The safety of models is our top priority, and we have a strict set of rules in place to ensure it. These rules apply to videos that are currently being shot and released by the company. Any abuse of the rules can be reported confidentially. Please see the Responsibilities section at the end of this document for details.
Any member of a production crew has the authority to stop shoots at any time if they have concerns about a model's safety. The scene must stop immediately, and will not continue until the well-being of the model is established and they have consented to continue.
- Model paperwork is the Talent Manager's responsibility. If the Talent Manager is absent, responsibility falls to the Assistant Talent Manager, or other Talent Department staff. If no one from the Talent Department is available, the director is responsible for model paperwork.
- Every model and every spectator must have a valid ID proving they are over 18.
- The talent department must check each model's STD testing paperwork per Kink.com protocol.
- If a model has an injury or medical condition that could put them or others at risk of injury or other bodily harm, they must have a doctor's clearance to be eligible to shoot.
- All models must be clean and sober when they arrive for work. Models under the influence of alcohol or drugs must be sent home.
- Models must be informed about the possibility of being marked prior to the shoot, and they must explicitly agree to being marked in a way that lasts more than a few hours. Superficial, skin level marking is OK with the permission of the model. Heavier marking beneath the skin, including blue/purple bruising, should not be substantial, even if the model consents. If a model shows up for a shoot already marked black and blue, the shoot must be cancelled or the marks must be covered for the entire shoot.
- Models must fill out paperwork stating their limits for every shoot, or do a verbal limits check prior to shooting.
- Pre-shoot and post-shoot interviews are required for any paid model who participates as a submissive in a BDSM or abduction scene.
- The interviews cannot be part of a scene, and the model cannot be in character or in bondage. The model must be allowed to speak in their own words, and not be prompted to answer yes/no questions.
- Interviews are not required for 3rd party content.
- If a shoot involves BDSM, safe words must be established and confirmed by the model in the interview. A non-verbal safe word must be established if they will be gagged or otherwise unable to speak during the shoot.
- If an abduction scene is planned, it must be established that the abduction is completely consensual and simulated.
- If the storyline of the shoot features a theme of non-consent, the model must talk about her sexual fantasy about and interest in the storyline.
- There cannot be dialogue suggesting that the model is underage. You cannot ask the model to describe sexual acts they participated in while they were underage, but you can ask them about their first or early sexual experiences.
- These interview requirements must be addressed at the very beginning of the interview. Establsh the safewords, then address the abduction scenario (if applicable).
- The model must clearly have recovered from the shoot.
- It must be clear that the model consented to what happened.
- The interview must be at least one minute long.
- The model must be asked about their favorite parts, and what they liked and didn't like.
- Scenes - this means shoots that are shot at the same time with the same production ID, but will be published later as separate updates. Both interviews are still required.
- A series is a sequence of shoots that form a continuing story. In this case, when a model first joins the series, there must be an opening interview, and on the last update for the model, there must be a closing interview - even if the series otherwise continues after their departure. If a model ever formally leaves and then comes back, they will have to do interviews again. Examples include TTOO trainings, The Cabo Series, and TUF shoots with the same models while they remain slaves.
- If during a series there is a shoot that includes a paid model participating in BDSM who appears only once, there must be an opening and closing interview for that model.
- The safe word and the phrase "safe word" may not be used by anyone but the model unless it is to inform them of what it is, remind them that it's ok to use it, or confirm that it has been used. No taunting or daring the model with the safe word, and no threatening consequences if the safe word is used. The same rules apply to the "slow down" word.
- Follow the model's limits. It is prohibited to try to convince the model to change these limits during a scene.
- If the scene is very intense, the model must be reminded that they can safeword at any time. If the model safewords, the scene must stop immediately. If the model is bound, ask if they need to be released. The scene may continue at a less intense pace ONLY if the model explicitly agrees.
- Pay attention for signs of numbness. A model must be released immediately if they complain of loss of sensation or movement.
- If a model complains of an injury and needs medical attention, they must contact Talent immediately to complete Worker's Comp paperwork.
- If a model has (or develops during the shoot) a sore, rash, skin irritation, wound, bump(s), abrasion, cut, or any broken skin, notify the Talent Department to determine whether it is safe for the model to shoot.
- If a model appears to be intoxicated while a shoot is underway, notify the Talent Department immediately, and stop the shoot.
- Breath Play is permitted, however, no forced breath play will continue for more than thirty seconds. This includes dunking in water, plastic bags over someone's head, and choking that inhibits breathing. Directors must get approval from Peter Acworth before doing dunking scenes in order to verify appropriate training has been taken.
- No model may be tied with any implement around the neck in such a way that the rope could inhibit breathing if the model were to fall or faint. There must be a visible second tie that would support the model's weight. For example, a model may be tied with their feet to a loose rope around the neck, but cannot be tied standing with a rope around their neck attached to the ceiling.
- No participants may be caused to lose consciousness.
- A model shall not be caused to choke or cough due to placing an item in their mouth, including oral sex, unless the model is in full control of the activity. One cough or gag is ok, but then the activity must cease, and the model must be allowed to recover.
- Bondage that causes a visible loss of circulation is not permitted. Darkening and/or reddening of the skin is normal, but blue skin is a visible loss of circulation which indicates that the model must be released immediately.
- Heavy marking beneath the skin, including blue/purple bruising should not be substantial, even if the model consents. If darker bruising starts to appear, the hitting on that area must stop.
General Interview Rules:
Shoots published in scenes or series:
Choking, Marking and Circulation
- Training of O is exempt from the crying rule, but the intake interview must establish that the model is ok with crying, and will need to use her safeword to stop the scene.
- Don't use on the head, eyes, front of the neck, broken skin, or spinal column.
- Don't place through the chest (on the chest and the back simultaneously).
Limits on content:
Simulated Violence or Non-Consent
- It must be demonstrated that this is a role play fantasy during the establishing narrative of the movie. I.e. that the scene is
- the woman's fantasy
- In the case of overpowering, between the point the female model is overpowered and the first sexual contact (fingers/cock penetration or oral sex), consent must again be established. Allowable methods to achieve this are:
- The scene must briefly stop for one of the male models checks in with the female model and confirm her consent.
- The theme is clearly non-believable: e.g. vampires(so long as it is fantasy driven), supernatural, etc.
Limits on narrative/dialogue:
- No content real, implied, animated or live action containing sexual acts between "creatures" (i.e. aliens, half-human, half-animal, animal, etc.) and humans. Any variation thereof is considered and or implied bestiality. (Please take special note of Hentai and Manga sites- Japanese Anime)
- Humanoid or fantastical aliens are allowed.
- Every update after the first update may place both interviews at the end, but the first update cannot.
- The other option is to place the opening interview at the beginning of the first update, and the closing interview at the end of the last update, in which case:
- Every update except for the first has to have the text "continued from SHOOTID (preceding update)" at the beginning.
- Every update except for the last has to have the text "to be continued" at the end.
- The first shoot with a given paid model in the series must have an opening interview, and the last shoot that model participates in must have a closing interview - even if the series otherwise continues after their departure.
- Every shoot in between must have "to be continued" at the end of the update. Examples include TTOO trainings, The Cabo Series, and TUF shoots with the same models while they remain slaves.
- Models who only appear once or models who have come back after having been part of the series must have an opening and closing interview for that shoot.
- If the shoot includes BDSM (bondage or corporal), you must export a clip of each sub smiling and something positive about the shoot, in their own words - not as an answer to a yes/no question. This clip must be exported independently, put in the exports folder, and named 'ShootID_pos.mov', it will be automatically stitched on to the end of each promo when encoded.
- If the storyline of the shoot has a female model being coerced or forcibly over-powered against her will by male model(s), the beginning of all promo clips must include the portion of the storyline that indicates this is the woman's consensual fantasy, and the 2nd consent check in before sexual contact.
- Shots where the model's head is underwater or in a sealed plastic bag.
- Shots depicting excessively blue skin from bondage.
- It is your responsibility to ensure the shooting rules are adhered to.
- It is your responsibility to ensure the safety of the model on set.
- You recognize that the crew has the responsibility to alert you of shooting rule breaches
- You recognize that the crew has the responsibility to stop shooting in the event of a shooting rule breach which puts the model in danger.
- You recognize that breaches of shooting rules could be grounds for disciplinary action.
- It is your responsibility to inform the director of a breach of shooting rules as soon as possible after the breach occurs.
- In the event of a breach which a) continues to take place after the Director has been notified AND b) places the model at risk of injury in your best judgement it is your responsibility to put the camera down and stop shooting.
- You recognize that failure to adhere to the above two guidelines could be grounds for disciplinary action.