Surviving Porn: on the set of Kay Brandt’s ‘Naked’

Lead-bellied clouds loom over the golden slopes of a mountain estate just outside of L.A. Dressed in all black, with red highlights shining through her long raven hair, multi XBIZ Award-winning Kay Brandt stands in stark contrast to the setting. Although she has been on location since dawn, her makeup looks so meticulous, that I wondered if she’s appearing in front of the camera as well.

“Are you worried about those clouds?” I ask by way of introducing myself to the adult director.

“What clouds?” she asks, smiling beneath black sunglasses. “It’s going to be a sunny California day. Perfect for shooting porn.”

Her shoot schedule has already been delayed due to difficulties hauling equipment up the steep terrain. Still, Brandt’s optimism is radiant enough to nullify the bleakest forecast. She shuffles a paper copy of her script, rearranging the scenes into a more efficient shoot schedule.

Porn offers a case study in the principles of “survival of the fittest,” particularly among the dwindling ranks of feature directors. When Manwin purchased Digital Playground in March of 2012, Brandt was among the directors cut from the studio. This layoff came in the wake of her greatest success as a director — her 2011 films “Cherry” and “Cherry 2,” which were adaptations of Brandt’s erotic stage play, “Kiss Me Twisted.” While this incident might have ended other directors’ careers, Brandt adapted. She poured herself into writing erotic e-books. In the process, she discovered an ocean of devout romance readers…

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