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Q. When your first film came out, I was very excited because I already
knew your name and was a fan of your photography. 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? (Your last book with
Bruno Gmünder states that Carnaval in Rio was your first film, but I
remember it being Tropical Heatwave, which was the first of your films that I reviewed.)

A. Wow, I didn’t realize you had followed my work so far back! Thank you, I’m very flattered. My first move from still photography to video was in 1986 for a video series put out by Advocate Men (today just MEN) which they called ADVOCATE MEN LIVE. 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 HEATWAVE 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 6 years before I started producing videos. I was intrigued by the idea of my own producer, and no longer being at the mercy of the whims of ever-changing art directors at the magazines I was working for.

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