Lucie Blush Lucie Makes Porn, director of porn movies interview

Welcome to this first portrait of this series about women working in the sex industry. My intentions are explained in this call for testimony.
Lucie Blush, director of X movies
For almost 5 years, Lucie Blush realizes porn that she publishes on her site, LucieMakesPorn.
Lucie is French, lives in Berlin today, and has lived in Barcelona for 6 years. It is there, in Spain that she discovered the middle of porn said "feminist".
She began part-time with Erika Lust, one of the most famous producers of the genre. Lucie managed the communication and graphics of her site.
It was on this occasion that she attended her very first porn film shoot. And this is the starting point of his adventure …

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How Lucie became a director of porn movies
How did you think you wanted to do porn?
When I left Erika's house, I asked myself: What if I made porn, what would it look like? The question never really came out of my head.
Two years later, I experienced a breakup after a long relationship. Beside that I was bored deeply in my new job.
I then realized that I was asking myself a lot of questions about sex, and that what I was living did not correspond to what I had imagined earlier.
That's how I started a blog. The idea was to gather the contents that excited me, I liked.
These were videos that had nothing to do with "mainstream" porn, which is what you see on Pornhub or YouPorn. These sites, "tubes" as they say, have never corresponded to me.
I wrote for two years, which allowed me to find my way. Little by little, I began to talk about my new experience, or my questions about sexuality …
And then, after a while, I figured I had to make a movie. That's how it started.

Lucie Blush tells her first porn film shoot
How did you go about shooting this first movie?
I asked a couple, buddies of friends, to play the game … And they said yes. I offered them to them because the girl was already doing erotic pictures.
I was lucky: it's quite simple to find fans who agree to shoot, but it's rather rare that they show up when the day comes. The idea is very exciting, but when it comes to doing it for real, it's a little more scary.
The shooting was a bit ragged at home, with an iPhone. I really had no idea how to film, or how it should happen … Fortunately, they had fun!
Finally, she more than him. He had the shock.
The film is still online, it's called Alice Inside.
What do you remember this first time?
I realized how complicated it is to shoot a movie, technically speaking.
But what has struck me most is the relationship with the actors. The idea was that they were as comfortable as possible, to bring out a kind of alchemy.
There have been a lot of technical problems, an area in which I have improved since. The film was quite popular, and that I did not expect at all.
I was invited to Toronto for the Feminist Porn Awards, and that's how it took off.
Lucie Makes Porn, feminist porn?
At the time, did you think that Lucie Makes Porn was feminist porn?
Indeed, I started by calling my work "feminist porn".
I liked the idea of ​​combining these two words, which are so scary to people. Like many, I thought that feminism was no longer the stereotype of the hairy trucker or the hysterical woman.
For me, feminism could bring together both genres and restore communication about sexuality without the taboos that often limit us.

What did the label "feminist porn" mean to you?
For me, doing feminist porn meant applying the values ​​of feminism to the world of X, at the level of production.
That is, for example, having ethical working conditions and paying salaries based on experience, not the type of person.
In fact, it is simply not treating the actors as pieces of meat but as human beings.
Sounds silly, but the traditional porn industry today is not human, unfortunately.
I also wanted to develop scenarios that reflect my own experiences, as a woman, and use the characters to convey a message.
The idea of ​​my porn is to see healthy people embark on an exciting adventure, give us a sincere moment, all to remind us how happy a sexuality can change our lives.
Lucie Makes Porn, an "other" porn
Today, how would you define Lucie Makes Porn porn?
My porn reflects my questions, my fantasies and my experiences.
During the shooting, my scenario merges with the actors' alchemy. I am looking for the spontaneous, the sincere, the unforeseen, the love.
I started making simple little sketches, but today, after acquiring know-how, I want to turn them into deeper observations about sexuality and all that hubbub around it.
In any case, my porn has nothing to do with mainstream porn. I invite mates to the house and we turn an intense moment in good vibes. There is no erection or ejaculation required.

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Once the basics of the scenario have been laid, I become a pure witness of the scene. It's up to me and my team to adapt to the movements of the actors. We never ask for a break, we never redo a position.
There is nothing fake.
To me, mainstream porn is a caricature of sex that perfectly reflects people's current frustration.
Make a living by making porn movies
Did you manage to live porn after how long?
It happened quite quickly, via my blog. I did not want to put big banner ads that contradict my values, so I made affiliate links with people who made porn on the same ethical line as me, like Erika Lust.

The principle is that I promote them and every time someone clicks on a link on my site to buy porn on theirs, I earn a commission.
That brought in money every month, and that's how I started funding my own movies.
Today, I earn enough to live properly and produce new videos.
Do porn is expensive?
How much does it cost you to make a porn movie?
For a small shoot that lasts only one afternoon, it turns around 2000 €.
In general, there is me, a second cameraman and a sound engineer. The actors' salaries range from € 300 to € 600 or € 700, depending on whether they are amateurs or professionals.

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I have all my gear on site so I do not spend much in this area and I often turn at home or at a friend's house.
The everyday life of a porn movie director
Today, what does a usual day like Lucie Makes Porn look like for you?
In general, my days are pretty slow, especially since I moved to a house in the country.
I get up late, I take my baby outside with the cat, I watch videos on YouTube with my husband and then, I start to work.
Before I shot once or twice a month, and it was a lot of logistics: call the actors, prepare the shootings, etc. But there I really reduced my shooting frequency so I take more time.
So, it depends on the days: I start or finish a project, I mount another …
Porn, an area of ​​taboo activity
How did your friends react when you started working in the porn industry?
The family is not easy … Finally especially parents what. We did not have very good relationships at first, and it took a long time. It was also necessary to solve other problems, which did not facilitate the task.
At first, my mother did some research, and she came across the movie I played. We agree that it's more than awkward.
The thing is, my parents still imagine the worst. Like many people, when they think of porn, they think it's done by people who are not in their head, or who are being manipulated.
Now they understand that I am not treated badly and that I am independent. It was especially necessary that reassures them. I understand them.
Does it have consequences, to realize porn? It scares you?
Porn, we do not realize when we start, but it is more indelible than a tattoo.
I'm not afraid of the consequences, because I always said that I would do things 100% and otherwise it was useless. After that, only I can judge me.
As long as I am sincere and in agreement with my convictions, I have no worries.

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That said, I had not imagined everything that could happen.
Already, I had not imagined that I would meet someone and that I would end up married. I had not imagined that I could walk down the street and meet a person with whom I shot a scene …
Cross an ex, it can already be very embarrassing. There, the antics with the person are in addition visible on Internet by the whole world. Although the situation may seem anecdotal, it was not at all for me.
I do not want to go into the details of my love life.
I will simply say that making porn is not a decision to be made lightly. I know why I did it, I learned a lot and it can be very fun but you have to be ready to take the consequences.
Sex has a monumental power … Depending on how you use it, it can make a life go awry. And you have to be prepared for a lot of things like using your real name for example.
Even when life seems to be sweet and pink, porn catches you ALWAYS.
Porn, feminism and complexes
Did being an X movie director get you to change things?
I realized that men are very complex. It's really by putting a camera in front of them, naked, that you bring out all their lack of self-confidence, this need to be this sex machine, to perform …
You feel uneasy, especially if they can not.

The women next door, even those who start, are really more in control in their sexuality. They know what they are doing and at the moment there is no pressure …
I also changed my outlook on feminism. Today, I do not feel feminist anymore …
Before, it meant for me that we can do what we want, achieve his dreams. Now, I feel it has become a marketing argument that uses women's weaknesses as a banner.
Lucie does not recognize herself in feminism today, and that's her choice. She explains it in more detail here.
However, remember that feminism has many currents and that many feminists disagree on this or that point.
Does porn rub off on real life?
Does filming porn change your relationship to your own sexuality?
The director's cap helped me to look inside, to explore the fantasies that I kept with shame … To see them turn into something real, it's beautiful!
Otherwise, I always managed to compartmentalize porn and my private life. I feel that porn is for art, for others … It has nothing to do with when I make love.
It influenced me, but not more than that.
What would you like to say to people who watch Porn X movies?
I advise them to take two minutes to find content that they really like.
Good porn can change your life!

Lucie Blush, director of X movies, first interviewee of this series
I thought it was great to start this series of portraits with a director of pornographic films, because it's a world that seems to me really apart.
Lucie was an interesting entry point for this series of portraits that excites me a lot.
And you, what did you think of this interview format? Which professions would you like to discover later?

                        

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