Moving Body Arts' Intimacy Coordinators follow four main objectives of the role:
We oversee consent and support the cast and crew during prep and shooting of intimacy scenes. We form a part of the production's overall duty of care.
We liaise with the artists, director and departments about their requirements. This also may involve consulting on, budgeting and purchasing equipment and specific modesty garments for simulated sex and/or nudity moments.
COLLABORATION & INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHY
We collaborate with the director, DOP/DP and artists to create, facilitate & choreograph intimacy which serves the story and vision of the production.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We recommend certain health & safety measures on set which can lower the impact on crew and cast during shooting of intimate scenes. This can include overseeing closed set protocols, creating scene content notices, consent forms/nudity waivers or riders as well as using safety movement concepts when creating choreography.
WHEN TO HIRE AN INTIMACY COORDINATOR?
Essential: nudity, semi-nudity, simulated sex, simulated sexual violence, sexual manipulation, making-out, groping, mouth-to-mouth kissing, kissing on the body, contact with chest or genitals or insinuation of it, use of prosthetic genitalia, use of merkins and hyper-exposed or potentially triggering scenes.
Recommended: insinuation of nudity, insinuation of sexual activity, simulated orgasm or sounds of sexual activity, and other intimacy moments that the performer/director/producer wish to have support for.
Until such time that BECTU/EQUITY UK/PACT write their own specific protocols for intimacy coordinators, we at Moving Body Arts follow SAG-AFTRA's "Protocols for the use of Intimacy Coordinators" which write:
What does an intimacy coordinator do?
Acts as an advocate who serves as a liaison between actors and a production;
Ensures that performers and other production personnel adhere to proper safety protocols;
Serves as a resource in realizing a director’s vision;
Assumes the role of a movement choreographer if requested by the director to enhance believability;
Strives to build an environment in which actors understand what is expected of them in hyper-exposed scenes and to give informed and continued consent.
When do you use an intimacy coordinator?
SAG-AFTRA believes that intimacy coordinators should be hired in scenes involving nudity or simulated sex or upon request for other intimate and hyper-exposed scenes.
How does an intimacy coordinator provide value to both performers and production?
For performers, an intimacy coordinator: provides an important safety net for performers working in hyper-exposed scenes that respects the boundaries of actors.
For a production company, an intimacy coordinator: ensures the safety of personnel in hyper-exposed scenes, and facilitates coordination between production departments to fulfill the director’s vision and reduce financial, insurance or market related risks as well as avoid any unnecessary production delays.