Spanking video is huge. There are probably worldwide, more than 100 commercial producers of M/F spanking videos and if you count the less visible ones, that number probably exceeds 200. There are also commercial producers of F/M spanking videos, but not as many. There are probably 30-40 well known companies that routinely include F/M fare as at least part of their portfolio. Some have gone out of business, like Jennifer Brooks. Others like Pacific Force
are still around but less visible. I am not even including the shirt-tail and amateur operations that inhabit sites like clips4sale.com.
Spanking video is strictly visual. You might be tempted to say, well that's not a very profound statement. But compared to other art forms like spanking literature, it helps to be aware of the context. Spanking video is all about the action--the money shots. Contrasted with literature or art or even photography, it's relentlessly devoted to action and only action. Very little plot, thin dialog, almost no mood or scene setting. It's always a simple "infraction--confrontation--punishment" arc.
A few producers attempt to do better and try to incorporate elements of dialog and plot in these videos. Some do a decent job. I'll have to mention the few that try. In the US, it's Shadow Lane. In the UK, Dreams of Spanking is really coming on strong. Europe, it's Lupus. Shadow Lane videos frequently attempt to tell a story, and there is a plot line that goes beyond the simple "infraction-punishment" model. The problem is in the execution. The characters are not actors. No one has written a script. They make it up on the spot. (At least that's what it looks like). If the acting and the script writing could only rise to the level of a daytime soap opera, it would seem like a masterpiece of spanko cinematic art.
So if it's all action, no story, is it good action? In M/F and F/F videos the answer is--mostly yes. But when surveying F/M scenarios, the answer is, regrettably, no--with a couple of exceptions. So why is that? Some M/F videos are very good at carrying off a domestic or school scenes. The girls are hot and they get into it. Many sites like Punished Brats, Clare Fonda's sites and Firmhand have big followings.
But the F/M genre has some inherent problems. Aficionados of F/M fantasy are focused on two things. First, the dominant woman. She has to have certain attributes. She may be beautiful (or not), but she is commanding and stern. And very vocal. She not only scolds and shames, she is quite explicit as to what she intends to do. Guys fantasize that it is they that she is scolding. They are the ones who are bound to obey this commanding woman. They are in thrall to her. So naturally she is important.
And there is no shortage of beautiful, stern, commanding women who can act the part and they do it very well. Dana Specht, Kelly Payne, Audrey Knight, Miss Lina, Jacqueline Omerta, Julia Jamison, Cassie Hunter, Dana Kane, Christine Justice----the list is long. Any guy who is a sub male has no trouble with his fantasy any time any of these women are on the screen.
The problem lies with the male submissive. Visualization of a fantasy depends on seeing the fantasy as we imagine it would play out. If the fantasy is about an older woman taking a young man in hand, there are a couple of things that are important. The first is age appropriateness. It doesn't work on screen if the guy is 50-60 years old and he's pretending to be her 18 year old "nephew". It is in fact, ludicrous and looks like it. Ditto huge middle-aged guys. I'm sure there are plenty of 55 year old bank presidents that pay big bucks to do sessions with very talented Dommes in which they revert to playing twelve year old naughty boys. I just don't think seeing that on screen is very entertaining. But in many of these videos it looks like that's what I'm witnessing.
But this is not the biggest problem. The number one problem in all of F/M video is the near total lack of reaction by the sub male. Contrast this with literature or even still photography. In the best F/M stories the sub male who is over his lady's knee wriggles, protests and squeals. He blushes and squirms and pleads for her to stop. Do you ever see this in an F/M video? Sadly, no. What you see is an immobile lump taking everything the Domme hands out without a wiggle
or a whimper. He doesn't argue, he doesn't protest, he doesn't whine. He lies there. The video looks like what she's doing is tenderizing tonight's rump roast.
End of drama, end of fantasy--it's not there.
I don't know where they get these guys, but there must be some talent agency somewhere who will send over, on demand, middle-aged stoic males who can take a licking and not move a muscle or utter a sound. Maybe they have something to prove, but it makes for awful video.
Is it all like this? Maybe not. Maybe there is the gold mine of F/M video somewhere that presents realistic fantasy situations and executes them well. Maybe the Kelly Paynes, Audrey Knights and Dana Spechts of the world will get their act together and start producing videos that look like the fantasies you read about. I have noticed some improvement. Dana Kane, for example, is producing some quality material. But it seems that the first decade of the 2000's was not a good time for authentic looking F/M vids.
There was, however, one big exception. They were produced by a male spankee character. I don't know his name. He has been called alternately John, Clint, or Bobby. He surfaced for the first time in a series of vids that he must have produced that were sold by Nu-West. These were the "John and Heather" or "Pennsylvania Momma" videos. In all of them you see an authentic-looking domestic discipline scene between an older, taller, more physical woman and a
youngish juvenile male who kicks, pleads and cries as she spanks him through several different archetypical scenarios like mom/son, teacher/ student, paperboy/woman-next-door, husband/wife, babysitter/boy.
Next he appears in two "Stern Stepsister" videos from Scarlet Hills which feature CFNM scenes and sexual confusion from the spankings that result in erections.
Next was the short-lived "Mom's Knee" site that migrated to clips4sale.com. This one featured a tall rangy blond "mom" who played the stern disciplinarian to the hilt. As Clint, her forever-getting- into-trouble step son, the young man cried, wriggled and pleaded while taking ferocious whackings, mostly with hand and paddle.
Lastly there was the "OTK Mom" site, again on clips4sale.com with Miss Chris, a well known domme who has appeared in many spanking videos on other sites.
After that, he disappeared. OTK Mom has not produced anything since 2009. Both sites have disappeared from clips4sale. This guy, whoever he was, was the only one that I have seen that authentically created an F/M spanking fantasy on video. Why more producers don't get a clue and learn from this guy, I cannot fathom.
I cannot leave this discussion without mentioning Nu-West and Ed Lee, may he rest in peace.
found it in David. He was young, slender, subservient, and best of all, spankings gave him an erection. He wasn't as vocal as Bobby/Clint/John but he wasn't just an inanimate lump either. He reacted. He has since left the business.
Which brings us full circle. There are to my knowledge (which, admittedly, is limited at best) no heirs to Bobby/Clint/John or to David. Lacking this essential element of an F/M spanking video, a male who looks and acts the part, this segment of the video community is, at present anyway, still mired in mediocrity.
One bright ray on the horizon is Pandora's Dreams of Spanking. From just casual observation it appears that they have several F/M and mixed scenarios with costumes, story lines and dialog that maybe isn't extemporaneous. I have not seen these videos so I don't know, but given the level of talent there, I'll bet they are a cut above. We can only hope. Another is Dana Kane.
I invite your comments on this. If there are companies out there that have recently appeared or older companies who have upped their game, let me know. I'll check them out and report.