In light of my recent video, “The Rules”, I have been thinking about the theme that is featured in several stories of a young woman who dominates, blackmails, takes advantage of, or dare I say, bullies another young woman. It is something that I did consider as I worked with the script. And yet, this kind of storyline is not entirely unfamiliar territory for the genre of video I am involved with. But I thought my films are supposed to be light-hearted and fun, right? So how do we weave such situations that might otherwise seem cruel, into a make-believe scenario that is still entertaining to watch? I’ve decided to look at some of my previous productions to help figure this out.
In my very first independent film, the story was essentially about a pair of female juveniles who seek to turn the tables on and get the better of their babysitter. From the beginning, Amy and Louise devise ways to strip Laura-Ann, and they do not hold back with unflattering comments in the process. In multiple episodes, they make fun of the babysitter’s undergarments, insult her choice of underwear, and generally push her around. The acting was superb and the dialogue rich, which I think helps make the film a sort of black comedy. Also, at 40 minutes in length, there was enough time to develop the characters and hint that Amy and Louise do share some affection for Laura-Ann, and are only trying to help her come out of her shell. This perhaps, takes the edge off their devious actions and caustic wit.
In 2007, I did a short video with Suzann and Jade Indica called “The History Report”. The basic premise is that Suzann’s character steals Jade’s schoolwork, and will only return it by having Jade take off her clothing. This happens page by page, through different areas of the location. So Jade is forced to hunt down Suzann and give in to the clothing blackmail until she gets her report back, but at the price of her total nudity. Jade was cute as usual in this video, and Suzann played a convincing bad girl. There was not enough time to develop a motive, but it would seem Suzann was doing this just to mess with the other girl.
“Nice Girls Finish Last” was a heavily scripted video I produced in 2008. It marks the only time I worked with Sativa Verte along with a second actress. We teamed up with a British model, Katy Cee, who was perfect to play a street punk who robs Sativa of her clothes. Throughout the ordeal, Katy’s character makes wise-cracks and insulting remarks about Sativa’s character, calling her an “uptight prude” and commenting about the way she grooms her pubic hair, of all things. Again, the script was well-written and the lines delivered with plenty of snark and delighting in Sativa’s misfortune. Still, did anyone feel bad about her embarrassment at the hands of the other girl?
In 2009, I came up with a spoof of the “Spy vs. Spy” cartoons from Mad Magazine, and produced “Eye Spy”. The ladies involved were Shira Arielle and Paige, as the Black Spy and White Spy, respectively. Now in this case, the characters are from rival organizations, so there is a natural enmity between them. Of course, this plays out in a series of three episodes, with the objective of leaving the other girl naked. Clearly, the intention is there to humiliate. But the methods are so over the top, maybe this plays into the whole fantasy aspect of these videos.
After my first experience with Lydia Lael and Tara Rose in 2011, I brought them back for a video called “Cheerleader”. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this was my first attempt at a “Lauren and Jessie” story. Lydia took on the role of Jessie, and plays the part with vigor, opposite poor Tara who has lost a bet. In the process of making Tara bounce on a trampoline naked (just to start with) Lydia quips all sorts of cutting remarks throughout. She belittles Tara about everything from her choice of underwear, her body, and even her pedicure! This video, in a departure from the others mentioned above, does have a twist ending letting Tara’s character get even with Lydia. It might be their playful attitudes, but this one always seemed to have a feel more like two girls playing pranks on each other. Nevertheless, the level of embarrassment is still present and definitely a part of the story,
And this brings me to the video I just finished starring Kerri Taylor and Aphrodite. Unlike “Cheerleader”, this video has Jessie remain dominant and totally in control. No chance of turning the tables here. Looking back at the other productions cited, this idea is consistent with a one-sided story line. Among the embarrassing things Jessie has Lauren do is change into underwear that are then mocked and ridiculed. Here we have echoes of “Babysitting Without a Net” (which also had a scene taking place around a piano). Throughout the story, Kerri teases and taunts Aphrodite, again something that has been featured in previous scripts. So the question I have been pondering is, did this video play out any differently than earlier productions?
It could be I am overthinking this. I thought as I was working with the screenplay, that “The Rules” might be more edgy and feel not as light-hearted as usual. But in retrospect, I’m not sure if I have deviated all the much from some storylines I explored in the past. I guess a parting question might be, do people enjoy this kind of dominating script as something to continue in the future? I’ll throw that out there for discussion.