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Golden Gate takes gay porn out of the studio and into the San Francisco streets

Real estate porn? D.O. plays a stranded waiter in Naked Sword's Golden Gate series

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.


I realize Marke B isn't as young as some of your intern and writers, and that he's not a journalist, but more of a scene and nightlife reporter. However, if he's going to do a huge tongue bath on the rear end of one of the largest gay porn companies in America (and one of the largest owners of content producers of porn), under the guise of a puff piece, what little facts he throws out should, at minimum, be fact checked by your editors, unless they are too busy bemoaning the loss of a progressive majority on the Board of Supervisors. There is nothing amateur about Naked Sword except that some of the people in the major behind the lines production positions, don't have much actual experience producing content. The performers in the films are certainly ones who have a lot of experience in a lot of varied productions, from studio/DVD releases to web only producers, in nearly all cases, both. The "director" and other technical crew also have similar, even longer historied experiences and backgrounds. Also, as gay porn has been produced in SF for almost as long as Marke B has walked the planet, there have been plenty of locations in SF used for actual porn, from the usual, such as empty bars (including the End Up, what is now Asia SF, what is Trigger and what used to be Club Universe, as well as any number of other bars and entertainment locales), former and current bathhouses, businesses, empty and not so empty office buildings, warehouses, and yes, even street corners and taxi cabs.

If you're going to let Marke B puff up his friends or friends of his friends, you should at least be honest about it to your readers. For shame.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 11:12 am

could you please point out where in this article I said that Golden Gate was an amateur production? And also, could you please indicate where in the article I said that this was the first porn ever to be filmed in San Francisco outside of studios? Feel free to read the article anytime, that's why it's on a website.

Posted by marke on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

going have to side with Marke B on this one.

Posted by Benny on Jan. 15, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

1. Nothing has existed except that which Marke B. has seen himself.

2. There is no gay porn made in Europe, Los Angeles or New York.

3. There has been no porn shot outside of studios in San Francisco that was not Disneylandish.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

what your point is Marcos, other than you spend a lot of time watching porn. You should go outside. It's sunny! You remember sun, yes? It's that big yellow thing on the other side of your tinfoil window.

Posted by marke on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

Marke, I actually am sitting at my computer today writing programs for people who give me money looking out my window at my garden. I would love to go outside and ride my bike today, but my mortgage is unforgiving.

I've been around the block a few times with the gay porn industry, on the inside, with the talent, and as well as studying the economic impacts of the industry in western SOMA.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

One day, perhaps, you will be able to read the grand, expansive article about all gay porn ever in humanity that you so eagerly wish to. This, however, was about one interesting thing happening in the world of San Francisco porn right now. To call someone solipsistic simply because they stick to the subject matter at hand is specious, and illuminates yet again your strange logical gap(e).

Posted by marke on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

The only interesting or real thing that goes on in porn in San Francisco is what happens between the ears and the legs of the observer of said porn.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

Another puff piece on his friends. At least these ones are semi-attractive.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

The thing that gets me about this is that you've just done a non-critical piece about a site, Naked Sword, that goes to great lengths to market it's bareback porn.

Don't get me wrong, Marke. I like yr writing and I liked this piece, but I think the distribution and marketing of bareback porn puts all porn actors at risk and encourages a sexual environment for men that is unhealthy at best. I think it is a real scourge.

Posted by CHRISTRAPER SINGS on Jan. 17, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

though one that's outside the scope of this article, and Golden Gate seems to take great pains to show condom use. Also interesting: I'm not really aware of any porn distributor or viewing site that explicitly blocks bareback porn (it's obviously popular, as the "most popular" list on almost every gay porn portal is riddled with it). Philosophywise, I vacillate about bareback porn (on the whole I think it's gross as hell.) Bareback porn has been back in the news lately, and it would be intriguing to take another look at it for a future article ... thanks, christraper!

Posted by marke on Jan. 17, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

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