Content share shoots are extremely common.
In these two (or more) performers/creators/whatever-
The collaborative approach is also often a way to be introduced to someone else’s fanbase, which can give a publicity boost.
However, content share shoots can also be a source of frustration. For example if someone feels that what they got out of the day wasn’t representative of what they put in, or confusion over the release of clips.
There are also a lot of inexperienced chancers who try to gain kink or sex under the guise of “content share shoot”.
My following tips and suggestions are non-exhaustive. But, should help create a successful shoot.
IF YOU ARE NEW/UNKNOWN – DON’T INSULT PEOPLE BY ASKING ABOUT CONTENT SHARE SHOOTS
I want to get that out of the way first, a lot of forums and boards are flooded with these guys (because, of course) who have neither a portfolio nor demonstrable experience. (Most don’t even have photos on their profile, let alone considering getting a demo show reel)
There are budding new producers/performers/studios each week who lack the experience and knowledge they need first.
If this is you, spend some time learning about whatever you want to shoot first alongside the challenges around the industry.
Once you are ready to shoot (which includes having access to the venes, equipment, etc you will need – a bad shag in your dirty bedroom while holding a mobile phone does not suffice) you could reach out to performers relevant to your proposed brand and pay them to be in your productions.
This will build you a portfolio and someone who was paid one time, might content share another.
(Sidenote : a lot of Pro-Dommes/Escorts/Cammers etc move into filming and in those cases you probably are neither new nor unknown)
IT’S NOT ALWAYS LEVEL
One thing for any shoot is what you stand to gain and what the other person stands to gain.
It’s of course fine if one person stands to benefit more, or if both benefit in different ways.
However, there has been a problem with some big companies trying to push for content share as a means to get cheap/free content at the expense of performers. While some shoots may be good for “exposure”, a big company who can easily afford to pay talent probably should be doing so.
SHARED OR TRADE
Shared content is where all parties have access to all the footage.
Trade is where parties would only have access to some of the scenes (perhaps two people shoot 8 scenes and get exclusive use of 4 each)
There is also barter for services, which is where someone might offer something else in exchange for clips, or get something else in exchange.
For example – a venue or videographer might offer free/discount hire in exchange for also being able to use the footage
A film sub in Femdom or “fan” in a “fuck-a-fan” shoot might not get access to use the footage, but effectively get other benefits from this (such as playing with or fucking people they’d never normally be able to)
Not everyone on a shoot has to be on the same deal.
For example two Mistresses sharing content, but videographer being paid and film subs not getting access to the content.
It might also be that people only get access to content that they are in.
SPLITTING COSTS AND WORK
Aside from any individual expenses. Expenses would include venue hire, videographer, snacks/waters/etc, clip editing (an expense if someone is paid for this, or work if it’s being done yourself)
Work might also include scene planning, getting props our outfits for the scene, booking additional performers/subs/etc
It’s important to get an idea of who is doing what first. This avoids situations where someone turns up to a shoot and is asked to pay half the expenses – and the expenses are £500. Or a “I thought you were doing it” situation.
PREPARE PAPERWORK FIRST
Before you get to the fun sexy stuff, get the paperwork, release forms and IDs done. Then it’s out of the way. Then if there’s any problems it can be sorted and no one is rooting through bags while a venue owner needs you out for another booking.
What this entails.
You will both need a copy of each others ID. This includes a photo of just the ID, and a photo of someone holding their ID. Details must be legible on these. ID must be government issued, in the UK that is usually passport or driving license. But things like military ID, state ID and more can be fine. Some state IDs have the date of birth on the back, so photos of front and back must be taken if so.
Time should be set aside to read the release forms and any other contract so all parties are understood and in agreement. This means disputes or points can be clarified and edited if needs be.
If everyone is comfortable then forms can be signed at this point, but there should also be time allocated at the end of the shoot for signing. You cannot reasonably sign a form to say you are happy with all the shot content before you’ve shot the content.
SHARED MUST BE OF USE
If a scene is shared then it has to be something the performer can place on their store and it fit their brand and image.
Two people can get along really well but have totally different styles where it’s difficult to find a middle ground.
Equally in group shoots there is sometimes the temptation to include as many people as possible in scenes and this doesn’t always make sense, sometimes relegating people to minor or background roles.
This might be fine for one scene, providing they are more prominent in another.
It’s also important anyone having a share has some form of input into scenes.
It’s important to get the balance between working people too hard and also coming away with content you are happy with for the time.
There is also a great value in the social and networking aspect, but that can be done at a lunch before or dinner afterwards.
A good gauge is to aim for 10 minutes of footage per 30 minute block.
So a four hour window having 8 clips is great!
Longer days don’t always mean more clips, however, as everyone will need breaks and there often feels less pressure.
It’s not necessarily bad if you do 8 clips in 8 hours if you’re happy with that and it’s a good vibe.
Being realistic about what you hope to achieve is valuable.
Remember of course, if you have use of a space and you are ready but others are not – you can still make use of the space. Selfies, POV, there’s been to be at least one sub happy to do a quick scene.
MORE PEOPLE ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER
The idea of booking a space for £300 and having 10 performers put in £30 each is great value, but it is 10 people to manage who will all have their own wants.
This can also breed resentment if someone seems to be getting a lot of scenes and someone else isn’t so happy with what they get.
This is also more body heat (always fun on warm days)
Depending, of course, who is in any form of share agreement it’s more people to share between.
Even film subs as well, I’ve been on some chaotic days where some film subs managed to get into lot of scenes where some have felt a little forgotten about.
HAVE A PLAN FOR RELEASING CLIPS
Although shared means everyone can use the clips, if everyone is releasing the same clips on the same platforms around the same times you only end up in competition with each other.
If everyone is on different platforms, great! But if you are going to be putting the same clips on the same sites then either; agree an embargo (i.e. you release clip a first, I release clip b first, then in 3 months time you release clip b and I clip a) or have an idea of proposed release dates so you can plan accordingly.
It’s also polite to agree a minimum price. If you want to put a clip out for $12.99 and someone else is putting out the same clip for $4.99 then aside from being undercut it does also devalue things a little bit.
Unless otherwise agreed clips should be a minimum of $1 per minute plus 99c.
It’s also impolite to put a clip which one person will place behind a paywall, on a free streaming site.
Some exceptions here of course include memberships, or fan sites – but everyone should be happy with how things are priced.
If someone is placing content on a free streaming or free OnlyFans etc then this is not fair on the other party who wishes to sell the content.
No matter how well planned the above is – there’s so much potential for things not going to plan.
While the main aim of course is to get great content that sells to bring in money, to raise your profile and build connections… if you at least have fun it’s considerable less disappointing if a scene bombs or something doesn’t quite work out.