Ian Sparks is one of the guys responsible for bringing queer porn to another level. His film studio, Trannywood Pictures, creates award winning movies that feature male-identified folks in all points of transition having hot, hot sex with other male-identified guys. As well as super sexy, Trannywood movies makes sure to portray safe sex and responsible sexuality throughout their movies. How hot is that!
Sparks has starred in both “Cubbyholes” and “Couch Surfers – Trans Men In Action” from Trannywood and works behind the scenes to bring us some really amazing queer porn. Along with all the awesome porn goodness, Sparks’ passions include community organizing, cultural work, public health, butches, boys, genderqueers, cubs and queer activists of all genders. Swoon!
1. How (and when) did you get started in the industry?
About 4 years ago, I became one of the owners of a gay safe sex club in San Francisco (EROS). We have a very community, mission focused model that includes a free community classroom, art gallery and a lounge that is available for all gender events. We wanted to expand our safe sex message and our focus on normalizing a variety of body types. So, when we decided to try our hand at doing a niche film, it was either going to be a bears of color movie, or a gay trans men film. A couple of our staff were in Morty Diamond‘s “Trannyfags” and we realized we had enough talent to go in that direction. That was around 2006. My own screen debut was in a Colt Studio film, called “Beyond Perfect” (2005)….I just had a non sex roll, but Mr. Pam was one of the camera operators and I got a lot of screen time.
2. If you weren’t in the adult industry, what would you be doing?
Working even harder at EROS. I’m currently the Chief Operations Officer and Community Relations guy, so there is always something to do. Before EROS though my dream job was as a program director at an academic women’s center, and I loved that.
3. What’s the best thing you’ve learned or best advice you’ve received from industry?
You can only work with actors who show up, and you can only edit what you have filmed. About a third to a half of the actors who confirmed for our first film, “Cubbyholes“, couldn’t show up for a number of reasons. So , for our second film “Couch Surfers” I made sure to have confirmed even more cast….and they all showed up. We were able to film both “Couch Surfers” and “Couch Surfers 2″ at that time. I like editing with just one camera having been used (its easiest of course), but its nice having those extra shots that a second camera captures.
4. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened while filming?
Since we tend to film at EROS, we’ve had a couple of scenes end fast as the opening staff person came rushing into the building. “Cubbyholes” also has quite a few authentic San Francisco sound effects, such as the historic F line street car rumbling by on Market Street.
5. What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in the industry?
That women have no real interest being in front of the camera or behind it, that some how they are just doing it for the money or are being forced. Our films are trans and non trans men, but we’ve received a number of model surveys from all types of women who want to support what we are doing. My biggest mentors and supporters are the women who lead the way in the San Francisco Indy Queer Porn community (Shine Louis Houston, Madison Young, Courtney Trouble, etc).
6. What did you do today?
Today I staffed the front desk for EROS’s day spa and learned our new security system. We had two break ins in April and all our computers and back up drives were stolen. We think we have various working copies of scenes for “Couch Surfers 2,” but won’t really know ’til we get new computers and software.
7. What would you rather have done today?
Edited porn, or be out relaxing at Dolores Park.
8. If you could do a movie with anyone (living or brought back from the dead) who would it be?
I still hope to be part of a scene with Syd Blakovich from Pink & White and the Crash Pad Series. I don’t know what that would look like, but I have some ideas.
9. Who is your favorite adult performer?
I love Damien Crosse, now with Titan, and Steve Cruz at Raging Stallion. Syd, Jiz Lee and Dallas (from Crash Pad Series) are some of my favorite people in general. Brett McCloskey (from Trannywood) is my boyfriend and lights up the screen as does Dex Hardlove…guess it’s not fair just to rattle off everyone at Trannywood and Crash Pad, lol.
10. You’ve got 20 bucks left to your name; what would you do with it?
In the past, I’ve generally given $5 or $10 to a friend who needed it more and then just bought lots of peanut butter with the rest. I just assumed I’d find bread.
11. If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d change?
I’d lobby congress for the elimination of all marriage benefits. I don’t understand why queer are seeking the same benefits as straight married people instead of fighting for the rights of single people.
12. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
I’m embarrassed all the time, as my red cheeks will testify. But you’ll be hard pressed to shame me.
13. Which is your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
I shot the behind the scenes footage for “Trannywood Gone Wild”, a project that we haven’t even attempted to edit yet.
14. If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?
At first, I thought speed like “The Flash” but I’d miss the scenery. I think, I’d say super strength.
15. Meat or veggie?
16. What is your favorite book?
Tales of the City.
17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who flake.
18. What is your best piece of sex advice for women?
Find your favorite lube . For guys, I say find your favorite condom and lube.
19. What is your favorite adult movie?
The Crash Pad Series Vol. 3 and Jock Itch.
20. Tell me one thing you’ve never told anyone else.
I’m a “West Wing” nut… but, everyone on my Twitter knows that.
For more Ian, head over to Trannywood Picture’s site at www.TrannywoodPictures.com.
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