Working: How an Intimacy Coordinator Choreographs Sex Scenes
Sunday, 27 June
This week, host Isaac Butler talks to intimacy coordinator and director Marcus Watson, who oversees the performance of intimate scenes for film, TV, and theater. In the interview, Marcus discusses the increasing prevalence of his role in recent years, especially since the beginning of the #metoo movement. He also details the conversations he has with performers and directors in order to establish boundaries for scenes that involve things like kissing and simulated sex.
After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss the awkwardness of performing and directing intimate scenes.
In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Marcus talks about how his job has affected the way he watches movies and TV shows.
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Podcast production by Cameron Drews and Cheyna Roth.
Listeners can read Isaac’s article about Owen Wilson here: https://slate.com/culture/2021/06/owen-wilson-loki-mobius-actor-sadness-addiction.html
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