RIP: FALCON DIRECTOR JOHN BRUNO
Falcon director John Bruno has taken his own life.
I first met John Bruno on the set of Best Men — Falcon had hired the former owner of Massive Studios to direct the high-profile debut of both Zeb Atlas and Adam Killian, and he invited me to come down and write about it. I didn’t know John well, but I’d run into him periodically — at awards shows, on other sets — and he was always light-hearted and charming. His movies were energetic and creative.
A.J. Llewellyn, his creative partner on the 2009 web series Bad Cops, penned an in-depth memorial to his friend on his blog:
When I first started writing gay erotic romance fiction six years ago, I didn’t tell many people. It was a new medium for me and I wanted to see how it went. I had coffee one day with my friend John Bruno, who had been struggling to find work as an artist. I’ve never met a kinder, more talented man. I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t get a break. He told me he was getting work here and there…and suddenly mentioned a movie he’d directed. When I probed he wouldn’t say what kind of movie at first. He finally said he was directing gay porn.
I was delighted. I told him I was writing gay erotic romances and we had a good laugh that we were such shy puveyors of porn. John Bruno (his porn name, not his real name), became one of my biggest supporters and introduced me to Adam Killian before Adam became the multimedia superstar he is now. Adam and I did a shoot for three of my favorite bookcovers and John showed an intense interest in my work.
We’d talk shop and he told me hilarious stories of life on the set. Then one day he casually suggested we should work together. We had big ideas. Actually, the ideas were his. He had this vision of porn webisodes based on a book he thought I should write. John was brilliant that way. He was cutting edge.