Sex and the Actor
How to handle intimate scenes on film; a practical guide for actors in cinema and television. More
Almost every mainstream film made these days contains at least one scene involving kissing, nudity or sex.
It might be just a quick peck on the cheek, or it might be a character climbing topless out of a swimming pool, or it might be a full on steamy sex scene. Or a combination of all three.
And if you are a working actor, sooner or later you will likely end up being in some kind of scene like this on film or in some television serial.
The problem is of course that more often than not, the mechanics of filming a scene involving kissing, nudity or sex are overlooked in acting school and we regularly get actors come to us asking for advice on not only how to film scenes like this but indeed whether they should film them or not.
You see, actors tend to worry a lot about kissing, nudity and sex scenes. They often find them daunting and it’s all too easy to end up ruining what should be a professional (and dare we say, fun) experience by over-thinking it beforehand.
So that’s why we wrote this book.
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