Ward on Falcon: ‘I Do Not Intend to Raging Stallion-ize Brand’
In a weekend move that shook up the gay porn industry, video-on-demand powerhouse AEBN (Raging Stallion, NakedSword) announced last night that Raging Stallion’s Chris Ward would be taking over the reigns of production (above, directing a scene from NakedSword’s Golden Gate). We gave him a call this morning and caught him on his way to his first Falcon meeting.
Why did you want to take on Falcon?
It’s an iconic brand — I’ve always loved their product. Raging Stallion and Falcon are two biggest production companies in the world . And they were looking for a buyer. Certainly the combined operation is twice the size of any other competitor. We’re going to have a lot of press, shelf space. Raging Stallion serves a different niche, so it fits in nicely.
What does the Falcon brand stand for to you?
I think that Falcon is a company composed of multiple labels. When one thinks about Falcon, you think: the clean cut guy in underwear with a big dick. He’s the boy next door, but when you dig deeper is he’s pretty dirty. It’s guys who don’t look like they’re going to do.
Raging Stallion films tall, dark and handsome — more hair, older. Falcon is 20 to 30; Raging Stallion is 28 to 40. There are exceptions of course, but Raging Stallion has a much more ethnic look. Falcon is smoother, younger, more collegiate.
Do you think it’s going to be a challenge for you to film in the Falcon style?
I don’t think that it’s going to be an issue. I’ve made Falcon-style movies — Bedroom Eyes a few years ago is a good example. And we just finished shooting Golden Gate for NakedSword, which is much more in that brightly lit, clean-cut Falcon style. I find hotness in many places. I can imagine Kennedy Carter, D.O. as Falcon stars. What the Falcon fans should know is that we’ll be true to the aesthetic. We do not intend to Raging Stallion-ize the brand.
What were your favorite Falcon movies? Why?
I always liked the Falcon epics — French Connection, Out of Athens. Those were always classics — and then movies like Flashpoint and Abduction. You know, if you go back and dig through the movies, you see that some of the greatest movies of all times. And you also see that there’s a broader aesthetic.
Falcon was the studio that launched fisting as a genre in porn. It’s a varied past, and we want to continue that. The big difference between Falcon today and Falcon [before the sale], is that the studio for the first time in nearly a decade is headed up by a pornographer as opposed to an investor instead of a corporate officer.
How does the Falcon deal fit in with the rest of AEBN?
It won’t change it that much. There are three divisions within AEBN’s gay division — NakedSword, Gunzblazing and now Raging Stallion-Falcon, all run by their own heads. We’re a triumvirate.
Who are your favorite Falcon stars? What can fans expect?
My favorite Falcon star is Aden Jaric (below, in Big Wood) — that new box cover is incredibly hot. I also like Landon Conrad. As far as past Falcon men, Dick Fisk was always a favorite, Tom Chase — there are so many.
What effect will you have on Falcon movies?
Well, first of all, Falcon in 2010 is a much better company than it was in 2009. They’ve made huge advances, improved quality — the latest, Big Wood is pretty damned impressive if you’ve seen it. So I think it’s about spending more on production, taking more than time. And not to toot my own horn, I think I’m a pretty good director and I think I’ll bring something to it. It’s just about getting that spark.
So you’ll be directing for the Falcon line yourself?
What’s the first production you’ve got scheduled?
Right now they have production schedule that we’re sticking with — I’m meeting with [falcon production manager] Adam Robinson tomorrow. Raging Stallion has so many movies in the can that we don’t have to shoot again until April. That leaves us a lot of time to focus on Falcon.