A NEW WAY TO WORK WITH INTIMACY, SIMULATED SEX AND NUDITY
How do we work with intimate scenes without risking crossing personal boundaries? And how do you really know where the boundaries go? How do you distinguish between personal and professional? How do you not get into a stereotypical picture of what sex usually looks like on stage and film?
Just like a stunt coordinator who coordinates and choreographs violent authentic scenes while doing so with the utmost certainty, an intimacy coordinator creates intimate authentic scenes that are safe and secure for everyone involved.
By methodically breaking down the stage into physical and emotional moments, all contact is planned and predetermined, which not only provides clarity and security but also a deepening of the stage.
Collaboration with an intimacy coordinator can be anything from a lengthy collaboration throughout production to a quick jump in to work with one or a couple of scenes. What is common is that the work, whether it is for stage, TV or film, is always based on the director’s vision and the actors’ consent.
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Photo: Dainis Graveris
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Imagine a stunt coordinator coordinating a violent scene. Together with the producer and director, security and vision are reviewed. You discuss the purpose of the scene, what you want to tell with the scene and how it helps to move the story forward. The stunt coordinator communicates with the actors to ensure that they feel safe before the planned scene and find alternative ways to meet challenges. All safety precautions are taken in consultation with the production team before the stunt coordinator choreographs every step and every move. Similarly, an intimacy coordinator works, but with scenes that contain intimacy, simulated sex and nudity. The finished scene has not only been played out in a safe and secure manner for everyone involved, but has also been deepened, and becomes more professional and credible.
WHAT DO ACTORS AND DIRECTORS THINK?
Riksteatern’s stage director Lisa Färnström was the first to use intimacy coordination in Sweden for her set of Blood, Sweat and Tears (2019). Here she tells, together with actress Dejmis Rustom Bustos, about their experience of working with an intimacy coordinator.
Photo: Milja Rossi
Have a look on set
This video gives an insight into how an intimacy coordinator works on a movie recording. You also get to hear the director and actors tell about their experiences of working with an intimacy coordinator.
With intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set)