Art – The Interview
Hello Art, it’s Dave here from Straight Lads Spanked (or Mr X as I am better known). First of all thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I appreciate that when you first got involved with Straight Lads Spanked that you were happy to be in the background. Things have moved on a lot from then though and by reading all the comments that get left on the website you have a lot fans that really appreciate your contribution to Straight Lads Spanked.
So Art, here are the questions!
Q: Can you tell us something about your professional background? Are you a full time professional editor?
I am a full time professional editor. I have a diploma in Video Production and Video Editing from a well-known college in North America. After graduation, I got a job with a production company in Canada, and went to work with a really talented boss who has taught me a lot of what I know.
Q: So Lori Lee asked, “how did very first became aware of Straight Lads Spanked and what led to you editing the movies?”
That really talented boss I just mentioned is into spanking. He’s never made a secret of it and I’ve known it for a long time. He talks about it very openly.
A job came up – an amazing job as an assistant editor for a major motion picture. The producer of the picture is a friend of my boss, and also into spanking. I asked my boss if he thought I had a shot and his response was that the producer had told him that he would like to spank me, and if I would allow that, he was sure that it would move me to the top of the list. I really wanted this job because it would do amazing things for my career. The problem was, I’m straight and have never been spanked (except by my Dad) and, to be honest, didn’t really like the idea. But, being research oriented, I went on the Internet and googled “Straight guys who get spanked” and I found this site. I looked at some of the previews and purchased one of the videos. It was Andy and Bailey getting spanked by Mr. X, and although the content was great – and really helpful -, the editing of the video (how do I put this nicely!) wasn’t very good. So I wrote to Mr. X and I guess I kinda criticized the edit offered to help fix it. Mr. X responded immediately and very positively, so I fixed that edit, and he sent me another video to see what I could do with it.
And the rest is history.
Q: Lori also asked, “What has been the hardest movie to edit so far and why?”
I’d have to say “Foul Mouthed Andy” because parts of it were shot with a cell phone, the lighting in Mr. X’s apartment was bad (this was before the purchase of the new lights) and the video spanned the two countries. I created a montage of going from London to Germany with maps and small planes and superimpositions and crossfades etc. which was complicated and took a lot of time. But turned out looking great (I hope)
Having said that, all of the videos are complicated because of the way they are filmed – sometimes Mr. X does everything – the camera work, the dialogue, the spanking etc. and continuity sometimes suffers. But I love that challenge of taking raw footage that is less than perfect and turning it into something terrific.
Q: Lori also said a big thank you for getting involved. She really appreciates what you bring to the movies. She was also curious to know what your own sexual preference is and are you single or taken?
I’m straight, and - sorry Lori - I’m taken.
Q: So Matt says the movies were always great, but that they have taken a huge leap forward since you took over the editing and says thanks. So Matt was asking if you were already a fan of MM Spanking movies and if you have edited for other producers.
I had never seen a spanking movie before the Andy/Bailey straight lads spanked video, and I have not edited for other producers.
Q: Matt also asks what is it like going from editing mainstream material to the movies at Straight Lads Spanked?
That’s a really good question. The truth is, there is not much difference. I try to think about what the viewer might enjoy and edit to enhance that enjoyment. I’ve been asked how I can edit spanking videos when I am not into spanking. My answer is, I also edit movies about murder… That’s facetious, I know, but hopefully makes the point.
Without being funny, the feedback really helps me to know that I’m on the right track – especially from Dave, who always lets me know what he thinks in a helpful and positive way, Feedback from viewers is also really helpful when I get it.
Q: So here is another question from Matt. Do you find that working on the raw footage from the movies takes away any enjoyment you would otherwise get from just being a viewer?
I love working with raw footage. And I do enjoy looking at the video after the edit is complete. Things that “work” – especially on film or video excite me.
Q: Ward Coleman asks....”what aspect of the work do you enjoy the most, the technical or creative? Also, do you actually enjoy the movies themselves and is this your first involvement with “Adult Movies”?
That’s also a really good question. The truth is I like both aspects. I love solving technical problems and I love being creative. For example, I use split-screen in many of the videos because it allows the viewer to see the backside being spanked and the facial expression at the same time, which wouldn’t be possible in real life – I guess it could be done with mirrors, but I don’t think it would be as effective. You may also have noticed that I also change the end credits for every video – the same general information is used, but I alter the way it is presented. That’s both technical and creative for me, and I find it fascinating.
I enjoy watching the movies if they worked out great – and yep, this is my first involvement with “Adult Movies”
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions Art! Very much appreciated indeed! I must admit I really enjoyed reading your answers myself! I hope you all enjoy this insight too! ONe thing I would ask of you. If you do read this, please take a few moments to leave a comment below. I know Art would really appreciate it!