Many adult dramas require their characters to display affection; from simple kissing to R-rated scenes involving nudity, sex, kink or other intimate situations. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it’s more important than ever that actors are made to feel safe and comfortable on set, and never forced to do anything outside their comfort level.
Film Independent is pleased to welcome Intimacy Coordinator Amanda Blumenthal. She’ll explain how she works with directors and actors to create a safe environment on set while ensuring that the project’s creative vision is realized. Topics covered will include: what an intimacy coordinator does and how their process works; why you should hire an intimacy coordinator; SAG nudity guidelines and closed set best practices; dealing with nudity riders; being an on-set advocate and ally for LGBTQ+ cast members; and how to make your sets safer even if you can’t afford an intimacy coordinator.
About the Instructor
Amanda Blumenthal is the premier intimacy coordinator in Los Angeles, whose credits include Euphoria (HBO), The Affair (Showtime) and The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime), among others. She is passionate about creating safe spaces on set in which actors can do their best work while also achieving the director’s creative vision, and advocating for authentic portrayals of gender and sexuality on screen. Amanda is the founder of Intimacy Professionals Association (IPA), through which she trains other intimacy coordinators.
Prior to her career as an intimacy coordinator, Amanda worked as a sex and relationship coach for private clients. She has been actively involved with advocacy work related to sexuality since college, serving in leadership positions in groups such as Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sex Positive Los Angeles. Amanda invites you to learn more about her work and the IPA.
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