Gonzo pornography

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Gonzo pornography is a style of pornographic film that attempts to place the viewer directly into the scene. The name is a reference to gonzo journalism, in which the reporter is part of the event taking place. By analogy, gonzo pornography puts the camera right into the action — often with one or more of the participants both filming and performing sexual acts — without the usual separation characteristic of conventional porn and cinema.[1] Influenced by amateur pornography, basic gonzo porn tends to use far fewer full-body/wide shots, and more close-ups (see Reality pornography). The loose and direct camera work often includes "tight" shots of the genitalia, unlike much of traditional porn.

Gonzo films are one of two broad types of contemporary pornographic film; and can be contrasted with the other type, the "Feature" film.[2] Gonzo films tend to focus far less on the narrative, storyline, plots, extended dialogue, acting, characterization, elaborate costumes and sets, and artistic camerawork commonly found in conventional porn.[2] According to an unnamed executive at a studio specializing in Features, "We don't just show you people fucking; we show you why they're fucking."[2] Features are often aimed at the couples market, whereas gonzo is less likely to be.[2] Gonzo is always hardcore pornography, whereas some Features could be classed as softcore pornography, especially if they are released in softer edited versions for distribution to hotel pay-per-view services.[2]

Some gonzo directors like John Stagliano argue that there is a story being told, and that it's a mistake to assume that gonzo inherently lacks a plot.[3] Due to the explosive growth in its popularity since the mid-1990s, gonzo has attained mainstream popularity, lowering the cost of entry into the market for producers, and making it easier for amateur performers to become famous; several individually distinct styles of no-frills, filmed pornography can be labeled gonzo porn.[1] Today, several companies produce gonzo that has excellent lighting and sound quality, (temporary) lingerie costuming, and is shot in various rooms of luxury homes[citation needed]. One trait that all gonzo films share, though, is a much greater emphasis on intense (almost hyperactive[neutrality is disputed]) sexual performance, and modern gonzo is evolving to include more hardcore sex acts than either traditional or amateur porn.[1] Regardless of camera techniques or the degree of director involvement in the scenes, a gonzo film has "more sex", per se, than a traditional (e.g. Vivid or Adam&Eve) adult video[citation needed]. Gonzo scenes tend to run longer; it is common for a single boy-girl scene to run anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes. John Stagliano is considered to have started the Gonzo pornography genre with his Buttman series of films.[1]

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Point of view pornography

POV pornography; the cameraman (left) films the sexual act, which results in a point of view shot (background).

Point of view pornography (POV), also known as Hamedori (ハメ撮り?), is adult entertainment that is filmed as if the watcher had experienced the sex-acts themselves. In POV porn, the shooting style is generally similar to gonzo pornography. The person receiving sexual gratification holds the camera him- or herself and aims it down at the actress or actor who is pleasuring him or herself. This is in contrast to having a separate camera crew filming the action. The effect is to give the viewer the sense that they are experiencing the sexual acts they are watching, as opposed to simply watching others as a voyeur.

Difference from third person pornography

POV pornographic films are one of two broad types of contemporary pornographic film; and can be contrasted with the other type, the "Feature" film.[2] POV pornographic films tend to focus far less on the narrative, storyline, plots, extended dialogue, acting, characterization, elaborate costumes and sets, and artistic camerawork commonly found in conventional porn.[2] According to an unnamed executive at a studio specializing in Features, "We don't just show you people fucking; we show you why they're fucking."[2] Features are often aimed at the couples market, whereas gonzo is less likely to be.[2] POV pornography is always hardcore pornography, whereas some Features could be classed as softcore pornography, especially if they are released in softer edited versions for distribution to hotel pay-per-view services.[2]

Some POV directors like John Stagliano argue that there is a story being told, and that it's a mistake to assume that POV inherently lacks a plot.[3] Due to the explosive growth in its popularity since the mid-1990s, POV has attained mainstream popularity, lowering the cost of entry into the market for producers, and making it easier for amateur performers to become famous; several individually distinct styles of no-frills, filmed pornography can be labeled POV porn.[1] One characteristic of POV films share is an emphasis on intense sexual performance; modern professional POV is evolving to include more hardcore sex acts than either traditional or amateur porn.[1]

The first-person perspective of POV pornography was influenced by the 1966 film Blowup.[4]

Japan

In Japan, point of view pornography is referred to as hamedori (ハメ撮り?). It is a genre of Japanese pornography in which a male adult video (AV) actor/director serves as the camera operator Hamedori type videos were produced from the beginnings of Japanese AV in the early 1980s. The term hamedori came into use about 1988–1989 but was only a small niche area until it was popularized at V&R Planning by director Company Matsuo.[5]

Matsuo starting working in the genre in 1991 saying that this intimate technique was a natural way for him to shoot in order to show his feelings for the girl and to "get her to open up about herself, to show her true emotions". Matsuo used amateur actresses in his videos and he usually traveled to their hometowns for the filming. He talks to them extensively on camera so that he and the viewer can come to know them before any sex scenes. A large part of the popularity of these videos is seeing how regular and normal the girls are who appear in them. As amateurs in a single segment of a multi-part video, the actresses are typically paid only about 50,000 yen (about $500).[5]

According to the Japanese magazine SPA!, about one-third of Japanese women say they do not mind being filmed while having sex as long as it is with a camera phone, with the women saying that it can increase sexual stimulation. Most of the footage is dumped but some keep them to enjoy as personal sex home movies or to study them to improve their sexual technique.[6]

Porn star Mika Tan commented in 2008 that the average gonzo DVD costs $16,000 to produce.[7]

Awards

X-Rated Critics Organization has had a 'Best POV Production' award since 2005 in their annual XRCO awards. This award has been given to:

The AVN Awards have a 'Best POV Series' award which has been given to:

The AVN Awards have a 'Best POV Release' award which has been given to:

The AVN Awards also have a 'Best POV sex scene' award which has been given to:

Notable Gonzo pornography directors

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Weasels, P. "The Quick and Dirty Guide to Gonzo". GameLink.com. http://www.gamelink.com/news.jhtml?news_id=news_nt_101_gonzo. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Martin Amis (2001-03-17). "A rough trade". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4153718,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b Pipe, Roger. "John Stagliano Interview". http://www.rogreviews.com/interviews/john_stagliano.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  4. ^ O'Toole, Laurence & Kerekes, David (2003). Headpress: Powered by Love. Headpress. p. 16,17. ISBN 1-900486-22-9. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=DJU0uP5-MsoC. 
  5. ^ a b Schönherr, Johannes (December 29, 2006). "Company Matsuo and the World of Japanese Adult Video". Midnight Eye. http://www.midnighteye.com/features/company-matsuo-and-the-world-of-japanese-adult-video.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  6. ^ BrianB. "Japanese Women Want Love-Making Captured by Cameraphone". www.cellphones.ca. http://www.cellphones.ca/news/post002032/. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. ^ Mika Tan (2008-09-21). "Mika Tan Discusses the Porn Industry, Racism & Prostitution". AdultFYI.com. http://adultfyi.com/read.php?ID=30298. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  8. ^ a b c d "AVN AWARDS PAST WINNERS". AVN. http://www.avnawards.com/index.php?content=pastwinners. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  9. ^ a b c "2010 AVN AWARDS WINNERS". AVN. http://avnawards.avn.com/winners/movies.html. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  10. ^ "THE 2009 AVN AWARDS WINNERS". AVN. http://www.avnawards.com/index.php?content=winners09. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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