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Das spannende Interview mit einem Porno-Kameramann

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How does it feel to be a porn cameraman?

Arnold Hermann, born in 1965, works for various adult entertainment companies (including Eronite) as a cameraman, editor and graphic designer. Often only the actors speak in front of the camera, but we wanted to know what it feels like to be so close to being a porn cameraman.

The result is an absolutely readable and interesting interview with the “porn cameraman” Arnold Hermann alias Arni:

The exciting interview with a porn cameramanEronite  Arni, you’re a cameraman in porn. For many men it is surely a dream job. How did you come to this in the first place? Certainly not through an employment agency. ;-)

Arni  Yes, I am – and no, not via the employment office ;-) Beside my job I was still on the road as a photographer. Through acquaintances I got in touch with the porn industry, where I was booked as a set photographer by productions at some point. When I got a job, the producer/cameraman suddenly asked me if I could film and finish the current scene, because he had something to do. Said, done. And one scene turned into the rest of the film. After that I was booked as cameraman and photographer for some of his other productions.

Eronite  Do you also have professional experience as a cameraman outside the erotic industry or have you “always” been in porn?

Arni  I shot some music videos and commercials as a cameraman. Because I used to work in television, I was able to gain a lot of experience behind the camera, which was very helpful for me during the porn shootings.

The more natural the partners, the more fun they all have.

Eronite  You are or were you working exclusively behind the camera or did you play in a porn yourself? If not, would the work as an actor appeal to you?

The exciting interview with a porn cameraman

Arni  Oh, now I have to come out, or do you say “I was young and needed the money?” ;-) No, seriously, my entry into the porn industry was actually as an amateur actor. As I already mentioned, I got in touch with a producer and since I am a very open person, I thought to myself, why not combine the pleasant with the useful and – zack – I had my first shoot in front of the camera. After a few productions in front of the camera I realized more and more how exhausting this job as a man is. In addition, I was often booked for “behind the camera” and so I decided to leave the job in front of the camera to the professionals.

Eronite  Do you have a tip for prospective porn actors on how best to act in front of the camera?

Arni  It’s best to be as natural as possible, so the viewer has the feeling of being an observer or voyeur. In contrast, the viewer would perceive it as a fake checkout of a sexual act if it seemed too artificial and posed. The more natural the shooting partners are in front of the camera, the more fun they have, which you can see later on the screen.

The porn cameraman used to scrap trucks as a stuntman

Eronite  Are you “only” a cameraman for porn or do you also edit the filmed scenes for DVD and/or TV formats?

The exciting interview with a porn cameraman

Arni  both. Some productions require a second or third cameraman (for example, if they are larger and more elaborate films), then I am booked as a cameraman. For other productions I not only do the shooting, but also finish the complete film for DVD and/or TV formats. This means that I also take over the complete postproduction like editing, light and color adjustment, sound and VFX etc.

Eronite  You’ve been in the film business for a long time. We heard you used to be a stuntman? That sounds pretty cool. Is that true? What did you do there?

Arni  (laughs) What you don’t hear so much :-) Yes, like I said I used to be in television before the porn time as a stuntman, stunt coordinator and stunt director. As a stuntman I rolled over with cars, crashed buses and trucks or ran around burning. Of course I learned a lot about filming there, too, such as setting up scenes, lighting and camera work, editing, etc., besides my work.

Eronite  Which scenes do you like best?

Arni  Hmm… good question! Actually, I like the play scenes best, because they have an action that can be staged, be it the acting of the actors or the camera work etc., to shoot beautiful pictures before it comes to the actual sex. Unfortunately, these are mostly very short in porn :-( Otherwise, I like to film scenes in which the actors are very natural, because these scenes always come across best.

It’s happened before that actors fell out of bed

Eronite  Is there something (legal) you wouldn’t film? Like gay porn or caviar scenes?

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Arni  No, I don’t think so, but I don’t think I need caviar scenes either. Luckily they weren’t required yet ;-)

Eronite  Was there once a scene or a shoot that you would have liked to stop?

Arni  Yes, that already happened because there were actors who didn’t work despite multiple attempts. There’s nothing left to do but stop the shooting and continue with another actor or shoot the scene again. As I already mentioned: the job as an actor isn’t easy and luckily it doesn’t happen very often that you have to stop.

Eronite  What was your funniest experience as a porn cameraman?

Arni  Actually most of the shoots are funny because we are always a great team and laugh a lot on the set. Otherwise it’s always the smaller things that make us laugh. For example the director once asked the actress “Did you just come?” and she replied “I think it felt like that at least”. Or the fact that the actors fell out of bed during the act also happened.

Why the porn cameraman made a diving license

Eronite  What is it about this profession that particularly excites you?

Arni  That we are usually a great and funny team like a small family, and that we can also visit great locations where we shoot. This includes shooting on a yacht or abroad and by the sea or in the mountains, etc.

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Eronite  What was the biggest challenge on a shoot for you so far?

Arni  A film was to be shot on a yacht in the sea, in which there was also to be a scene in which the pair of actors had sex in the water. This scene should not only be filmed from the yacht, but also from underwater. Well, you could rent the appropriate equipment, but holding your breath until the shot was in the box was hard ;-) So I made a diving license for recreational diving up to 20 meters depth and was able to film the shots myself. These shots gave the film that certain something, because something like that is very rare in porn.

Eronite  What kind of stress is a cameraman exposed to, what skills are expected from a prospective cameraman and who is rather unsuitable for this job?

Not desired on the set are “horny bucks” behind the camera

Arni  The strains are rather mental in nature, that you can still concentrate after a few hours of shooting and keep the camera calm, which already weighs a lot. As far as abilities are concerned, the first thing you should know about the camera is its technical settings and handling. Since in the end a corresponding quality should come out of the movie. A certain idea of camera work wouldn’t be bad either.

Then he should also have a steady hand, as most of it is often shot out of hand. It would also be a big advantage if he doesn’t let himself be distracted by the events – having sex in front of the camera – but concentrates on his work of capturing great pictures. In any case, people who primarily want to be able to watch sex live or even think they can grab actresses are unsuitable. Because that’s an absolute no-go in the industry!

Das spannende InterviewAn erection on the shoot? Does that happen?

Eronite  What else would you give a young professional?

Arni  Provided that he knows how to use a camera and that he knows how to deal with it, that he should perhaps try to be a camera assistant or second cameraman on some pornographic shoots in order to get an idea of how porn is done. Since shooting porn is a bit different than shooting a movie or a movie.

Eronite  And of course the question of all questions: Does it turn you on if you film the actors during sex? Have you ever had an erection on set? You’re pretty close to the action!

Arni  I’ve been waiting for this question because I get it very often! :-)  Close to it is right, often only a few centimeters in the close-ups. I think everyone would lie if they were hewed that an attractive couple wouldn’t turn him on during sex. But I am professional enough not to get involved in it from the head, but to concentrate on the pictures and excerpts I need. That’s why I didn’t and don’t have an erection in my work as a porn cameraman. But I would like to tell you that even a cameraman enjoys the sight of an attractive and naked actress on set. ;-)

Eronite  Arni, thank you very much for the informative interview. We are sure that our readers could learn some interesting things about your work as a porn cameraman!

Arni  I have to thank you for letting me do this interview with you! Most of the time you only read reports about the actors from the porn industry. These films would not exist without the more or less many people behind the camera, who are responsible for the production and organization up to the catering at the shootings.

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