Karyn Kusama Says Intimacy Coordinators Make On-Screen Sex “Richer”

“I can say to an intimacy coordinator, ‘You know, I feel like I’m watching two people kiss each other on the cheek, and there’s no heat here,'” the director of the “Yellow Vests”.

Karyn Kusama wants the public to perceive the “role of sex differently” thanks to intimacy coordinators on the tray.

The “yellow vests” and Director “Jennifer’s Body” said she thinks intimacy coordinators actually add more “warmth” to scenes when needed, despite what she sees, the mistaken assumption that they could mess up depictions of intimacy.

“It requires you to take responsibility for your story with the actors, that you actually say, ‘Yeah, we’re portraying sex and here’s what it has to mean’ – i.e. it must mean something“said Kusama The New York Times. “And conversely, I can say to an intimacy coordinator, ‘You know, I feel like I’m watching two people peck each other on the cheek, and there’s no heat here.'”

According to the article, Kusama added that “it’s hard for her to imagine signing a project with intimate scenes without one.”

Kusama said she believes intimacy coordinators should become an industry standard and “that it helps us see ourselves and the role of sex in our lives differently, as something richer and more meaningful.” more full of possibilities.

With intimacy coordinators newly included in the SAG-AFTRA union, it looks like that goal is about to come to fruition. However, as noted by intimacy coordinator Jessica Steinrock, who collaborated with director Kusama on the “Yellowjackets” pilot, “intimacy coordinators are no panacea for an industry that has historically abused its actors – and, frankly, has historically abused most people in it.”

Actress Emma Thompson has spoken out against the assumption that intimacy coordinators stifle sensualitysaying in August 2022 that the role is “incredibly important” on the tray.

“No, you can’t just ‘let it go’. There’s a camera there and a crew,” Thompson said of the choreographed sex scenes and nudity. “You’re not alone in a hotel room, you’re surrounded by a bunch of guys most of the time, so it’s not a comfortable situation, period.

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn recently weighed in on the subject, writing that modern movies and TV shows “need more sex, not less,” especially in a post-#MeToo era.

“Do sex scenes shouldn’t be a prerequisite for anyone’s acting career,” Kohn wrote. “However, it is all too easy to focus on generalities about whether sex scenes are necessary, rather than nuance: as sexual identity becomes a broader conversation, there is an even greater need popular storytelling to define terms… Storytelling can be sexy and sultry, or illustrate the dark underside of those same ingredients, at its peril. deep value to embrace that same uncertainty.

Kohn concluded, “Sex sells, of course, which means the writers and directors who can put it into proper context matter more than ever. And while some audiences feel that gender should have less of a role to play in the work they’re willing to watch, they reveal their own limitations more than those of the medium itself.

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