential and                                     uncompromising position.  Also, vibe man, don’t fuck with the vibe and mood of the             people that are about to fuck  on camera – for you.

6. Food. On any shoot longer than 3 hours we feed people. Obviously it’s important to              consider dietary requirements, but maybe less obvious (unless maybe you’ve been a              performer yourself) to avoid garlic, pickled onions and anything that makes for smelly          breath. Try to get food that less stodgy and heavy and will make people tired or lack              energy. Get healthy stuff that makes everyone feel el pumped. At Lightsouthern we              consider catering as important a job as directing – this is not a time to skimp or leave            it up to the runner – after a long day of shooting nothing makes cast and crew more              pissed off than a substandard lunch or dinner. Especially on full day or overnight                    shoots.

6 ITEMS – that’s it. There’s no excuse not to do it.

Making your models comfortable will go a long way in getting them back for shoot #2, as does being a good person.


6 Responses to “On Set, lets do this!”

July 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm, Jaden Warren-Hewes said:

Hi there,
My names Jaden.
Im 22, always been curious about getting into the industry as ive always been abit of a sexual person, not to mention ive never really received bad feedback and always wanted to do porn and make adult movies
Have made amateur stuff with ex girfriends in the past but was never the same.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards


August 13, 2016 at 10:26 am, Mr said:

Michelle, Any advice for self financing a shoot as a model? Is paying for other talent and crew feasible? Have heard mixed answers on this.


August 17, 2016 at 4:28 am, lightsouthern said:

Hey yes of course! email me at info@lightsouthern.com and we can have a chat!


February 03, 2019 at 10:50 pm, lightsouthern said:

Its a tricky position as producer/ performer. I would try and get some professional experience as just a paid performer first so you understand how to engage on-set.


August 31, 2017 at 4:26 am, Doyle @ The Sated Ape said:

Hi Michelle,

I’m just about to finish a film course and am interested in directing porn. Your blog series was really interesting but it highlights what I lack, time on a real film set.

Can you recommend a good way to build up time on set? I would offer my services freely to smaller production outfits; but, from the sound of it you run a tight crew and it sounds like, even with the best of intentions, my inexperience means it’d be hard to not end up in the way.



February 03, 2019 at 10:36 pm, lightsouthern said:

Hi Richard, if you would like to email michelle@lightosuthern.com we can chat about a consulting session to get you started. Thanks, LS


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