Golden Gate takes gay porn out of the studio and into the San Francisco streets
We figured we owed San Francisco a bit more than that. Our tagline is "Enter the land of impulse and desire." The city ends up being sort of like the main character. For each episode, we bring together two opposing types of San Francisco men to show the different sides of the city.
SFBG Everyone talks about how major porn studios are being killed by amateur websites. But you guys are going in the opposite direction, with glossy production values, old-fashioned plot-oriented scenes, big name stars, and timed release dates ...
JS Golden Gate is definitely an anomaly in the porn marketplace — but I think that at this point, its uniqueness is a plus. There's still a huge audience out there that wants this type of meticulously produced, quality product, and I don't think they should be ignored just because there are other types of porn being made.
Many people automatically equate "amateur" with "plotless" — but really it's the same plot over and over again. "Straight guy sucks his first dick" could describe seven-eighths of amateur porn. That can be hot but yeah, we get it. We want to explore other kinds of fantasy. And, along with our executive producer Tim Valenti, we want to do it in a quality way. Even though our actors get down and dirty, we're not ashamed of having a little class.
SFBG How difficult is it to produce a weekly porn series?
JS It can get tough to write episodes at that pace and to keep everything straight — scouting locations, shooting stills, scheduling stars. One challenging aspect to production I didn't anticipate was finding filming locations. Since each episode takes places in a different neighborhood, it's taking us out of our comfort zone. There are lots of guys who live in the Castro who want to have a gay porn shot in their apartment, but some other neighborhoods can be tricky. We've lucked out and been able to shoot in some amazing apartments so far, though. I really didn't expect it to become real estate porn, but I don't think anyone's complaining.
Another thing is making sure our script is malleable enough to adapt to the actors and direction. We shoot the sex part before the scripted part, so the actors won't get too bored. And even though in our scripts Mike and I try to go beyond just clichéd "fuck me harders" during the sex parts, when it comes down to it, we want our actors to have hot sex, not worry about delivering their lines. And we want our director, Chris Ward, to be free to match his sexual vision to our scripted intentions. He's one of the biggest names in porn — no one tells Chris Ward how to film a sex scene. He's incredible.
SFBG Any hot scenarios you can share from the upcoming season?
JS A pair of Mormon missionaries don't quite know what they're getting into when they knock on the door of a certain fetishy Alamo Square leather daddy. That one ought to be fun.