“How can a model be so hot and so boring at the same?” was the question I kept asking myself I watched Ivan D. jerk off for 33 minutes in the latest solo from Active Duty. Who is to blame for this gargantuan missed opportunity and complete waste of time and talent? Certainly it wasn’t Ivan’s fault. After all, he did his part to get ready for the naked shoot by dieting and working out like a fiend for the past 10 years, not to mention the extra effort that he put into getting that all-over body tan. I blame no one else but the director/ camera man who in this case neither provided direction for the inexperienced model making his porn debut nor put any effort into capturing and showcasing the well-defined, bulging muscles that took Ivan years to sculpt and finally show off.
The video lasts a little over 33 minutes and poor Ivan was filmed laying in bed for 29 of those minutes. There was a mere 4 minutes during which he was showing standing, and instead of focusing on the models’s best assets — that massive chest, shoulders, arms and abs —the camera man opted to try to fit in as many awkward angles as he can by shooting upwards towards the ceiling and showing close ups of the model’s chin from underneath which is neither sexy for the viewer nor flattering to the model.
If you have ever watched a Randy Blue video, you would oftentimes hear him say “action” and give other directorial cues like “more moaning” and “move around.” I used to wonder why he would not just edit out these sound bytes. Now I know why. A professionally produced 30 minute solo might take two or three hours to shoot, edit and combine the best shots and angles into one coherent, well-lit presentation of the model at their best. Poor Ivan got a real-time capture because he was probably getting paid by the hour. What you see is probably almost the entire footage taken during the shoot. There was no change in the lighting set up so the camera was severely limited and could only shoot in one direction.
The model was likely instructed to make the scene last at least 30 minutes before the cum shot or he wouldn’t get paid. As a result, what we watched was a man not so much focussed on pleasuring himself but rather trying his best to keep from enjoying the act of masturbation lest he should get carried away and blow his load before the studio has had a chance to capture enough footage. He looked completely bored the whole time, with dead eyes looking at the video playing on the monitor to help him stay hard. He didn’t even utter the slightest moan or achieved a state of heavy breathing until the very end, which turned out to be pretty anti-climactic.
After watching this video, I can appreciate how talented the young owner of Sean Cody was and how beautifully he directed and captured his models. The lighting, angles, detailed close ups, and editing from Sean Cody 10 years ago surprisingly surpasses anything I am seeing these days; with some exceptions coming from Lucas Entertainment, Raging Stallion, Chaosmen and Falcon Studios. I truly hope Ivan D. gets a “Do-Over” with a camera man who knows what he’s doing.