Safe Sex on Sets and Creative Cloud Questions

Safe Sex on Sets
'Game of Thrones'Credit: HBO
What alternatives to Creative Cloud do you like? 

This week we dive into consent on film and TV sets, the nature of nudity and violence onscreen, plus how to navigate options if Creative Cloud isn't for you. 

In this episode, we talk about…

  • How Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones recently stated that just because she was nude in the show doesn’t mean she would do it for other shows, and how this is opening up conversations about nudity in film.
  • Why nudity should always be a fresh negotiation for each new contract.
  • The interesting fact that our culture allows more violence than nudity to appear in mainstream films.
  • The double standard of male nudity versus female nudity on TV.
  • When nudity and violence are necessary for a film and when they are excessive.
  • How intimacy coordinators can keep workplaces that deal with sex scenes safe for actors.
  • How Adobe Creative Cloud is quite expensive—but arguably priced right for business.
  • How Resolve by Black Magic is a free, alternative option for editing that works well.
  • Pixelmater Pro, which is fairly cheap and an awesome alternative to Photoshop for light edits.
  • Tricks for working in white spaces which can be very tricky to light.
  • The importance of lighting control - to shape where the light is going - when you must shoot against white walls.

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman and Charles Haine. 

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Hey guys, I listen to your Podcast all the time and mostly enjoy it even though I don't always agree. I heard what you had to say yesterday about nudity on film and from this woman's perspective you did sound prudish. The nudity in Game of Thrones, for me, totally fit, it belonged in the story, and personally some male nudity in films, I have no problem with, a little eye candy never hurts. Nudity should not be treated as shameful or embarrassing, I don't understand that at all. Point is, as a woman, and a woman who has been through a lifetime in music, film and entertainment we all have choices, I too have gone through some versions of hell in my career, but we all have the ability to make choices and everyone can choose whether to do something or not, sometimes those choices can be difficult, however, if a part reads for nudity and you don't want to, don't take the part, or say no, that is the bottom line, and if you're replaced, fired or you have to walk away, then so be it. We must must take responsibility for ourselves and stop blaming other people and circumstances for things that happen to us. Sometimes life is not fair, but that's life. Be brave be bold, stand up for what you believe in, but life is one big lesson, accept what you did in the past, don't complain about it in the future and keep moving forward. Just my 2 cents worth.

June 12, 2021 at 9:12AM

Fairlie Arrow
Indi Filmmaker

Hi. I'm a big fan of your podcast and while I sometimes don't agree with you I needed to give my two cents here on the concept of nudity and filmmaking. As you talked about nudity and whether it was gratuitous for many films, the comment was made that nudity was often put in seemingly as a business decision and it didn't further the story. I know where you're coming from but I think you need to do a better job of reminding people that film IS a business. If you want to be an indie filmmaker and not make millions that's fine. But many who listen to the pod want to get into the business of film. They want the $500mill budget films. They want the blockbuster. And that is the film BUSINESS, not artistic filmmaking. If Margot Robbie nude can deliver a 10% increase at the box office it is prudent (maybe required) for the studio to put it in the film. I once did an interview with Roger Corman (back in the 90's). He talked about his films, and his budgets, nudity, and everything that made a Corman film. When asked about the artistic motives behind his choices he was candid, "For me the film business is about business, there's no art there. My audience wants nudity, sex, blood, violences. That's what I give them. aA Formula. Filmmaking is business. If I want to do art, I paint. I got into film to make money." Your podcast is great, but I think you could add more for those interested in the "business of filmmaking", not the "art of filmmaking". Those are two sides of the same entertainment coin and I think should be talked about even more, and your listeners may find it very interesting.

June 14, 2021 at 10:46AM

Brian Bradley
Director of Photography, Editor, Educator