By Ma. Isabel Lopez

By Maria Isabel Lopez

It’s not about capturing pain, frustration or a negative feeling  but about capturing a certain sense of ecstasy…

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WIR Happy new year my dear readers! I know you missed me. Now let me start the 2016 with a bang! Join me as I take you on a tour of the biggest porn studio in the
Unite d States-kink.com. A word of caution-this tour is not for the  timid. So keep an open mind as it’s not for the faint of heart. And  it’s not your typical porn… It’s all about  BDSM (Bondage,  Dominance, Submission and Masochism). Or else, leave this page now and go to the gossip section of Glitter.Ph.

The kink.com studio is in historic San Francisco Armory located in the heart of the Mission district. The tour is led by employees of  Cybernet Entertainment, LLC, the adult entertainment production company that 12512123_10153979116032323_1922643694_nacquired the building in 2006. The 90-minute tour will allow you to explore the elaborate sets roughly around 160 rooms, but sadly, no live filming here, to my disappointment.

This is  where they shoot scenes in dark dungeons, using props like the electro-shock gadgets.. There’s a ton of chains in every room to tie your partner down, cages, rubberized floor.

One ro12527963_10153979124602323_1950999014_nom even resembles that of the slaughterhouse, as well as water torture scenes-with water temperature and pressure based on the model’s (porn stars) preference for sensation play. Victorian style furniture, the artworks, the sensual fabrics, all of these add up to the allure. One room is like a classroom which was a set for sexy high school girls. Interesting for me is the erotic art which I was informed, were mostly stills from actual scenes shot here. Truly a feast for the imagination.

I think the most important and interesting part of this tou12498758_10153979113667323_967349301_nr is the Q and A with our guide. Performers are called models not actors and just like the local showbiz industry, there are casting calls and auditions as well, also with the presence of talent managers and casting directors. You need to be 18 and above. Forms will be filled up by the “models” with questions, lists of acts such as lesbianism?

Yes…no… maybe.

Anal sex? Yes…no…maybe..

Whipping?

Nipple clasp ?

Bondage?
12516189_10153979117292323_237793482_nI asked the question of HIV prevention- they are tested for HiV  every two weeks upon confirmation of the shoot. As for talent fees , I was surprised to know that transgenders get the most pricey talent fee. Nina Hartley who does lectures at the University of San Francisco is considered one of the most expensive.

The venue is also a place to do workshops! You might wonder why should a porn star undergo workshop in the tradition of Star Magic when all they do is simply perform man’s carnal nature. They undergo training for pain and tolerance for about 2-3 hours for four days in a row with a master trainer-a dominant, after which they can graduate and level up their tolerance, as well as careers.

During a shoot, since there is an element of danger with ropes and chains, there is always communication between the model and the production staff with simple color coded symbols such as red (means stop), yellow (means slow down), green (is great), etc.
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Production design and art department makes sure sanitation is observed especially with chains and ropes which are always new but were painted to look rusty. Vats of lubricants, props, hand sanitizers, wipes as sanitation is a primary concern. (Shown are the lubricants in huge containers)

Are the models typically enjoying it or is it just a job? What they’re trying to accomplish in kink.com is to engage people and let them enjoy on what they’re doing while filming.  There is a fantasy element to these extreme sex and they prefer to work with a group of people that certainly enjoys it. They don’t force the models into a space which is uncomfortable.

 

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