Just as natural as stunt coordination
Simplified, you could compare intimacy coordination with stunt coordination. Collaboration with a stunt coordinator ideally begins at an early stage in the process. Fundamentally, the goal is to create an authentic scene based on the director’s vision while ensuring that the process is safe and secure for everyone involved. The stunt coordinator has an overarching view of the production’s stunt scenes, breaks down scripts, carries out risk assessment, facilitates dialogue with the actors before the scenes while finding alternative ways to meet challenges. All safety measures are taken in consultation with the production team before the stunt coordinator choreographs the various steps in the scene in collaboration with the director.
This is more or less how an intimacy coordinator works, but with scenes that include intimacy, nudity, simulated sex and sexual violence. Work with the scene does not only taken place in a safe and secure way for everyone involved, but has also been deepened and become more authentic.
An intimacy coordinator has both an artistic education, further education in intimacy coordination and training in mental health.
Ur Tisdagsklubben /Foto: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT