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I was cleaning files off the old laptop, and I found a video project that died unfinished.  Almost a year ago when Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was hot, Lorelei got a big kick out of it and all the assorted variant videos that permeated the internet at the time.  Since I'm a huge fan of Larry Blamire's "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" movies, I thought it would be hilarious to take, for example,  Chinfa, Queen of the Cantaloupe People's minimalist dance, Animala's seductive undulations and other choice moments to create an "Oppa Skeleton Style" video.

The difficulty was getting the raw material for editing.  I have all the DVDs, but they're copy-protected.  I have little doubt the LSOC movies could be obtained from pirate sites, but I'm so violently opposed to them that was never a consideration.  Consequently I was limited to the trailers and select footage I could harvest from youtube.  So, it was poor quality and not necessarily what I'd envisioned for use in my parody/homage.

Also, this was for laughs and not for pay.  Even though I do a lot of things just for the fun of it, the real editing got priority.  Time marched on, Psy made a commercial for pistachios, and "Gangnam Style" went into the record books but ultimately slipped down the popularity polls.  Alas, the moment had passed.  I can only hope The Lost Skeleton would have approved.
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Aubrielle Summer Sorry I haven't been as active with this new blog as I should have.  Between the ending of the previous blog and it's current incarnation, I have to admit I've fallen out of the habit of writing for it.  Also, much to my chagrin, I couldn't help but notice that the earlier blog's entries were getting a little formulaic.  Of course, I don't know if that was bad or good for the readers of this blog... I get very little feedback about anything.

It's not too surprising that the women in this business get a lot more customer feedback than the men do.  Even speaking just for myself, given the choice of sending a message, suggestion or praise to a gorgeous woman or some guy, the ladies will get preference every time.  Or maybe I'm just very intimidating, I don't know.

Through a great deal of my career, I seem to be flying blind.  Back in the Harmony days we only got to see sales numbers very rarely because they'd been set up with an unwieldy, highly user-unfriendly database.  Currently my videos are available as downloadable clips through FM Concepts, yet I don't have access to my sales numbers there, either.  I can see my sales numbers for my Clips4Sale store, but it isn't always especially helpful.  In any given month, instead of revealing a clear hit, the sales are usually single or low numbers for dozens of different clips.  Other times the biggest sellers feature models who have retired, precluding any possibility of repeating a success with them.

Of course, feedback is rather different for this genre than most.  The videos can't be created by committee.  And the people producing bondage are usually more motivated by a desire for personal expression than profit.  Or they're shooting custom work to the buyer's specifications.

But I digress.  Feedback is often a mixed bag.  The comments generally fall in to a few select categories:

Praise - While this is great for the ego (and most producers don't seem to have any shortage of ego or need for praise), it doesn't provide a lot of guidance for what we should be doing to better serve the audience.

Request - There's always a fine line with this.  Usually a producer will only hear from the squeaky wheels, and unfortunately it seems many requests, ideas and suggestions frequently border on the "custom video" area.

Constructive Criticism -  rare indeed, and it usually comes in way too late.  Yes, I probably should've done that differently, but where were you six months ago when I was shooting that scene?

Really, the best, most effective feedback is sales... and we could all use more of that.
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This is the third and final blog entry for my 20th anniversary in the bondage business.  When it came time to pick out my 20 favorite models, I ran into the same difficulty as picking out the favorite videos.  However unlike the situation with the videos, I was a bit worried that some models might have their feelings hurt if they didn't make the list.  If any of the ladies I've worked with read this and feel left out, rest assured you were tied with somebody else who's mentioned below, probably literally.

I am honored and humbled when I think about how many of the superstars of this genre I've had the pleasure to know, work with and tie up in the course of my career.  As I've often said, the superstars have their title for a reason.  Not only do they possess exceptional physical beauty, they also have true professionalism, a positive attitude and (pretty much a requirement for working with me) a good sense of humor.  Darla Crane,  Stacy Burke, Akira Lane and Christina Carter are among the ladies I'd put in this category.  They have a certain something that puts them above the rest.  They make it very easy to produce outstanding material.  As I always tell hopeful new producers, you'll always do your best work with the best models.

Some of the models who are on the "favorite superstar" list are ones I'm lucky enough to consider to be my friends.  They include Ashley Renee, Alexis Taylor, Amber Michaels and Loren Chance.

When shooting bondage, it's helpful for the model to have some personal interest in the material, but it's not essential.  Like Bettie Page, some notable ladies on my favorites list have no special affinity for our fetish, but that doesn't mean they didn't give some wonderful performances.  Kelsie Chambers, Cassandra Knight, Niki Lee Young and Hollywood are not only drop-dead gorgeous, they're always a lot of fun to have on set.

If you ask any of the women who've been in front of my cameras over the years, I hope they'd tell you that I try to maintain a professional work environment that's also enjoyable, bordering on silly.  Some of the women who have given me many fond memories of hilarious shoots include Abby Cameron, Josie Perez, Sadie Belle, Candle Boxxx, Kelly Ashton, Ariel Anderssen and Jenya Leann.

Most of the women I've worked with, and especially the ones on my favorites list, have a few things in common.  Aside from being very attractive and "getting" my jokes, the best ones are also intelligent and sweet, and are excellent damsels who also enjoy getting tied up.  A few of the ladies who best personify these traits are Ariel Cole, Catalina L'amour, Karina Santos, Vivian Ireene Pierce and Melissa Jacobs.

And then there are some ladies who really really like to get tied up.  It gives a certain fantastic added dimension of sexual electricity to the shoots.  Among the most enthusiastic ones are Carissa Montgomery, Laura Lee and Molly Matthews.

Sometimes certain models slip away too soon, and I would've loved to have had a few more shoots with them before they retired.  The two most notable ones for this category are Cory Lane and Aubrey Taylor.  

And the beat goes on.  Of the "newer" models I've just started putting in my videos, Arielle Lane and Alexis Grace show a lot of promise.  I'm also a big fan of Lana Violet.  I would certainly include them in the rookie category of my favorites list.

Of course the model who comes in on the list above all others is Lorelei.  She has an edge over all the rest because... well, I hope it won't be indiscreet of me to mention this in public, but she's the only model I've had sex with since I've been a producer.  So she slept her way to the top, but I'm okay with that.
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For my platinum anniversary in the bondage business, I was going to prepare a list of my 20 all-time favorite videos.  Once I started looking over that huge collection of titles, I realized it would be a lot more difficult than I'd originally thought to narrow it down to just 20.  

Quite a few of the early videos are sentimental favorites, like Diamond Buyer In Distress, Agents of F.A.T.E. (Blow me, B. Etnyre), The Dayne Caper, The Puppet File and The Houdini Coin, although I was still finding my way and learning my craft at the time.  After all, it was just a few months earlier that I was working at a normal "civilian" job.  I remember that with The Missing Masterpieces I felt I'd made a breakthrough and I was finally able to get a more involved story presented as I'd envisioned it.

Many of the videos I really like are because of the women who starred in them.  I had a big  crush on Annabelle Dayne, so I have fond memories of The Dayne Caper and The Escapist.  My first video with  Arielle Cole, Struggle Against Time, was a lot of fun and I realized she had a bright future in the business.  Sadly, a bad experience led her to retire way too soon.  But at least she left us with some memorable performances, like in Very Strange Bedfellows.

I believe the first starring role I gave to Stacy Burke was The Lost Scenes of Julie Van Buren, and I thought it was a wonderful, highly amusing showcase for her talents.  I had the pleasure of working with quite a few bondage superstars at the peak of their game who gave incredible performances, like Jewell Marceau in Internal Affairs and Amber Michaels in Bad Therapy, just to name a couple.

The few projects I shot starring my sweetie Lorelei rank high on my list:  The Search For Lorelei (the video we did to facilitate the transition for her professional name from Kristine Imboch),  Play it Sweet and Playing Rough all show what a fantastic model she is, and we had a lot of fun producing those stories.

While most of the videos frequently have comedic elements, the purely dramatic story Taken is one of my absolute favorites.  I think came out remarkably well, thanks to outstanding performances by Talia Monet and C.J. Belle.

Of the comedies, I thought The Institution was one of the best.  I would've loved to submit that one for an AVN award or something, but so it goes.  Other notable favorites of the more lighthearted stories include (in no particular order) The Barefoot Alien 2, Dynamic Damsel's Disguises, Tantalus Theatre and Ewanatiia The God of Mischief.

I'm very happy with how many of the "larger" productions turned out.  The Revenge of the Crooked Claw and (despite being shorter than I'd planned) The Claw Chronicles are two of my all-time faves.  I was glad I had the opportunity to make the twin videos Where Is Tatiana? and Tatiana Is Missing.  I also got to work with Kelsie Chambers a lot for those, so that was definitely a bonus.  The Hunted Woman and The Ladytrap were both marvelous group efforts.  I was a little bummed that one of my all-time biggest sellers, Security Breach, was not scripted by me but by Mr. Robert V.  Another disappointment was that Secret Lady & The Bondage Brides was not the first Harmony video to be released on DVD.  I thought it would've made a poetic parallel for the very first Harmony magazines that were the basis for the video's script.  Nonetheless, it's still a gorgeous cast in a very stylish video.

Sadly, when I see the old titles on the Harmony site now, they all look rather low-resolution and fuzzy.  Ancient by current standards.  It's funny to think that in some cases my sometimes hazy memories of the shoots are still clearer than what exists of them now.

Of my post-Harmony work, some of the videos I think turned out best include Nadia Holly, Bondage Maid Cafe, Disk Hunt (an uncharacteristically but irresistablly smutty word-play title), the Cosworld series and Vivian Ireene Pierce's showcase video The Administrative Assistant.

As technology progresses, it seems like it won't be too long until DVDs go the way of the VHS tape, supplanted by downloads of singular scenes.   With that in mind, it makes me wonder if there won't come a time when there won't be any need for "stories" longer than a few minutes sometime in the near future.

In any case, if I've left out any of your personal favorites, feel free to mention them in the comments.  Who knows?  I may have an anecdote or two about them.
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This month marks 10 years since I left Harmony Concepts, and the beginning of June is my 20th anniversary producing bondage videos.  I thought a moment of reflection would be in order.  I've been trying to write this entry for quite awhile now, and I find it very difficult to get very far with it without sounding unacceptably self-indulgent or egotistical, or sometimes bitter or at least a little cranky.  So I'll try to keep it brief and simple.  I'd like to express my profound gratitude for the many opportunities I've been given.  Often I can't believe my amazing luck to work with (and tie up) so many beautiful and talented women in the course of my career.  I'd like to take a moment and say how much I appreciate my friends and loved ones who have helped me with my work.  But mostly  I'd also like to give thanks to all the people in the community who have supported me over the years.  And I hope the good, paying customers will continue their patronage so I can go on producing bondage entertainment which I hope you'll enjoy.
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A combination of the usual workday distractions, a few things from out of the ordinary and probably a slight case of writer's block (not to mention frustration) resulting from the deletion of the previous blog have put me way behind on my updates for this current blog.  I didn't realize just how far behind until I noticed I haven't written about any of my shoots so far this freakin' year, and now a quarter of the year has flown by.  Yikes!  

Suffice it to say, I won't be able to catch up on all that.  But I will say I've managed to work with a few of my favorites again like Carissa Montgomery (I've released two videos starring her since January at http://fmconcepts.us ), Ashley Renee, Kiki Daire, Niki Lee Young and Alexis Taylor, as well as doing some custom rigging for Amber Michaels and Sirena Scott.  And I've been helping Lorelei with some of her assorted trade shoots in addition to assisting her with her own bondage scenes for her clips stores.

I also finally got to work with some models from outside the L.A. area who had been on my "wish list" for some time, like Cali Logan and Maxine X, as well as some promising newcomers like Dakota Charms.  I have some interesting things planned, so take a look back here every now and then.
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Some producers are thrilled to be the first to tie up a new model.  I guess I've been doing this long enough that working with a "bondage virgin" is not something I actively seek out.  Over the years I've had a wide range of experiences with first-timers, and generally speaking I think that Lorelei and I would probably be a very good place for a new bondage model to begin her career.  I hope we've given any number of novices a happy maiden voyage.  But after a few less-than-ideal shoots, I'll take a model with a little experience (even if it's just personal) over a raw recruit any time.

The "first-timer" experiences I have been very happy to assist over the last couple of years have been helping a model or two have her very first bondage orgasm.  It's a nice merging of two things the ladies have experience with, yet novel enough to make it very interesting to see when they're combined.

For Melissa Jacobs https://twitter.com/MjPenthousePet she had just started exploring some new things in modeling, and I felt quite honored that she chose to shoot her first bondage and vibrator scene with me.

Both Kiki Daire https://twitter.com/kiki_daire and Lana Violet https://twitter.com/LanaViolet are performers in regular adult videos, so it was a little surprising to me that they hadn't ever done a bound orgasm previously.  For Kiki, I was really amused at dinner after the shoot when she was relating this new experience to her friend, who looked at Kiki like she was a little weird.

I didn't find out that Ashley Rose https://twitter.com/sexyashleyrose had her first bondage orgasm at our shoot until she told me sometime later.  But I guess that explains why she came so quickly.  If you're interested, you can see all of the spectacular first forced orgasms mentioned here at the clips store:   http://www.clips4sale.com/store/6571/american-damsels  Enjoy!
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Considering I was actually paying for the old forum, I was a little surprised I never got a notice to renew it.  Or it may be their notices were going into the spam folder and I never saw them.  In any case, it doesn't seem like a particularly savvy way to do business.  It seems to me that if you have a low-maintenance, paying  customer, wouldn't you want them to continue doing business with your company?  Yet both Lorelei and I lost our forums from that unnamed company the same way, so we can only surmise the hardcore porn ads that have since taken their places are making them more revenue.  So it goes.

I must admit my forum was not a tremendous success.  Because it was fairly narrow in focus, it didn't enjoy a lot of activity.  And, with all due the respect to that particular minority, it seems that most forums have just a very tiny percentage of active participants who go to the trouble of making their voices heard.  I appreciate their efforts, but it's not ideal to have only a handful of regular commentors and no other respondents.

Also because it was, for the most part, a list of projects I'm hoping to produce at some point, it was a constant symbol of frustration of the (as yet) unrealized productions.  So instead of dwelling on that, I suppose I should direct my energies to finding the funding and personnel to bring them to life.
 
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I have an unsubstantiated theory or two about the old blog.  In any case, you can still take a look at some of the entries that were saved on that wonderful site archive.org by clicking on the link below:

http://web.archive.org/web/20120707022818/http://thatguyjonwoods.blogspot.com 

By the way, the photo is of Loren Chance from a vignette that hasn't been released yet.




 
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