Today’s sensational movie “Let’s Play,” which features blonde bombshell Tracy Lindsay as a fierce Mistress having fun playing with her sexy submissive Tess, marks the Viv Thomas debut of director J Zakari.
This talented artist has already made a name for himself on our sister sites MetArt, MetArt X and The Life Erotic, creating an immediate impact with three exceptional movies starring superbabe Lorena, from whom he elicited some of her most erotic and daring performances to date. Now he has performed the same magic with Tracy Lindsay in “Let’s Play,” encouraging her latent dominatrix tendencies to dazzling effect, her icy charisma having a powerful effect on pliable Tess. If you enjoy sexual power games, you’re going to love it!
Zakari’s movies are notable for their elegance, pacing, attention to detail, sexy styling, sexual tension and sense of genuine arousal – he’s definitely one to watch! Here’s a chance to learn a little more about his work…
Where are you from?
JZ: Old Europe
What’s your background in photography and film?
JZ: Former director of music videos, now producer and director of commercial ads.
For how long have you been creating erotica, and what inspired you to get into it?
JZ: Not that long, even though time is flying by! I shot my first two videos for MetArt in 2015 and my first two videos for TLE at the beginning of 2016. Why is always a good question. The will to do something else, the temptation to follow a path that is hardly ever taken in my country. Women’s beauty deserves to be photographed and filmed every single second. As I am a rather shy person, I had a personal motivation, a personal challenge to overcome.
Does mainstream art, cinema and photography influence you?
JZ: I think so. I am a big fan of American imagery. Sometimes I’m missing that bold approach the US has. I also admire the work of the late Belgian photographer Marc Lagrange (sadly he passed away at the end of 2015). His black and white/sepia work is amazing. David LaChapelle, Mario Testino (fashion is sexy), Jonas Akerlund, Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan… I could fill a book. The question is how to use this inspiration in erotic films. Not easy. The fashion industry is also a great source of inspiration. Sometimes, fashion can be so erotic and exciting. It’s a world of seduction, of fantasy. I think I will put a serious dose of fashion in my future videos…
Can you tell us about the movies you made with Lorena?
JZ: These films are experiments. I search. I try not to copy. Of course, working with a model as professional, charming and adaptable as Lorena is something very unique. I also try to change the visual style depending on the site: a more fluid style for MetArt, and for TLE I played with the hand-held camera to bring the viewer as close as possible to Lorena. My work needs to evolve, to diversify.
Do you prefer shooting in a studio or on location?
JZ: The studio offers a level of comfort and control – of the light in particular – which you don’t always get with a natural setting. But a natural setting can offer more diversity. So let’s adapt. If I had to choose, I’d like to shoot in the US. There, you find an accepted eccentricity and a boldness, which attracts me visually, in addition to the diversity of the landscapes. The US is like an open-air studio.
Is there one video shoot you are particularly proud of?
JZ: I still consider myself a rookie, but of course working with Lorena was a great experience and I think “Washed Away” on TLE captures a superb performance from Lorena. She was amazing in front of the camera and I was just the witness, capturing it. It was a very nice moment, something that massively justified the effort we put in to get it right.
Do you prefer making films or taking photographs?
JZ: Definitely film because photography is a medium I am learning about and I am impressed by the technical knowledge it requires. I think we can be closer and more authentic in films than in photographs. If the model is comfortable with the film camera, you can create a dialogue with her and when it happens, it’s beautiful. It is very beautiful to capture emotion on a still but it’s even better if you can see it coming: evolve, live and disappear. I think film is more complicated for the model. It’s more risky. Editing is also a big part of film, and I know it’s a subject that triggers a lot of passionate debate in the comments.
TLE is moving more towards soft kink. Is it a theme that inspires you?
JZ: I guess so. I think “Jewels” on TLE is a bit kinky. Having said that, you shouldn’t shoot kink just because it is fashionable. Fantasies about domination/submission are very interesting things to explore, to stage. Let’s try to respect the woman’s desires and be a catalyst for those desires rather than play God.
Which model inspires you the most?
JZ: I said a few months ago: Tracy Lindsay, Tracy Lindsay, Tracy Lindsay… her ability to act attracts me a lot, besides the fact that she is exceptionally beautiful. Having worked with her, I can say one thing: she’s second to none. She’s an incredible model with a great personality. Listing her great qualities could take all day, and of course she’s a first class performer. The credit for “Let’s Play” goes to the models because both were perfect in their roles. Tracy is really dominant with other girls and she interpreted the role exactly as I’d hoped. I tried to capture that feeling not only in the action but in the breathing, the eyes, the body language. Maybe the sexual act itself is not as long and explicit as it could be but I think the sexual tension was there, at least I hope so… I can’t wait to shoot with Tracy again.
Do you plan your shoots in detail or do you prefer to see how things evolve on the day?
JZ: Confidence for confidence. I shot “Tanaka” (with Lorena) twice because I was not happy with the first film. Let’s say that there is a certain result I’m trying to get although I know I won’t get it 100 percent because I am too demanding. But I can be picky about some details – I’m sorry for the models! Let’s face it; to make a high quality film costs a lot of money so you need to keep a realistic approach and plan. Then, you need to let the model express herself. My focus has always been on the model’s participation. Lorena’s experience was an advantage and I used it. And it was the same with Tracy, of course.
What are your ambitions in erotica?
JZ: Trying to bring a different approach to the erotic world. As I said, I think sexual tension can be shown in a different way. I hope that my future work will find an audience. Working for the MetArt Network is a great opportunity because it sets the benchmark. Eroticism and porn is all over the internet. Among this abundance of content, which is sometimes hard to digest, it is pleasant to film for an established network, where quality is required, where beauty comes first, where the woman is glorified. I hope to go as far as possible, and I’m really proud that one of my videos is to be shown on Viv Thomas. My biggest challenge is to combine my work as a producer and my new role as a director of erotic films. But I’ve already made my choice for the future. New shoots are already planned!
What would you like the viewers to get from your films?
JZ: We – the directors, the photographers – are only messengers, intermediaries, handing over the gift of the beauty of those stunning models to an audience of experts. Let’s hope that my messages are appreciated. I would like a bit of compassion as well because nobody is perfect. It’s impossible to please everyone. I think we all try to do our best to deliver quality films and photos.
Is there anything else you would you like to add?
JZ: The world is getting crazy. Let’s work harder than ever to keep this freshness and this nonchalance we can find here. Take a step back, watch the woman’s beauty and smile.