In 2005, I filmed my first porn scene. The film was The Crash Pad, a movie that paved the way for sex-shop produced, queer-made porn in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a dyke sex cult classic that coalesced with a burgeoning online generation to form the backbone of my career in adult. It’s been an incredible journey. And now you can actually own — and use — the video camera that started it all! Pink & White Productions is putting the original camera on auction at eBay.
A little history:
Pink & White’s camerawoman Shae Voyeur says: “The Panasonic AG-DVX100A still sells online for about $800.00 from trusted retailers. I picked it up brand new at $2,750 when it came out in 2004. At that time it was the hot camera for independent filmmakers. In 2004, CNET called it ‘the kind of camera that sends shivers down the spines of pro videographers and serious amateurs with modest budgets.’ The site boasted that it was a digital camera that could shoot video that looked like film. It offered various frame rate options, including the infamous 24 frames a second. At the time it ‘made news by being the only 24P camera available for less than $25,000,’ CNET wrote.”
A little porno magic:
Shae met Pink & White Co-Producer Shawn in 2005 when they were both volunteering for LadyFest Bay Area. As they chatted about the films they had just seen, Shae mentioned wanting to shoot porn. Shawn shared that her friend Shine Louise Houston was writing a script and wanted to start a porn company. Things were in motion. Shine met with Shae at Muddy Waters, where they struck a chord. Shae offered to shoot the demo scene for free, just to try out her new camera. Shine’s short film, “The Contract” (which starred a budding Madison Young), would be the ticket to help Shine secure the financial backing to produce The Crash Pad and launch Pink & White Productions. And the rest, as they say, is queer porn history.
After The Crash Pad, the camera went on to shoot the CrashPadSeries.com for a few years with the amazing DIY lenses that Shine built. And, it may have been squirted on a few times. (Sorry, not sorry!) Fear not; the camera was not harmed in the making of any of these scenes!
A little love:
The proceeds from the auction will benefit Communities United Against Violence (CUAV), a Bay Area-based non-profit that works with LGBTQQ communities to transform violence and oppression. Let me just copy and paste part of their mission statement, because it rules: “We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive.”
The org offers counseling around harassment, violence, abuse, threats, and trauma. And about 7 or 8 years ago, I found a CUAV postcard on identifying healthy and unhealthy communication in relationships. It helped me sort out personal health and, along with the lessons of many other special individuals, lead me to become the more in-tune person I am now. So, I hope the auction throws some consensual kisses back their way via a sizable donation!
I hope this video camera finds a happy owner and continue to document more monumental sex.