RESOURCES & GUIDELINES
Safer Space. Inclusive Space. Accountable Space.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID & TRAUMA AWARENESS
Intimacy scenes can be emotionally strenuous and energy consuming. With long hours on-set, cast and crew may need accessible support systems. We advise all productions to have helplines on their call sheets, posters on site and a source document as an appendix in their agreements / deal memos.
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INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY AND POWER AWARENESS
A safe space is a space where everyone's voice is heard regardless of race, colour, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, ability and age.
The fast pace of a film set can affect how power & privilege is used. We highly recommend that all HODs, management roles and craft specialists seek training in order to raise their awareness and be an ally in our industry.
We support use of affirming language, inclusive language, pronouns etc on your set, written correspondences and all call sheets.
INFORMED & SPECIFIC CONSENT
SENSITIVITY & ORGANISATION
When approaching intimacy scenes we recommend having a crew & cast briefing before blocking/private rehearsal begins. This can be jointly lead by the 1st AD and the Intimacy Coordinator. A closed set should be tightly managed and communication/reporting pathways clear and known to all.
Consent is: Freely Given. Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic and Specific to a scene/moment.
All intimate action described in the script or envisioned by the director and DOP needs to be discussed with the cast, agents, HODs, Intimacy Coordinator, Costume Department, Hair & Make Up Department, Sound Department, Stunts, VFX and SFX etc in advance so questions can be raised, answered, consent be freely given without pressure and all departments are able to prepare beforehand with sufficient time.
TRANSFERABLE HEALTH CONDITIONS & HYGIENE
Whether COVID-19, STIs or Cold Sores/Herpes, appropriate protocols should be in place to assure safety for everyone.
Intimacy Coordinators are not health professionals and cannot consult a production about measures to eliminate or manage transferable health conditions. Put your Heath & Safety Officer, Covid-19 Supervisor and the Intimacy Coordinator in touch so production protocols can include intimacy specific considerations during pre-production.
Production should oversee that all modesty garments and barriers/padding are washed and cleaned to a high standard by the Costume/Prop Departments.
All Risk Assessments (and especially COVID-19 RAs) should include a section on shooting intimacy. Some Intimacy Coordinators may offer to do a RA themselves, please discuss that with them directly.