Re: Guest Post - Intimacy Coordinator Hooray!

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It sounds like a great idea, but a bizarre title to have on your resumé.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 7:24 AM
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I bet the Trump Organization has a dozen of them.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 7:28 AM
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Right. It does sound like a euphemism for pimp.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 7:31 AM
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Rodis is already overseeing the sets of HBO's Crashing, Watchmen, and the Deadwood movie. ...
It shouldn't be a radical concept to give someone something to cover their private parts.

About time, too.


Posted by: OPINIONATED DR MANHATTAN | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 7:52 AM
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. . . a bizarre title to have on your resumé.

And a co-fonder of "Intimacy Directors International." (it is an interesting question of how that title would look on the resumé of somebody who wasn't doing it full-time but just moonlighting).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 10:25 AM
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+l


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 10:31 AM
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I think moonlighting in the job of the gaffer and best boy.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 10:33 AM
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Googling the title of the organization to make sure it was correct, I found a profile with more background.

Union standards require productions to hire fight directors to choreograph scenes of sexual violence, but Rodis wondered why similar protocols and procedures didn't exist for staged moments of romantic sexual intimacy ― which can be clumsily executed at best and invite inappropriate behavior at worst.

"I was working on a show and I was there for a slap and a kiss," Rodis recalled. "We choreographed the slap and it was fine, then we got to the kiss and the actors were just terrified."

The actors asked Rodis to step in, and they went over one another's respective boundaries and determined how physical moments should move the story forward. "After that, it looked beautiful," she said.

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Tonia Sina of Oklahoma City developed intimacy direction as a discipline in a graduate thesis 15 years ago. She'd found that for a director to simply ask performers to do what they feel ― to touch one another however they are moved to ― "led to a lot of mishandling and really horrible situations to be put in as a young actress," she said.

In 2016, Sina and Rodis founded Intimacy Directors International with Siobhan Richardson, an actor and fight director in Canada. Claire Warden, who's based in New York, joined later. They'd all found that choreographing intimate moments could prevent the type of ambiguity and miscommunication that can give way to misconduct.

All four women said they had either experienced inappropriate behavior themselves on sets or witnessed mishandling of scenes involving physical touch.

"I've been in the situation myself, where you're thinking, 'That hand seems to be drifting, but should I say something?' It's difficult to bring that kind of thing up," Warden told HuffPost. "Even if you do, even if you are brave enough to say, 'Hey, you put your hand on my butt,' they'll say, 'Oh, I was just in the moment, I was really feeling it,' which is how a lot of abuse can be covered up."

Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 10:40 AM
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My local teaching hospital assigns "care coordinators" to the patients of various practice groups. According to my Kidney Care Coordinator, they got some very odd resumes when they posted an opening for Breast Care Coordinator.


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 12:58 PM
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One of the details from the HBO that I found most interesting was that with better and pre-discussed choreography, the sex scenes looked better on camera, even though the actions were more staged, and in some cases less intimate.


Posted by: Doug | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 1:34 PM
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I bet it reduces the cognitive load of the actors and they're better able to inhabit the persona.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 1:43 PM
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I bet it reduces the cognitive load of the actors and they're better able to inhabit the persona.

Going along with that, it also makes rehearsal time more focused and productive if they know exactly what they are rehearsing.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 2:03 PM
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I wonder if Susie Bright needs a new gig - she somewhat famously did work like this as the lesbian sex consultant for the movie Bound.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 2:29 PM
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I wonder if Susie Bright needs a new gig - she somewhat famously did work like this as the lesbian sex consultant for the movie Bound.

I remember hearing about that. First thought -- I wonder why more people haven't hired sex consultants in the meantime. Second thought -- I wonder if that supports my theory that the broader discussion about consent made this more of a live issue for people (and the article linked in 8 mentions that the theater world was early in having a number of visible scandals.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 4:40 PM
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I thought it was interesting that, according to the RS article, this position has a longer history in the theater world.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 11- 8-18 5:17 PM
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