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8 Secrets from Behind-the-Scenes of a Porn Shoot

It will come as no surprise to most to hear that not everything you see in an adult movie is as it seems. But what really happens behind the scenes on the set of a porn movie?

As a wise porn star once said, “Porn is all smoke and mirrors.” Same as Hollywood, the adult movie industry in the San Fernando Valley is in the business of figuring out what Americans’ dreams are and delivering their fantasies back to them in cinematic form. It will come as no surprise to most to hear that not everything you see in an adult movie is as it seems. But what really happens behind the scenes on the set of a porn movie?

1. Marathon Sex

It’s not uncommon, especially on the sets of bigger budget adult movies, for performers, male and female, to have sex for two hours at a time. That may be one thing if you’re Tantric sex freaks doing it in the privacy of your own home, but try hanging off the side of a fire truck going at it in the midday sun while a crew of 20 looks on. No cake walk for the ladies, surely, but guys who can keep it up for that long must be phallic Olympians.

2. Condoms? Mostly, No.

Of all the adult production companies still churning out sex videos in the San Fernando Valley, only one requires its performers to wear condoms in the sex scenes it shoots, Wicked Pictures. The rest deem condom use “optional,” although female performers who insist upon condoms may find themselves working less than their counterparts who don’t. Generally, porn lore has it that male viewers at home don’t want to see condoms in their porn movies; theoretically, it “kills” the fantasy. So safe sex? Not so much.

3. Waiting For Wood

How do Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pat Myne, and Jack Hammer keep it up? The woodsman’s mantra is, “Get it up, get it on, get it off.” It all depends on the dong-for-hire. Some guys have all the luck and are naturally blessed with the uncanny ability to maintain an erection in front of a crowd and cameras until they’re directed to “pop” on command. Other male porn stars aren’t so gifted. They turn to Viagra and Caverject injections (yes, injections; yes, there) to enhance their penile performances. In porn, the one-eyed boner is king.

4. It’s Easy, Right?

The myth of a career in porn is that it’s all fun, all the time. And, in a way, you’d think that’d be true. Having sex for a living? That doesn’t seem so, well, hard, now does it? Spend an hour on a porn set, and you’ll see just how hard making hardcore is. Both the men and the women who get naked under Klieg lights are expected to have perfect bodies. Then, once the filming starts, they’re expected to contort themselves into nearly impossibly positions, all while making sure the camera is getting the best angles. If you’re in a high-profile feature, you may be attempting this erotic feat while balancing on a rock overlooking the ocean. Pimpin’ ain’t easy and neither is porn ,

5. Get A Job

Basically, porn stars are independent contractors. That means they must rely on sometimes sleazy talent agents or their own marketing abilities to sell themselves to make a living. Meanwhile, the recession and online content pirating has wreaked havoc on the smut business, meaning the competition for the remaining jobs is tough. That young lady who appears to be having the time of her life in that dirty movie you saw may be thinking about how she’s going to pay her bills as the economic downturn has dictated her pay per scene has been steadily dropping.

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