Thursday, March 31, 2011

Technical Hitches

Darn it, spoke too soon. Just did my final live purchase download of material from the cart and for some reason the downloads are really slow this afternoon. Not what I needed the day before launch! Tech support are investigating. Hopefully it will be resolved shortly. In the meantime it seems to be working, just a bit slowly... please let me know if you have any problems!

In the nick of time!

Well, it was cutting it a bit close, but I've finally finished the trailer for Amelia's Sunday Spanking, so the site will be ready for tomorrow's official launch day (which is also the 10th Anniversary of Restrained Elegance). Whoop!


With the first two Elegance Studios films out the door and ready to release, our thoughts are now turning to new productions. We have a week-long shoot booked at a splendid country house location in a couple of months' time, and since it is a house we've shot at before, we're thinking of shooting one or two feature-length Elegance Studios videos along with some shorter Restrained Elegance videos and photosets.


Front runners thus far are a haunted house ghost story with lots of sexy girls menaced by the ghosts (which Ariel has been working on) and a three-girl slave auction showing the girls' path from freedom to sexual slavery (which Hywel is developing). Steve's also got his writer's hat on and is thinking about what to develop after that. We're also thinking about what our next spanking project should be.


So don't be shy- post a comment and let us know what you think of our first two films, and what storylines and fantasies you'd like to see us tackle for our next feature film production!


So... the cart should be active, the trailers ready, the site live... all we need now is you!


Cheers, Hywel

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


HI All,

I've added Elegance Studios to our links system, so the site now has some links pages. It is a little clunky at the moment... for various arcane technical reasons, I can either have a webpage with a lot of blank space at the bottom, or a scrollbar in the middle of the web page. I've chosen the former. A neater solution may be found eventually!

Surfnet tech have fixed the FTP problem, so I have been able to upload the Amelia's Sunday Spanking ZIP file containing the DVD version. Acquiesce is encoding now and I will be uploading it in the next few days. Then a little more prettification and thinking about site navigation...

Cheers, Hywel.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Pure Awesomeness

Hi All,

As you may notice, we have a lovely piece of artwork for our front page! I commissioned this from the very talented Morgan Cauthers-Knox, asking her to deliver me something inspired by the style of Mucha... and she has absolutely come up trumps! I really love it!

It may seem weird given that I've been running a commercial website for almost a decade, but it still amazes me that it is possible for such a tiny cottage-industry production house like us to get artwork custom-drawn by people with more artistic talent in their little fingers than I have in my whole body.

Cheers, Hywel

Spoke too soon

Sigh. I should have learned by now. Never, ever say something is nearly done. Only say it when it is actually complete and tested and running! Having chirpily asserted that we were on course in my last post, I couldn't actually upload the first DVD image to the shopping cart. Not sure why- I could upload the MP4 version OK, but the crappy web-based FTP client just baulked at the ZIP file. Maybe it was too big??

Anyway, tech support are looking into it.

I hope it will not delay the launch- I guess we can get started with the MP4s and upload the DVD images when the issues are sorted. Hopefully that will be before launch day, not after!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Final Edit of ASS done!

Hooray, just put the final scene for Amelia's Sunday Spanking together. Burnt a test copy of the DVD and watched it on telly in the living room. Slightly surreal sitting on your sofa looking at yourself sat on the sofa in the same room- like a Kafaka-esque mirror.

Learnt a lot from making this film, hopefully you will all enjoy it and we'll know what to look out for a bit more next time... stuff like blank expanses of white wall (which you simply don't see in Hollywood movies). Interesting how much difference the product design makes to the overall "feel" of scenes.

We're planning to launch Elegance Studios properly in April - we're looking like we'll get there, barring major snags! Yay!