Joeblow69 Interviews Director and Head of Raging Stallion Studio, Chris Ward
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You've done films for a couple of different studios. Can you give us a
brief history of your work? What was your first movie?
I started directing and starring in films for Hot House. I have also
directed for Falcon, Can Am, Zeus, and Raging Stallion. My first
video was The Hole Punch, a film for Hot House. Most of my work has
been for Raging Stallion. I have edited almost all the movies I have
directed (even at the beginning). I think I have not edited only
about five of my movies. Editing actually takes up much more of my
time than directing or running Raging Stallion.
How long does it take to edit the average film?
It takes about three weeks to edit a movie from start to finish. I edit very fast because I also directed the footage being used. I have a good memory, so I remember exactly how each scene is to unfold in edit.
What made you decide to start up Raging Stallion?
I have a vision of Gay Erotica that is a bit different from that of
other directors. From the beginning, I made the porn that I wanted to
see. Working under other studios did not really allow for me to
fulfill my vision. So I started my own company. Now I make the
movies I want to make without any one else cramping my style.
I also have a strong accounting and management background, so heading
up a studio is really exactly what I love to do.
What is your vision for porn?
I simply want to film hot, masculine men doing what for them is
natural. I was one of the first directors to bring hairy, bearded,
tattooed men into porn.
At what point did you start to collaborate with J.D. Slater? Do you find it
easier to co-direct movies with J.D, or does having two people calling the
shots complicate things?
J.D. actually convinced me to start Raging Stallion. He and I work
well together, and his music is key to the overall success of Raging
Stallion. My working with J.D. brings two generations of film making
together (we are only six years apart in age, but he got into the
porn biz much, much earlier than I did). JD brings to the table the
Chris Rage tradition of 1980s filmmaking. This fits nicely with my
own, more California approach.
Do you have a favorite star to work with?
Tom Vacarro and Michael Brandon rank at the top. I discovered Tom
many years ago at IML. Raging Stallion just named him our 2003 Man of
the Year. He is one of the most delightful people I have ever met.
Michael Brandon, of course, is a superhuman. He is a partner in
Out of all your movies, do you have a favorite scene?
I have a number of movies and scenes that I really like. I should
say that I am proud to have never released (via any company) a movie
that I am not proud of. I think this is one of the main reasons for
my success--consistency of product. Among my favorite scenes are the
Michael Soldier/Chris Steele pairing in Cops Gone Bad (winner of the 2003 GayVN's Best Sex Scene), the Peter Raeg/Michael Vincenzo/Shane Rollins
pairing in Gay Dreams, and the entire movie SEXUS. Michael Brandon's
great performances in SEXPACK SIX are also excellent. The scene with
Sky Donovan and Chris Steele in Lumberjacked (MVP 69 from Falcon) is
also one of the pairings about which I am very proud.
I've noticed a trend in porn lately, where out of the blue, an oral cumshot
will pop up. I've even started to see them in the movies from the bigger
studios. Considering recent medical reports that eating your partner's cum
is relatively low risk, do you see oral cumshots making a comeback? Are
there any plans for future Raging Stallion films to contain any oral
I noticed this as well, and was really surprised to see Kristen Bjorn
doing it. Here at Raging Stallion we are very much concerned about
the health and well being of both our models and our audience. We
will follow industry guidelines and medical advice. I see no need to
be out in front on this controversial issue.
I've also noticed that it seems fisting is becoming more prevalent in gay
porn (with both Falcon and Raging Stallion starting up fisting lines). Do
you worry at all about the current administration coming down on you with
I certainly hope not! We sell our handballing products only to
qualified buyers--ie, those who want to see fisting. We also follow
the letter of the law here in San Francisco, where fisting is not
illegal. There are dozens of companies out there that produce far
more extreme stuff than Raging Stallion. Fisting is only a very
small part of what we do.
Have you ever had a fisting scene go terribly wrong? Have you ever filmed fisting first-timers?
We have never had a scene go bad. We film fisting only when we have
models who are very experienced (as part of their normal, everyday
It seems Raging Stallion is starting to migrate toward longer scenes. Other
studios have tried this as well, with varying results. What do you think
the secret is to filming a longer scene, and still be able to keep the
viewer's interest throughout the whole thing?
We have always shot longer scenes--indeed one of my contributions to
gay porn was to be the first major director to shoot 4 scene movies
(the old standard was 5 scenes). Why throw away good footage just to
cut a scene short?
I believe that most of the recent Raging Stallion DVDs are shot in
"Sexascope", which I think means slightly widescreen. What has been your
customer's reaction to this? Do you get a lot of people complaining that
the movie doesn't fill up their screen? (I think it looks great,
Video cameras film a larger picture than a standard TV screen can
display (this is called the "overscan") By changing the pixel shape
we can fit the entire image that we film on the tv screen. Wide
screen tvs do the same thing. We have never had a single complaint
about SEXASCOPE. Indeed, it has met with high praise and we are very
happy to be the only studio producing widescreen movies. We have a
new process that we will be using with some of our fisting movies
called "fistavision", which is even wider screen.
Have DVD sales of Raging Stallion films overtaken VHS? Or are tapes still selling more?
In wholesale distribution, VHS still out performs DVD, but in retail
sales off our web site, DVDs make up about 90 percent of the market.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest flick, Nexus? I see Carlos
Morales is on the cover... he seems to becoming a hot little property
lately. How was he to work with?
Carlos is Great! His pairing with Tom Vacarro is about as good as it
gets. Nexus is the second of a trilogy studying the art of the orgy.
I never filmed group scenes in the first years of my career (they
cost too much!). I have a strong feeling about how orgies should be
filmed--I hate movies that cut back and forth so fast that you have
no idea who is fucking who. Nexus is an orgy movie like no other--it
is structured around a group scene with eight or ten guys, but then
the camera goes in tight for a series of 5 or so "Focus Groups" of
between 2 and 4 guys. This allows for a sense of "group sex" but
also lets the viewer stay with a few guys to build a connection.
SEXUS, on the other hand, was really a five way that was filmed so as
to have every possible combination. I will not tell you what Plexus!
will be like--suffice it to say that it, as the final installment of
my group sex series, will be totally different from the first two. I
really want the trilogy to be a true "Study in the Art of the Orgy."
Plexus! is scheduled for a winter 2003/2004 release.
I recently read that Raging Stallion recently bought the Chris Rage collection, and will be bringing these to DVD over the next couple years. I'm having a little trouble finding any information about Chris Rage... was he a director from the late 70's/early 80's?
Chris Rage was one of the founders of Gay Erotica on video. His
company was called Live Video and his greatest film, My Masters, won
the equivalent of GayVN Video of the Year. JD Slater, my business
partner, was one of his directors and models. JD, by the way,
received his GAYVN Lifetime Achievement Award this year (this will be
awarded tonight in Hollywood--may 8, 2003)
What would you be doing if you weren't directing porn?
I would be teaching at a university and going on archaeological
expeditions (I have a PHD in Latin American History and Maya
This certainly has been a big year for Raging Stallion, especially with the 13 GayVN Nominations you've recently received (including one for best director). What do you have on tap to make the next year even bigger?
I am not sure that next year will be "even bigger"! I have some ideas
in mind for Plexus, which is the third part of my orgy trilogy--I do
want to expand on the material we covered in SEXUS and NEXUS. It is
my hope that the SEXUS trilogy will go down as a classic study in the
art of the orgy. For the rest, we will continue to put out the
highest quality product we can produce and I hope that viewers will
continue to appreciate (and purchase!) our movies.
I want to thank Chris for taking time out from his busy schedule for this interview. If you're even slightly into orgy flicks, you'll definitely want to check out Nexus… it's incredible! Fisting fans should splurge on the 2-DVD hardcore version, currently available only directly from Raging Stallion.