The California porn exodus continues, with Kink.com shutting down film production in SF.
Kink was filmed in a former giant military barrack called the Armory, a giant brick building by what used to be the presidio. Skaters were always doing tricks on the wide stone stairs in front of the building. I’ve been there a few times, and the building itself (mostly vast, empty, and having been abandoned very creepy Silent Hill-like atmosphere.
Having worked in the porn industry, it is sad to see all the companies leaving the state or shutting down altogether. First all the southern California studios moved to Vegas ( after the condom law was passed). I never really liked Kink (for reasons I will explain), but it still makes me sad to see a whole industry wiped out in our state. The Armory will join other landmarks in the Bay Area, like the Mitchell Brothers’ Burbank Theatre, (now abandoned) which is on Bascom next to 280 in San Jose.
When I was working in porn, early in my career I was told I should apply at Kink. I did, and they called me in a for an interview. They wanted to cast me for all their sites practically, but all their sites were way too messed up for me. Ended up doing a pissing/bj shoot there. Found it hard to pee live on camera! I guess that was my bad. Had no experience with that. I showed up ready to shoot though, and (as studios often do) there was an hour or two of waiting around during delays while the girls did makeup. I think had we just got down to business I would have performed better. They also were asking me to fool around before the scene and stuff that I wasn’t used to.
At one point they asked me to refer some female models I knew. So I referred some high end models I was friends with at the time like Shyra Sheer and Torri Paige. I put them in touch with Kink, but they didn’t want to shoot with them , since their shoots were crazy. After i started getting them in touch with hot amateur female models instead Kink started complaining that I wasn’t sending them ‘nice’ girls. I thought that was ironic since hardcore BDSM doesn’t always draw the nice ones as much.
Later I was invited to a party there. And it was supposed to be an orgy. It was setup a lot like the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut. Problem was that the women there were prudes that year , and only the paid performers were doing anything. Party’s end was nearing , and when I got my date to head out, the Aceworth jerk who runs the company began to stand between me and the girl, trying to block her from leaving – though she wanted to. I blew a lid at the guy and then as we were leaving I kicked a big full garbage can across the room. Oh the memories.
While I didn’t like much of what they shot there, I must admit they were innovative. They had live crowds at many of their events, and did a good job of inviting the bdsm community to parties and such. One site called Ultimate Surrender (if I remember correctly) featured women wrestling nude in front of a crowd and then the loser getting fucked with a strap on in front of the crowd!
The bottom line is that the porn industry is just one of a series of industries that has been regulated (condom laws and inspections of studios) and cheated (piracy) out of existence in California. Our state keeps adding more and more people to the population. Yet we keep chasing industry after industry out of the state. Its no wonder so many damn Californians end up on welfare. We can also thank technology for making pirating so prevalent that there’s no profit in that industry hardly anymore. Good job Apple and Youtube – you have killed porn as well as the music industry. Maybe the Hollywood sign will also become a symbol of an industry which USED to thrive in the Golden State. Piracy and over-regulation also threaten Hollywood. Some of the recent Star Wars films were intended to be shot in California, but were moved due to it being hard and expensive to get permits. Can’t track that link down (due to the Mandela effect), but here is similar evidence: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-George-Lucas-bid-for-a-Presidio-museum-6232165.php
Meanwhile, China has bought AMC, and is moving much more aggressively into film production, including having built the world’s largest studio and sets.