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Leia-Ann Woods bends over for the cane

A while ago Pandora and I were discussing the best positions for caning. She told me that one position is usually the most popular among Dreams of Spanking viewers: "bend over and touch your toes.'

Strict caning for submissive secretary Leia-Ann Woods at Dreams of Spanking

Whether it's the view of someone's bottom, vulnerable and exposed, or the feeling of your own bum stretched tight and waiting for the crack of the cane, somehow there's something about this particular position that's incredibly arousing.

If you're one for whom the phrase 'bend over and touch your toes' sends filthy-hot shivers down your spine, you'll probably be a fan of our latest spanking film. Leia-Ann Woods plays a submissive secretary being trained by her cruel boss Thomas Cameron. She has been with him for over a week already - and is doing her best to remain obedient under the stress of his exacting regime.

Strict caning for submissive secretary Leia-Ann Woods at Dreams of Spanking Strict caning for submissive secretary Leia-Ann Woods at Dreams of Spanking

He begins each day with an intrusive inspection, running his hands all over her, and examining the way she is wearing her tight-laced corset, tight pencil skirt, fully fashioned stockings and suspenders – a very traditional and deeply hot uniform for a BDSM submissive secretary.

As you'd expect, Mr Cameron is keen to find fault with poor Leia. She is subjected to twelve strokes every morning as a matter of course, simply to keep her on her toes - or touching them. Today, he finds six reasons to add additional strokes to her regular morning punishment, taking the total to an eye-watering eighteen. Leia tries not to show her fear as he tells her to assume the position for the cane.

Strict caning for submissive secretary Leia-Ann Woods at Dreams of Spanking

Personally, I struggle with the touching-toes position. I love the feeling of vulnerability that it brings, being so exposed and so reliant on my own self-discipline - using my own strength of body and mind to hold the position so I don't topple over. But then the strokes fall, one after the other, and I wobble, and tense up, and grit my teeth, and it becomes harder and harder not to break position.

Touching my toes seems easy when I first do it, but as the pain accumulates and the heat and sting of the welts layering across my upturned bottom grow stronger, my muscles start to tremble and I worry that I'll either fall forward or – worse – involuntarily straighten up and earn myself extra strokes.

It's much easier if you're told to bend over a desk, the back of a chair, or even lie face-down on the bed to receive a beating. But then - as Leia-Ann's determined poise and Thomas Cameron's calm perfectionism show - a thorough caning isn't about what's easy, is it? It's about punishment.

Strict caning for submissive secretary Leia-Ann Woods at Dreams of Spanking

I find it difficult to stay in position touching my toes at the best of times. Wearing a tightly laced corset, hobble skirt and high stiletto heels like Leia-Ann in this film, I would find it nearly impossible. Leia is justly famed among spanking fans for her grace and elegance, whether she is administering a thrashing or receiving one. But if you want to know just how poised she can be, even through the stress of eighteen searing cane strokes, watch Day Ten of her Training and find out.

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School spankings for Pandora and Alexander

Hands up who loves school? Well, school punishment scenes, at any rate. Even if you didn't enjoy your time at school, and dreaded getting detention when you were younger, there's something about school fantasy as an adult. Personally I think there's an irresistible appeal about both of our latest school-themed Dreams of Spanking updates.

Alexander Knight stars in the amazing film 'Unearned Punishment', suffering a harsh-looking caning from headmaster Dr Richard Barton. There's a delicious build up to his undeserved punishment caning as he stands with Pandora Blake outside the headmaster's office, both wincing in sympathy as they overhear the swish and crack of the cane, and the tortured cries of poor Molly Malone being beaten inside.

Unearned school punishment caning at Dreams of Spanking

Check it out if you love school caning stories, and especially if you (like me) love Alexander Knight – he has an exceptional pain face, and looks especially cute in grey school shorts. It's probably because it's the start of summer, but I have a real thing for shorts right now. Luckily this video will keep me topped up on shorts-based filth for a while!

Unearned school punishment caning at Dreams of Spanking

We've also got an amazing schoolgirl spanking photoset for you, and a bonus video to go with it. If you're a fan of the slipper, as well as Pandora's lovely bottom, check out 'Schoolgirl's Secret'. Pandora gets dressed up in a tight school skirt, complete with shirt, tie and inexcusably sexy knee-high socks, then treats herself to a solo spanking.

It's a brilliantly intimate video – just Pandora and the camera – and if you've ever wanted to watch a schoolgirl fantasy behind closed doors, as it were, then this is the perfect opportunity.

Schoolgirl spanking for Pandora Blake in a tight school skirt Schoolgirl spanking for Pandora Blake in a tight school skirt

So there we have it - two sexy school-themed updates: a solo spanking with hand and slipper and a vicious unearned punishment caning. Way more fun than homework, I'm sure you'll agree!

What was I thinking?

Touching my toes for a cold caning - Pandora Blake

I recently published a cold caning video in which I bent over for twelve hard strokes from Paul Kennedy. Paul is one of my favourite caners. He has a wonderful calm, stern manner which really puts me into the right headspace when we're roleplaying, and his use of the cane is expert, administering precisely calibrated, accurate strokes.

Few people are able to land twelve strokes of the cane that leave perfectly parallel lines, evenly imprinted across both buttocks and perfectly spaced from top to bottom of my preferred spanking zone. He enjoys aiming low strokes to land just above my crease - or even exactly on it - as much as I love receiving them, and he has a lovely habit of saving the best, hardest, lowest strokes til last. Caning perfection.

Anyway, it seems that several of you liked this scene as much as I enjoyed filming it, which makes me happy. One commenter asked:

I actually think that this needs a blog post, but in any case what I would like to know is what was going through your mind as you were reaching for your toes? "Now this will all be over in a week or so," or "What on Earth was I thinking," or "I need to get milk the next time I go shopping," or something else.  

Good question! Let me mentally rewind, and imagine myself back in that room, bending over and nervously anticipating the first stroke...

Touching my toes for a cold caning - Pandora Blake

Ugh, I wish I could touch my toes properly. I need to do more yoga. Okay, breathe through the pain in my hamstrings, concentrate on bending at the hip. That's as low as I can go. I guess it'll have to do.

I hope the cameras are all lined up correctly. No it's fine - we just set up the shot with my bending over, and James and Alex are keeping an eye on it. They'll let me know if something's not right. Relax, Pandora.

Oh gosh, this is going to hurt. I'd better be brave or my members will think I can't take it. But it'll be worth it - the marks will be really pretty. At least I hope so. I hope Paul does it hard enough. I asked him to be severe. If it's not hard enough to leave nice marks this will all have been for nothing.

Okay, breathe, breathe. Come on, Pandora, you've done this before. You can take it. Easy peasy. You love the cane. Okay, Paul is lining up the first stroke. Breathe in. Slowly. Count to four. And... just as I can hear the cane swishing down... breathe out. And there it is. Ow. Keep exhaling. Nice and slow. Good girl. Okay, ow, ow, ow. That really fucking hurts.

Come on, you can do this. Let it out. A bit of reaction is good for the video. You can make a bit of fuss. That's it.

Oh god, that's actually getting worse, it's getting more painful by the second. Can I really take eleven more of these? What the hell was I thinking?

As it turns out, I could take them. It helped that we cut after six strokes to change James' shot, and I admit I was not at all disappointed to have a minute to catch my breath!

The first six strokes were hard to take. The second landed higher than is pleasurable for me, and I jumped up and clutched my bottom, relieved that this wasn't a scene where I had to be completely stoic. Reacting physically and vocally to a caning really helps me process the pain. The next four weren't as high on my bottom, and that made them easier for me to take.

After six strokes and a breather, my endorphins had kicked in. The last six therefore felt delicious. Deep, thuddy impacts that made me groan with satisfaction. My breathing exercises moved me into a meditative, calm, floaty space where I ws glad I didn't have to think of any lines of dialogue, and could just be present in my body, in the moment, totally immersed in the intense sensations of a slow, hard caning.

By the end, those low, hard strokes on my crease were so erotically pleasurable that I had to focus on sounding like I was in pain, and not just deeply aroused. Somehow I figured that letting my natural, giggly moans of pleasure surface wouldn't quite have fit the mood of an office punishment scene...

Touching my toes for a cold caning - Pandora Blake

So now you know what I was thinking as I bent over and touched my toes for a cold caning. Was it anything like what you expected?

Office caning - touch your toes!

Pandora Blake bending over, touching her toes, and taking an incredibly painful-looking twelve stroke cold caning. Those who like your spankings traditional will be delighted by this workplace punishment video - a classic office caning story in which Pandora receives a hard punishment from her boss, Paul Kennedy.

Office Caning presses all the buttons for a quintessential caning sequence. The verbal chastisement as Paul scolds Pandora for making a silly mistake. Her initial reluctance and shock to be told she will be physically punished. The anticipation as he tells her to stand in the corner while he goes to fetch the cane. The look on her face as she nervously lifts her skirt, lowers her knickers and bends over to touch her toes for the cane.

Pandora Blake touches her toes for an office caning Pandora Blake touches her toes for an office caning

In this scene Pandora is a promising young executive still in her probationary period. She is on a career fast track, and the flipside of the quick route to promotion is correspondingly strict standards. I love the idea of having a 'disciplinary clause' in a work contract that means your boss can beat you if you do something wrong. Not in real life, obviously – I've had some awful bosses in the past - but as a fantasy it really does it for me. An authoritative older guy taking me to task for not meeting his high expectations, then making me bend over to take a hard caning. And the caning Pandora takes is certainly hard enough to make her eyes water, and make her jump up and clutch her bottom in horror at the pain, and the fact she has ten more strokes still to go.

The image is even hotter when you imagine how much you'd want to make your boss proud of you - and how brave you'd have to be as the cane strokes start to sear your bottom...

Pandora Blake touches her toes for an office caning

Of course, some of you would happily be on the other end too – and would imagine yourself as the one who wields the cane and delivers punishments in the form of a cold, hard, bare bottom caning to wayward employees.

Whether you're picturing yourself as the top, or bent over, trembling in nervous anticipation of the next burning stroke, sit back and enjoy Office Caning – a 'short, sharp shock', and a definitive caning fantasy.

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Spanking in Los Angeles

Dreams of Spanking is in LA! Well, I'm here, anyway; AJ and GotN are still holding the fort back in London, and being remarkably patient with my sporadic communication while traveling - and for working around the eight hour time difference. So far we've got both weeks' updates published on time, and you have no idea how liberating it is for me to know I can leave the nest and things won't actually fall apart.

In order to make said updates happen, the first thing I needed to do once I landed in Los Angeles was buy a new laptop. I've never had a laptop capable of editing photos or video, and for the six years I've been working on the Dreams of Spanking project I've done all my media editing on my desktop PC. Work on the move has been limited to blogging and emails on my tiny netbook.

Being able to edit on the road is a pretty big deal. Here I am unboxing my new toy:

I'm staying with Alex Reynolds and Paul Kennedy, and so far my stay has involved a fair amount of spanking! Yesterday we had a big group shoot with Christy Cutie and Maddy Marks, and we also spent an afternoon shooting some scenes with our friends Korey and James Johnson, a lifestyle spanko couple who are new to shooting spanking video but wanted to give it a try. They filmed a real-life domestic discipline film, and I spanked Korey in a cute F/F kitchen scene, both for Northern Spanking. There may have been one or two off-camera spankings too ;)

In between I took the opportunity to fulfil a few requests I've received for more "short sharp shock" style films, and filmed a simple office caning film with Paul, for Dreams of Spanking. The storyline might have been minimal, but twelve cold strokes of the cane were anything but!


The last week's shoots have for some reason inspired me to touch my toes more often than usual. I'm the director, so I don't have to if I don't want to, but unusually I found myself suggesting it. I still suck at it, but in the absence of my normal weights equipment I've been doing lots of yoga while in LA. I'm pleased to report that my forward folds are gradually improving.

I'm keeping Twitter regularly updated, but if you want to follow my adventures on my US trip, you can now also follow me on Google Plus or on Facebook!

Severely caned by the headmistress

When Pandora first asked me to write blogs for her, I had to pinch myself. Watching hot spanking porn and writing about it? Well, it's pretty much a dream come true. And I was even more delighted when she sent me the first video – this week's fun, and incredibly severe “Slight damage to the rear end”

There are so many things I love about this video, and I strongly recommend you watch it before you read this so you can see what I'm talking about. Here's a free trailer for you:

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First things first – it stars the utterly stunning (and very scary in this role!) Molly Malone, who plays a superbly strict headmistress of exactly the kind I'd imagined when I used to read boarding school books under the bedcovers at night. It also stars John Beecroft, who is excellent as the distinguished, initially authoritative Chair of Governors getting taken down a peg or two (or twenty-four, if you're counting the cane strokes!).

Personally, I have a real thing for men who are well-spoken (“thank you headmistress” just sounds so perfect when properly pronounced), and the fact that John himself scripted this scene makes for some great natural dialogue, and a plot that flows really nicely. Watching his character try to bluster his way out of trouble, then resign himself to taking his punishment, is a total joy to watch. As is Molly's face when Sir John says something sexist. I won't tell you what he says as that'll spoil the surprise, but as a naturally submissive person, I get a real kick out of seeing the expression on a dominant's face that says 'oh you are in so much trouble!'

Molly and John are off-screen playmates and have been friends for years, which gives them a wonderful chemistry together. I could really feel John's nervousness crossed with excitement when his character was told he was in for a spanking – he clearly knows the 'you're in so much trouble' face only too well.

Pandora tells me that this is John's first ever film, and that he's always dreamed of being in a spanking video. Well, I think it's safe to say that he's ticked that off his bucket list with some serious style. Although he's never been filmed prior to “Slight damage...”, John is clearly incredibly experienced spankee, able to take a very hard over-the-knee spanking followed by an even more impressive and severe caning. I think you'll be pretty impressed with him too, especially about 9 and a half minutes in...

A severe caning from the strict headmistress

Last thing I'll get overexcited about before I wrap this up, I promise, but I also wanted to mention that this is a fantastic scene if you're a fan of the kind of great telling-off that goes along with a spanking. I think the technical term is 'chastisement', but basically what I'm saying is that John's script plus Molly's brilliant ad libbing makes for a sound bollocking that only an angry British headmistress can truly deliver. Best line of the scene (in my opinion) comes slap-bang in the middle of a thorough hand spanking: “I have to say that it's old drunk men like you who need to improve their driving.” I definitely wouldn't want to get on Molly's angry side when she's in this particular role.

So, there we go - “Slight Damage To The Rear End” - fun, exciting, beautifully acted and scripted, and with very heavy beatings that are eye-wateringly hot. As this is my first blog in which I get to write for DoS, it looks like both John and I have achieved a dream today, so I hope I've pulled this off even half as well as he has.

Enjoy the show!

A severe caning from the strict headmistress

A Victorian cold caning

As you'll know if you read my posts after the shoot, our latest film was a big deal for me. Dreams of Spanking had already published one severe caning scene courtesy of Kaelah and Ludwig - now relocated at Darker Dreams. The last (and only) severe caning I had filmed with myself as the bottom, however, was with another producer. Since then I've known that my next full-force, judicial strength cold caning film would be for Dreams of Spanking.

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The Whipped Maid

Things are awry below stairs. A stolen coin has been found in the room of Blake, one of the maids. When confronted she pleads family trouble, and begs for mercy.

She has served the house well, so her employers hear her out. But they are stern in the face of her pleading: order must be maintained, after all. They would prefer not to take this to the authorities, and she is therefore offered a private punishment to suit the severity of her crime. Even family circumstances won't save her from 50 cold strokes of the cane.

I'll be honest with you: the premise of this one didn't take as much thought as some of our storylines. I knew I wanted to do a judicial strength, severe caning; and when I discussed it with Leia-Ann one sunny, boozy, scene-plotting afternoon last summer, it occurred to me that a double caning from Leia and Tom would be super hot. After that, it was just a question of what would make sense within the venue. I knew I wanted it to be historical; the location suggested a domestic setting. Victorian upstairs/downstairs power dynamics have always been a core part of my kink, and so it was that the idea of the whipped maid came to the fore. Hardly original, but every spankee deserves to have a go at each of the classics at least once, I think.

The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers

The plot emerged from a gift by a friend in the scene - a gold pound coin dating from Victoria's reign. It was too good not to use as a prop. 

The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers

However, I hate the image of the low, thieving maid who deserves everything she gets - it reeks of out-dated class stereotypes, and as you all know, I prefer my spankee characters to be sympathetic.

So the theft became one that, perhaps, might be understandable... and Leia and Tom played the Master and Mistress as far more compassionate than my character had any right to expect. Rather than being summarily dismissed without a reference - or, worse, arrested - she is granted the chance to atone privately, and keep her position.

The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers

This film was shot with two 8mm canes; one kooboo (Tom) and one smoked dragon (Leia). If you watch the behind the scenes video you'll see me commenting that Leia's cane feels much nicer, to my taste; and that Tom's is almost too light to be used accurately at full force. (Denser canes are easier to aim; I've found that myself when in top mode).

My taste is for thud, and the hard canings I've taken have historically been with dense dragon canes, 10-12mm in thickness. The problem was that on this shoot we only had one cane that matched that description, and with its modern purple handle it didn't look Victorian. 

I didn't want to receive a lopsided caning, and I didn't want the implements themselves to be anachronistic. So we opted for the matched pair of lighter canes.

I realised early on in this punishment that it wasn't going to be as intense as I'd envisaged. I promised myself there and then that the next time I did a severe caning scene as a bottom (and trust me, there will be a next time, and it will be for Dreams of Spanking) I'd make sure I had two 12mm dragon canes that looked the part.

Some commenters have said they find this scene overly brutal. For my tastes, and I know this might be weird, it was almost not brutal enough. When I envisaged doing another severe caning scene I imagined struggling, tears, violence, vivid welts. Not only was the atmosphere of this beating incredibly restrained and quiet, each character regretfully doing their duty while maintaining as much dignity as they could, but even my poor, over-spanked bottom didn't mark as much as I'd hoped.

I'd been playing hard without a break for a long time by the time this scene was filmed, and despite the pain, the welts don't look as dramatic as the other canings of similar severity I've seen other spankees take. I know it's not a competition. But I'm only going to do a few of these in my life, and you know me well enough by now to know I care about the look of the thing.

Still. In all other respects, this scene went out without a hitch. Leia and Tom were perfect, the caning was laser precise, and I managed to stay in control of myself throughout - which was just what I'd wanted. I love the maid's uniform I wore, and I love the finished film. I hope you do, too.

The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers

For what it's worth: since this shoot last September, I've been giving my skin a break and have barely taken any CP beyond the occasional hand spanking, professionally or privately. The next time I shoot, I expect both the marks and my reactions to be more dramatic. 

The maid is severely punished for stealing from her employers

Caned on the last day of school

We're very honoured to be able to share Irelynn Logeen's last ever spanking film with you (probably), which she came out of retirement to shoot with us as a one-off a few months ago. She and Adele looked perfect in their matching tunics and blazers, but neither girl was perfectly innocent in this end-of-term school caning film. In the end they both lifted their skirts, lowered their white school knickers and bent over the gym horse for 12 hard strokes of the cane.

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Leaving Day

It's the last day of summer term, and the end of Irelynn and Adele's school career. After their last assembly, their head of year calls them back for one last interview. It seems that someone spiked the punch at the Leaver's Ball, and these two are the likely suspects. But which of them was it?

For their classmates, the summer holiday has already started, but rather than hugging their friends goodbye, Irelynn and Adele will spend their last moments at the school in an all-too-familiar position: bent over the gym horse for a final farewell caning.

Two sixth formers in trouble Two sixth formers in trouble
Two naughty girls thoroughly caned Two naughty girls thoroughly caned
School's out forever School's out forever

Solstice spankings

Merry Yule! This weekend contains the longest night, the shortest day of the year. It might be hard to believe at this time of year, especially in grey rainy London, but after today the light starts to come back. Meanwhile, I recommend snuggling up indoors in the warm, perhaps with a willing partner, and watching some spanking videos to warm the blood. I hear that bottoms and hands can also be warmed by related means ;)

I'm doing much the same with Tom this weekend, although this being me, I'm squeezing in a bit of work around the edges too. Somehow the couple of weeks before Christmas always seem explosively busy, not only trying to get work wrapped up before the holidays, but with presents, Christmas feasts and family visits to organise too. Still, I love this time of year, and I'm looking forward to the festivities. I just wish I had an extra week first to get everything done in time!

Just to add to the excitement, on Thursday we held our last shoot of 2013,  with Adele Haze and new photographer PWP. I've worked with PWP before in various contexts; we got talking and I learned that he loves spanking, but has never shot spanking photos before. As you can tell from his tumblr, he has no shortage of experience shooting bottoms! We discussed various ideas, including the artistic possibilities of combining spanking with glitter and bodypaint.


Not our photo, but you get the idea.

Meanwhile, a couple of tweets from Adele caught my eye in which she said she was craving a shoot with lace, ribbon, silk, and everything frilly and fancy. I decided to bring the two together and spend an afternoon shooting arty, colourful spanking photos with a difference. The glitter spanking experiment was excellent fun (I don't know about Adele, but I'm still finding glitter in unexpected places), and we both dolled up in ivory lacy dresses with ribbons on our lingerie and in our hair for a sensual F/F switch storyline.

My personal favourite, however, was the third photoset of the afternoon. Two topless girls in long skirts, velvet, mood lighting. Old books and ink, hand-lettered typography, words on skin. Adele and I have this kink in common. I copied out the first six lines of the Iliad onto her back in the original Homeric Greek, and it was the most peaceful, zen experience I have ever had on a spanking shoot. As the minutes ticked by, no-one spoke a word, PWP moved around us quietly snapping photos, I think she and I both entered a kind of subspace. There was an element of psychological bondage to it; she had to stay perfectly still, or the work would be ruined. And I entered a trance-like state as I lost all my awareness of the camera, and focussed on finishing the calligraphy as quickly and neatly as possible.

Adele Haze, ink and skin - for Dreams of Spanking

I don't know what story these images might tell. Perhaps we are lovers, or witches; perhaps I'm an artist decorating her for some sort of show, or perhaps she's my submissive and I've set her the challenge of stillness and obedience. Perhaps we are students in some strange alternate universe where punishment lines are written not on paper, but on skin.

If you're impatient to see the results, so am I - I'll post some previews as soon as PWP has sent me the files. Meanwhile, perhaps my next bit of news will tide you over. Adele Haze is also starring in this week's film alongside a much-loved spankee, who has come out of retirement for an exclusive scene with us. I'm delighted to announce that the latest performer to join the Dreams of Spanking cast is none other than luscious redhead Irelynn Logeen!

The Faces of the Cane: Irelynn Logeen and Adele Haze in Leaving Day at Dreams of Spanking

Our new F/F schoolgirl caning film Leaving Day has just gone live. I'd thrilled to welcome Irelynn to the site. We filmed this video back in the summer, at the end of a day spent doing work for a private client. Irelynn had already officially retired from shooting video, but when I asked if she'd be interested in fitting in a Dreams of Spanking clip if we had time, she said yes. Sadly this was the only one we had time for, but it's possible she might be interested in coming back for more. So this might be the last spanking film Irelynn ever does - but then again, it might not. Either way, I hope you like it.

Striking sparks

I first heard about the story called The Magician's Apprentice when Adele asked me how to create some arcane techno-babble which actually meant something for a new fiction piece she was working on. I have a few useful books on the subject, and was able to provide some names and references. At what point Pandora adopted the story for Dreams of Spanking I'm not entirely sure, but I've been looking forward to the publication of this one for quite some time.

Adele is an excellent writer, and the scenario she created gave us, as actors, plenty to work with. Our day with Daniel R had already included The Captain and the Tavern Wench, so we were well in the mood for high-camp costume drama. We were also looking forward to experimenting with stills to create some visual effects that would have been much  more difficult on video. And as an added bonus, I got to play Mr. Sheridan, Court Magician to the Empire:

The Magician at Dreams of Spanking

Apparently the Empire ran to large beards that season.

Setting up for this one was almost as much fun as actually shooting it. Quite a lot of the paraphernalia we dressed the set with is either mine or Pandora's, and digging out the Fifth Pentacle of Mercury from The Key of Solomon always provides a good laugh on a wet winter evening. The actual chalk-work was mostly done by Jimmy, who's a fine artist (which I am not) and can write in Arabic (which I can't). We had a whale of a time putting candles everywhere and drawing obscure rude (or geeky) jokes onto the chalkboards in the background.

The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking

It's extraordinary how going the extra mile in the set detail affected the atmosphere; what you might call the Weta Workshops effect. The room felt different. Dressing the set created a good deal of tension in itself, and I found it very easy to get into role, even without dialogue, when acting against those elaborate props and backdrop.

I'll try not to spoil too much of Adele's story, but suffice it to say that after the kissing shots, we halted for a protracted faff with candles, to the accompaniment of much giggling. And then, as if by magic...

The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking
The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking

... a hand-crafted special effect leads to the young couple's discovery by Mr. Sheridan.

The richness of both colour and texture in the "enlightening" shot really has turned out as well as we'd hoped; I'm impressed by how well Daniel caught the moment.

As well as being a pleasure to work with on a personal level, Daniel kept pace with our rather eclectic imaginations all through the shoot, and always seemed to be able to tune in to what we were looking for. The half gothic, half steam-punk feel of this photostory beautifully matches the texture of Adele's prose.

If memory serves, this was also the first scene ever in which Jimmy and I interacted directly, in a CP sense. Balancing a new scene dynamic with character acting can be difficult, particularly if you are already as well acquainted as Jimmy and me. But on this occasion, it presented no problems at all. The story had a pace and rhythm to it that made staying in role easy, despite the stop-motion logistics of shooting stills, and the CP itself did not seem at all strange within the compelling motivations of the narrative. 

Also, it was just so pretty...

The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking
The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking The Magician's Apprentice is in hot water at Dreams of Spanking

An enormous amount of fun was had, and you've only seen the half of it: the plot thickens for young Sophie soon enough once Giles has faced the Magician's wrath. I'm really pleased with the final results: luxuriant colours and cabbalistic symbols enough to brighten anyone's day. Watch this space for part two.

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