Jacky St. James on set
We spent a lot of time on the Sex.com Blog talking about the women in front of the camera. But what about the women behind it?
I reached out to Jacky St. James to see if she would stop by the Sex.com Blog to talk about writing and directing porn movies. Jacky was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions about what it takes to be a porn director.
So without further ado…it’s the Jacky St. James interview!
(Photos by Jeff Koga)
Jacky St. James directs her stars Xander Corvus and Remy Lacroix
Before you started directing adult films, you wrote a few adult features. How do you write a porn movie? Surely you don’t describe each sex scene for 15 to 30 pages.
No! Although that might be fun. I actually don’t write any of the sex. I only denote that sex happens by saying, “Sex Scene #1″ or slightly describing the kind of sex that must take place, “kinky sex with lots of foreplay” etc.
When I wrote my first film, Dear Abby for New Sensations, Eddie Powell (New Sensations’ main director and XBIZ’s most recent Director of the Year) gave me incredible advice. He said, “Don’t write porn. Write a story you want to tell and have the sex add to that story – not be the centerpiece of it.” New Sensations is really known for their story-driven porn, and as somebody outside of the business with little inside information, Powell’s advice was incredibly helpful. My first foray into adult screenwriting came with the script Dear Abby, which explores the challenges exes face when they try and stay friends. It wasn’t too terribly complex, but it ended up winning AVN’s Best Screenplay back in 2012, so I must have done something right! Continue Reading