As the boundaries are pushed, the need for clear guidelines is growing. With nearly twenty years of experience on set I provide protocol, integrity and encouragement for actors and crew working with intimate content.
INTIMACY COORDINATOR in film, TV & theatre choreographs, coaches and advocates for the safety of actors in scenes that contain nudity, simulated sex and sexually charged (consensual or non-consensual) touching. The work can be compared to a stunt coordinator who deals with fight scenes; but here an IC choreographs scenes of intimate or sexual nature. Intimacy coordinator provides the actors as well as the crew, a safe working environment when working with intimate scenes.
I regularly hold presentations and workshops in the industry and am currently in consultation with various projects in pre-production. I have recently intimacy coordinated for “Tove” (2020), a biopic feature film directed by Zaida Bergroth on the Finnish artist Tove Jansson. Working as an intimacy coordinator, I have also been the key person of support for young actors at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. This is a new area of work in film & TV and I’m happy to discuss things further over the phone or in person if you should be interested.
I’m the co-founder of Nordic Intimacy Coordinators (NIC).
The work begins with breaking down the script, checking boundaries & nudity clause. This is followed by discussions with the producer & director and collaboration with Head of Departments. Through physical characterisation we work together with actors and directors to create a physical structure (choreography) for the scene. The aim is to provide safe, quick and fun way to create intimate scenes without crossing personal boundaries.
The guidelines are now being adopted by the leading production houses around the world, including HBO, Netflix, and the BBC who all aim to work toward best practice. Intimacy does not only include simulated sexual content but any content where an actor could feel physically or emotionally vulnerable. Intimacy coordinators provide a personally safe working environment for actors & crew so that they can create artistically dangerous work for screen.
RECENTLY IN MEDIA:
I was recently interviewed about my work in the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on the New Role in Film & TV: and in the current affairs magazine Suomen Kuvalehti: Finland’s first Intimacy Coordinator and in the arts & culture trade union paper Meteli: On Intimacy Coordinating: on Post MeToo in actor training on a UCA blog and on the Role of the intimacy coordinator in a Finnish newspaper Savon Sanomat.
Here’s a video with intimacy pioneer Ita O’Brien demonstrating Intimacy on Set guidelines in practice: Staged sex; how an intimacy coordinator works on set.
Article in Digital Spy 04/2020 on BBC3 TV-series Normal People. Article in HowlRound 01/2020 on the art and craft of the intimacy practitioner. Article in The Guardian 10/2019 on Intimacy Coordinator’s role: Safe sex on set; the Rise of the intimacy coaches. Article on Intimacy Coordination in VanityFair 08/2019: Intimacy Coordinators are changing the sex scenes for good. Article in Cosmopolitan 05/2019 on Intimacy coaching in BBC series Gentleman Jack.
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