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What Is An Intimacy Coordinator?

Updated: May 21


El Wood is a certified Intimacy Coordinator for TV and Film
Intimacy Coordinator, El Wood

Hello, my name is El Wood and welcome to my first blog entry!

Intimacy Coordinators can all work a little differently and I believe that everyone can bring their own special set of skills and experiences to a production. I'm excited to share more about my journey in Intimacy Coordination in future blog entries.


To begin, let's cover some essentials...


What is an Intimacy Coordinator?


As an Intimacy Coordinator, I support the director's vision while advocating for the performers. I clarify performers' boundaries, consent levels, and support intimate scenes to help the performers feel as comfortable as possible, which can add a whole new layer of depth to the characters and story.  Recognising that every director has a unique working style, I adapt to their process to facilitate a smooth collaboration. Additionally, I work with other crew members to establish boundaries, promote clear communication, and prioritise the well-being of everyone involved


.7 Reasons Why You Should Hire An Intimacy Coordinator


An Intimacy Coordinator...


  1. Supports actors during intimate scenes, prioritising both their physical and emotional well-being. Intimate scenes can include but are not limited to kissing, simulated sex, simulated masturbation, childbirth, and scenes portraying nudity.

  2. Facilitates open communication among actors, directors, and crew members, fostering clear boundaries and expectations for intimate scenes.

  3. If requested by the director and IC can choreographs and guide the rehearsal of intimate scenes, employing specialised, repeatable choreography techniques that show authenticity while respecting the boundaries of all involved.

  4. Advocates for actors' rights and checks for their continued consent throughout the filming process.

  5. Promotes a culture of respect and professionalism on set, upholding ethical standards while striving to prevent instances of harassment or misconduct.

  6. Provides expert guidance on navigating sensitive topics such as nudity and consent, ensuring a supportive and inclusive atmosphere on set. Additionally, Intimacy Coordinators may also specialise in various areas of intimacy.

  7. We provide support in drafting nudity riders, conducting risk assessments, and managing other necessary paperwork for the production.


I hope this provides some clarity on the role for those curious for more information.


Feel free to reach out if you want to chat about how we could work together!


Warm wishes,

El




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