Intimate scenes can often put performers in a very vulnerable position. Moreover, discussing these scenes and the actors' levels of consent can sometimes be awkward, complicated by power dynamics and lead to misunderstandings. For this reason, in addition to strategies to minimise the risks during filming, a very important part of our work is to enable clear and transparent language in which we can establish a professional and open dialogue between the different departments about these scenes.
This coordination part is at the heart of our role, so it is best to include intimacy coordinators when the production is still in the pre-production phase.
Our methodology is based on rigorous protocols of good practice when working with intimate scenes that are widespread in other production workplaces such as the U.K. and U.S where the role of the intimacy coordinator is already well established.
When a production hires us to coordinate intimate scenes, our workflow consists of script read reports, preparation conversations, rehearsals, pre-shoot risk assessment, shooting and can continue through to post-production:
Prior preparation and discussions with the various production departments are a priority and an essential part of our work.
Rehearsing the scenes with the actors and director before arriving on set and being able to define the choreography and safety strategies (barriers, modesty garments*) makes the day of shooting more comfortable and confident about the scene to be shot and creativity flows more easily.
Depending on the risk assessment of the scenes, it will have been decided whether the presence of the privacy coordinator on set will be necessary.
If it is a scene with a high intimate content:
*Modesty garments are garments especially designed to cover the actors' private parts in a discreet manner, so that these parts are covered but on camera the impression of nudity is created.
**Physical barriers are elements designed to prevent genital contact between actors during intimate scenes.
In addition to our intimacy coordination services, we also offer consultancy services for each project. These services are offered to a production company with a project with high intimate content, to an experienced director who wants to know more about how to deal with these scenes, or to an actor/actress who is looking for the best way to deal with scenes with intimate content.
We design training programmes for directors, actors, producers and other professionals in the audiovisual industry, specially adapted to each group and need. The intention of these workshops is to share basic tools to work with intimate scenes in a safe and creative way, to introduce good practices in the industry and to raise awareness of our methodology. For more information please contact us.
*At present we do not offer training to become an intimacy coordinator.
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