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Director / CrewIamA Ryan Staake, "co-director" of Young Thug - Wyclef Jean AMA!

Jan 18th 2017 by ryanstaake • 8 Questions • 198 Points

EDIT: Thanks so much for all your questions, I had a great time. If you are looking for more info visit www.sexhelp.com or if you're looking for a therapist visit www.iitap.com. If you're looking for treatment visit elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

I am a clinical consultant at Promises Scottsdale and help diagnose and treat sex addicts. Sex and porn addictions affect more than just the addict, it can affect your family and relationships as well. I am the president of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP.) You also may know my father, Dr. Patrick Carnes who is one of leading sex addiction researchers.

In addition to sex addiction I also treat patients with eating disorders and chemical dependency. I am the author of “Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts,” “Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts” and “Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol.”

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/SBCU5

Q:

What's been your experience with Sam Hyde and Million Dollar Extreme?

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How accurate are the scientific underpinnings of the r/NoFap and r/pornfree movements? As a corollary, how accurate is the information provided on the website YourBrainOnPorn?


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Sam and I went to RISD together and I worked on his senior thesis with him driking monster energy drinks and burning CD-R's to copy files back and forth because we were too lazy to set up a network. He hired my company, Pomp&Clout to help with graphics on his show with adult swim. They were heavily censored.

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It's my opinion that the research reviewed that YourBrainOnPorn provides is accurate and a solid overview of the research in the field at this time. I don't know a lot about NoFap and PornFree other than that they are forums that provide people support for people who are trying to abstain. I know that can be extremely helpful for people trying to quit.


Q:

How did you convince him/his label to post that video on his channel?

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What exactly causes an addiction to sex? I can understand addictions to things we eat/drink/smoke because you are adding something to your body that causes a reaction. But how does one become addicted to a biological function? And how do you treat it, since it comes from within the person (not from an outside source)?


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I had to email back and forth for weeks, make another treatment (the 3rd) and hop on a call with Lyor Cohen to talk him through what I wanted to do.

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Sex addicts are more likely to have histories of emotional, physical and sexual trauma in their background and they are also more likely to have a history of problems with attachment and intimacy. Those are some of the most common etiological factors to sex addiction. However we are seeing young people these days who are hooked on to porn that do not have the same trauma history and attachment histories that we see in the typical sex addict. They get exposed to graphic, intense, online pornography and become hooked.

Orgasm is the natural blast of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine is considered the master molecule of addiction. When an individual uses porn it stimulates its reward center with dopamine. When this is overstimulated, the brain compensates by reducing the number of receptor sites in the synapse. Therefore it takes more intense use to get the same high. They have flooded their reward centers with dopamine just like someone does with substance abuse. So the changes in the brain for a porn addict, are very similar to the brain changes to someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. This same process occurs with food as well as other natural addictions like video games and gambling. And the treatment is similar to that of an eating disorder. Individuals need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food just like they need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with sexuality.


Q:

So did you originally plan on using the audio of his description in the video? Your shots for that were perfect in the begining. I think you took a shity situation and turned it into gold. You're the reason I have watched it over and over not the song.

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Will we ever be desensitized to porn because it's too ubiquitous?


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YES! i did plan to use the audio for the intro. he was supposed to be in the final power wheel though.

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Our culture has become desensitized to porn and is much more sexualized than it was 30 years ago. Consider how a Playboy compares to a typical porn site of today. There is a lot of pressure for young women to look like porn stars and act like porn stars. Young men are also trained culturally to objectify and sexualize women in ways that had't been occurring in our culture in the past. There is research that shows that there are some socio-cultural concerns with porn including an increase in sexual aggression towards women and the rape-ness acceptance. As a culture we are involved in a major social experiment to see how wide spread, easy access to porn will affect relationships and gender roles in society.


Q:

I liked it man. I feel like starting with that was a great segway in to paying attention to the process that was going on. It was like a music video of making a music video.

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Do you find that a lot of sex and porn addicts are more likely to have other addictions as well (drugs, alcohol) or is there no correlation?


Q:

thank you! yea its my favorite part. we only had 5 power wheels and had to move them around and composite the different plates together.

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Absolutely. Drug addictions and sex addiction are highly co-occurring. Studies have shown that in chemical dependency treatment programs 4/10 males can meet criteria for sex addiction. Another study showed that 45% of sex addicts had chemical dependency and 35% had eating disorders. They are highly co-morbid.


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Did Young Thug express how he feels about the final product? I just watched the video for the first time before seeing this AMA and saw that it has over 3 mill. views already. He probably can't be too disappointed about that, even if it paints him in a bad light.

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First: Do you believe that some like yourself can maintain an unbiased position and not skew scientific data if they are religious? Second: Do you believe that people who are born into a religion that holds a firm stance against pornography and are indoctrinated into that religion are more likely to become addicted?


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haha I don't know what he thinks to be honest. I hope he likes it, I got him a ton of press and he didn't even have to get out of his car.

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I would say yes, people can remained unbiased if they are researchers. Sometimes bias can impact our research, the kind of questions we ask and how research is conducted. That being said i believe the field of sexuality has researchers from all different walks of life researching this topic. Some that are secular, some that are religious. Overall the research in this area is pretty solid.

People from religious backgrounds are more likely to have sexual shame and sometimes rigidity around their thinking about sexuality. As such sometimes those more conservative think they are addicted when they actually may not be. That being said research does show that people with religious backgrounds have a higher prevalence of sex addiction. This could be due to some of these false positives.


Q:

Will you incorporate someone eating Cheetos into your next film project?

EDIT: For those who missed it on the front page yesterday; here's the video, set to the moment I'm referring to.

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There was an IAMA posted ages ago by a wife whose husband was arrested for possessing underaged porn. Really underaged in some instances. She said something along the lines that this husband grew addicted to porn and it started off with typical adult porn and regressed to horrific child porn, because he was seeking the next best thrill/extreme. Apparently it was only a small percentage of the porn found on his computer.

Is this possible? Or do you think this guy was just saying this to make her feel better? Can people's sexual urges take a dramatic dark 180 or do you feel this arousal was always there?


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haha that's my new signature move... every project of mine will now have this.

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Yes this is possible. I've seen many cases in which a porn addict's sexual taste morphed into areas that they were not normally aroused by. Often times addicts will seek more intense or graphic, novel stimuli as the addiction progresses. So it is not uncommon for porn addicts to escalate to new genres of porn they are not interested in and to progress to sites that are even outside or their orientation or outside of their personal value system.


Q:

Excellent. I look forward in a few years to seeing your Hollywood blockbuster and seeing Brad Pitt munching Cheetos.

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What if, you read(can't stand video) porn for hours, but dislike actually having sex? This is me (obviously). I lose hours reading porn, but cringe at actually being with someone. Input? Advice?

Im a female in her 20's, should be noted this usually happens when I'm manic-y, but not always. When not in a manic state I have zero intrest in sex.


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only brad pitt could look good eating a cheeto.

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You might want to read the book "Sexual Anorexia" by Patrick Carnes. If this an area you want to work on in your life I would recommend going to see a certified therapist to help you. There can be many reasons for this so it would be most helpful for you to explore it in therapy.


Q:

After Director: Josh Trank directed Fantastic 4, and the project fell apart, was stitched together and released to a negative reception. He tweeted "my version of the film would have gotten positive reviews." He caught a lot of professional backlash from the people he worked with. Has anything like this happened after your video?

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when I try to talk to people about porn addiction online, I'm often (and I understand why) dismissed because I can only provide anecdotal evidence of r/nofap r/pornfree or yourbrainonporn.

are there any official / professional sources about porn addiction I can use?

what is your professional opinion about stopping porn addiction? standard r/nofap way is to stop all porn/masturbation/explicit material (and even any sexual activity with partner) and wait trough months of "flatline" (zero libido). is this correct approach?

thanks


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I've never had this happen, but I'm sure it will.

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A couple of other professional websites for info/resources from professionals: www.sash.net and www.sexhelp.com.

Most therapists recommend a period of 90 days of complete sexual absence and then move on to a sexual health plan you develop with a therapist (i.e. a 3 circle plan) in which individuals identify behaviors that are healthy for them and those that are unhealthy for them. These types of sexual health plans are individualized for the client's specific behaviors and circumstances. For example, masturbation can be a healthy behavior for someone whose never struggled with compulsive masturbation. For someone who has struggled with compulsive masturbation they may have to keep that on their abstinent list for a period of time or if it's severe, maybe indefinitely. In this way the plan is individualized depending on each client's needs.


Q:

Do you have any directorial advice?

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don't plan everything too much, embrace the unknown.


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I watched the thread explode yesterday and everyone was saying it was fake and giving their professional opinions...

So my question to you is, with regards to those people in particular, what's your favourite flavour of Cheetos?

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jk flamin' hot cheetos obviously.


Q:

That's.. Very messed up.

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then i was on a DJ email thread where the sender sent without BCC turned on and i received 400+ dj/musician emails and hit up Boys Noize saying i would make a video for him for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX4ccnj41lk


Q:

Good video man

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Thanks man, blast from the past


Q:

Do you have any advice on set control?

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based on how the video went.... i'm probably not the best person to ask!


Q:

What was it like working with the women on the shoot? How did they feel about what they were asked to do? the onset problems?

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They were confused because WE were so confused. the women who ate the sausage were awesome... I really appreciate them doing that for the video.


Q:

Did the women actually do the Requiem for a Dream scene?

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to my knowledge, they did not.


Q:

hi loved the video,

i helped with the wiz khalifa video that was never released.. how often do you finish a project and just have it scrapped entirely by the artist?

Great job making the best out of a shitty situation.

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thanks for being on our wiz project, shame that didn't make it out.

unfortunately, projects are scrapped occasionally. it sucks, but sometimes people just don't understand a filmmaker's intent, or get cold feet, or things go horribly wrong... (i.e. this video)


Q:

I loved this video.

Does the actual VICE footage exist?

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It does!!! it just came out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cfp7OkOPnw


Q:

What are your current favorites of both?

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I'm very into docs actually, i rewatch American Movie all the time. I thought The Revenant was incredible. TV wise I watched Stranger Things in a day and love Black Mirror. I also really like this Norwegian show called Occupied about the Russians taking over Norway to restart its oil production.


Q:

Have you seen Westworld?

A:

No but I've heard very good things


Q:

How long were you on set for?

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12 hours


Q:

Do you have any negotiating advice?

A:

CLOSERS ONLY.


Q:

What tips would you give to students wanting to become filmmakers in the future?

A: 1. Be patient! You're going to need to make a bunch of shitty projects before you make anything you truly like. I still look back on projects from the past couple years, and cringe. It takes time to get good at concept & craft. 2. Don't be too much of a slave to Gear. Use what's around you! iPhone/Android camera is great to work with initially. 3. Never lose the element of having fun when you're making a video. It'll definitely be a challenge, and you'll get pissed off at yourself and others, but if you don't ultimately enjoy it, you're wasting your time.

Q:

Just watched the BTS on Noisey - looks like a really tricky situation that you had to navigate there. How did you keep morale up on the day? more importantly how did the conversation go down between you and the girls shooting the sausage-eating scene??

(also I think your next project NEEDS to be with Corey J, that kid's going places)

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Yea the noisey BTS is a great side of this to see. I kept morale up as best I could by cracking jokes and keeping it light hearted. But after a while it became evident that it was a distasteful jokes couldn't hide.

For the sausage scene girls, I asked my 1st AD to ask them.


Q:

Where do you get your ideas from? Is it difficult coming up with new ways to shoot videos of the same genre?

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It's a constant struggle. I find that running and creative exertion is a great way to get the brain working.


Q:

Where do you get your ideas from? Is it difficult coming up with new ways to shoot videos of the same genre?

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that allowed me to easily introduce them in post right when he says "I want like... 20 of them..." you'll notice they pop "on" in groups of 5 if I recall correctly.


Q:

Damn that makes so much sense. I just saw it frame by frame. This is fascinating stuff that you really don't pay attention to unless you create it yourself! Awesome job man!! Probably my favorite rap video in a long long time!

A:

thank you! we also had to digitally trace the girls in the foreground so we could composite them accurately...


Q:

What was it like working with Vince Staples for the all nite video?

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Vince was incredible. He got the concept so quickly and needed very little direction. I think by the end he was annoyed that we had to do so many takes to make the different "time slices" effect work, but he plowed through.


Q:

Did you listen to young thug before working on this video? and will you listen to his music in the future?

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Yea I listened to him a bit before this, not a ton. I'll still listen to him, and I oddly still like the track.


Q:

Not sure if it's too late, but in your previous project "Dope Dealer", where some of the POV scenes inspired by the movie Lord of War?

A:

Very much so, I love that intro and how it sets up the story. I drew parallels between the ideas of weapon production and drugs and ran with it.


Q:

Thanks for answering my question! As a small sidenote, if you'd be willing to sell any of the storyboard art for the Wyclef Jean video then send me a PM.

A:

Let me see if our storyboard artist still has the original


Q:

[deleted]

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I'll gladly answer this. YES. many people in the music industry can be incredibly self centered and horrible. not all, but some of them. some people seem to lose all sense of common decency and turn into horrible garbage people.

i did meet madonna once to write a treatment at her studio though, and she owned that primadonna thing (maybe because its in her name). was courteous and chill, but obviously ran her life exactly how she wanted it.


Q:

How did you choose/meet the DP?

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I'd worked with Trevor Wineman previously on my Clams Casino ft. Vince Staples - All Nite video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zGVJaFwOyo) and he did a stellar job working with natural light, and rolling with the punches of my outlandish video concept. I knew he was the right person for the job on this one. Ontop of that he's just a very thorough DP and all around nice guy. I was originally introduced to him via a producer I was working with in LA. He has a cameo in the video, we're both sitting with eachother watching the monitor during the girls-driving-power-wheels scene.


Q:

how do you feel about all the exposure you are receiving after making this music video?

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It's been surreal. I'm riding the wave, and anticipating the eventual crash. It's insane to have worked on something so intimately for a while, then have the internet "freaking out" over it.


Q:

The shot of the cops watching them destroy the car was hilarious. I though it was a nice touch to put the winking face on them towards the end of the video.

A:

It was surreal man. The winking was a late addition. I liked the idea of projecting an emotion onto the blurry face of an officer.


Q:

Nice job, I really enjoyed the video!

Has the video's popularity landed you more videos with YT? Would you work with him again?

A:

Thanks! The video's popularity has landed me a ton of opportunities beyond music videos, I'm very excited currently. I would work with him again.


Q:

Can I get a picture of the editing timeline? Aspiring editor/colorist here and I love looking at this stuff to analyze peoples workflow. If you have any comments on that it would be great as well.

A:

My workflow was so messy on this. We did use "replace as after effects compostion" clips to incorporate our vfx touch ups, but aside from that it was a multichannel monster with not a ton of cohesion to it. I'll try to post a screen cap when in the office tomorrow though, because I fully respect the interest in post workflow.


Q:

Yaasss

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The only thing this really shows is that my workflow was messy as hell. http://imgur.com/a/obYWB


Q:

Kind of a weird question, but are the labels (like 300) intimidating/rude or mean when associating and communicating? Thanks man, loved the video!

A:

It depends on who you interact with at the label... they can be incredibly supportive collaborators, or truly psychotic, insufferable monsters. Luck of the draw!


Q:

Kind of a weird question, but are the labels (like 300) intimidating/rude or mean when associating and communicating? Thanks man, loved the video!

A:

Or show up before your co-director


Q:

What's your method of ingesting footage before editing?

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Our interns at Pomp&Clout bring it into Premiere and generally catalog it/log shot names, takes, etc. nothing too complex.


Q:

I'm a young youtuber and I can honestly say the way you portrayed yourself and your personality in this video is something I strive to do on a daily basis!

When you finally got approval to make this video, how long did you actually spend on the edit? Like I read earlier it was like 3 months or something but did you really edit this every day for 3 months? I'm asking because I'm moving to more tradition filmmaking and I sometimes can't find a reason to keep myself editing... Either way you rocked the shit out of that video! Incredible and inspiring!

A:

I only had to edit for 3 months because the label took forever to get me feedback.... technically I think I could've edited this in a week, giving ample time to bounce it off of friends, and re-write the text.


Q:

Who were the women in the video? Asking for scientific reasons because I definitely do not recognise that one of them starred in adult movies.

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Full credits are up on: https://vimeo.com/198763338 Start sleuthing.