November 30, 2017 12:47pm
Gonzo with Eddie Powell
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Rich Moreland
A Gonzo Afternoon with Eddie Powell By Rich Moreland
Recently I visited a New Sensations/Digital Sin shoot directed by the incomparable Eddie Powell. The performers were Mandy Muse, a local gonzo girl who's been in the business for four years and the urbane German, Steve Holmes, a veteran of over twenty years of filming.
Steve has the reputation for being the energizer bunny of porn and this day was no exception. From the time they met until the anticipated facial two and a half hours later, Steve and Mandy went at it non-stop even during technical breaks.
After the scene was a wrap, we discussed the shoot.
Here are some highlights of our talk.
"I started to be sexually active at age 12. I had my first threesome when I was fourteen and then my first orgy at fifteen." Mandy says.
At eighteen, she entered the industry and explains how it happened.
"I was attempting my first DP with these two marines on base."
Another soldier showed up unexpectedly.
"He was really attractive and I wanted him to join."
Unfortunately, he was on duty so Mandy gave him her number.
That led to "a scene with him for a uniform fetish website and that's how porn found me!" Mandy says, then adds gleefully that her trademark is her booty.
At fifty-sex, Steve's been shooting for over twenty years, working in Europe and the States. He's also a director for Kink.com's Public Disgrace website.
Oh, yes, Steve Holmes is married with children and his wife soon joins us.
I suggest she is a tolerant person.
"She is, yes," Steve smiles, then turns to Mandy. "I did a nice feature with your agent, Kendra Lust (of Society 15). She played my wife."
Come to think of it, I guess Steve has had lots of "wives" but only one "real" wife.
Bringing up the shoot just completed, how did our performers get to know each other earlier in the day?
"Easy. We met. We got attracted to each other. We use the time they are setting up the lights," Steve says.
The duo certainly occupied themselves with gusto.
Mandy chimes in. "That's how we make the scene good," pointing out that being comfortable with your co-stars is important. In fact, she has "never really had a hard time finding chemistry especially with a performer like Steve Holmes," she says.
In truth, the shoot was one continuous love fest.
How did they communicate since they'd never shot together before?
Steve thinks of it as akin to dancing and uses a generational analogy I completely understand.
"My role model is Fred Astaire. Sometimes you go on the dance floor with a girl and she doesn't feel it. You try to lead her, push her, you know. And then there are sexual girls. You dance to enjoy and also to put on a show. This is what we do here. We know where the camera is, we know where the light is. We try to enjoy ourselves and look nice for the audience, the camera."
Mandy agrees, so I ask her about eye contact.
"I do love making eye contact in sex. You can see what they're feeling when they're looking at you and you make connections by looking at them. In my personal life I've had sex with people, you know, and they don't look at me. It doesn't bother me, but I enjoy making eye contact."
Steve is on board with Mandy.
"Eye contact is very important. You know what your partner enjoys by reading their expressions" and mentions how well they reacted during the scene today.
There was a fair amount of spanking in the shoot. How did this influence Mandy?
"I like pain so I like to be spanked," she explains. "It gets me stimulated. When the penetration after the spanking happens, it's like two different types of feelings so I just love the mixture of both."
At this point, the PA, a local guy named AJ, offers to drive Mandy to her car. She's parked at a local mall. Steve says it's on his way and he'll give her a lift.
Everyone's ready go so I pose a final question. What is it like shooting for Eddie Powell?
Steve has worked with Eddie for about a year, he says, and relishes the experience because the director gives his performers freedom to express themselves.
"The scene is so good with all the lighting and especially the camera being handheld. It's not so easy and he pulls it off so well. That's the quality of his shooting."
From what I could see on set, I agree.