That Steamy Scene - The Making of

The awkward, technical, beautiful truth about shooting scenes of intimacy on screen. In this talk, we will address the misnomers around scenes of intimacy on screen. We will talk about best practices and safety standards that are ideal to navigate scenes of intimacy. The creativity behind the choreography of scenes involving intimacy and the obstacles that one has to work with. We will also address the maker’s gaze in how stories are told and what can urge creators to strive for more equitable, inclusive, culturally open narratives. 

When/ Where

Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

Time: 7 – 9p.m. Singapore time

Venue:  Zoom link will be provided

About Aastha Khanna

Born and raised in India, Aastha (She/her) has always had a great passion for cinema. She graduated from the University of York in the year 2016 with BSc (Hon.) In Film and Television Production. At the age of 26, She has already worked on many different formats of content in the UK and India.  

She has been an assistant director on over half a dozen feature films in India, including the very successful and national award-winning Andhadhun by Sriram Raghavan, and currently working as DA to Shakun Batra’s next feature film set to release 2021. She has worked with international studios like Viacom 18, Netflix, RSVP and Dharma Productions. She hopes to soon finish writing her own feature film and maybe even direct one day in the very near future!

Her journey to become India’s First Certified IC started in the year 2020 while she was designing a workshop for the actors on a feature film that has intimacy. On realizing that the Indian market didn’t have a trained expert in the field of intimacy coordination. She jumped at the opportunity to train under the IPA in order to equip herself to bring about a revolution in the standards of safety on sets in India. She has then gone on to become the founder of India’s first intimacy professionals network called “the intimacy collective” and with the help and support of the collective, she hopes to share the much-needed knowledge and expertise of intimacy coordination across the different Indian film and television platforms.