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 actors, director and departments regarding the requirements for scenes containing intimacy.
This also involves budgeting and purchase of any equipment and specific modesty garments for simulated sex and/or nudity scenes.
COLLABORATION & INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHY
We collaborate with the Director, DP and Actors to create intimacy choreography, movement and action that serves the story and their vision.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We recommend ways to raise awareness of wellbeing and 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 as well as using safety movement concepts in choreography.
WHEN TO HIRE AN INTIMACY COORDINATOR?
Essential (High risk): nudity, semi-nudity, simulated sex, simulated orgasm, simulated sexual violence, sexual manipulation, making-out, groping, intense kissing, kissing on the body, simulated contact with chest or genitals, use of prosthetic genitalia and hyper-exposed or potentially triggering scenes.
Recommended (Medium/Low Risk): insinuation of intimacy, moments with lighter kissing and other intimacy moments that the performer/director/producer wish to have support for.
Until such time that a UK based union writes their own specific protocols for intimacy coordinators, we at Moving Body Arts follow SAG-AFTRA's "Protocols for the use of Intimacy Coordinators" which writes:
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.