Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Role of an Intimacy Coordinator

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the role of the Intimacy Coordinator in theater, film and television production has become more important. 

Hollywood and the other players must learn to shift from the old, problematic phrase “that’s just how things are” to facing issues of consent, harassment and sexual assault head on. 

Those changes have found their way onto sets, which are increasingly staffed with intimacy coordinators – movement coaches who help choreograph intimate scenes with a focus on the actors’ safety. 

Here in this video, Ita O'Brien works on the set of a short film, Keep Breathing, breaking down the choreography of a sex scene to ensure the wellbeing of the actors and create a clear language and process:
It’s supposed to be staged sex. No unpleasantness, no awkwardness. A safe environment for all. 

FYI, HBO have declared in October 2018 that they will have intimacy coordinators for all shows containing intimate scenes.

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