WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - Van Styles is directing the final scene for Souled Out, the first of a new interracial line (white girls, black guys) for Vouyer Media. He's been shooting for the company for several months, but this is his first project since he became a contract exclusive.
Styles, 27, is responsible for one title a month for the company. His first was Fetish Fucks-two volumes so far. He has another interracial line, Slippin' into Darkness (black girls, white guys), plus N 2 Deep (two-girl one-guy scenes), and he's starting a new anal line, Digging Into Gapes.
Today he's got his camera trained on a fresh face, Ryder Skye, and a veteran, Mr. Marcus. They're in the living room of one of those hillside porn-shoot houses that proliferate in the West Valley.
It's an intimate set, classic gonzo-style: just the director, an assistant, the actors, a publicist and a writer from AVN.
Ryder Skye is petite and pretty, with long curly brown hair that almost covers the tattoo on the small of her back. She is riding Marcus cowgirl when I enter. He looks up and grins. "First day on the job!" (Hardly.)
After 14 years of non-stop stud work Mr. Marcus isn't bored yet. He hasn't lost the capacity for pleasure. Pushing Ryder slightly forward, he says, "I want to see your pink pussy lips grippin' my dick."
There's an an easygoing atmosphere but the sex is energetic and passionate. When they take breaks for water Ryder giggles a lot.
Van prowls around the couple with his camera, shooting them from every angle, with special attention to the black pole-white hole extreme close-ups.
"Ready for Round 3?" Van asks. "Whatever you want to do."
They move into the spoon position with Marcus pumping hard. "You got a good fuckin' pussy, baby."
Van tells them they can wrap things up with "a good old-fashioned facial." He is pleased at how the scene came off, thanks to the chemistry that ignited between the two performers. "Marcus can really bring that out in a chick," he says.
Ryder and Marcus had worked together about seven months earlier, not long after she entered the industry. This day, in fact, is almost her one-year anniversary in porn. One year and three days ago she did her first scene a solo.
She had been working as an executive assistant and was deeply dissatisfied. She thought she'd try porn and, she says, "It changed my life. It's the most amazing thing. I was always miserable in the corporate world. I wanted something different. I didn't know porn would be it."
A native Valley Girl who began acting as a child and majored in theater arts in college in San Diego, she's appeared in 60 titles so far, plus a lot of Internet work, 80 to 90 different scenes. Her movies just began to come out after the first of the year. She figures there are about 14 on the market now.
"I love this job," she says. "I never did it for the money," though she acknowledges it has helped to fund her studies. Now in her early twenties, she has gone back to college with a major in Women's Studies and a minor in Human Sexuality.
The other girls in Souled Out are Megan Monroe, Andi Anderson, Tori Black and Alana Leigh, and their partners are Justin Long, Rico Strong and Jon Jon. There's also a bonus scene with Claire Dames and Jack Napier. Vouyer Media will release it in May.