Hello! Thomas Cameron here to talk about our most recent update, Sleepover. I had a great deal of fun helping film this scene, not least because the shoot gave me the opportunity to meet the awesome Alex for the first time. I'd heard many tales from the days she shared a room with Pandora in Texas, and had been looking forward to meeting one of the more interesting bloggers out there.
I arrived somewhat after Alex, and the girls gleefully informed me that their real-life behaviour on the first night of her stay would provide the plot for the first scene we'd be shooting. Apparently, they'd stayed up far too late, and there had been a great deal of giggling and inappropriate behaviour by soft-toys. Scenes played with humour are always a great deal of fun to do, and the resulting film is both sexy and charming.
Alex and Pandora have been bad girls, staying up too late talking and laughing loudly under the covers. Poor Tom was kept awake half the night, even though he came in and told them twice to be quiet. So the next morning, before breakfast, he orders both girls to lower their jeans and come over his knee for a long, thorough spanking on their upturned bottoms and even the sensitive backs of their thighs. Pandora begs him not to spank Alex - she's her guest! - but Tom is adamant that they had fair warning to be quiet, and both of them are old enough to know better.
Once they have been soundly spanked, the girls must lie down side by side on the bed, and lower their knickers for a whopping total of 80 strokes of the long leather strap.
The ladies had a lot of fun playing with their naughty otter (I am told I missed my cue by a couple of minutes but they seeemed to be having so much fun...) After threats of a spanking in the morning fail to keep the girls quiet, Uncle Thomas tells them they'll be dealt with in the morning. They invent several creative attempts to avoid their spankings, ranging from blaming it all on the soft toys to wearing terribly cute matching panties in the hope that it would disarm their disciplinarian. Alas, this did not work.
Alex is a great deal of fun to spank, and when I fetched out the promised strap the girls made a dealightful picture holding hands on the bed in solidarity. I really enjoyed watching through the finished film and think many of you will as well!
I'll be back later this week to take a look around Nimue's World.
One of the pleasures of my night job is that I have had the opportunity to work with a number of the celebrity names on the UK scene, and even some of the more adventurous Americans (hi there, Ten!). Two of my favourite co-stars are Nimue Allen and Alex Reynolds, who was the main feature of our last report. When Alex came across on her whistle-stop tour of the UK scene, she shot for us one day and then immediately spent a day working with Pandora and Nimue on a shoot for Nimue's own site. We thought this provided a good opportunity to take a peek at Alex's adventure's in Nimue's World.
Nimue is one of the most beautiful, and most versatile, performers I've worked with from the UK scene. Her world is a place full of adventurous people and, for a site with strong BDSM tendencies and a dark side to the stories, a great deal of laughter. When I shot for the site some months ago, the first photoset we did was a puppy-play sequence in which the only prop was a pair of balled-up socks. I've never done anything even remotely like it on camera or in private, but enjoyed myself immensely. To my surprise, in the photos I almost look like I know what I'm doing.
It was such a happy little scene that I found it very easy to play, although I had no idea what was coming next. Nimue's grace in directing and scene-setting while also being a bouncy puppy displayed impressive multi-tasking skills! Like Pandora's work, Nimue's is composed with a strong aesthetic eye and constructed with a view to allowing real chemistry and passion from models to carry through the lens to the audience. But while Pandora dreams mostly of spanking, Nimue's world is a very adventurous place with spankings, bondage, exhibitionism and very much more: where hard-core BDSM and a variety of other kinks might be found around any corner.
Alex has written an excellent series of posts about her travels (which you should go read some of!) and she spent some time talking about her explorations with Nimue in this one. As I had, Alex found herself being drawn into a first scenario which was both exactly her thing, and which took her out of her experience zone towards a new type of play. Nimue is very good at helping a new model to feel comfortable within her style and process, and the results she got from Alex were superb:
"In part two of my School Bully series, I've decided it's time to assert my authority over the exchange student, Alex Reynolds. When she refuses to go and get my text book for me, I drag her to the floor, rip off her clothes, and give her a hard bum and thigh spanking to show her that I mean business."
From Alex's report:
"She spanked me, including doing it in very non-traditional positions and she rolled me over and slapped me on the breasts. This was pre-negotiated, although I'd never done it before.
Holy. Shit. That hurt.
[...] I often see myself as being a pretty heavy player. I've taken some epic beatings in my day. When I'm well, in a secure environment and playing with someone I love, I've never actually found an upper limit of what I can tolerate in terms of spanking. This reminded me that I'm not actually all that physically tough: I'm just good at taking spankings. As odd as it may sound, it felt really nice and refreshing to be reminded of that. It made me tremendously vulnerable, but I felt safe and trusting towards everyone who was around me. But every slap, even though entirely not hard compared to what I was used to, took my breath away."
In my not at all humble opinion the scene is brilliant, and you can see a trailer for it on Nimue's blog. By what was now day two for Nimue and day three or more for Alex and Pandora the lovely ladies had consumed a good deal of pink wine and had found a creative groove that was very productive indeed. For their next scenario, they had Alex playing the Best Girlfriend Ever:
"Pandora comes in and catches me and chastises me for not being safe, as well as for keeping my desires to experiment with bondage to myself instead of asking her to tie me up. I try to explain that I was doing it to surprise her. She responds by spanking me with her hand and then a leather paddle, and also gives me a number of slaps on my breasts while they're bound in a rope harness. In my opinion, Pandora made this scene crazily hot. There's a lot of sexual energy between us in the film (and it's genuine, she and I are involved off camera) and it's really wonderful."
When we were shooting the previous day for Dreams of Spanking, I had encountered Alex's rather delightful bunny-suit (and once I'd stopped laughing, I had a great deal of fun spanking her in it). Once it had been brought out I think it was inevitable that Nimue's fertile imagination would find a way to make use of it and the resulting photo-set is a neat exemplar of her talent for evocative compositions.
"Little Alex wants her hair in braids, but she moans and complains that it hurts when I brush her hair, and that I pull too hard when I'm braiding. She needs something to calm her down, and I reach for the closest thing I have to hand - the hairbrush. After I turn her bottom a bright pink to match her onesie, she is much calmer, and curls up with me for a nap."
Part of why we find Nimue so easy to work with, although the two sites have very different kink spreads and primary target audiences, is that she has the same ethic for finding the liminal spaces in a model's practice of kink and exploring them in unusual settings. Nimue's made a habit of using behind-the-scenes material in part to allow viewers to see the model's joy behind a character's pain or humiliation, just as we have. In this quite cute and fluffy age-play scene, there was still a note of complexity to be teased out:
"I love having my hair touched in just about any way: tender playing, brushing, rough horribleness, it all works for me. I had to think of all sorts of horribly unfair things in order to inspire my tantrumy faces."
In Nimue's world, there's a lot more going on than just the spankings. I happen to be something of a BDSM fan, and to like unusual and dark fantasies, so much of the site works very nicely for me. Yes, there are beautiful and dangerous things going on here that simply aren't my kink: and I like that. I like knowing that while my own interest might be in seeing Alex or Pandora get spanked or tied up and otherwise dreadfully abused, Nimue always has something gnarly on her mind. I like her sense of aesthetics; I like her fearlessness in the choices of fantasies she'll put on camera, and I like very much the vitality which sparks between her models, be it in stills or on film. Nimue is a talented producer and photographer but she is also a kink catalyst; she has the gift of helping other people to let out their playful side.
The last few months of Nimue's updates have been particularly good for us spanking fans, though, so I'm going to leave you with a few more sneak previews behind some of the bedroom doors in Nimue's World.
Spank Break, with our own lovely Pandora:
Our latest spanking film is another one inspired by a piece of artwork. Illustrations are unique amongst spanking media in the way they can capture the anticipation and tension of a spanking scenario, glimpsing a single pivotal moment while leaving the rest to the imagination. I think that audio stories make such effective spanking erotica for the same reason: the way that they stimulate the imagination and allowing the listener to fill in the details in their own mind.
Actually, Ladies Caning Night was inspired not just by one illustration, but by several.
I don't know the names of the artists for any of these pieces - if anyone does, please do tell me so I can add a credit and a link. I found them on SpencerMasoch's fetlife profile; he'd appended captions to them like "Ladies Caning Night" and "Weekly caning practice". The fantasy of a weekly ladies get-together to practice cane technique, at which a hapless hubby might find himself the victim of several ladies' sadistic attention, struck me as compelling, and I decided to make a film of it.
On Wednesday evenings Nimue likes to invite her friends round to try out her collection of canes. This week Pandora brings her partner Michael with her to help things along. Michael finds himself the subject of both ladies' attention, and on the receiving end of a whole suite of canes from thin and whippy to thick and heavy. Still, he tries to bear up under the mistreatment - whatever will keep his lady happy! Once Nimue has shown Pandora the various options and Pandora has tried them for herself, both ladies team up to give Michael a double caning. And of course, they video the whole thing for posterity. Michael submits to a total of over 60 cane strokes in total, and Pandora enjoys herself so much that she decides she simply MUST obtain some canes of her own!
The "home video" style of shooting in this film was a result of the three of us not having an extra camera person on set - previously that day Nimue and I had taken it in turns to top and film. I actually really like how it turned out, especially the opening sequence, as the camera's point of view passes from person to person, swapping between the spankee's and spankers' perspectives. I think it results in an enjoyably candid, intimate scene which really puts the viewer in the room with us. What do you think, does it work for you?
I love Michael's performance in this scene - he really captured the eager-to-please hubby who is trying to maintain social decorum and go along with the idea that this is a perfectly normal and civilised way to spend a Wednesday night. It's a lovely angle on domestic dominance and submission, and as the caning progresses you can see the nervousness, uncertainty and pain despite his efforts to keep smiling.
There's something really hot and edgy for me about a dynamic where the sub is encouraged to put on a brave face and pretend it doesn't hurt much in order to please a demanding dominant - or pair of dominants, in this case. Despite playing a top role in this scene my sympathies as a director were very much with Michael, and as he bravely surrenders to over 60 cane strokes he is 100% the star of the show.
I've always loved double canings, and as a left-hander Nimue makes an ideal caning partner. This was my first time teaming up with her, although I've been on the receiving end of her and Tom before, and it was a pleasure from start to finish.
This was the last video we filmed with Michael on our shoot last November, and at the end of the day he showed off his beautifully marked bottom in the kitchen for a final picture set. After that, he sat down - carefully! - for some well-earned food, wine and relaxation.
Being the victim of multiple female assailants seems to be a recurring male submissive fantasy - more so, perhaps, than the corresponding M/F scenario. Several viewers have asked me to make a film in which a male spankee is dominated by three or even four ladies. It would be expensive to produce for obvious reasons, but if there's enough demand then maybe we could make a bit of a day of it. Would you like to see a film like this, and if so, what sort of scenario would best appeal to you?
There have been some changes to Dreams of Spanking over the last month. You may have noticed them, you may not. I haven't been able to write about it here for reasons that will become obvious, but now things are more or less resolved, I can briefly describe what's happened.
It started with a site review by our credit card processor CCBill, requesting some minor (if baffling) wording changes, mostly to blogposts and scene pages. CCBill's Acceptable Usage Policy has vague wording describing the sort of content they are happy to process billing for, and we went through a similar review process with them when preparing the site for launch. The interpretation of their policy seems to subjectively depend on which employee is handling your case; and so some things they had required before launch weren't required now, whereas other things that had been missed then were now flagged for removal.
For technical reasons, the review also required us to set up a new subaccount with them, a process which triggered yet another review, from yet another policy advisor, and this is where things got interesting. The short version is that a lot of content which hadn't been picked up on a week earlier was now flagged for deletion. They specifically picked out three scenes featuring sword-fighting or severe caning. These films were fine a week ago, but now, suddenly, they had to go.
I didn't really have a choice about complying with CCBill's demands. I can't run this site without a billing provider, and other producers informed me that a lot of these regulations are handed down from Visa and other financial institutions, and that all credit card processors have similarly inconsistent requirements. As one producer said, "the policies of such organizations are capricious, arbitrary, defy logic and present an unpredictable moving target". Most billing agents deliberately word their policies to be vague, to give them scope for flexibility. This vagueness means no producer can guarantee they’ll be safe with one billing agent or another. Besides which, changing credit card processor is a lengthy, complex, expensive process which I simply couldn't afford.
I make spanking videos for the love of it, and in hope of reaching out to others who share my fantasies. I hope that my films might turn you on, fire your imagination, or perhaps help you discover that you are not alone, and that spanking fantasies can be a healthy part of a vibrant sexuality. I firmly believe that it is not harmful for consenting adults to act out these sorts of fantasies, or to share the resulting images with likeminded kinksters.
The key is consent. If all participants consented and had fun making it, there is nothing wrong with enjoying any kind of porn, however weird or extreme.
I therefore decided that the best possible response to CCBill's removal requests was to give away the deleted scenes for free. As I wrote at the time:
So these requirements are handed down to CCBill from Visa; all other billing agents are the same? Fuck capitalism: I’ll give it all away. Full length video downloads, image galleries, behind the scenes documentaries, associated writings, everything. Plus the comments, the blog posts, the performer bios, all the surrounding context that demonstrates the ethical production and enthusiastic content that went into the making of those scenes, because without that, it’s not representative of what I’m doing.
Free range porn, released into the wild! It’s an exhilarating, liberating prospect. Free economics: the last line of defence against the capitalist censors. If I’m not charging, there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.
When I was in the middle of dealing with this issue the urge to rebel against CCBill was a strong one, but that wasn't my only reason for deciding to make the deleted content available for free. The more I thought about it, the better an idea it seemed.
One of the films flagged for removal was Ludwig and Kaelah's film The Final Test. They wrote the film themselves as a positive representation of their severe caning kink, which is often considered controversial. They were tired of arguing their corner against people who insisted anyone who liked that sort of thing was “sick”, and decided to make a film complete with a behind the scenes documentary to show how it can be conducted in a healthy, consensual, and empowering way. Both of them refused to allow me to pay them for the shoot: they insisted that they were doing this for love, not money. As soon as The Final Test was singled out for removal, giving this film away seemed like the best way to honour the spirit in which it was created
Additionally, I come to production from the open source community, and have long been fascinated by free economics and the future of commercial media distribution in the age of file-sharing. I’m interested in exploring alternative business models that exploit the economics of abundance offered by digital media – for instance, I have a “pay what you like” porn site in the pipeline. This seemed like a good opportunity to road-test one possible alternative business model (giving content away and inviting donations from those who enjoy it) in a relatively risk-free way. After all, the content had already earned its keep on Dreams of Spanking; I could make the experiment without having to invest more money producing brand-new content.
A separate mini-site was also the most achievable solution. A free site is easier, quicker and cheaper to build than a separate site using a new billing agent; or than changing the billing agent for Dreams of Spanking. This option allowed me to make the content available as quickly as possible after I was required to take it offline.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if content is deemed dangerous or offensive by anyone, controlling corporations or governments alike, the best way to prove that it isn’t is to make it publically available.
Many commenters have remarked on how tame the scenes CCBill objected to are compared to porn you can find elsewhere on the web. Our silly sword-fighting scenes, for instance, all use fake weapons, such as rubber toy swords or capped fencil foils - and yet CCBill still found the "threat to life" implied by these duelling scenes too "realistic" to be allowed.
Fear and myths still abound about kinky people and practices, and fear is fuelled by ignorance. Most campaigners against "violent porn" (and there is a campaign against simulated rape pornography raging as I write this) have sat down and watched very little of it. Openness and transparency are our best defence against censorship and fear.
Hence, Darker Dreams.
Thanks to all who helped donate to make this site happen.
Thanks also to the following bloggers for covering this issue and linking to the free site:
Check out Darker Dreams to see The Final Test, The Pirates of the Jolly Kraken and The Avenger's Return. If you want to support this project, donations are always appreciated, however small. Or of course you can buy a membership to Dreams of Spanking and access our archive of 123 uncensored spanking scenes.
Our latest film is based on a scene from "Kinky" by Justine Elyot. I reviewed this erotic novella in January and enjoyed it very much, particularly the first spanking scene where the two main characters blag their way into the fetish club, and are challenged to prove that they are legitimate pervs and not tourists. It's an unusual premise for a first-time scene, and succeeds in being sweet, funny and hot all at once. I thought it would make an awesome spanking film.
Luckily, this is the age of the internet, and after Justine Elyot replied to my review on twitter, I asked her if she'd mind if we used her idea. She was kind enough to grant permission, and so we went ahead and filmed our version of 'Kinky during our shoot with Will, Caroline and Amelia in February.
Will and Caroline walk past a mysterious building on their way to work, which often has people dressed in strange costumes coming in and out of it, carrying oddly shaped bags. They've always wondered what was inside, and one day adventurous Will decides to find out. He tells Caroline to meet him there in ten minutes, and together they manage to blag their way into Club Kinky.
However, there's a catch. Club owner Amelia is friendly and welcoming enough, but to ensure they're legit she asks some questions about "their dynamic". Will and Caroline's vague replies aren't enough to reassure her, and so she requests that they show her how they play. Suddenly the pair realise they are in way over their heads, but to save face, they decide to follow it through. They are suddenly forced to negotiate a kinky scene on the spot and play it out - for real - for the first time ever, in front of a very experienced total stranger. No pressure then!
The more confident Will finds himself taking the lead, but how much does Caroline actually want to do this? When it comes to the world of kink, can you really fake it 'til you make it?
We had a lot of fun shooting this one, as you can probably tell from these behind the scenes screengrabs:
I love Will's "cracking up" face in number 2.
The cast all gave superb performances in this. Ms Elyot herself seems pretty happy with the results, too! Will and Caroline really captured the sensitivity and intimacy of a couple trying kink for the first time, and I love their spontaneous negotiation and communication in this. The ever-delightful Amelia turns out some of the best comedy moments in the entire thing, and her kinky club owner is both amusingly stereotypical and sympathetic.
The result is an entertaining, affectionate and very hot spanking scene, showing how in the process of pretending, two curious newbies discover they might be kinky for real.
'Kinky' is available to buy as an e-book for only 99p. If you enjoy this scene, I can highly recommend it.
I was interested to read Rabbits Reviews' recent review of Dreams of Spanking, which gave the site an overall score of 70/100.
Here's their breakdown:
Content amount and, relatedly, value, we can't do much about; the site is only 18 months old and is expanding at a steady pace. Likewise update schedule - I am fairly committed to the idea that spanking scenes should not be sliced up and released in sections, but that it's better to wait for a full scene that you can watch all at once. However, this year I have made an effort to release extra midweek photosets as often as possible, and will continue to do so.
Do you like our current system of weekly videos of varying length? Would you prefer shorter videos and more frequent updates? At present I find that juggling my various commitments makes it hard to commit to a weekly update day, but I usually aim for Saturday. If there is a bonus photoset, that will go up midweek, for instance on Wednesday. Would you value a more predictable "every Wednesday and Saturday" update schedule? What if that meant e.g. uploading the photos and the video for the same scene on different days?
Rabbits Reviews identified the site's strengths as exclusive content, high-def videos and zipped high-res photo sets. Weaknesses included the inability to save favourite scenes, no advanced search, and the fact that our streaming video player needs to preload before you can skip ahead in a scene. Which are all true, the question is how high a priority it is to fix. Are these usability problems that have hindered your enjoyment of the site?
The suggestion of being able to save favourited scenes is an interesting one. We already have a "like" feature on the site, and it would not be too hard to list "liked" scenes on each user's profile. This list could either be visible publically, or to each person privately. Would this feature be useful to you?
Rabbits Reviews liked our fair trade ethics, high production values and HD video quality. Other comments included:
Photo sets [...] mixed in among the posting of vids. In fact that's something that kind of detracts from the navigation a bit, because there aren't separate sections for videos and photos, just thumbnails without any indication of whether they link to photos, videos or both. The only exceptions are the four MP3 audio stories whose thumbs are clearly labeled with an audio symbol.
Once you click a thumbnail and the page for the video or photo shoot opens then you'll see that it is labeled with keyword tags and these can help you find similarly-themed action. You can also browse by category if you prefer. You can leave comments and "like" scenes, although there isn't really a way to sort your view of scenes based on this ratings system. Still, you can check out five of the most viewed scenes and most popular keyword tags as well.
I'm always looking for ways to improve the site and user experience so any suggestions for improvements are appreciated. The 4/10 usability score was particularly interesting, and has given me food for thought. Do let me know if you agree with the above comments and if you have any other feedback about the site navigation.
Regarding not being able to tell the difference between photos and videos, this distinction is definitely made on the homepage and on the recent scenes feed, with text descriptions saying whether each scene is a film or photogallery, and a "video player" image if there's video. There could perhaps be more visual distinction between photosets and videos, for instance different thumbnail layouts for each. I've experimented with this idea at our new free site Darker Dreams, and would definitely consider using a similar layout for Dreams of Spanking if you think it would work better.
My guess is that the reviewer is referring to our Browse all scenes page, which doesn't have any distinction between photos and videos. This is a new page, and the feedback is really useful. I'll have a think about whether to include a "video" symbol on the video thumbnails (although this might obscure the image), or perhaps separate out video, photos and audio under different subheadings. Another idea would be to expand this page to include some text information alongside each thumbnail, which could include a media symbol as well as direct download links. What do you think?
Overall, I'm happy with our score of 70/100, and it's always useful to receive such detailed feedback. I am always looking for ways to improve the site, particularly the navigation and usability, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please do let me know.