It’s always exciting to meet someone who understands your vision and instinctively knows how to carry it forward into reality, and that’s exactly what happened when Guy Ranieri Sblattero became the new director to carry the torch for VivThomas. The Spanish auteur has his own unique style and technical approach, but his ideas about storytelling, eroticism, romance and powerful female sexuality hold true to the ethos that Viv Thomas himself established.
I was lucky enough to work with Guy on his last series of shoots, writing the script for a couple of the movies and discussing members’ likes and dislikes with him. I’ve loved observing the way his creative mind works, taking ideas and dissecting them, then making something surprising and compelling… and very, very hot! With three brand new movies going live over the next few weeks, and the next series of shoots in the pipeline, it seemed like the perfect time to ask Guy a few questions about his background, and his first experiences of shooting high-class erotica for VivThomas.
With Guy’s permission, I haven’t corrected his English too much, in keeping with his own ethos of rawness and realism! I think it gives you a truer impression of his enthusiastic character, rapid-fire Spanglish pouring out as he tries to convey his passionate drive to perfect his erotic art.
Guy, can you tell us a little bit about your background in film direction?
GRS: Well… I was born in a small town next to Madrid. I was not good at school and my parents were crazy because of me! When I was 19, I went to Barcelona and did a lot of small jobs. I was a driver for a production company and I started to be on set during commercial jobs. I liked what they did and enjoyed trying to understand everything about that. So when I was 22, I bought my first camera and started shooting stupid things with my friend. My life was changing and I understood what I liked so much: making film. In the last 10 years I was better and did a lot of music video, short films and documentary.
What made you move into directing erotica?
GRS: Last year I was shooting a backstage in a big studio in Barcelona and in one of the stages they were shooting an adult film. I was curious and I wanted to see. Well… I wanted to see girls! But I saw something very different to my ideas of adult: there was a man shooting with red cameras and the set was great, like a real movie. When they finished I talked with this man because I wanted to know what they were doing. He was Alis Locanta. That night I started looking at the sites he told me about and I discovered something I didn’t know. Well… I watched a lot of porn movies in my life, hahaha! But I never saw something so beautiful and professional. In a month I perfectly knew all the MetArt Network sites and I met Alis again and I asked to be on set with him. Only to help, nothing more. He was nice to me and I started helping during his shoots. I learned a lot of things and I wanted to shoot something. So I shoot a solo with a Spanish model and show it to Alis. He told me what was not good and how to do better. Next time I shoot a soft scene with two models. He liked this and showed it to the MetArt owner. I was so excited! They liked it and asked me to shoot a real girl-girl film for VivThomas. I didn’t believe it! And…well… this girl-girl film was good for them and I started to shoot my first official VT movies!
What do you like about the original Viv Thomas movies?
GRS: I watched a lot of VT films, done by Viv, and I like how he tells stories and characters. There is a reality I really like, something that seems like all those independent movies I always watch. Here in Spain we do a lot of indie stuff and I love it. So, Viv’s style was direct, raw, and the passion was really hot. I didn’t want to copy, I want to shoot with my style. But at the same time I want to remember his original style and try to do it with my eye.
How do you think your approach is different?
GRS: Viv was a photographer and he always showed the beauty. I like his image, it’s very well done. I’m a guerrilla filmmaker!!! And I want to be close to the action. I love camera in hand, hard focus. I think you can feel like you are between the models and live with them. My style is more raw, I try to show a more real situation and passion. After my first scenes I understood a lot more things from the members. I read all the comments and I started thinking how I can do better for them. I already shot other films and I did something different, I hope they can find better things. I have already written new films and I’m shooting soon. They will be different. I think members will see my experience getting better.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
GRS: I love cinema and I see many movies. I try to watch all kinds, but my favourite is indie films. My style of shooting is inspired by them, and I try to tell my story in the same style. Now when I watch a movie I always have ideas for VT: camera movements, lights and situation. I like music too, a lot! But I decided not to use music in my VT films. It’s a difficult choice but I do that because I want a very indie/raw mood.
Please tell us about your recent shoot.
GRS: A few weeks ago I shot in a big house in Barcelona that I saw first time with Alis while he was shooting. I finally shot with wonderful models: Spanish, French, Czech, Swedish and Polish. The stories were written by lovely Rose! She helped me a lot, telling me about VT films, the style and what members want to see. I shot three films, four scenes for each film. One is ‘After Hours,’ it shows moments ‘after’ work, study… when you come back home and your partner is there waiting. It’s a very passionate film! Then I shot ‘Imperfection.’ Rose was inspired by the maniac feelings we all sometimes have! One model is always obsessed by little things, and the other is a crazy girl. There is a contrast between two characters. Cool! The last one is my own script, ‘Reading Room.’ We have one model reading a book and the other is provoking her. Touching, kissing and undressing. It’s very hot!
Which movie are you most proud of so far?
GRS: You don’t forget your first love! I like ‘French Kiss.’ The models were very good and Tiffany Doll was great! I think deep kissing is wonderful and they did very good. The models understood what I wanted and understood that their kisses were the ‘story.’ I shot with camera in my hand at 30-40 cm to models and I think you feel you are very close!
Is there a model who particularly inspires you?
GRS: I don’t have long experience, but all the models were good. Well... I’m Spanish and… I love Spanish models! Lorena was incredible! I knew all her movies and I like them. It was a wonderful experience shooting and talking with her. She’s interesting and kind and we talked about a lot of things. In the next months I want to work with Amarna Miller. Alis talked about how amazing she is and I’m sure it will be another great experience!
What are you planning next?
GRS: In the next few days I’m shooting more films. Some models are already on VT and others are new! I’m excited! I don’t want to tell too much! Only to say they are French, Czech and Spanish! The next movies will be different. I worked with Rose to shoot another structure. The story will be longer and members will see better characters and situations. Passion will start in the first part too. I think they are more like mainstream movies. I think members will like them.