PVV – so you want to visit a porn set…?

Interesting: today, the wonderful world of email brought me a press release about LA Porn Tours and a link to Porn Film Vacations (thank you, Ken!!). I had never heard of either group/service before, but both on the same day – must be a sign to talk about ’em!!

UK-based Harmony Films‘ Porn Film Vacations is like a “see/learn how porn is done” “vacation” service. Here’s how the group pitches itself:

“Harmony Films and Gazzman are proud to announce that the doors have now swung open on their brand new venture Porn Film Vacations™

It’s an incredible behind the scenes studio tour of the high end Harmony porn shoots. Guests get the chance to see the whole adult film making process in action with hard core sex scenes happening right in front of their faces! For the price of admission you get the chance to shoot and snap away to your heart’s content as the whole range of scenes unfold…

It’s an incredible experience for all kinds of fans, from aspiring actors to future directors, photographers or just those that want to watch how high end porn is made.”

Further:

“Do you aspire to get into the adult business but don’t know where to start?

Do you have a head full of filthy ideas for porn scenes and long to get them on-camera?

Well with Porn Film Vacations™ you’ve just discovered a unique and exciting way to learn how the experts create high-budget award winning adult content. What better way to learn than from internationally renown director Gazzman on one of his Porn Film Vacations™ events.

Watch his experienced and professional team setup the scene, light it and shoot it. Learn about the techniques the Porn Film Vacations™ crew use to capture every filthy moment to produce some of the hottest adult action around.

You’ll see how the camera, sound, lighting and direction come together with the sexiest of performers over each day’s filming. Observe the performers and how they prepare for a scene and have the mystery surrounding the creation of porn revealed to you as the hottest porn stars peal off their clothes for the camera.” (sic, quoted text in multiple posts here)

Vacation and/or learning experience, marketing and remarketing.

I don’t know how well these events actually come together, but Harmony Films and Gazzman produce content that is very well-respected in the adult industry. If they play out as described, I can imagine the possibilities for interesting learning opportunities that satisfy a wealth of curiosities. (I can also imagine all sorts of other scenarios, as well) It’s like going on the lot at Universal Studios… kinda.

If Porn Film Vacations at least feigns an educational/vocational purpose, LA Porn Tours seems to be more overt about gawking and pure tourism. This press release text outlines their first, inaugural event:

“LA Porn Tours will provide a once in a lifetime experience! Fulfill your dream and become involved in the production of an adult film. Participate in the production through directorial input by encouraging favorite sex positions, and watching the performance live! Want bragging rights? Then be an ‘extra’ in the background of the production!” (sic)

Further:

“LA Porn Tours is ready to rock the sox off whoever wants to see a porn production from the inside! Spend a night touring porn hot-spots with porn stars Charity Bangs and Brandi Belle [on XXX date]!

Charity Bangs and Brandi Belle will bring 30 lucky fans on the ride of their lives this [XXX date], as they host an intimate tour of the Adult Industry in Los Angeles. LA Porn Tours will transport 30 passengers on a custom party bus around Adult Industry hot-spots in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The high point of the tour is the opportunity to watch your guides, Charity Bangs and Brandi Belle, perform in an adult film.

Starting at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, the tour stops will include the Bizzy B Boutique, Spearmint Rhino Van Nuys Gentleman’s Club, and finally a private studio in the San Fernando Valley. The bus will return to the Rainbow Room at the conclusion of the tour. Alcoholic beverages will be available on the bus and on set. The tour bus is Prop 215 friendly.” (sic)

(link to CA Prop 215 concerning the use of medical cannabis was added by me)

They even have a commercial (which I don’t know how to keep from playing automatically, sorry)…

 

Hmmm… I hate to be a downer, but LA Porn Tours seems a little suspect to me. And it makes me a little nervous.

I know this is a new venture, but who’s behind it? Yes, I realize someone named “Benjamin Free” (see full version of the press release here)… but who is that? What’s the larger entity/organization?

And the circumstances surrounding the entire “tour” make me a little uneasy too… cocktails and weed, the stops, the venues – what happens? And speaking of what happens, how are up to 30 people (the maximum number of tickets being sold) going to fare on a set? (and I do realize that the bus itself could be the set) Is content actually going to be shot with 30 newbie spectator sorts milling about? This goes for Porn Film Vacations, too – a “stranger” might very well mess up the production flow, though I doubt that any critical content is scheduled for shooting during these tours. This then begs the question: what happens if no content is actually shot, what then?!! Eeesh I don’t know…

So I guess in sum, LA Porn Tours sounds more like a rowdy booze cruise; Porn Film Vacations seems “touristy,” but with a bit more legitimacy… that is, if you find higher-end European studio productions and educational possibilities legitimizing. Plus it’s been around for longer (if that matters).

<insert that incredulous-concerned noise that Marge Simpson makes here>

Information about LA Porn Tours and Porn Film Vacations can be found at each respective link.

FYI: I know nothing about either of these services beyond PR and website text… proceed accordingly.

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