Still from The Garden Party by Lupus Spanking
Kaelah and Ludwig have recently posted a fascinating series of posts on how they watch spanking porn, handling the topics of compartmentalisation (can you ignore aspects of a video which aren't quite right and enjoy the rest?), gaze (where are you in the scene: a participant, a voyeur or a fly on the wall?) and sexual explicitness. Their comments and the ensuing discussions are well worth a read.
As a producer on a steep learning curve, however, I'm curious about the practical aspects of how people view spanking films, as well as the philosophical ones.
Firstly there's the technical question of how people access the video. Personally, when I join a spanking site, I'm usually too busy to watch everything straight away. I'll try to put aside a couple of hours as soon as possible - say, that evening - to browse the archive and set multiple videos downloading. I grab everything I'm interested in, watch a couple straight away, and save the rest. Then when I want an, um, private moment, I look on my computer for a video I haven't seen (or a favourite I want to revisit) and work my way through the collection that way. If I can persuade a lover or kinky friend to join me, I might watch several videos in a row. But I don't usually feel like I have time to "indulge" in watching several films in a row if I'm on my own, unless I can call it work as well as pleasure (say, if I'm writing a review).
However, I know that lots of people prefer to watch films in their browser rather than downloading them - and several people who have joined Dreams of Spanking seem to have watched a lot of films at once. I'm actually quite jealous of this way of doing things, it sounds much more fun! Perhaps now that I've launched I'll be able to make my work/life balance a bit more healthy, and make more time for myself to watch videos I'm interested in.
Then there's the question of how you enjoy the film itself. When we watch mainstream films we start at the beginning and stop at the end, each time we watch it. But, just as there's a difference in the way I read erotic books to the way I read non-erotic fiction or non-fiction, I don't always watch porn this way.
Personally, the first time I sit down to get to know a video, I'll watch it from the start, all the way through. I have to get really bored before I'll hit fast forward - but it's been known. I'm more likely to pay attention to something else and leave it running with half an ear, just so I don't miss anything that might be worth watching. But most films, I'll watch from start to finish. Then, if I'm on my own and if the first viewing has turned me on, I might immediately rewind and revisit the best moments while I seek my climax.
The next time I watch the film, unless it's a really well-crafted story without a dull moment, I won't tend to re-watch the whole thing; I'll skip straight to my favourite parts. The exception would be if I was showing the film to a friend or lover, at which point I'd insist on them watching it all the way through, like I did. (This has not endeared me to people who didn't share my tastes, in the past!)
But then, I'm not an average viewer: I'm interested in the porn industry and how other people make movies, as well as in finding material I'll personally find hot. On a first viewing I'm usually watching with a professional eye, and making notes for my personal interest later. On a second viewing, I'll zoom right in on the bits that are sexiest to me. Depending on the quality and length of the video, that might be the whole thing, or it might be very specific moments.
There are lots of ways you could watch a spanking video, and in my opinion none of them are right or wrong. You could re-watch the whole thing each time, like a mainstream movie. Or the first time you watch, you could skip straight to the 'action' and just watch that bit, ignoring the rest. I know at least one person who 'channel hops' their way through a porn video each time they visit it, fast-forwarding until something catches their eye, but never watching for very long before they get bored and skipping ahead again. This way you get a different experience each time you watch the video, but you probably won't pick up any nuances of storyline.
I know that not all porn videos are alike. Those which are primarily a visual experierence with very little plot or context might fare better being fast-forwarded. If you skip dialogue you might either miss the boring bits or crucial plot, depending on the quality of the script and acting. Full length features such as those produced by Lupus Spanking often rely on visual storytelling and clever plot twists, and skipping part of the story might mean the rest of the film makes very little sense. In some scenes the spanking is the best part, but in others it's witty banter, or a moment of meaningful eye contact or body language between the performers.
So I'm curious. How do you watch spanking videos? Is it different for different types of film? What does it depend on?