You know how a gambler gets on a roll and then bets his entire winnings on one toss of the dice?
That’s how I felt making Deviations.
After the success of All the King’s Ladies and Physical, I upped the budget for Superior Video’s rock-n-roll epic. But I didn’t figure on spending more than the cost of both those two previous pictures combined.
But that’s what I did. Somebody stop me!
And there was another gamble: giving a critical starring role to a brand new lady making her XXX debut. That goes against all porn wisdom.
New girls might freak out. You want to break them in gradually.
(Passages from SKINFLICKS are in italics.)
Anticipating sex before a camera can be more nerve-wracking than the experience itself. In her first six months, Ginger Lynn would only do nude modeling, turning down one lucrative “commercial”* gig after another. The exquisite brunette, Nina Alexander, was so nervous before her first on-screen sex scene that she threw up.
*(“Commercial”: Industry term for hardcore sex.)
So when agent Joe Elliot introduced me to a lovely chestnut-haired ingenue, I knew that giving her the starring role as the singer in a babe-band-gone-dirty was a big risk.
But I had a hunch that Shanna McCullough was one special lady.
Was I ever right! Deviations marked the “screen cherry” role of an adult movie legend.
I figured on doing some fancy sync editing to make it seem like Shanna was actually singing. But no trick editing was needed.
A buzz went through the audience. The singer on the stage had stopped singing, but her voice was still pumping through the big speakers.
It was the sixth take (so the two cameras could record all possible angles) of the four-girl rock band’s opening number, “We’re the Deviations.” The “singer,” Shanna McCullough, had been lip-syncing to a recorded professional’s voice so well that, until she stopped mid-song to point out that the audio operator had lined up the wrong take, the audience had thought she really was doing the singing. Realizing that this lady–a porno actress no less–was giving a remarkable performance, they burst into applause.
Superior Video had the distinction of shooting Shanna McCullough’s first-ever screen sex. Would it be immodest to claim that this was the scene that launched a legend?
Her “screen cherry” debut with Mike Horner was so sizzling hot that during a break, I swore I saw steam rising from her bottom.
Shanna was no dewy-eyed ingenue. She was a professional actress, starring every Saturday night in a Berkeley stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
In her early 20’s, the East Bay sophisticate had a wardrobe of kinky outfits and an eight-foot boa constrictor that would later crawl all over her naked body in Deviations. She had that wholesome enthusiasm of a sex player absolutely free of guilt about her erotic adventures.
Needless to say, the seasoned actress had no problem performing before a nightclub audience whose idea of fun was to get down-and-dirty with the cast.
Next post (within a few days, I promise): Shooting Deviations, Part 2: A Sexual Circus.