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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

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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.

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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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