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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.

    Pre-Production:

  1. 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.
  2. Every model and every spectator must have a valid ID proving they are over 18.
  3. The talent department must check each model's STD testing paperwork per Kink.com protocol.
  4. 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.
  5. All models must be clean and sober when they arrive for work. Models under the influence of alcohol or drugs must be sent home.
  6. 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.
  7. Models must fill out paperwork stating their limits for every shoot, or do a verbal limits check prior to shooting.
  8. Production:

    Interview Requirements

    General Interview Rules:

  9. Pre-shoot and post-shoot interviews are required for any paid model who participates as a submissive in a BDSM or abduction scene.
  10. 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.
  11. Interviews are not required for 3rd party content.
  12. Pre-Shoot Interview:

  13. 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.
  14. If an abduction scene is planned, it must be established that the abduction is completely consensual and simulated.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. These interview requirements must be addressed at the very beginning of the interview. Establsh the safewords, then address the abduction scenario (if applicable).
  18. Post-Shoot Interview:

  19. The model must clearly have recovered from the shoot.
  20. It must be clear that the model consented to what happened.
  21. The interview must be at least one minute long.
  22. The model must be asked about their favorite parts, and what they liked and didn't like.
  23. Shoots published in scenes or series:

  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Model Safety

    General Safety

  28. 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.
  29. Follow the model's limits. It is prohibited to try to convince the model to change these limits during a scene.
  30. 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.
  31. Pay attention for signs of numbness. A model must be released immediately if they complain of loss of sensation or movement.
  32. If a model complains of an injury and needs medical attention, they must contact Talent immediately to complete Worker's Comp paperwork.
  33. 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.
  34. If a model appears to be intoxicated while a shoot is underway, notify the Talent Department immediately, and stop the shoot.
  35. Breath Play

  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. No participants may be caused to lose consciousness.
  39. Choking, Marking and Circulation

  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
    • Heavier marking is acceptable in Training of O shoots.

    Crying

  43. Crying is defined as tears flowing from a model's eyes - not watery eyes or crying sounds.
  44. Crying by an unpaid participant is ok.
  45. Tears from pleasure are always ok.
  46. Tears from psychological aspects of play are ok as long as they are acknowledged by the top/s.
  47. Every time a model cries from pain during a shoot, the scene must stop immediately, and the model must be comforted on camera. The tears must be wiped away, and the model must be asked if they want to continue. The model cannot be made to cry again immediately.
    • 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.
  48. Tears from blowjobs, or from any object being put in a model's mouth/throat, are only ok if the model is in full control. Full control means that the model's head is not being held in place in any way, and that she/he is in control of the depth and rate of thrusting.
  49. Electricity

  50. Electricity can't be used in any way that crosses the chest.
  51. The cattleprod can only be used in short zaps - not held down on the skin.
  52. Mains powered appliances cannot be used in a scene that also includes water.
  53. Tens Units
    • 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).
  54. Consent

  55. Sexually explicit conduct cannot take place where minors or people who have not consented to witnessing it might see it. The crew must be able to guarantee that this will not happen by posting scouts or by some other means.
  56. Limits on content:

  57. Scat, bleeding, needles and vomiting are not permitted. If someone is grazed inadvertently and the bleeding is minimal, that's ok. Animated presence of blood is unacceptable.
  58. Pissing, Squirting and Cumming

  59. Pissing on men is always allowed, however, a man cannot piss on a woman.
    G/G pissing is allowed (a woman can piss on a woman)
    M/M pissing is allowed (a man can piss on a man)
    G/M pissing is allowed (a woman can piss on a man, but a man cannot piss on a woman)
    TS/M pissing is allowed (a woman can piss on a man, but a man cannot piss on a woman)
    • Piss drinking or simulated piss drinking is not permitted.
  60. Dumping male piss from a receptacle onto a woman or having a woman lie down and roll in his piss is prohibited. Simulating these activities is also prohibited. Verbally implying that these activities are occurring is ok as long as nothing is shown.
  61. Female ejaculation is allowed.
  62. Simulated Violence or Non-Consent

  63. Depicting someone being sexually stimulated in any way while passed out or sleeping is prohibited.
  64. Simulated physical injury or use of weapons are only allowed during shoots that are clearly fantasies or narratives - scenarios that could not occur in real life. This also applies to threats of serious injury, or simulated death.
  65. If a scene is planned where the storyline has a female model coerced or forcibly overpowered against her will by male model(s),
    • It must be demonstrated that this is a role play fantasy during the establishing narrative of the movie. I.e. that the scene is
      • consensual
      • 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.
  66. No scene can depict a model being drugged in any way, or getting intoxicated and then taken advantage of.
  67. No activities involving animals participating in a sex act or in a sex scene.
  68. No hitting a person with a closed fist in the head, neck, or face.
  69. Limits on narrative/dialogue:

  70. No references to competing companies - including in the interviews.
  71. No dialogue or story lines or indirect references that could imply model(s) look underage. Examples of prohibited language include: "she looks like jailbait," "I could be her father," "you look like you're still in high school," and "men like me because I look like a teenager." Student's must be established as attending College/University.
  72. Both simulated incest and story elements involving or implying incest are prohibited.
    • 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.

    Post-Production

    Interviews:

  73. The pre-shoot interview must be placed at the beginning of the shoot, and the post-shoot interview at the end, unless the sub is male - in which case both interviews can be placed at the end.
  74. If an update is part of one master (production) shoot:
    • 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.
  75. If a shoot is part of a series (a sequence of shoots which form a continuing story):
    • 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.
  76. Promotional Materials:

    Shoot Descriptions/Title

  77. In the case of a storyline that has a female model being coerced or forcibly over-powered against her will by male model(s), the shoot descriptions and titles must be framed from the female's perspective and made it clear this was a) the model's fantasy and b) it was done with her consent. I.e. "Anna's gangbang fantasy came true" (Not 'Anna gets taken and fucked by 10 guys')
  78. Videos:

  79. All shoots require five promo clips, a 30-38 second promo clip (7th promo), a two minute promo clip (8th promo), a three minute continuous clip (9th promo), a five minute promo clip that combines the 8th and 9th (10th promo), a 10-20 second promo clip of fast-paced action for banner ads (11th promo), and a 30-120 second clip that shows anything leading into the first few seconds of sexual contact (12th promo).
    • 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.
  80. Images:

  81. For a shoot's update page or any other promotional image, the following images are prohibited:
    • Shots where the model's head is underwater or in a sealed plastic bag.
    • Shots depicting excessively blue skin from bondage.
  82. Copywriting:

  83. Directors should refer to the internal wiki page for a list of banned words.
  84. Promotional Materials:

    Directors

    • 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.

    Crew

    • 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.