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On-set Policies and Best Practices

 

At Sssh our goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe as a performer and to provide you with an enjoyable work environment on each and every shoot. While making our movies is a professional endeavor and we take it seriously, we also want you to have fun.

We emphasize and encourage collaboration. The way we see it, you don’t work for us as a performer. Instead, we are honored to have the opportunity to work together with you. We find that when performers are involved in creative decision making, it yields a better, more realistic and erotic scene. Your passion and commitment are translated to the viewer, making the entire production more enjoyable for everyone involved.

With those guiding principles in mind, here are the specific policies and best practices we adhere to. If at any time you feel there’s a good policy which needs to be added, please tell us. We want these policies to be as effective and comprehensive as possible, and we greatly value your feedback.

SPECIFIC ON-SET POLICIES

  • The nature of individual scenes and the sex acts they require will be negotiated and agreed to before the day of the shoot.
  • We will never ask a performer to do something that hasn't been negotiated beforehand. As a performer, you ALWAYS have the absolute right to say "no" - even if what you're saying no to is something you've already agreed to.
  • If at any time you do not feel comfortable, you can stop any action or scene. If you feel up to it, we will simply move forward and do something else. If for any reason you want to stop completely and not continue filming, that's fine too. It might be our shoot, but it's your body and your mind. Performer consent and enjoyment are paramount at Sssh, so your choices and limits will always be respected and honored, without question. Again, we want you at all times to feel safe and have fun - so if for any reason you aren't, just let us know.
  • Pay rate will be set prior to the day of the shoot. While negotiating, please know that we pay a flat day rate and do not pay per scene, except where noted. We do not offer different pay rates for different sex acts or gender. 
  • We are always open to suggestions and changes to any storyline, skit, or scene. We want you to own your part, and we love to hear feedback on how we can make your character stronger, better, and truer to life.
  • We want your chemistry with your scene partner to shine through, so if you're not shooting with your real life partner, let's talk and find a good match. If there's someone you've always wanted to work with but have never had the opportunity, we'll reach out and try to bring them on board.
  • You must be currently cleared to work via industry-standard STI testing mandates (PASS). Additional condom/barrier use is 100% up to you. We provide condoms/barriers for your use and/or for the use with insertables.
  • All toys and instruments you will be using for scene will be cleaned and disinfected. You also have the right to clean them yourself if you prefer.
  • We provide a safe, clean, and positive environment to work in
  • We have an alcohol and illicit drug free set. There are NO exceptions.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to appear in content for any of our websites.
  • In order to make sure our script parameters coincide with your safety, we ask that you please share any relevant medical conditions or concerns. Accommodations will be made to make sure no unreasonable staging or asks are included in the final version of the script.
  • If you're working off a script (features only), you will receive a copy two to four weeks prior to the shoot.
ON-SET ADVOCATES

When you shoot with us, you will have an on-set advocate present at all times. Regardless of what was pre-negotiated, your advocate will call "pause" if you exhibit signs of being distressed or uncomfortable or if the advocate is concerned for any reason. Shooting will only resume after a check-in with you and after both you and the advocate consent to continuing.

You can stop a shoot at any time by using your safe word or a pre-designated hand signal. All limits will be respected, and — as with any of our shoots — you always have the absolute right to say "no."

CANCELLED SHOOTS

If you cancel a shoot during filming, we will work with you to alter the performance to something you are willing and able to complete. If no such arrangement can be reached, you will only be paid for the percentage of the day you worked.

PRE- AND POST-PERFORMANCE INTERVIEWS

Both to assure documentation of expressed consent and as a legal precaution designed to protect both performer and producer, Wasteland will record pre- and post-shoot interviews with performers. In some cases, portions of these interviews may be used in "behind the scenes" footage as well, but the primary purpose is simply to document our agreement and to ensure you have been given every opportunity to consider your prospective performance and agree to all its details.

Sssh.com will record post-shoot interviews with performers, and performers and directors will partake in short Special Features, such as a commentary for a Director’s Cut and a "Quick Question."

MODEL RELEASES & 2257

Prior to each shoot, we will ask you to show us your state or federally issued photo ID that shows your date of birth as being older than 21 years of age and complete our 2257 document. After the completion of the shoot, you will be required to fill out and sign a model release. A model release is a binding contract between you as a performer and we as a studio that will be distributing the works.

FOOD SERVICE

At the time of booking, please let us know your food allergies, as well as your likes and dislikes.

» Day Shoots

We will supply you with a full lunch.

If the shoot runs after 7 pm, you will be offered dinner.

Beverages (including but not limited to water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Gatorade, and soft drinks) and healthy snacks are available at all times, including on-set.

» Feature Shoots

For feature shoots, we provide three meals a day, plus snacks.

Two weeks prior to a feature shoot, you will be emailed a daily menu. Please let us know if you have any allergies or if anything you are allergic to appears on the menu, in which case, we will change it. You will be offered a choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian dish. Please let us know what your preference is at your earliest convenience.

Beverages (including but not limited to water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Gatorade, and soft drinks) and healthy snacks are available at all times, including on set.

MISC INFORMATION

Performers are welcome to tweet from the set, if they choose. If you are taking pictures, please check with all of the crew that they consent to being in your photos for twitter, instagram, etc.

This is an ongoing process. If we are missing anything, please tell us. We want these policies to be as effective and comprehensive as possible for both you and us — we greatly value your feedback.

We are one of the founding members and curator of Ethical.porn

Questions? We are always here to talk.
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