WHAT ARE INTIMATE SCENES?
Intimate scenes in a film include nudity or partial nudity, eroticized and sexual acts, tenderness and kissing, non-sexual intimate scenes like a birth or doctor’s visit, or sexualized violence.
WHAT IS AN INTIMACY COORDINATOR?
Similar to a stunt coordinator, who is responsible for fight or violent scenes, an intimacy coordinator supervises all film scenes in a project with intimate content. They support the creative vision of a director, helping to shape the scene through physical storytelling and movement direction. They create a safer working environment for all, advocating for the actor‘s physical and mental well-being and for a more inclusive, authentic representation of sexuality. They can facilitate conversations and rehearsals and coordinate communication between all departments, providing production with the necessary assessments and documentation.
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INTERESTED IN HIRING AN INTIMACY COORDINATOR FOR YOUR PRODUCTION?
Paula Alamillo Rodriguez (she/p) is an experienced intimacy professional and an advocate for a sex-positive, consent-based culture. Committed to providing safer, ethical and inclusive environments, she consults productions on the authentic representation of LGBTQI+ identities, sexuality, sex work and sexual minorities. She was mentored by L.A. based intimacy coordinator Mia Schachter and she works as an intimacy coordinator since 2020. In 2021 she was selected by Netflix as part of its "Grow Creative'' program, to receive official certification as an intimacy coordinator by Safe Sets. Since 2022 she is an official member of BIK (Berufsverband Intimitätskoordination und Kampfchoreographie).
Location: Germany / Spain / Europe
Languages: German / Spanish / English
Credits include: Hautnah - Even Closer (TV NOW, Series), Tatort (ARD, feature), Luden (Amazon, series), Für Jojo (Netflix, feature)
Paula was invited to speak on the MBB (Medianboard Berlin Brandenburg) Web Talk on Intimacy Coordination: Watch Here
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To stage sex and nudity scenes in a film requires a concrete awareness, specific knowledge and experience. Communication is crucial to guarantee a fair and consensual agreement, but most people don’t even feel comfortable talking about sexuality in a professional context.
An intimacy coordinator (IC) is an expert that can analyse a script in order to evaluate what scenes are intimate, they inform and advocate for the actors, facilitate conversation and negotiation and choreograph a scene to transport the director’s vision within the performer’s boundaries.
As an intimacy coordinator, I believe a sex or nudity scene doesn’t fulfil an end in itself. It tells the audience something about the protagonists, their relationship, it brings the story forward. All too often sex scenes serve clichés, in the worst cases, they are exploitative. Working with an intimacy coordinator is enriching to a film both in its artistic and human value.
Paula Alamillo Rodriguez