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Pioneering Sean Cody Studios Has Faded into Porn Obscurity Amidst Moves and Upgrades


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large.1814023795_AneweraforSeanCodyStudio003.jpeg.15a73ac27f12da73043cf85bd934ea1f.jpegThe latest offering from Sean Cody features familiar faces Lachlan and newbie Levy.  But apart from the yellow logo  at the bottom right corner of the screen, the soul of the brand is clearly gone.  Plot driven scenes with scripted dialog is the tell-tale sign of corporate-manufactured porn.  For over a decade it was the premier destination for featuring a steady flow of amateur talent to their first experience with gay porn while being filmed in a well=lit and comfortable set located somewhere in San Diego, California. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The site was unmatched for it's ability to recruit high caliber models who were typically good looking, college aged guys with athletic or muscular physique.  Most identified as straight, and were working, recently discharged from the military or still going to school.   They all had in common a lack of inhibition and an abundance of self esteem which helped them through their solo scenes by showing off every inch, crack and crevice on their well-muscled physiques.   Whether motivated by the compensation , a desire to explore their sexuality, or inflated ego feeding off rapturous fan feedback, some of the guys would return to work in dozens of scenes over a span of many years before retiring from the industry.  Most went back to their regular lives and were not heard from again, while a few got into legal troubles and were incarcerated as felons.  True to their amateur status at time of recruiting, very few models went on to work for other studios once they decided to quit.

large.196080518_AneweraforSeanCodyStudio001.jpeg.1a253a29eb758d6842df358ef211540b.jpegApart from the familiar space, the models also had a familiar look and famously easy going attitudes and strong work ethic that helped the brand to create a consistently enjoyable product that featured hot sex between great looking men.  Each scene was well planned and captured, the models had good direction and the final cut was seamlessly edited to fit a two day shoot into a familiar 30 minute feature that was optimal for solo scenes and 10 minutes longer for each additional scene partner.

The soul of the studio was in the likeability of the guys who were on the  roster of fan favorites and their ability to create genuine chemistry with their assigned scene partners. The guys who were invited to return regularly also had a willingness to take direction and push their boundaries with each scene and over time.  For many of the guys, it was a gradual process and the fans followed their journey into gay porn with great anticipation, finding great satisfaction when a performer becomes proficient with a complete repertoire of sex acts and make it appear convincingly enjoyable on camera.

When the Founder of Sean Cody sold his company to corporate giant behind Men.com, there was a period of transition that was embarrassing for the new team and frustrating for fans to endure.  Awful lighting would plague the new scenes and would take months to resolve and longer to achieve a level of consistency in the final product.   With Men.com as the parent company, some of the models now have the opportunity to transition their careers to a very different porn site.  Instead of recruiting new talent, Men.com wsa famous for their stable of Exclusives who were industry veterans with superstar status and a global fan base.  

The scenes with the big named stars would have equally big budgets to accommodate a story arc over several episodes.   There were trademark excesses such as filming on location involving travel for cast and crew.  These big budget productions would feature elaborate sets and costumes specially made to embellish theme or add realism to the porn version of a popular movie or TV show.

large.415984002_AneweraforSeanCodyStudio004.jpeg.2c0c5d82204345592eca04c6c8c3359e.jpegThen suddenly the arrival of Cam and Chat was followed by tremendous growth that was competing for the same dollars as subscribers were turned into viewers and sponsors at the most popular Chat Sites.   Before the dust was able to settle the big studios would face an even bigger threat with the arrival of distribution platforms Only Fans and Just For Fans.  The studios had already abandoned the exclusive contracts because it was no longer creating as many features as before.  Suddenly their biggest stars became competitors as it seems one by one the performers with the biggest fan bases began to open fan accounts and using cell phones to clutter and pad their online archives with content.   The trick was to convert the number of followers who were actually die hard fans into paying subscribers.  With so many favorites to follow the second hurdle was to keep the fans renewing each month by creating engaging content and posting on a regular basis to build up their archives and attract potential new subscribers.

Creating content, doing marketing and updating fan sites took a lot of time and many could not maintain enough renewing subscribers to make the endeavor profitable.  The studios now make shorter scenes using situational comedy to drive plot lines.  All the decades old porn set-ups were recycled and every  job interview, roommate interaction, work out session, and pizza delivery was an opportunity for a sexual encounter to unfold.    In this new era of making porn, both performers and studios relied on keeping the number of subscribers steady.  This means keeping track of which scenes and which performers were generating the most downloads and then creating a filming schedule to accommodate that performer in as many scenes as possible. 

Within this new paradigm Men.com still works with Superstars like Diego Sans and William Seed to maintain status exposure to their huge fanbar.  The performers benefit from professional photo shoots for the marketing campaign and online promotions.  These images are promoted in the biggest porn blogs and starring in a quality studio production helps to maintain their superstar status with fans who are not subscribers.  

311430135_sclachlandevy.thumb.jpeg.7bf539d6f9ea4715d7b7a883068179c3.jpegThe studio knows it cannot rely solely on the big names to keep subscribers engaged.  As a parent company to Sean Cody, the studio can borrow new talent like Hunky Newbie Devy who is causing fans to swarm and gravitate to his Alll-American good looks, tight athletic body and on camera intensity .  He is versatile but whenever he is cast as a top he brings "the boyfriend" experience that everyone has been missing ever since King Connor (Maguire) retired.  Devy has that same ability to generate chemistry with his scene partners and spend a lot of screen time devoting attention to his scene partner's cock which is a luxury bottoms rarely ever enjoy.  He loves to suck cock and who wouldn't enjoy seeing that handsome face decorated with a load of milky white cum?

Dev has already appeared in three scenes for Men.com all released within the same month recently.  That's about as many scenes he has done with Sean Cody.  I think corporate politics had something to do with how this most recent scene with Lachlan was branded after it was shot.  It is unlikely Sean Cody will be able to switch to a plot driven model of filming porn.  It has been able to recruit a handful of new talent during Covid, and just now starting to ramp up production by calling in heavy hitters Deacon, Asher, Josh and Archie for the first few scenes.  It would be a big set back if they lost their new line up which includes Devy and his equally appealing real- life boyfriend Justin the Jock to parent company just when he can be valuable in helping to build up the subscription base after the lack of updates during Covid that resulted in a mass exodus from the website.

 

 

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gaangeyan

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An interesting writeup on Sean Cody and porn film industries. Yes. because of many onlyfans n fansonly sites the favorite performers should have moved away from the porn film sites. Well, I am intrigued by the once very young Stu who had been a darling of many in Sean Cody seems to have done a cameo in the new gym series. Eager to see him in action of sex though he had exposed his nicely beefed up body, arms, especially butt and his sweet tasty cock through his fans site. Will he be participating in some sex scene? Wondering...he had always been a top but also bottomed in a couple of videos when he was with Sean Cody years back. How I wish to see Stu again in action with his matured, buffed up handsome body and figure!! 

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DavidWhiteFan1

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My favorite Sean Cody model was the incredibly handsome blond Blake, especially when he didn't shave his sumptuous chest hair... But he seems to have disappeared since mid 2021 😞

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On 4/2/2022 at 11:14 PM, gaangeyan said:

An interesting writeup on Sean Cody and porn film industries. Yes. because of many onlyfans n fansonly sites the favorite performers should have moved away from the porn film sites. Well, I am intrigued by the once very young Stu who had been a darling of many in Sean Cody seems to have done a cameo in the new gym series. Eager to see him in action of sex though he had exposed his nicely beefed up body, arms, especially butt and his sweet tasty cock through his fans site. Will he be participating in some sex scene? Wondering...he had always been a top but also bottomed in a couple of videos when he was with Sean Cody years back. How I wish to see Stu again in action with his matured, buffed up handsome body and figure!! 

I have read in fan forums that Stu had fully renounced his work at SC as a regret that makes him ill (paraphrasing).  I have seen a very coy shower clip from his fan site which makes me scratch my head in wonder 1) who would pay for partial softcore when all has been revealed? 2) how long until he realizes if he's going to have a fan site and devote time to it, might as well go hard core and earn as much as possible while he still has fans.  There are simply too much new competition for him to rely on his glory days.  This is a topic for another time, but imagine if Zeb Atlas and Ken Ryker had made certain career decisions early while in their prime?  Paddy O'Brian is looking amazing in his comeback as a performer with a full sexual repertoire.  Also, sure why the much beloved Philip Fusco is also so modest with his fans account.

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gaangeyan

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Phil is not modest...but, still he has to come to terms with the options of performing the act with a partner male or female, I think. But, no doubt he is amazing guy for me, no second opinion. 

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