What prompted you to make the transition from still photographer to live action, and why did you choose to do a solo film for your first film?
My first move from still photography to video was in 1986 for a video series put out by Advocate Men. They wanted single model shoots, similar to what I’d been doing with still photography, but in motion. After shooting a few of those clips for Advocate Men, I decided to try making a couple of solo features on my own, and in 1987 I shot two solo videos, Tropical Heat Wave and Champs. It was the following year that I shot my first hardcore videos Carnaval in Rio and Island Fever. For me it was a fairly natural transition to go from doing solo photo shoots of men to doing solo video shoots. Shooting hardcore porn was quite a bit more challenging. I was able to make a decent living as a still photographer in Brazil for six years before I started producing videos. I was intrigued by the idea of my own production company and no longer being at the mercy of the whims of ever changing art directors at the magazines I was working for. Kristen
More history to come. Photo courtesy of Gangsters At Large. www.KristenBjorn.com