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    Porn feature length movie distribution in 2019

    For a little while now I've been working on a screenplay for a hardcore porn feature. It's a sci fi romantic comedy about a guy who falls in love with his sexbot. I really like the script, I think it's going to be my favourite thing of anything I've written and so I would like to make it.

    There's not too much standing in my way of getting it done. As a photographer I can shoot it myself, I already have the necessary camera equiptment, I can do the sci fi effects myself because I use all those programs already in my composite work, I know people in the business who will be able to help me along with laws and regs and performers, and I currently have a decent amount of money put away in my bank account for a new project. I've always been able to get pretty decent production for no money on the features I've made and these days the equipment is way better so the production values should be massively better than anything I'm aware of being made at the moment.

    The only thing is, it would cost a fair bit because the performers are obviously not going to be fucking for free. And my script features a lot of performers. So at the end of it I would need to get a good deal of this money back. And I'm wondering if that's possible in the current climate. Do people still buy porn? And if they do how do they do it?

    Would there still be physical media labels who would be interested in a feature length story that has twists and turns and 3 acts and all the rest of it? Do those labels have money to acquire content?

    The obvious way to distribute would be like a pay per view I set up on a dedicated website and then advertise it by putting short scenes on pornhub etc. But I'm guessing what happens very quickly is that someone would just upload the full feature to pornhub and then why is anyone going to pay for it? I'm guessing pornhub wouldn't have to much to do with me if I wrote to them and asked them to remove it... or would they?

    Anyway, there's obviously some specialised knowledge required for a lot of those questions but we have some strange cats around this place so I figured here was as good a place to ask as any. Any insight or ideas welcome.
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    Dom
    I applaud your idea and wish this sort of film was still made, apart from the current "parody" titles. However if your aim is to make money, and I can't see why you would do this altruistically, then I think you have missed the boat by at least 20 years. John Stagliano and "The Fashionistas" is the exception but he put 4 million of his own money into it. Good luck anyway I might buy it!
    At the end of the day all the free porn on the internet has killed it.
    Last edited by Keith H; 04-15-2019 at 07:33 AM.

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    I think if you want it to sell you have to cast some kind of name porn actor. A Ron Jeremy or Amber Lynn type or whoever. Even if they're not fucking on camera you just need a name.

    It depends on how much fucking there is. If you need someone who can actually act then it's obviously going to cost more. But if you're going with people who can't act and that's part of the joke or the aesthetic then it can work. In America the fees are typical $500 for a boy/girl scene for a woman. A guy gets paid about $100 or $200 for the same scene. Equality. A lesbian scene costs about $800 for the performers and it keeps going up depending on what you want them to do.

    Maybe Vinegar Syndrome would be interested? A lot of the porn labels these days are still affiliated with the mob so good luck with getting your money back. If the whole thing is on PornHub then you can copyright strike the content.

    You could try to make a physical copy with a nice slipcover and 3D printed autographed dildo or whatever and there'd be a small market for that. I'm no porn expert but I have contemplated filming and distributing it and did some research.
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    I'm not sure there's a way to make money from narrative porn these days, there was even an article about this recently:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...-sex-in-cinema

    I'd pay to see it though. Maybe test the waters with something cheaper and reduced in scale? That might create a buzz for something bigger, get some distributor interest, or if not, at least be less of a financial hit.
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    There is Kickstarter too. Or, Dom could fly to Japan and make a Pink Movie.
    "Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."

    Alejandro Jodorowsky

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    The big question is are you looking to outright sell the movie once produced or keep the rights and just find a distributor.

    There are still physical media distributors for feature adult movies, essentially DVD only as Blu-rays sell poorly. There are also digital only distributors.

    The below information is based off of the possibly incorrect assumption that you are talking straight adult movie. If not, the companies will change (except for the first and last categories).

    If you are producing the entire release yourself and just looking for a flat out physical distributor, you should look at companies like Pure Play Media or one where the name is escaping me at the time.

    If you are looking for a company to produce the physical release for you, Adam & Eve does do deals with other production companies (they had one with Lionreach not that long ago).

    If you are looking to outright sell the title, Adam & Eve, Wicked Pictures, and Digital Playground (MindGeek owned) are probably your best bets.

    If you are looking for digital distribution only, the best bets are through Adult Empire, AEBN, and HotMovies.

    However, before creating the movie, you will want to talk to the company or companies you are interested in to see if they are interested in aquiring your movie in the means you are looking to have it aquired and what you might realistically expect to receive for it so you know if you will even make back your investment.

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    Regarding Pornhub take downs, if you are the copyright holder, you can file DMCA notices if you see any or all of your movie there to have it taken down. As far as distributing on your own through a website, it is unlikely you will get the necessary return on investment.

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    Pulse Distribution is the name that was escaping me.

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    Current adult features have the majority, if not all, of film as sex scenes. One of the few still making features is Brad Armstrong at Wicked and his features have maybe 20 minutes of dialogue and about 160 minutes of sex scenes. Even ones who make smaller features will only have maybe 5 minutes of dialogue with 80 minutes as sex scenes. So if you have the majority of the film is either as dialogue or special effects, nobody is going to buy it since it doesn't match the formula that they are used to marketing.

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    Maybe you could do different cuts of the film for different markets. Wouldn't be the first time, and it might help you with financing.

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