Digital Detox. Back in August.

Hi Everyone,

I’m going on a digital detox.

I’ve got a vacation with my University friends starting tomorrow, followed by a language course and then landscape photography art shows.

I’ll be back in mid-August.

Of course, everything is loaded and ready on all the sites and carts and will update automatically while I am away.

I may check my email when I have signal, but I’m going to try not to. I really need a proper break this time so I’m going to try not to obsessively check my phone a dozen times a day!

If you have a problem with membership or purchases in the meantime, please email support@surfmail.net or open a support ticket:

For RE membership: https://ts.surfnetcorp.com/ts/ts.cfm?code=RE01&urlid=66&service=4

For SilkSoles: https://ts.surfnetcorp.com/ts/ts.cfm?code=RE01&urlid=119&service=4 membership

For the Shopping Cart: https://estore.surfnetcorp.com/store/elegancestudios/contactus.cfm

If support can’t help you, I will assist when I get back.

Apologies to the people still waiting for a quote/response from me for custom videos, I’ll do my best to catch up on those emails tonight but I have to pack and I’m out of time. Please bear with me.

Cheers, Hywel

“In The Dark” – coming soon(ish) at EleganceStudios.com

Had a fabulous day shooting with Ariel at The Facility UK studio near Birmingham.

We were filming the middle section of forthcoming EleganceStudios.com film “In The Dark” – this was the bit shot in actual darkness!

Here’s a quick framegrab from the video behind the scenes while setting up, by the light of my head-torch:

Here’s a Hywel’s eye view of the action (taken with my iPhone using eyepiece projection, through the LI monocular I was using to see through):

Here’s the camera’s eye view- shot in Infrared, lit using two security camera infrared LED lights:

And here’s the view of a camera shot with an f/0.95 lens at ISO6400… in other words, and Ariel Anderssen’s eye view of proceedings! It really was DARK in the room. The little bit of spill you can see bottom right is the light leakage from under the door, which you could barely make out with the naked eye (at least until one got completely dark adapted).

And finally here’s an interlude shot in full spectrum, under a UV light rather than an infrared one:

Now we’ve got to shoot the beginning and the end of the movie, which we’re doing at a different location hopefully next week!

Exciting! And it was really hot torturing Ariel when she couldn’t see what was coming!

Hywel

Tortured In The Dark

We’re very excited!

We’ve been planning another EleganceStudios.com for a while, and we’re just gearing up for production, shooting in a few weeks. I’m converting the outline to a shooting script today.

The film has an emotional, real-world-grounded storyline about a bondage couple are trying to find ways to rekindle the excitement of their first BDSM experience.

The “fun and games” section of the film is going to be an extended BDSM session in complete darkness. I have infrared spotlights and infrared cameras, and IR goggles for me to wear. Think of the “in the dark” section of Silence of the Lambs. Ariel is going to be totally in the dark- she will not be able to see me, or anything else! It’d going to be hot and intense, more even than a blindfold or blackout contact lens scene. We want MAXIMUM impact!

What would you like to see done to her in her Tortures in the Dark? I’ve got ideas but I’d love to have your suggestions! Post a comment and let us know!

Windows Media Player sometimes plays black screen

Hi Everyone,

A couple of people have reported issues playing some of the videos with Windows Media Player. The sound plays fine, but the video shows a black screen.

I’m afraid I have NO idea what’s causing that.

I’ve not been able to replicate it myself, and I compress all the videos in exactly the same way using the same program on one of the same two Macs each time; it doesn’t seem to correlate with which Mac I prepared the final video on… which was the only thing I could think of that might be different. So I’m at a loss.

I will investigate more, but without being able to identify anything different my end it’s really hard to know where to start.

VLC media player, an open-source player which you can download for free here http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en-GB.html plays the rogue files just fine (as do our Macs and iPhones etc of course).

So I don’t think there’s anything fundamentally wrong with the files, and I have no idea why WMP sometimes throws a fit. If anyone has any ideas please let me know, it’s very perplexing.

In the meantime, if you experience the problem, please let me know and let me know which videos it happens on… and please download VLC media player so you can still watch the films. Apologies.

Cheers, Hywel