The Union of Artists calls for more coordination of privacy on set

The Union of Artists calls for more coordination of privacy on set

Still emerging, the profession of intimacy coordinator, for the moment mainly practiced by women, consists in ensuring that intimate scenes are shot with respect for the actors and actresses.

It also aims to avoid possible slippages or discomfort and to make these scenes more believable.

L’UDA would like the use of intimacy coordination to become mandatory on set in certain circumstances.

We want to protect our artists because they are the ones who have to play intimate or nudity scenes, explains Sophie Prégent, the president of the USA. We do not all live the same way with our intimacy.

Sophie Prégent pleads for the use of intimacy coordination to become mandatory for certain shoots.

Photo: Facebook page of the Union des artistes / Mélanie Dusseault

She compares the coordinators or coordinators of intimacy to the people who supervise the stunts on the sets and whose presence is contractually obligatory, when necessary, to avoid injuries.

There can also be dangers during intimate scenes: harassment, intimidation, and psychological injuries that remain in some people afterward.

Some scenes can traumatize, adds Sophie Prégent. And, twenty years later, we still think about it.

Intimacy coordination in search of professionalization

For the moment, the UDA and the QP which therefore represents film and television producers, agree on the need to professionalize this new profession, ensuring that the people who exercise it are qualified and certified.

It is not Mr. and Mrs. Everyone who can improvise intimacy coordinator, underlines Sophie Prégent. You need experience in cinema and a good background in psychology.

For example, Roxane Néron, who is one of the people to coordinate intimacy in Quebec, was an assistant director and holds a bachelor’s degree in sexology.

We also need to equip productions that work with intimacy coordinators, because we don’t yet understand the benefits of intimacy coordination and we are still seen as a police force, even though it’s not that much explains the one who says she does not consider herself nor like a coach nor as a watchdog.

Intimacy coordinator Roxane Néron on a set

Photo: Hugo B. Lefort

Roxane Nérona notably worked on the film Noémie says yes which is still showing in Quebec and which includes several scenes of prostitution.

Intimacy coordination is a fundamental service to offer, and mandatory for certain scenes in my opinion, but it’s on a case-by-case basis.believes Geneviève Albert, the director of Noémie says yes.

It is a profession that is yet to be defined and a function that needs to be adapted to each project, director or director, and actor or actress.

It should also be noted that actors and actresses refuse intimacy coordination because they feel that it makes filming more cumbersome.

“Noémie dit oui”, by Geneviève Albert, includes several scenes of prostitution.

Photo: K-Films America

Training under development in Quebec

No training currently exists in Quebec, but the USDA is currently working with the National Institute of Image and Sound (INIS) to build training in French, based on the training currently given in the United States. This program will soon be offered by the NIS which is a professional training center for the audiovisual sector.

If we train people, but there are no jobs for people who will have paid training costs, I don’t know if that’s a good thing. shade Roxane Néron.

The young woman also highlights the importance of experience in the audiovisual sector. Because you took six months of training, are you equipped to find yourself on a big film set and manage an intimate scene that will play on vulnerability, when you’ve never been on a plateau? she asks herself.

Disagreements between the UDA and the AQPM

If the UDA and the QPM agree on the need for adequate training, they do not yet agree on the type of scenes for which the mandatory use of intimacy coordination would be included in the contracts signed between the artists and the production.

L’UDA demands the systematic presence of an intimacy coordinator when an actor or actress performing an intimate scene is under 20 years old and as soon as a director, director, actor or actress requests it even if the rest of the cast involved in the intimate scene doesn’t feel the need to.

The film “Unété comme ça”, by Denis Côté, was produced without coordination of intimacy.

Photo: Lou Scamble

You have to protect young people from themselves, because, at that age when you enter this environment which can be so galvanizing, you can be ready for anything, want to please, and say yes to everything. says Roxane Néron.

An intimacy coordinator will also be able to guide young actresses and actors and help them to differentiate themselves from their characters if they have to play intimate things that they have never yet experienced in their personal life.

For its part, the QP which has 160 members, would like to focus more on scenes that require intimacy coordination. Currently, we still have differences in vision with theUDAbecause the definition of an intimate scene is very broad and goes beyond nudity says Geneviève Leduc, Director of Labor Relations and Legal Affairs.

We are fine with scenes of intimacy or nudity that incorporate simulation of physical or psychological violence, or when a scene of nudity or intimacy involves several performers, she adds. But does there always have to be an intimacy coordinator when two performers kiss?

The negotiations between the UDA and the QPM will resume at the end of the summer and will continue this fall to find a compromise.

This text was notably written from interviews conducted by Catherine Richercultural columnist on the show 15-18. Comments may have been edited for clarity or conciseness.