There’s always something endearing about behind-the-scenes material. I’m rather fond of that photograph of Robert Powell taken during the filming of Jesus of Nazareth: the actor, strapped to his cross, is wrapped in a blanket and being given a drink and a cigarette by a crew member between takes, which deliciously demystifies the whole thing. There are some similar enjoyably fourth-wall-breaking moments in this excellent look at the making of Mrs Smith’s Method: Pandora strolling into shot in modern t-shirt and knickers to give a bit of directorial advice; the discussions over how to achieve the impression of an utterly frenzied birching of Amelia Jane’s bare arse without going beyond what would be safe, sane and consensual for the actor.
Mrs Smith's Method, released a couple of years ago, is one of the more ambitious and elaborate Dreams of Spanking productions. It pushes many buttons: sly pokes at Victorian moralizing, hypocrisy and weirdness, especially via Molly Malone’s fabulous portrayal of a thrashing-obsessed, for-your-own-good religious loon; the ritualistic elements involved in hardcore discipline, such as kissing the implement and thanking your chastiser, and the closing blissed-out, yielding contrition. However, seeing the cast interact between takes as themselves is endearing and a good reminder that, no matter how dark the scene you want to play out might be, it can still be enjoyable fun entered into with full knowledge and great enthusiasm.
I’ve recently been dabbling in spanking shoots again myself and, along with the indisputable fun it is to yell at a cute girl and spank her pert bum till it’s glowing and hot, the laughs and hugs and the reassurance afterwards that she enjoyed it, that it was fun working together, and that we’re all good, are as important a part of the experience as the actual scene.
Severe punishment, the sort that comes with a few darker overtones of wretched humiliation and the crushing of a free spirit, may not be to everyone’s taste, though it’s definitely hotter than hot for a lot of people. I’d have to admit that my own preferences run more to the knockabout comedy end of the spanking scene, so I probably like this making-of version slightly more than the original. It’s also a good way of showing just how much work goes into the making of a porn film that’s a little bit more ambitious than most, and would be just as helpful as a masterclass in making your own historical romp, should you be so inclined. Mrs Smith Behind The Scenes is certainly a terrific companion piece to Mrs Smith’s Method: watch them back to back, if you have a free afternoon. As to whether you prefer to tantalise yourself with the making-of and then watch the film proper, or enjoy the feature first and then go back and see how it was all done, that’s entirely up to you.
In our new POV film, Pandora Blake conducts an interview for the position of butler. A respectable job, and one which carries a lot of important responsibilities. But where do you learn how to do such a rare and skilled job as this? Luckily, although you may never get the opportunity to apprentice with a real butler, Dreams of Spanking has plenty of characters with lessons to teach us about domestic service.
From the maid who scrubs the parlour to the gardener who keeps the grounds, there's a huge range of skills and experience for you to consult if you're looking to apply for the role of butler, or any other domestic service role. So without futher ado, here are some tips from the best (and worst) domestic servants on Dreams of Spanking:
Tip 1: Keep your hand out of the till
It doesn't matter if your family is poor, and you're so underpaid that you can't cover their costs – master and mistress will notice if anything goes missing. If you're extremely lucky, as in the case of The Whipped Maid, then light stealing won't result in a loss of your position and a return to the workhouse - a kind master or mistress will simply administer a fifty-stroke whipping to ensure the crime is not repeated.
Tip 2: ABC – Always Be Compliant
Amelia Jane Rutherford and Caroline Grey provide an excellent primer for domestic behaviour in The Baroness' New Housegirls. As Lady Blake inspects the girls and puts them through their paces, it's clear that while elegance and grace are high on her list, the quality most valued by their new mistress is compliance: unquestioning obedience to her every command.
Tip 3: Look your best
There's no universally-approved uniform for domestic servants. Some employers will prefer you to wear a well-pressed suit, or a neat maid's uniform complete with cap. Others, such as Michael Darling's boss in this domestic scene, will prefer their butler to dress in floral apron, with nothing underneath. Respect your employer's dress code, because they probably know best. Michael's, for example, clearly has an excellent eye for the best outfit in which to appreciate a bright red spanked bottom.
Tip 4: Maintain professional composure at all times
This is a basic premise for all domestic service roles. Sadly, though, as is clear in 'Position Available', it's not always easy to stay professional when presented with certain challenging tasks. For instance, if your mistress bends over a chair, offering her latex-clad bottom to a prospective butler so they can polish her skirt, it would be hard for even the most consummate pro to refrain from staring. Just make sure you don't indulge the temptation to inappropriately touch...
Tip 5: Hide your indiscretions
Of course one cannot always be perfect, even if you know that misbehaviour will be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Such was the case with Sebastian Hawley, the undergardener caught sneaking off the estate and causing a ruckus in the local public house. Mistress Blake the housekeeper responsible for teaching him a lesson with the birch. If only he'd been more careful.
So our final tip is one that applies no matter which domestic role you're applying for: No matter how strict your mistress or master, remember the most important advice of all - if you're going to misbehave, make certain you don't get caught.
If you're experienced in domestic service, have experience in being served yourself, or are even just an enthusiastic observer, please do add your own tips in the comments below. After all, we're keen to ensure that all Dreams of Spanking maids, butlers, gardeners and stableboys maintain the strictest standards of professional behaviour at all times...
I think the photoset that went up on the site last week - Surprised in the Garden - is one of the best galleries on this site to date. I certainly had great fun shooting it with Thomas Cameron and Michael Darling, and Nimue Allen captured every hot moment in beautiful compositions.
This scene is based on my oldest fantasies - of being surprised by my lover in the garden, tied up and blindfolded. It's not until I'm being punished that I realise there is not just one two pair of hands caressing and smacking my body, but two...
This scene is actually inspired by an erotic story I read when I was ten years old. This was a milestone moment for me because although I already knew I was fascinated by corporal punishment, I thought I was the only person on the planet who had this fetish. It wasn't until I discovered the theme in an naughty book that I realised other people eroticised spanking and caning too.
I thought it would be fun to record a video blog talking about the significance of this scene for me - and reading a snippet of the erotic story that inspired it.
I hadn't read that excerpt since I was a child, and it was surprising to discover the ways in which my memory of it were different - and the ways in which it was still incredibly fresh in my mind. Our recreation turned out pretty different, in the end, but I still find both scenes very hot.
Do you have a similar "milestone moment" when you realised that you were not alone in your kink? And if that was an encounter with a kinky fantasy or reference to corporal punishment, does that scenario still have the power to arouse you?
You know how it is when you get a certain spanking scenario in your head – often it influences the fantasies you have over the next few days. That look from a spankee in pain, that authoritative turn of phrase from a particularly strict disciplinarian, that shot of a bright red arse framed so perfectly by pulled-down pants: these are the things that tend to stay with me.
And what's stayed with me over the last week or so is the thought of historical spankings. Being taken back in time to when authority figures could physically punish, and when the clipped tones of a Victorian schoolmaster might have me trembling with a combination of fear and deep arousal. So what is it about historical spankings that's so sexy?
I doubt anyone would disagree with this – least of all a Dreams of Spanking member, given Pandora's talent for finding beautiful outfits for the site's performers. My favourite of all the outfits on this site is the amazing pair of split Victorian bloomers worn by Lola Marie in 'The Scholarship Girl'. The scene is a classic school beating, with Lola subjected to corporal punishment by schoolmistress Pandora Blake after displaying behaviour that is certainly not fitting for a scholarship girl.
Pandora's dressed in a stern, high-necked black dress, which somehow makes it all the more humiliating for Lola as she has to expose her bottom through the split bloomers before taking several hard strokes with the tawse.
One of the things I love about the performers on Dreams of Spanking is that they add unique twists to any scenario. And with a historical spanking scene, there is so much more flexibility for unusual situations and ideas you may never have thought about before.
Take the Magician's Apprentice, for example – this two-part spanking photoset accompanies a piece of original spanking erotica written by Adele Haze. In part one, Sophie goes home with a handsome boy she met at the fair, although when things heat up between them she doesn't expect what happens next. In part two poor Sophie is initiated into the magician's world and becomes his apprentice – meaning she can be physically punished by her new master the magician.
When I mentioned I wanted to write about historical spankings on Twitter the other day, one Dreams follower replied quickly recommending The Stableboy, and I have to agree that this is one of my favourite classic historical spanking scenes in the Dreams of Spanking archive. One of the stand out sexiest things about this, I think, is the dialogue.
Pandora and Thomas are both smoothly commanding, and use their instructions to build the electric tension and sizzling hotness prior to the punishment itself.
“Go into the house. Set out the chaise – you know where it goes. Fetch down the strap.”
So much of this scene is enhanced by the verbal chastisement that goes along with the strapping. Oh, and of course it also helps that Michael bravely takes what looks to me like a very intense punishment with the leather strap.
The air of authority
Perhaps I've read too many old school novels, but it seems like back in the day, authority was just a lot more... well... authoritative. At my own school, despite being a very good girl, I could have chosen to run wild with nothing more to worry about than a detention or a hundred lines to write.
As evidenced by this amazing Victorian birching scene, though, authority can be so much more intimidating when it's backed up by physical punishment. Thomas Cameron plays a character who is not angry, just disappointed, and yet his disappointment is strong enough to give Michael Darling some incredibly painful-looking strokes with an old-fashioned birch.
I'm not sure how I didn't notice, but I realised on Tuesday that since we updated the site's content management software a couple of weeks ago, there were some problems with registering new accounts. I'm really sorry I didn't notice sooner. I immediately reported the issue to D and he fixed it straight away, so the sign-up process is now fully functional again. At the same time, we also fixed a related bug with our contact form. If you've been trying to create an account and not been having much luck, please do try again as the problem has now been fixed.
It's possible there might still be other bugs we haven't spotted yet, so if you run across anything that doesn't seem right, please do get in touch and let us know so we can fix it.
So now there's nothing to stop you signing up to have a look at our two latest videos - and I promise you that both of them are very much worth it. First up we have a classic historical fantasy starring stunning spankee Lola Marie. It has already proved extremely popular with our members and if you click to view the free photos and video trailer, you'll see why!
Lola Marie is the scholarship girl at a Victorian school founded to educate promising young women. She works hard and tries to behave herself, but the rules are very strict and she keeps breaking them without meaning to. Normally she is clever or lucky enough to not get caught, but this time she's really done it. She has formed a close friendship with one of the grooms from the stables, and they have been caught together. Lola finds herself standing in front of the schoolmistress Miss Blake, facing the ultimate sanction - corporal punishment.
Our most recent film is another historical punishment scenario - this time a traditional boarding school story with a twist. Here the schoolboy is the son of the Headmaster, who thrashes him in the empty school of the summer holidays. Michael Darling is super hot as the bratty young man, and his peachy bottom is to die for!
As the son of the Headmaster, Michael is the only one left at school after all the other boys have gone home. As he prepares for University, his father has one last surprise in store. Michael is told he will be punished for a term-time prank - even though he and the others have already been caned. His father refused to give Michael any special treatment during his time at school, but he has always had higher expectations of his own boy. Now term is over, the Head proposes to punish Michael again, this time as a man who should know better. It won't therefore be the cane again, but the instrument of judicial correction appropriate to a young man, which Thomas himself endured as a boy: the birch.
This was Michael's first ever birching, and his last scene of the day - always a good time to try something a bit more intense. He was curious to try the birch, but he wasn't sure whether or not he would be able to take it, so we decided to build in a scene which gave him the choice to back out once he'd found out what it felt like. (Before we started filming I took a stroke with this birch to test it and make sure there weren't any sharp edges or anything. It felt fine, and in fact I enjoyed it so much that I asked for some more strokes with it during a photoset at the end of the afternoon!)
We decided to give Michael two strokes initially so he could see what it felt like, and then the choice between a further ten with the birch or fifteen with the cane. We would have been happy either way, but in the end, he opted for the birch. This twelve stroke birching was pretty serious, and he took it brilliantly - well enough to make his in-scene father proud.
Evening all! I've got some lovely spanking updates lined up to share with you from our friends around the 'net.
First up, from our joint location shoot in the autumn, Nimue has a new scene featuring me being most unimpressed with her choice of footwear. She has to prove that her heels are not Too High by putting them on to take a brisk caning - without wobbling or falling over. This shoot also included "shoe cam", the third camera recording a close up of Nimue's feet to capture any tiny movement that might occur, to the amusement of all concerned.
Over at Clare Spanks Men, the tall, stunning and dominant Alexis Grace has hired her boyfriend Bradly King to work for her at the office. When he slacks off, she has no recourse but to put him over her knee for a long, hard spanking to put him in his place and turn his cheeks rosy red.
Meanwhile the lovely Molly Malone is in trouble at English Spankers. Her teacher Mr Nightingale has discovered a priceless hockey stick belonging to the school on sale on the internet, and Molly is selling it. After a whacking with the hockey stick itself, her knickers are lowered for the school strap, and then she must touch her toes for a good hard caning.
At Straight Lads Spanked, Dom has been caught goofing off at work and is due for a dose of discipline. Dom receives a very hard hand spanking over old bruises, but a mere spanking is never going to teach this lad a proper lesson. Mr X decides that the birch will do the job more effectively!
And finally Paingate introduce us to the luscious Eve, who arrives at a dinner party to discover that she herself is to be the evening's entertainment. An elegant and tempting lady, she submits with dignity to bondage and the lash.
Merry May from all of us at Dreams of Spanking! The first day of May is traditionally dedicated to worker's rights, political dissent and exuberant celebrations. It's also the day when modern pagans celebrate Beltane, the festival of vitality, sensuality and creativity. People light fires, dance, and share food and drink, enjoying the warmer weather as the earth flowers with new life. This is the time when lovers jump over fires and slip into the woods together.
Our newest photogallery is our personal celebration of May Day; a ceremonial outdoor birching starring Alex Reynolds and Thomas Cameron as a couple who choose to consummate their Beltane rite with spanking.
After their courteous, formal meeting, the lovers remove their masks to drink from the ritual cup. The May Queen raises her skirts and places her hands on the trunk of the tree to receive the birch.
This is a sacred rite, in which man and woman embody the polarised forces of God and Goddess, but it's also the playful union of human partners, exploring their passions in consensual celebration of the gifts of nature.
I've always been fascinated by the idea of sacred kink. At a personal level, spanking and BDSM can lead to a state of personal exaltation that can feel very spiritual, if you're that way inclined. And the idea of a spankee becoming the object of a ritual, offering up their body to the needs of a ceremony in the name of a higher power, is a form of noble objectification that I find very hot.
This photoset explores the more personal end of that spectrum. Alex Reynolds and Thomas Cameron looked magnificent in their Mayday costumes, and both played their roles with potency and grace. It's always a pleasure to work with likeminded people who share my enthusiasm for my more unusual scene ideas, and bring my visions to life so handsomely. Thankyou, both!
Well, I'm back from my week in the US, connecting with my kinky chosen family and getting up to all sorts of adventures at Boardwalk Badness Weekend. I have lots of spanking and travel-related stories to tell, and I'll be posting them over at my personal blog over the next few days.
Meanwhile Dreams of Spanking has been kept updated, with a video and a photogallery last week, and a brand new scene that I published from my hotel room in Atlantic City. We've got a mixture of new F/M and F/F scenes for you including sexy strap-on domination, historical birching, and a hilarious unscripted spanking card game.
On Your Knees has received a lot of positive attention so far, and it's not surprising when you consider that this photo gallery features the stunning Ten Amorette in red lipstick, high heels and a lacy dress that shows off her body to perfection.
Not only that, but this lesbian domination scene includes the riding crop, face slapping, and making Ten suck my big purple strap-on. Hot!
On Your Knees
Ten kneels on the bed wearing high heels and a dress that reveals more than it hides. Pandora caresses her body and teases her with her strap-on, smearing it across Ten's lips. When Ten refuses to suck it, Pandora slaps her face and shoves her over the end of the bed, then spanks her with her hand and lays on strokes with the whippy riding crop. Finally compliant, Ten accepts a kiss, and Pandora's cock.
A very sexy lesbian dominance and submission photo gallery starring two ladies with sizzling on-screen chemistry.
In The Undergardener's Birching, Sebastian went well above and beyond the call of duty in the face of the English weather, lowering his underwear for 30 strokes of the birch on a cold bottom.
The Undergardener's Birching
Spotted sneaking back below stairs after a night out drinking, a lowly undergardener is taken to task by the stern Housekeeper. He has disgraced the household, and the punishment that follows is no more than he deserves.
Braced against the trunk of a tree in the grounds where he works, Sebastian bares his bottom for 30 stinging strokes of the birch. By the end of this short, sharp film Sebastian's bottom is striped with vivid welts. A tantalising glimpse into the strict discipline of a bygone age.
Running at only eight minutes long, this is a "short sharp shock" style punishment film, with some scolding and 30 stinging strokes of the birch, hard enough to draw blood, crammed into that timeframe. Sebastian had always wanted to try the birch and he took it manfully, but it was nearly freezing on an English December day and even we aren't sadistic enough to want to make the experience last any longer than necessary.
Afterwards we bundled him up nice and warm and he snuggled up on the sofa for some well-deserved recovery time.
Ring of Fire
Join three likeminded switch ladies in high heels and 50s dresses for fun and frolics in this self-indulgent spanking card game. With four implements and 52 cards dictating the play at random, the result is an hour-long, candid, uncut, unscripted spankstravaganza! Includes a total of over 350 strokes of hand, tawse, strap and cane.
No-one watching this film can have any doubt that these three ladies just adore giving and receiving corporal punishment for the sheer joy of it.
The rules of the game are as follows: take a pack of cards, and spread them out in a circle. Choose four implements and assign each suit (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) to an implement - in our case, hand, tawse, strap and cane. Take it in turns to draw a card, youngest goes first, and each turn the number of the card defines the number of strokes from the implement assigned to that suit.
Punishment is given by the player on your left, but when a Jack is drawn, this swaps to the person on your right, until another Jack is drawn. When you draw a Queen you remove an item of clothing. Aces are a "waterfall" - form a circle and the player whose turn it is starts spanking. The spanking is passed around the circle, and no-one can stop until the first player stops.
The first player to draw a King receives 6 strokes of the first suit (ie hand) from each player; the second King is 6 of the hand and 6 of the tawse from each player, the third King is 6 each of hand, tawse and strap, and the player who draws the final King receives 6 strokes of every implement from every other player.
We played with three of us, which meant we were all very active, both topping and bottoming - if you had more players you would get a longer rest between turns. But the more players you have, the more extreme the King cards become, so think carefully before starting a game of ten players!
The total play time was almost exactly 1 hour, and including the pre-game negotiation and after-game hugs, this film is an uninterrupted, uncut 71 minutes of non-stop spanking action, friendship and hilarity. We were totally sober but as the endorphines kicked in we all became high and giggly on spanking, and the game proved to be exactly the right length as by the end we could barely wield a cane!
If this sounds like fun to you, I can assure you that the reality is even more brilliant than you might imagine. There's no winning and no losing, just mutual give and take of spanking for the sheer joy of it. Round up some switchy mates and give it a try, we can highly recommend it. And if you do, stop back and leave a comment to tell us how it went.
Alex Reynolds has moved on to the next leg of her UK tour, and is now in the safekeeping of Lucy and Paul of Northern Spanking. I miss her already! Fatface on the other hand is sleeping the blissful sleep of the undisturbed for the first time in ten days, and isn't being picked up or bothered any more than usual. I think she's much happier than I am that we have the flat to ourselves again.
Still, the nice thing about shooting spanking porn is that I can stave off the Alex-deprivation by looking at the awesome photos and videos we shot together. I went through the stills and some of the footage last night and I'm really excited about the scenes we filmed.
Tom was our top for the day, and I topped Alex in some scenes, and got into trouble with her in others. (Switches have the most fun.) Able fellow producer Nimue Allen was helping me behind the camera as usual. Tom, Nimue and I have shared a lot of shoots together over the last year and we work together well; the vibe between is increasingly efficient and relaxed.
We were shooting at my flat, which has both advantages and disadvantages. In some ways it's more relaxed, as we don't have to worry about packing bags, remembering everything we might need, travelling to a venue, carrying heavy things and so on. Wardrobe becomes particularly easy, as we can just pick out our outfits before each scene without having to think about it much in advance. And of course shooting at home is cheaper, too.
The flipside is that a room you're shooting in needs to contain a lot less stuff than a room you live in, and I own quite a lot of stuff. Each time you're setting up to shoot in a room, you need to move most of the portable clutter and furniture out to create more space to set up lights and so on. My flat doesn't have an empty room to move all of this stuff into, so if I want to shoot, say, some scenes in the bedroom and some in the lounge, the day becomes a game of furniture tetris, continually shuffling things out of shot and stacking armchairs and storage crates in the hallway and kitchen.
This process does occasionally have unexpected advantages. In one scene we moved the bed around 90 degrees so that we could get a better camera angle, and I liked the new room layout so much that I've kept it.
Overall, I would say that filming at home is a more relaxed way of shooting. And although you're limited to domestic scenarios, in some ways it allows you to be more creative. I don't think we'd have got away with shooting a cat-hiding scene or building a sofa fort in a studio!
We filmed five spanking videos with Alex, and one photoset. First of all we were bad girls staying up too late talking and giggling over the covers, until an angry, sleep-deprived Tom came in and told us we'd both be punished in the morning. The next day we're spanked and strapped side by side on the bed.
This scenario was basically inspired by Alex's and my behaviour the first night she arrived, when our constant attempts to sleep were stymied by finding ever more fascinating things to talk about. We weren't spanked for it, but maybe we should have been.
The second scenario was a new experiment in point-of-view filming. In standard porn jargon "POV" means someone addressing the camera - ie the camera represents the viewer's point of view - but in feminist porn, the phrase is being used by projects such as The Woman's POV to show the viewer the perspective of one of the performers. For instant, if a woman in a sex scene holds the camera herself, the shot puts the viewer into her shoes, which results a strangely intimate experience. With women (and, in spanking porn, spankees) usually cast as the object of a porn film, it's both refreshing and radical to make them the subject.
With this in mind, I'd wanted for a while to have a go at shooting a spanking from the spankee's point of view, using shots which show you how things look from over the knee. A directly cinematographic interpretation of the idea of the spankee's gaze, if you will. We used a mirror and two cameras to capture Tom spanking Alex from different angles.
As the spanking became more serious, we varied the shots to include a couple of more traditional camera angles that showed her bottom more directly. But the indirect view was the most exciting, in my opinion; the glimpses she gets over her shoulder and in the mirror of Tom's hand rising and falling created a suggestive, subtle impression which I found tantalising and hot.
I think this "spankee's POV" film might be the first scene from the day to be published. I'm very interested to find out what people make of it.
We also shot a pagan photoset called "The Rites of Spring", in which Tom and Alex celebrate Beltane with ritual and birching. I basically heart everything about this scene.
The next scene was darker and more violent, with Alex playing a valiant journalist about to blow the whistle on corporate corruption and misconduct. She is visited at home by two of the executives and menaced into keeping silent.
Little do the evil capitalists know, however, that Alex was secretly filming the whole thing, and they have just given her a far better story than she ever expected.
You've already seen one preview from the next scene (based on an incident from my own life) in which Alex is a tenant keeping a cat without permission, who is caught and punished by her landlady.
In real life I wasn't punished - in fact my landlord didn't seem inclined to make a fuss about it - but I felt so guilty about getting caught mid-deception that I really should have been.
Finally, the last scene of the day revisited the cutesy, semi-age-play characters from the sleepover scene, this time building a sofa fort in the living room on an evening when guests are due to arrive. Alex's character had already been punished earlier that day for hitting people with her bear (true story!), and I gave her another spanking in the fort when the bear-hitting continued.
When Tom arrived, he did acknowledge that it might be the best sofa fort ever, but we still got spanked for causing chaos with guests about to come round. Sad face! He bent each of us over the sofa fort and spanked us with hand and wooden hairbrush. I don't know what it was about that hairbrushing but it felt ridiculously, excessively painful, and there was lots of howling and kicking from each of us, especially me.
We left the sofa fort up, though, after we finished shooting, and the day ended off-camera with Nimue, Alex and I hanging out in the fort drinking cider and eating crisps, and talking about all manner of things.
Later that night we turned the cameras back on to film a video blog, by which point we may have been somewhat giggly.
As you can see, we hate our work and never have any fun at all on a spanking shoot!
If you haven't already, do add Alex's blog to your bookmarks. She updates it regularly about a range of fascinating topics relating to spanking and D/S, with a highly readable, entertaining writing style. In my opinion it's the best spanking model blog currently online - and I'm not the only one that thinks so, as it was voted Best Creative Spanking Blog in the 2012 Spanking Awards. Do check it out to keep abreast of Alex's many adventures in spankingland.
Our last shoot of 2012 was one of my biggest productions yet, with four performers including myself, and Nimue Allen being my best lady behind the camera. It was an exciting one for me, not only because we were shooting M/M material for the first time since the site launched, but because Tom had finally come round to the idea of topping men professionally. This sets him apart from most other straight male tops, and I was buzzing with delight at getting to watch gorgeous guys spanking each other for my - and your - entertainment.
The other performers were Michael and Sebastian, who are real-life friends and whom I've been meaning to cast together for ages. They were particularly amazing that day; both of them were coming down with the cold that went round over Christmas (in fact I probably caught it off one of them), and yet despite feeling rough they were still up for doing it all, and even tolerated one of the scenes being changed to outdoors at the last minute - two, in the case of Sebastian. I know from personal experience how painful it is to be punished on a cold bottom, and they were both absolute champions. Everyone gave it their all, and the results look amazing.
Tom, Nimue and I arrived at the venue the night before to chat to our hosts, get an early night... and, as it turned out, plan how to work around the giant Christmas tree which was, naturally, in the room I'd planned to shoot most of the scenes in!
We started early on the Friday to film a couple of M/F scenes before Sebastian and Michael arrived. The first you've already seen, and the second was a super-hot domestic discipline 100 stroke belt whipping which I believe will appeal to Padme Amidala and Quai Disciplines, among others.
The rest of the day was a glorious romp through some of my favourite M/M and F/M fantasies, from an apprentice tailor dealing with a spoiled, rich young client, to schoolboys sneaking off to practice the cane on each other in the school grounds - and getting caught; to a Victorian undergardener being birched by the housekeeper; and, just for Kelley, a paternal workplace mentor/protegeé scene in which Tom deals with Michael for losing some important documents.
As if that wasn't enough, we rounded the day off with... the first ever Dreams of Spanking Male Spankee Wrestle-off! Ohhhhh yes.
I know a number of ladies who will by now be squeeing as much as I was. Believe me, girls, it's just as good as it seems, and I can't wait to share the goods.
However, I'm aware M/M is still an under-appreciated genre, so I'm going to take this opportunity to link back to my essay on what it is I like about it.
Even if there's no sexual tension, there's something enjoyable about seeing male homosocial dynamics intimately explored. I like the awkwardness that arises as the characters navigate the embarrassment of physical proximity, nudity, vulnerability. This wouldn't really be a thing without the aforementioned macho cultural pressure, but having been born into this fucked-up, gendered world, there's something fascinating and appealing about watching men try to align masculine expectations with the messy reality and strange intimacy of corporal punishment.
This shoot enabled me to explore some of my favourite corporal punishment dynamics for the first time - such as a pair of schoolboys quaking in their shoes and exchanging nervous glances in front of the Headmaster; and a caring supervisor giving his most promising employee a reassuring handshake after having to discipline him at work. There's just no way you can re-create the emotional subtlety of these interactions outside an M/M scene, and having an experienced, older and very straight top in Tom made it all the more believable.
If you're a bloke, you don't have to be sexually attracted to other guys to find this sort of punishment dynamic interesting and hot. After all, if my heterosexual actors can enjoy playing out these scenarios simply for the love of the performance, I really don't think you have anything to worry about.