In conjunction with Alpha Studio Group, Next Door Studios has added Next Door Films to its collection of brands in an effort to “focus on realistic storytelling and higher production value.” The new line launches this weekend with a threeway—what do you think of the new venture?
Consider Next Door Films the next step in Alpha Studio Group’s focus on story-based porn, following the launch of Disruptive Films last year (based on this new scene, Next Door Films isn’t aiming to be nearly as “controversial” as Disruptive). Next Door directors Conrad Parker and Walden Woods have both worked in many capacities with Disruptive, and the two will direct this new line as well.
“By taking the excitement and creativity we have on our regular sets and adding a high level of cinematic quality and superior storytelling, we were able to deliver a whole new brand that I really think everyone will love,” said Woods. “Focusing on the character development and the stories the models are exploring really helped to open up this new content into something very special.”
Chief Creative Officer Jeremy Babcock says the line promises longer stories, more developed characters, advanced cinematography and unique locations. Adds Parker: “We worked very hard to further develop the characters in our new films. Our talent has been challenged in each film to really understand their characters and did an amazing job at bringing them to life. These films are meant to be more than just a campy porn scene. Think of them as a relatable movie mixed with porn.”
The first release is comedy-drama “Weekend Getaway” starring Next Door Exclusives Nico Coopa, Elliot Finn and Trevor Harris (a great choice, as he’s shown off his acting chops since his days at Helix). Clocking in at 54 minutes, the scene follows Nico and Trevor as they visit Elliot at his new home in the country. When Elliot reveals to Nico that he wants to sleep with Trevor, Nico decides to have some fun on his own and see if he can seduce Trevor himself, and the two enter a battle to steal Trevor’s heart. “I’ve really wanted to push the envelope of storytelling in gay porn,” says writer Dalton King, “and being given the green light to write longer stories with more authentic emotions feels like the best opportunity to do so.”
I’m not sure what’s taken Next Door so long to embrace this concept; anyone remember their story-based feature Straight Chexxx from 2017? It was a criminally overlooked and underappreciated movie (how it didn’t win any big awards, I’ll never understand), the best thing the studio ever did. Comprised of four scenes and clocking in at nearly three-and-a-half hours, it had a great cast (sigh…I miss you, Quentin Gainz!) and acting, and a natural story where the sex felt organic. But then no follow-up features happened, which was a shame.
We’ll see if Next Door Films makes any full-length movies like that (and like Disruptive did with its award-winning The Last Course). What do you think of this new venture? Do you like longer, story-based porn scenes? I’m excited to see how it develops, and love a more relatable, natural storyline integrated with porn.