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2013 in review

Happy new year from all of us at Dreams of Spanking! 2013, our second year in business, has had its ups and downs - but mostly it's been ups. It's been a pleasure to watch the project stabilise, grow and enjoy various successes, and I'm really optimistic about 2014.

My personal highlights from the last twelve months include getting a photo of a male submissive to the top of Kinky and Popular, being nominated for a Feminist Porn Award 2013, receiving several excellent reviews from porn review sites, attending a private film festival for UK fetish producers, producing our first big location shoot (which I hope will become an annual feature!), hiring my new assistant AJ (who also helped me with this post - thanks hon!), and hosting our first free porn day to celebrate the second birthday of the site.

It's not all been plain sailing. I allowed myself to get badly overcommitted this year by trying to combine too many other projects with running this website, and had to take time to recover from burnout. While I was still too exhausted to cope, I accidentally deleted some footage on a spanking shoot, a mistake I very much hope not to make again. At the start of the summer we also experienced some issues with our billing provider which were a headache at the time - but even that cloud had a silver lining in the end, in the launch of our free "extreme porn" spin-off site, Darker Dreams.

In 2013 we published a number of new types of spanking scene, including our first strap-on scene, live-play spanking card game, pet play scene, wrestling film, and hand tawsing. We worked with some amazing performers for the first time, some new to the spanking industry, others already and deservedly popular: Will Savage, Alex Reynolds, Mila Kohl and Paul Kennedy, Vincent Brennan, Lola Marie, Leia Ann Woods, and Andrew Shada.

We also had great fun shooting with existing cast members Caroline Grey, Amelia Jane Rutherford, Thomas Cameron, Nimue Allen, D, Molly Malone, Zoe Montana, Michael Darling and Adele Haze, and we invited three new photographers to join the crew: Matt Christie, Tyler Gray and PWP.

2013 was also the year when my work started to attract a little more interest in the press, such as this article in Slixa, an interview with Jacques magazine, a yet-to-be-released FHM feature on what women think of porn, a mention in Men's Health magazine, and several in-depth interviews for a forthcoming Guardian article by Zoe Williams.

I wanted to post my top twelve scenes of 2013 to celebrate the year gone by. It turned out to be very hard to choose. I've been really proud of our updates this year, and if I get my way there'll be even better to come in 2014. Picking just twelve was difficult! These are just the ones that stood out for me; you will probably have your own favourites. But without further ado, here are my twelve favourite spanking scenes from 2013:

Schoolboys Sebastian and Michael find out how the cane really feels at Dreams of Spanking

Caning Practice: Like all schoolboys, Michael and Sebastian dread the cane. When the Headmaster catches them exchanging practice strokes in the school grounds, they soon find out what it really feels like. Based on a true story, this film explores the dread and fear of the cane as the ultimate sanction that can make school punishment stories so powerful.

A bride takes her frustration out on her maid of honour, but then the tables turn A bride takes her frustration out on her maid of honour, but then the tables turn

Bridezilla: A stressed-out bride insists on punishing her long-suffering maid of honour, but when even this doesn't calm her down, Nimue turns the tables and gives Molly what she really needs: the cane. Molly and Nimue delivered superb performances in this energetic, witty switch scene, and Molly looks sublime receiving a well-earned caning in her white bridal lingerie.

Toned, tattooed and tied-up; Hunky switch Will shows us the ropes

Musclebound: Introducing new switch performer Will Savage, freshly oiled and showing off his muscular physique. Strength and power are slowly tamed as he kneels and submits to tightly tied hemp rope. This groundbreaking photoset celebrated the beauty and nobility of male submission, and Will's finely-crafted physique and Hywel Phillips' superb photography took the whole thing to another level.

Naughty Mila is pre-emptively punished to prevent her misbehaving at dinner again

Caned Before Dinner: After her behaviour at the last Rotary Club dinner, Mila's father decides to punish her before this one as a pre-emptive measure. Twelve sore cane stripes on her bottom will remind her to behave. Mila was not very experienced with the cane, and was extremely nervous in the run up to this scene. Her fear and tears as the punishment proceeds are entirely genuine.

Michael is shown just what the ladies can do given the right bottom

Ladies Caning Night: This week Pandora has brought her partner Michael to Nimue's caning evening - and her camera. The ladies team up to give poor Michael over 60 cane strokes, including a double caning from both of them at once. This scene had a realistic, documentary-style feel which was fun to produce, and all three of us had a great time with it. Brave Michael took one hell of a caning - and he even seemed to enjoy it!

Naughty Lola flirts with her teacher and soon finds herself on the wrong end of a hairbrush

Teacher's Pet: Lola has a crush on her teacher, but she's in for a shock when she playfully provokes a spanking. He knocks her back, and gives her a serious hairbrush punishment that she doesn't like one bit. One of my oldest fantasies, Lola and Tom brought this scene to life with perfect, hilarious performances - and Lola took the hardest wooden hairbrush spanking I have ever filmed.

A poor report leads Michael to spend some time across his strict auntie's knee

School Report: Michael hates living with his strict, old-fashioned aunt and uncle, who believe in traditional methods of discipline and do not consider him too old to be taken over the knee for a sound spanking. This was our first MF/M scene, and may in fact be the first MF/M spanking film ever made. It proved incredibly popular, and affirmed my intention to continue to produce innovative, genre-busting films celebrating male spankees.

Two junior jockeys conspire to fix a race, but neither reckons on their headmistress finding out

The Fix: Riders Caroline and Amelia had the best of intentions when they fixed the horse race, but that won’t save them from Miss Blake's riding crop, and a harsh thrashing that brings them both to tears. Both performers picked this firm but fair scene as their favourite out of our two day shoot, and they loved the opportunity to hold hands and console each other through two very emotionally intense punishments. Tight jodhpurs, sound whippings and beautiful crying girls - what's not to love?

At the end of a long day, Tamora makes time to indulge in her schoolgirl spanking fantasies

My Inner Little Girl: Tamora is a high powered business woman, but no-one can be strong all the time. After a long work day she makes time for her inner schoolgirl, dressing up and fantasising about being spanked and helpless. This was my first ever masturbation scene and orgasm on camera, and it was exciting and nerve-wracking to share something a bit more intimate with the world. I also really enjoyed making a film that combines genuine female pleasure with a non-consensual punishment scenario. The best of both worlds!

Vincent chooses a caning over a custodial sentence, and soon learns that it's far from the easy way out

Drunk and Disorderly: Arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour, Vincent is given the option of judicial corporal punishment. His big mouth earns him more and more strokes, culminating in 30 full force strokes of the cane. This was our first judicial scene, and new spankee Vincent bowled us over with his resilience and courage.

Real tears and harsh strokes as Pandora and Tom play out one of her most severe fantasies

Pandora's Belt Whipping Fantasy: Pandora describes one of her edgiest fantasies: a severe domestic belt whipping featuring struggling, real tears and over 100 very hard strokes. Together, she and Tom bring her dream to life. One of my oldest, nastiest fantasies, and a new mode of storytelling that shows both non-consensual fantasy and consensual reality. This was a big deal for me and Tom, and I'm really pleased with the result.

The Major shows the young officer how to keep his wench in line

The New Lieutenant: Her Majesty's Hussars are off on campaign. Major Harry Havelock congratulates new Lieutenant Shada on his promotion, and introduces the boy to the privileges of rank: wine, wenching, and whipping! A more ambitious historical production indulging another favourite fantasy of mine and Tom's, and giving new performer Andrew a chance to shine. Episode three of this series is coming soon!

Comments

(Even though the brilliant Alex Reynolds isn't in it)

If I could only keep one scene from 2013, I think I would have to choose Bridezilla.

I can definitely see your point there. It hangs together really well, mostly because of Molly and Nimue's very convincing acting and dialogue. Plus, OMG hotness. :)

I also enjoyed especially: 'Kinky', 'The Spy' and 'Corporate Intimidation' for the storylines associated with the action, and 'Alex's POV' because it's a great OTK with really interesting camera angles.

Well done on a good year and all the best for 2014. I am very interested to see that you have done some interviews for an article from an excellent journalist in the mainstream national press. Will look out for that.

Cute and Nasty

I haven't changed my mind about 'Bridezilla' but I so agree with Yianni's choices, especially 'Corporate Intimidation'. Excellent story line, with a really great twist. Alex has cuteness and strength in equal measure and Thomas and Pandora are a perfection in nastiness.

Oooh, good choices. 'Kinky' was very strong, I agree - a great concept which Justine kindly let us borrow, and superb performances all round. I'm less in love with The Spy, although I won't bore you by listing all the imperfections I perceive with it - tedious self-deprecation. I do like it as an example of an edgy /FM scene, and there should definitely be more of those.

Corporate Intimidation was another favourite of mine too. Interesting storyline with a nice mixture of helplessness and empowerment for the spankee, great acting by Alex and Tom, and an unexpectedly hard thrashing as well. Clearly I should have let myself pick more than twelve ;)

Thanks for the comment! I'm greatly enjoying reading everyone's responses :)

My favs are….

…………but I'm such a newcomer to this site...so if you think why is this low-life voting – my apologies now…………..
Firstly my apologies, not sure I should be even voting as I’m such a new-comer to Dreams of Spanking, but nevertheless, my favourite scene from Pandora’s Top Twelve is Drunk & Disorderly. This scene is very special….Zoe who is kind of running the shop does an amazing job interacting with Molly and she makes is so real, so believable. The manner in which she delivers her lines should put her in line for an Oscar…..she really is that good……but when it comes to the punishment itself, damn…hats off to Vincent Brennan’s amazing performance in this very hard, difficult judicial scene. He is just amazing and I have no idea how he took those 30 strokes. I really like the slight humour too with the drugs taped to his leg….excellent stuff.

My second favourite scene is Belt Whipping Fantasy purely because I think in Pandora’s eyes it was a long time coming and she had the courage and determination to see it through to what is a magnificent scene. How she took those hundred strokes is just beyond me, but she did and hats off to her, no wonder her tears were real……….well done Pandora…….huge respect…………

John, I hope that 'low-life' thing is tongue in cheek! You've got every right to express a view! And it's good to hear it too. You've highlighted a couple of really intense scenes which were very well done, even if they are at the harder end of the sort of thing I like. But that's a real good point about DoS; the site appeals to a range of interest within the spanking genre.

I can't go for Bridezilla

Don't worry Yianni, John was being tongue in cheek, he was told off by Pandora a little while ago, but who hasn't ? Well OK most people haven't , but John has and so have I.

Any way thank you John and of course you are right about Zoe and Molly, but I think Pandora already sees the two of us as being her naughty little boys/middle aged men, so I don't think that nominating one of my scenes is really going to wash !

Like Patrick, I think 'Bridezilla' is brilliant. But I've been fortunate enough to work with Molly and to have a drink with Nimue, so I'm going to go for 'Teacher's Pest' because I think Thomas Cameron and Lola Marie just radiate personality.

Gosh, I didn't intend to start an awards ceremony, although I'm very interested to hear everyone's feedback about their favourite scenes. Why on earth wouldn't I endorse one of your films, Vincent? You are strange, sometimes.

Telling off….ah yes….I was….

Vincent, Yianni,

Yes I was told off by Pandora but in the nicest way possible. Obviously so new to the site I have been playing ‘catch-up’ ever since taking in these wonderful films. I guess I was so blown away by it all I just had to ‘post post post…..’ which in one way is good, but in other ways not so good as in my exuberant state I totally forgot that someone would have to decipher my posts, make sense of them, and then formulate a reply…..I guess for the most that person is Pandora.

So yes, there you go……..Vincent, as for ‘us middle aged guys’……I would agree yes you are in your prime middle age but sadly I have now surpassed this and I’m looking forward to my bus pass dropping through the letter box……….any day now.

Take care all you fine people and spanking enthusiasts.

Thanks for the nice comments about my Belt Whipping Fantasy, you are quite right - that one means a lot to me. I'm very glad you liked it :)

It's kind of amazing to me that Drunk & Disorderly is perceived as being one of our best despite my colossal fuckup in losing half the footage. All down to the strength of the performances, which were fantastic, as you quite rightly say. I never intended to limit anyone to those twelve, though - if there are others you liked, name away!

In for a penny in for a pound….

OK so I’ll put myself in the firing line for posting ‘another’ message but as Pandora has invited us all to do so………here goes……….sorry Pandora if I’ve just earned myself a few hard cane strokes for my rudeness.

I’d just like to say….and I’m not sure whether these two clips were within the last year, probably not, but I think two of my ‘most favourite’ scenes which kind of go back-to-back are Adornment and After the Party. Firstly Zoe and Pandora’s performances in both are absolutely sterling, and there’s definitely some ‘on-screen’ chemistry going on between these two gorgeous ladies….but the thing that makes these scenes so special, I think, is all the build up to the punishment itself. I am absolutely certain Zoe is teasing poor Pandora probably beyond what was planned perhaps. The dressing preparation in Adornment, and the undressing in After the Party, the way Zoe is teasing poor Pandora with that very painful looking nipple chain, especially the way she takes it off is just soooooooo sensual and of course the punishment itself, I guess you pro Tops would call it a cold caning, an amateur like me would simply call it ‘ouch’ but the cold caning is just perfect to see the lovely red stripes appearing on Pandora’s perfect bottom as Zoe delivers what can only be described as a perfect caning in both films.

Camera work is exquisite in both films too. Pandora’s face and bottom angles in Adornment are just perfect, especially her face shot which is a delight to watch as Zoe is landing those hard strokes, and the long shot from the bottom of the bed in After the Party is just the most perfect angle to enjoy Pandora’s raised bottom.

Like Pandora says, there are so many brilliant scenes on her site it’s very difficult to pick twelve in the past year let alone any others on top of this, yet, these two scenes are very very special indeed.

There……I’ve said it………sorry for my ‘novel-like’ posting. I will learn, one day, to use less words to say the same thing……….one day………xxx

No, those were 2012, otherwise they'd definitely have been in the running :) Two of my favourites too!

Well all I can say is in all that time post 2012, your bottom hasn't changed......it's still a gorgeous, perfect peach......adorable.......

and that's one message too many.........lol........

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