How Important Is a Porn Director?

bpumperThis week, Evil Angel publicly announced that they were ending their relationship with director Brian Pumper. While Evil Angel initially blamed “creative differences,” the word in the industry was that the difference was that Brian Pumper was creative at faking STD tests.

After being asked about it, Evil Angel confirmed that Brian had been shooting girls who did not have negative STD tests from Adult Industry Medical (AIM) and that in once instance he forged a test and hired a girl who turned out to have chlamydia. He felt that since he was the one whose penis was at risk, it should be his decision whether or not to wait for the test results. Evil Angel disagreed and gave him his walking papers.

When I heard the news that Brian Pumper was being let go from Evil Angel’s roster of directors, my first thought was, “Who likes his movies anyway?” The director is certainly one of the factors I consider when deciding whether to check out a movie and I’m guessing it is for some of you as well. So I’m curious…

Who are your favorite directors? (Choose up to 5)

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If you don’t see your favorite director in the list, please go ahead and add him or her in the comments. And of course, I’d love to hear what it is about a particular director’s style that you particularly enjoy, or if you think all porn directors are basically the same.

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23 Responses to “How Important Is a Porn Director?”

  1. HotScooter2 Says:

    Alison:

    i definitely think EA did the right thing getting rid of Pumper.
    faking results of STD tests is to me a severe violation of health standards in porn. and if he lies about the STD test what would stop him from hiring someone that is HIV+
    i have mixed feelings toward whether or not directors are even needed,as being directed tends to take away the whole spontaneity of sex. i feel the scenes could be much hotter without direction.but on the other hand i suppose there are times when the actors need to be told about positioning so as to get best angles for camera.
    you hit the jackpot with this topic,unless the jackpot hit you lol

  2. ScrugglyBob Says:

    I’m surprised that Paul F. Little, aka “Max Hardcore” isn’t on the list (just because he’s controversial!)

  3. bmbenblog Says:

    Vince Voyeur is my favorite. Not only are his vids well shot, but the girls seem to like him. He proves that “dirty” sex doesn’t need to be psycho coke sex. Hell, I’d let my wife fuck him.

  4. thisoneguy Says:

    Yo.
    First and foremost, Vince Voyeur over everybody. That man is a fucking superhero to guys EVERYWHERE.
    Secondly, the shit w/Brian Pumper depresses me. I mean, honestly, you’d have to be a freaky motherfucker to get into this biz and I respect anyone with the balls to do it. The fact that he’s been doing it as halfassesedly as to not give a fuck about STDs when that shit should be top priority, is sad. I’d screen ALL these bitches rep or no.
    Thirdly, Brian Pumper DIRECTS???

  5. Papayaman1 Says:

    I’m old enough to remember when a few porn stars contracted HIV (some 20-25 years ago?) and the religious nuts and the right in general used it as a God-given stick to beat porn with. If they weren’t crowing about God’s righteous punishment of sinners they were squawking about what a health risk porn is. All it takes is one sloppy dumb-ass like Pumper to bring all of that back in force. More strength to Evil Angel for endeavouring to make hardcore films with out taking undue risks.

    I think the question of how important the director can be is shown by an example like Fashionistas, where good direction is one of the qualities that makes that particular film stand out head and shoulders above most of what we see. I agree with Hotscooter that some scenes can be over-directed. I especially hate it when you can hear some idiot issuing (indeed yelling) instructions in the background. But for me this is just bad direction. By contrast most of what you see from Voyeur is not too interventionist, but the girls are usually shown in the best light and the result is a hot scene.

  6. rpm45vinyl Says:

    I know their stuff is not represented here much, but I think Mike John and Jules Jordan are some of the best in the business.

  7. doppyman Says:

    Eli Cross, B. Skow and Jules Jordan are better than anyone on this list except Voyeur. Robby D. should be on your list. I know that their stuff isn’t on here, at least not on basic VB, but they should be on the list …

  8. doppyman Says:

    Actually, Stagliano and Malone are as good …

  9. housedj69 Says:

    Jules Jordan is second to none.

  10. tyler Says:

    britney foster!

  11. ropeadope Says:

    I enjoyed Brian’s work in front of the camera, as a performer, and see good potential in his directorial efforts. I previously wrote the following words on the blog.

    I especially liked Pumper’s Gapeman #2 (part 2) scene 2 – Alicia. The scene is actually a bonus scene for Gapeman #2, and was originally filmed for Phatty’s Rhymes N’ Dimes #2 which Pumper also directed. If this scene is indicative of the series, I hope we get Phatty’s Rhymes N’ Dimes in its entirety. Gapeman #2 has a very strong cast, but I found Pumper’s Gapeman persona quite annoying. Fortunately, he plays it straight in the bonus scene with excellent results.

    It is obviously wrong to be forging STD tests. I can understand the desire to rebel against society’s ever tightening noose over all aspects of our lives. But this is the wrong venue to be breaking the rules. Wear your seatbelt, eat your vegetables, brush your teeth, change your underwear. Sheesh, enough is enough.

    My votes went to Uncle Vinny, Jake the Snake, Cezar “Don’t Call Me Al” Capone, Brandon, and Rocco. Question regarding Emily Rigby. If you’re going to choose the stage surname of Rigby, why not go with Eleanor Rigby? Further, if you choose Eleanor, why not go with Eleanor Roosevelt? Even better, how about Eleanor Rigby Roosevelt? As in Eleanor Rigby marrying Franklin (or Teddy) Roosevelt and keeping her maiden name as her new middle name. In fact, I’m quite tempted to cancel my ropeadope membership and sign up anew as Eleanor Rigby Roosevelt. That would be a classy username.

  12. numbles Says:

    Whats with Aurora Snow?

  13. wcfields Says:

    I think direction is critical in porn, but it’s not like there are specific directors that I follow. I think that what’s really important is that the director not screw up the scene. That’s really all that is required of them. If I’m seeing a bunch of elaborate costumes and lighting (like so much of the Euro stuff with hot girls ruined by production), chances are that director is thinking a little too hard. I love Voyeur’s stuff, because he’s never overly ambitious. He understands what people like about porn, and it’s not the production value. Shooting in his office and not creating a wild persona saves him money and it’s much hotter than any of these stupid concept pornos. Seriously. Less is more, porn directors. Hot girls. Hot sex. A little bit of reality in my fantasy. It’s not that complicated.

  14. apef3to2 Says:

    In today’s porn of “I’m a genius directors ” the ones that shine the most are the ones that do the least, with the fewest twists & turns. They could put 3 cameras on tripods and remotely switch angles every few minutes and I believe we would have better products. You can notice the same girl in different studios how different she comes across when the scene is shot in a basic manner her beauty is captured better. How studios ruin what should be marvelous scenes is a real pet peeve of mine.

  15. doppyman Says:

    Shooting gonzo probably does entail the less is more and shut up ethos. And if that’s all you are looking for, then I suppose you guys are right. To make an obviously unfair and condescending analogy, if you want to read nursery rhymes, fine; I prefer novels and essays of depth and content. So I like the feature stuff and the stuff with the costumes and even the experimental lighting and weird soundtracks. It does not always interfere with the sex; context and fantasy can add to the eroticism of a sex scene. Many times I read comments that the director’s arty-ness made scenes unwatchable. I’ll watch the scene and find it hot. Now I’m going to be even more condescending: Maybe the next time there should be two polls, one for unimaginative people who like close-ups of anal sphincters and one for people with imagination.

  16. alison Says:

    Hey all,

    Just to let you know, I didn’t include guys like Jules Jordan and Robbie D because they’re not represented on VB. I could’ve gone either way (believe me, I debated it), but in the end, I figured it’d be better to keep it to folks whose work every member of VB definitely has access to.

    For my part, had Jules Jordan been included in the list, I would certainly have voted for him.

  17. Steven Says:

    Your top 4 winners are right on par. Vince Vouyer, Belladonna, Cezar Capone and Brandon Iron are truly leading the the industry as directors right now. I think Belladonna is making remarkable leaps for a woman director and Capone is coming up so fast from just starting a few years ago. Each has their own key to sucess. Vouyer has his stars, Belladonna has the dark side, Capone has the newest girls and “angels that are easy to stroke” and Brandon hits a little of each. I think this is a shoot out between Voyer, Belladonna and Capone to be honest. It is a shame to see a legend like Paul Thomas NOT in the top running though. Jules would be right there with the above mentioned if he were on here for sure.

  18. ticklemegonzo Says:

    ropeadope Says:
    My votes went to Uncle Vinny, Jake the Snake, Cezar “Don’t Call Me Al” Capone, Brandon, and Rocco.

    Hey ropeadope; mine did too (except for uncle vinny…) capone and rocco are at the top of my list. interesting thing about the capone stuff is i hear some people not liking the “reality” based porn that people are doing. well, i happen to love it. realitykings is one of the top sites and thats all they do. how can something be so popular and not so popular at the same time? keep the reality thing coming and ill keep buying.

  19. ropeadope Says:

    @ ticklemegonzo – I’m a big fan of reality based porn as well. I was with RK a very long time ago, before I became aware of VideoBox. VideoBox is my all time favorite site, in part due to the wide variety of available genres. Be sure to check out the VB offerings fron the studio Pink Visual for some excellent reality scenes.

  20. petermc Says:

    A couple of years ago it would’ve been Jules Jordan hands down but some of his recent movies have been a real let down. Jay Sin has taken his mantle for me, ok he does some crazy shit with toys and milk and stuff which may not be everyone’s taste (me neither) but once the sex starts his scenes are incredibly well shot, really great camera angles.

    I agree with the votes for Vince Vouyer he is outstanding plus his new movies have bonus scenes where every actress does a POV scene in addition to her scene in the movie. Great value for money and I love POV porn.

    I also think Brian Pumper is a decent director, not seen his Evil Angel stuff but the movies he did for Black Ice were top notch. Fuck My White Ass and also Fuck This Face Then My Butt in particular are two awesome movies. Not to excuse his latest actions however.

  21. balla666 Says:

    Such a shame about Mr. Pumper I hope he continues his Gapeman series. Its one of the best IMO

    In order for me its:

    Jay Sin
    Brian Pumper
    Jules Jordan
    Van Styles
    Joey Silvera

  22. zarafan Says:

    A truly interesting subject, and one that I regret coming to so late in the discussion.

    One historical anecdote, to put things perhaps in perspective: Melvin van Peebles shot a “blaxploitation” film nearly 40 years ago called “Sweet Sweetback’s Baaad-Ass Song” (you can’t make this stuff up!!). This was an era of extraordinarily expanding cinematic liberties (the rating system had just been installed in America, enabling among other innovations the world of porn as we currently know it) and the line separating mainstream cinema from porn was not yet fixed; “Midnight Cowboy” was technically an “X” rated film which won the Best Picture Oscar (deservedly) and couples lined up around the block to see “Deep Throat” at movie theaters (perhaps deservedly, perhaps not…). Anyway, Peebles’ (very, VERY weird) film actually included real, somewhat graphically depicted sex, and on camera Peebles (who starred in the film, along with his son Mario, who at ~ 12 also has sex on camera…) actually contracted Gonorrhea. He filed a claim with the Screen Actors Guild since the “injury,” after all, was incurred while on the job…. SAG honored the claim, and he used the money they reimbursed him with to finish financing the film…!

    Nonetheless in our at least more medicinally enlightened era I absolutely agree with Elegant Angels; there’s no reason for a production company to finance self-destructive behavior, even if the “director” is incurring the risk.

    Your poll, Alison, is an interesting one and needless to say I have my preferences: particularly Christoph Clark (surprise, surprise, I picked a European…!), Rocco Siffredi, Manuel Ferrara (the film VB recently posted starring Brianna Love is simply incredible and uncharacteristically I took the time to watch every single scene: an ideal porno collaboration between the director and the star…), John Leslie (who has also worked well with Brianna Love at the beginning of her career), and Brandon Iron.

    I’m disappointed that I didn’t choose any women in your poll, but I can’t recall having seen their work or having noticed if their style differs notably from the men whose work I enjoy. I also debated whether to include John Stagliano, since he was such a pioneer of the porno I like: “natural” scenarios, hand-held cameras, European stars, anal sex…. But even though I admire both his role in the history of porn, and am grateful for his introducing my namesake Zara Whites to Rocco Siffredi (the hottest couple, in my opinion, in porn history to date), his movies just aren’t as well shot as the other directors I voted for.

    Do I think about this stuff too much?!

    Thanks again for a great question, Alison, and best wishes until next time….

    zarafan

  23. jfro21 Says:

    Porn directors are key…their most important duties are
    1) Casting
    2) Creating a mood or “script” for the scene. Allowing the performers sexiness to come out and not put too heavy an “idea” on the scene.
    3) Staying out of the way by not talking to the talent much (I HATE this guy who sounds like he is about to splooge when he talks to the girls at the beginning and middle of the scenes). Instructing the girls NOT to look at the camera.
    4) Shooting angles that show off the girls.
    5) insisting that the stuntcock keep his hands off his cock and let the girl finish him off.