Daring and experimental, J Zakari is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting new directors here at MetArt X. Although he made his debut early last year with Tracy Lindsay in “Exposition,” he didn’t become a regular contributor until December 2017, when hot movies with seductive beauty Cara Mell and sexy-cute Patritcy grabbed everyone’s attention. Check out “Leather Obsession,” a gorgeous movie shot entirely from above, featuring Patricy lying on a leather couch, peeling down her leather pants and playing with herself. Since then, he’s also worked with stunning Jasmine Jazz, and teamed up with Cara Mell again for the fascinating “Eroticismic,” which provoked sharply divided opinion with its subtle, atmospheric lighting and sizzling sensuality.
A creative and innovative artist, and a lovely character who is fun to collaborate with, there’s no doubt J Zakari is set to become a major name in the world of erotic film. Read on to learn a little more about him…
Where are you from?
JZ: Spaceship Earth, somewhere in old Europe.
What’s your background in photography and film?
JZ: Director of music videos, producer and director of commercial ads (still doing the last one).
For how long have you been creating erotica, and what inspired you to get into it?
JZ: Not for very long. I shot my first two videos for MetArt in 2015 and my first two videos for The Life Erotic at the beginning of 2016. And why? That’s a good question. The will to do something else, the temptation to follow a path that is hardly ever taken in my country. Women’s beauty deserves to be photographed and filmed every single second. As I am a rather shy person, I had a personal motivation, a personal challenge to overcome. Switching to MetArt X was a natural move. Catching the sexuality of the models in a natural way is a nice challenge.
Does mainstream art, cinema and photography influence you?
JZ: I think so. I am a big fan of American imagery, probably because I’m in Europe. I also like fashion photography and music videos. It’s not always easy to bring those elements to erotic videos as the audience is not always ready to be open to a different way of shooting erotica. I have big dreams. Like they say: dream big – work harder.
Can you tell us about the movies you made with MetArt Network favorite Lorena B?
JZ: These films were experiments. I search. I try not to copy. Of course, working with a model as professional, charming and adaptable as Lorena is something very unique. I also try to change the visual style depending on the site: a more fluid style for MetArt, and for The Life Erotic I played with the hand-held camera to bring the viewer as close as possible to Lorena. My work needs to evolve, to diversify.
Do you prefer shooting in a studio or on location?
JZ: I tend to like shooting on location more and more. It’s a great process to find the best way to use the location. It’s a hard process to find a great location.
Is there a video shoot you are particularly proud of?
JZ: I am just starting – let’s wait a bit before ranking them! – but let’s say that “Can’t Wait Anymore” with Cara Mell was a video I really enjoyed shooting, even if the result was out of the traditional path of shooting a MetArt X video... and attracted all kinds of comments!
Do you prefer making films or taking photographs?
JZ: Definitely film because photography is a medium I am learning about and I am impressed by the technical knowledge it requires. I think we can be closer and more authentic in films than in photographs. If the model is comfortable with the film camera, you can create a dialogue with her and when it happens, it’s beautiful. It is very beautiful to capture emotion on a still but it’s even better if you can see it coming: evolve, live and disappear. I think film is more complicated for the model. It’s riskier. Editing is also a big part of film, and I know it’s a subject that triggers a lot of passionate debate in the comments.
What’s your take on the kinky side of erotica?
JZ: You shouldn’t shoot kink just because it is fashionable. Fantasies about domination and submission are very interesting things to explore, to stage, as I tried in the "Let’s Play" video on Viv Thomas. We just have to keep respecting the woman’s desires and be a catalyst for those desires rather than play God.
Which model inspires you the most?
JZ: There are many: Tracy Lindsay is still top of the list… her ability to act attracts me a lot, besides the fact that she is exceptionally beautiful. Cara Mell is sharing first place with her. We shot a few times together and she’s amazingly beautiful of course, but also fun and clever. Meeting models like this is the cherry on the cake. But there are also lots of women who only pose for photo shoots and who I’d be so eager to film one day. There are too many names to list them all.
Do you plan your shoot in detail or do you prefer to see how things evolve on the day?
JZ: Mostly, I have quite an exact idea of what I want. But all models are different and I have to adapt, not to be too demanding. People should not underestimate how hard it is to be a model in front of the camera. So, I insist on the teamwork side of the job.
What are your ambitions for your work with MetArt X?
JZ: The MetArt Network sets the benchmark. Eroticism/porn is all over the net. Among this abundance of content, which is sometimes hard to digest, it is pleasant to film for an established network, where quality is required, where beauty comes first. I hope to go as far as possible, bringing my style and inviting feedback. I’m open to critique – as long as it is constructive – and as contributors, I think we should make more time to interact with the members.
What would you like the viewers to get from your films?
JZ: Love them or hate them. I don’t care about the highest rating, I care about creating a reaction.