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Posted 1/1/2019 1:17 PM
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Hey guys! Wow I hope this doesn't take two weeks to go up. Thank you for Sinestro for advocating for me to get my posts put through! It's been super frustrating because I've wanted to have conversations with you guys but the "moderated posts" thing is a real buzzkill!

Anon, by authentic I only mean the sex itself- I wasn't talking about storylines. I personally don't like super campy storylines, in terms of being a viewer, but I do write quite a bit of it because it's fun to write and I know that a lot of fans enjoy a bit of "pure fantasy." But when I talk about authenticity I'm speaking ONLY of the sex scenes. Which I still and always will feel are the most important part of any porn movie. In fact, Anon, I was thinking of you when I recently wrote an older/younger scene for Sweetheart in which Misty Stone is the older woman opposite a much younger girl. Misty definitely claims the position of power and authority and intimidates/seduces the younger girl (I know you get annoyed when it's always the younger girl being the aggressor.) Ricky Greenwood will be directing it so I can't guarantee how it will play out when it's ultimately shot, he makes the creative decisions at the time, but I did think of Anon when I was writing it!

I think it's true that companies have become most concerned with creating content that looks "mainstream" or "cinematic" and "like a real movie" and have dropped the ball when it comes to the staple values of connection, storyline, seduction, emotion, authenticity. That's what I feel is wrong with g/g, and porn in general, these days. I think it's due to the chip on the collective shoulder of pornographers who feel stigmatized by working in porn; the emphasis defaults back to "my porn movie looks as pretty as any mainstream movie. I'm legit. I'm a REAL DIRECTOR." Not that porn shouldn't strive to look amazing from a cinematic perspective, but when you focus all your energy on that and don't care what kind of sex scene or story you're capturing, then what are you really offering your audience? Pretty shadows on a wall to jerk off to?

Capturing authenticity, emotion, connection, intimate body language, etc on a porn set between amateur actors who are also often strangers can be hard, and believe it or not it's easier to learn to operate a camera like the Red, or hire a "high end" crew, than it is to get those little details right. But IMO without those details you've got a lot of nothing.

However, I did work with a very high end crew on my new Erika Lust movie! And it was pretty amazing. The footage looks terrific, much "bigger" than my usual efforts. I only micromanaged the crew during the sex scenes. I physically moved the camerapeople to where I wanted them as the scene progressed as though they were action figures, so they would get the shots I wanted. But during the dialogue sequences I let them do their thing, and compose the shots the way they felt was best. It's just come out of editing and it looks incredible.

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Posted 1/1/2019 3:16 PM
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Thanks for posting Nica.You wrote that investors and partners (an infusion of money)would help facilitate your projects. Well,Lezlove desperately needs someone to invest some money into this forum.This site is just a shell of itself both in tech and participation since the days you where a regular contributor!
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Posted 1/1/2019 4:41 PM


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Well,Lezlove desperately needs someone to invest some money into this forum.This site is just a shell of itself both in tech and participation since the days you where a regular contributor!

I very much have to agree. I've been hanging around here for 12 years now, and a few members have been doing it even longer. In all that time this site has never been updated or improved,and has only become cluttered and difficult to navigate. Perhaps the owner should consider selling it to someone who would update and improve it.

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Posted 1/1/2019 5:09 PM


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Quote=Nica Noelle: It's been super frustrating because I've wanted to have conversations with you guys but the "moderated posts" thing is a real buzzkill!


If I remember correctly I think the "moderated posts" things will disappear after you've made 10 posts - so you might want to write a couple short replys just to get the count up, then everything should at least post in 'real-time'


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Posted 1/2/2019 7:06 AM


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If I remember correctly I think the "moderated posts" things will disappear after you've made 10 posts.

That would be correct. Not sure if the forums are even moderated anymore, considering all the uncivil crap that LWF gets away with. And the best way to post is keep backing out and coming back in when the error page comes up. It's an ongoing annoyance but can be overcome. And be sure to save your work before attempting to post.

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Posted 1/2/2019 9:55 AM


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Nica Noelle writes: "Anon, by authentic I only mean the sex itself- I wasn't talking about storylines. I personally don't like super campy storylines, in terms of being a viewer, but I do write quite a bit of it because it's fun to write and I know that a lot of fans enjoy a bit of "pure fantasy." But when I talk about authenticity I'm speaking ONLY of the sex scenes."

Yes, Nica - I get that. The sex-scenes are essentially what separates X-rated films from R-rated films. I just find it sad that when I think of some of the MOST EROTIC girl/girl scenes I've ever watched, so many were from R-rated videos with writers who actually understood the allure of lesbian erotica! Far too many modern X-rated video-directors don't care the slightest bit about including quality-erotic-writing, and the end-results are an ongoing stream of mechanical & formulaic intros & one-dimensional sex scenes.

"Anon, I was thinking of you when I recently wrote an older/younger scene for Sweetheart in which Misty Stone is the older woman opposite a much younger girl. Misty definitely claims the position of power and authority and intimidates/seduces the younger girl (I know you get annoyed when it's always the younger girl being the aggressor.)"

I am both flattered & sincerely appreciative that you thought of me when putting together that above-mentioned scene, Nica. A couple of follow-up inquiries, if I may: when you write that Misty Stone is the "older woman" in that scene - and that she "definitely claims the position of power & authority" - would I be correct in assuming that this scene is going to be an older/younger, sub/dom, INTERRACIAL encounter we're discussing? - because I think that ALL THREE of those things are AWESOME! Please tell me that's what it is!

I just hope that Misty is serious about calling the shots in her scene, as you are also absolutely right about my annoyance at the plethora of poorly-scripted encounters where it's the younger girl shown to be in the aggressor role opposite a disinterested older woman. Seriously, WHO finds those fakey/forced scenes erotic to watch?

"Ricky Greenwood will be directing it so I can't guarantee how it will play out when it's ultimately shot, he makes the creative decisions at the time, but I did think of Anon when I was writing it!"

Thanks again, Nica. Yeah, Ricky Greenwood - I know him - he's the guy who wrote & directed "Becoming Elsa, A Coming of Age Story" released by Sweetheart Video last year, which I found to be HUGELY DISAPPOINTING. I mean, how can you POSSIBLY mess up a story involving pretty naturally-submissive-blonde Elsa Jean showing up at college far from home? Well, Ricky Greenwood certainly found a way! But so long as he sticks to YOUR script, Nica, this one just may end up being hot!

- I'd feel much, MUCH BETTER if you returned to directing, Nica, as you have a FAR better understanding as to what's hot than do practically ALL of the current crop of g/g video directors & writers!
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Posted 1/2/2019 1:42 PM
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Yes, Sinestro was just filling me in on how the site has fallen off... what happened? do the owners not care about it anymore? Why don't they just let us run it? I wonder how many posts away I am from ten...
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Posted 1/2/2019 5:36 PM


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Quote=Nica Noelle: Yes, Sinestro was just filling me in on how the site has fallen off... what happened? do the owners not care about it anymore? Why don't they just let us run it? I wonder how many posts away I am from ten...


Just 2 more posts to go (I'm guessing you cannot see it yet, but we see your post count at 8.)




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Posted 1/3/2019 2:37 PM
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Quote: Nica Noelle writes: " Anon, by authentic I only mean the sex itself- I wasn't talking about storylines. I personally don't like super campy storylines, in terms of being a viewer, but I do write quit...

Anon, I really want to direct g/g again, and I'm looking for a way to do it on the regular. I'm reaching out to different companies to see if they want to collab with me or develop a new site. I have a lot of ideas, trust me! I'm also continuing to develop my own site, but I won't be able to create as much content as quickly on my own as I would if I had a big partner or studio behind me. That said, in order to return to shooting full time and give up my day job, a project would have to be something really special that I could feel happy devoting myself to.

As for Ricky directing all of the Sweetheart movies, part of it was a timing thing. Mile High decided to make some changes at Sweetheart right around the time Ricky came on board to do a few features as a guest director. Ricky has a very high technical/filmmaking skill level, so when it came time to go in a new direction, Mile High decided Ricky's vision would be a good one for the brand. And it's true that Ricky's been trying out new themes and forging into new territory -- he's excited about seeing what the possibilities are. The handful of movies he's released under the Sweetheart banner so far have done well in sales, which suggests that many fans are responding to his work.

I'm consulting with Ricky on some of the "fundamentals" of g/g porn and letting him know the kinds of things g/g fans like to see. He's very open to suggestions and he wants to learn more about the genre and make you guys happy. So going forward, try not to just trash him; instead explain what you feel is working and what isn't. He wants to know! And he wants to develop into a great g/g filmmaker. The enthusiasm is there.

For those of you who are wondering why I didn't just go back to doing Sweetheart, I understand that it seems like a no-brainer, but it was really a timing issue, a branding issue, and also a burnout issue. Once I gave notice to Mile High that I was going to leave the gay studio I was directing, I really felt like I needed to take a break and focus on law school and get a 9-5 job. I'm doing that now, but at the same time I don't want to give up the things about filmmaking that I once loved. I loved doing g/g -- it was the time in my career that I was happiest. But Sweetheart needed to evolve just as I was feeling like I needed to slow down (if not stop altogether.) Meanwhile, Ricky was fresh on the scene and raring to go and take Sweetheart to the next level, from a cinematic perspective. He had a crew ready to move across the country with him and hit the ground running.

Anyway, I have a very good relationship with Mile High, so who knows what the future may bring? And I'm also starting to communicate with other studios and see what other opportunities might be out there, which is something new for me. I've never really looked around or talked to anyone (hermit). I'm confident I'll be directing g/g again regularly in the near future.

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Nica Noelle writes: "I'm consulting with Ricky on some of the "fundamentals" of g/g porn and letting him know the kinds of things g/g fans like to see. He's very open to suggestions and he wants to learn more about the genre and make you guys happy. So going forward, try not to just trash him; instead explain what you feel is working and what isn't. He wants to know! And he wants to develop into a great g/g filmmaker. The enthusiasm is there."

That sounds fair, Nica!

The girl/video video business does seemingly VERY LITTLE to prepare its directors & writers for what's ahead, and perhaps that's one of the reasons why there's been so much sub-par garbage slapped-together in recent years. When you write that Ricky Greenwood possesses "a very high technical/filmmaking skill level" I have no reason to doubt that being true, but technical skills DON'T necessarily translate to meaning that he fully understands the genre of lesbian-themed video-making for those of us who are lifelong aficionados, which is why I think it's SO GREAT that you are there to assist him in this regard!

"I loved doing g/g -- it was the time in my career that I was happiest. But Sweetheart needed to evolve just as I was feeling like I needed to slow down (if not stop altogether.) Meanwhile, Ricky was fresh on the scene and raring to go and take Sweetheart to the next level, from a cinematic perspective. He had a crew ready to move across the country with him and hit the ground running."

All of that sounds EXCELLENT - yes, it was clear to most of us here that you UNDERSTOOD the allure of girl/girl scenes far better than your colleagues, and if anyone can help turn Ricky Greenwood into a respected director who has the right creativity & imagination needed to create quality lesbian-erotica, it's YOU! I look forward to the future of Sweetheart Video more now than I probably ever have!

- Your recent posts have given me hope that good things are around the corner, Nica - both for you and for the people working with you to make lesbian-themed videos worth watching again!
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