Nudity

  • Angharhad Owen

    Actor

    No its ok folks take your hands off the panic button i'm not getting my kit off just yet, although to be fair i have in the past and in the right role would again but whenever i have its been in paid professional and 'protected' circumstances.

    I was just mulling over the amount of lo/no paid and student breakdowns out there that require nudity. i've seen a lot of 'topless zombie' and 'brief shower scene' and an awful lot of 'victims' these seemed to be advertisment mainly for women 18-25

    I'm just wondering what people thoughts on this are - who's going for these roles, what peoples experiences of working nude with amature/student companies are.

    • 25th Jul 2012
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  • Kat Kumar

    Actor

    Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable performing nude for an unpaid, amateur production. It would have to be paid and professional, just for that reassurance that you're not going to be taken advantage of.

    Cat -x-

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Rachel Dashwood

    Actor

    I agree with Cat. I hate the question "would you do nudity/topless?"! We don't all necessarily take every single role offered to us; we have to look at it and decide if it's right for us (in an ideal, not desperate for jobs world!) For me, its the same with nudity. I wouldn't get my kit off for anything/one, but if I felt it was justified and needed then I would, along with weighing up my feelings on the role.

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Adam Anouer

    Actor

    When it comes to student movies I have certain qualms as to how that kind of stuff would be used. As a performer I myself am more than happy to step outside my comfort zone if I know where it's going and how it'll be used but aside from that I'd consider it very carefully.

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Kristina Dargelyte

    Actor

    I don't do nudity for paid or unpaid work, the maximum I can push myself for is implied nudity.

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Natalie Harper

    Actor

    Even if I did manage to convince myself to get my kit off, it certainly wouldn't be for an unpaid student film!

    • 17th Jul 2012
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    Hi,

    I was wondering the same.

    I generally put down all offers from amateur productions. If you get your clothes off you want it at least to look professional and to be used in a professional way (not saying that all amateur productions can't shoot professional material).

    A while ago I did get an offer from a professional company though asking me to be a body double for a famous actress in a Hollywood movie. It would have been a double job for a sex scene in a comedy film. I thought about it for a long time, the pay was great as well, but I did turn it down in the end because I didn't know if this would really help my career or not.

    Would you have taken the job?

    Nadine

    • 17th Jul 2012
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    I think that's pretty much the issue, people associate nudity with "topless" and all that comes with it. I took my clothes off for a student film, but it was integral to the role and it was handled well, if you pardon the expresssion and was tastefully shot. I guess its a combination of judgement and trusting your gut, but I think that the directors of these films should know to expect their moneys worth....ie, very little.

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Clearly, the question of whether or not an actor should perform nude at all is very much a matter of personal choice (I have done so, both on stage and film - although I appreciate it is probably less contentious an issue for most male performers than female ones).

    I would agree with most of the posters so far that, because student films are invariably not remunerative, often baldly scripted and frequently bad at offering proper forms of protection for the actor (ranging from insurance to keeping the actor warm and comfortable between takes), it would take some determination to want to do a nude scene for a student production!

    In (partial) defence of most of the breakdowns you seem to be referring to, however, I think the issue is one of genre: the material concerned seems to be primarily geared at horror or suspense, and it is a long-standing tradition in those genres that victimised women appear scantily clad in order to emphasise their vulnerability. In that sense, I am not sure that the films in question are any more exploitative than their inspirations - they are simply working within the dictates of the genre. On the other hand, *who* they are getting to volunteer for the roles (or why they assume that trying to put together such material is really appropriate for student work) is another question.

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Anything like this will come and bite you on your bare behinds one day...later on in your career! Especially if you get to be a very well known face. How many times have we seen the famous regret it too. The press, the internet …they just love to advertise this sort of thing. Handled well or not......I would not do it, because the press would make it look like something much worse in any case. !

    Keep your pride and future careers intact is my advice!

    • 17th Jul 2012
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  • Lisa Colquhoun

    Actor

    the whole 18-25 year old female role rings my alarm bells already.

    I think some guys just take a chance and know that some performers will take risks to get anywhere, and for them its a cheap thrill. A surface opinion.

    I agree that when nudity is 'necessary' it is shown just as that and in a professional manner.

    However, there are thousands of casting agents out there and someone, for some movie, is going to like your face.

    • 18th Jul 2012
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  • David Vaughan Knight

    Actor

    For the record, I'm happy to get my kit off. Although now days I'm more likely to be paid to keep my kit on. Maybe it's because of my Moobs. However, I'm also happy to either lose the Moobs or make them bigger, for the right price.

    • 18th Jul 2012
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  • Leila Kotori

    Actor

    Personally I would never do nudity for any unpaid work. And even if it was paid it would have to be essential to the scene. Many actors who are well known have not gotten naked completely and I think that a good thing. I know sex sells but sometimes all the nudity in films seems a bit too much to me.

    • 18th Jul 2012
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    Hair today, gone tomorrow.

    • 19th Jul 2012
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  • Leila Reid

    Actor

    I have done partial nudity (appearing in my underwear) for a professional production which was unpaid. Until that moment I had said I would not take my clothes off unless I was being paid to do so but with the case with this production I felt comfortable around the crew who where all very sensitive about the scene.

    Because I have said I will do nudity unpaid I get a lot of messages in regards to student (mainly) and unpaid projects . 99.5% of these I turn down because the nudity is completely unjustified and a lot of the time when I have challenged the writer or director on why the nudity is required I have often recieved very weak answers along the lines of 'that was just my vision'.

    A lot of young filmarkers or those starting out have had a revelation and realised how many young actresses there are out there and how many need video footage for showreels and naively think that we will do anything to get where we need to do, WRONG! I think that they all want to make and impact and think they way to do it is nudity rather then a brilliant script and cinematography- albeit there have been some films where nudity has been used powerfully.

    In a nutshell I will only do nudity if it was justified for why the character is naked such as a romance scene and only if I know what will happen to the footage and if I feel comfortable with the cast and crew present on set during filming.

    • 19th Jul 2012
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    A student film will have no credibility unless there's a naked zombie.

    • 22nd Jul 2012
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    How come a "professional" production was unpaid Laila?

    • 22nd Jul 2012
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    Liking the topic!! Personally, I think nudity if done in an artistic manner that works for the script and not just thrown in to appease the needs of the target audience (mostly 13-17yr adolescent boys) that most mainstream films seem to have, is ok in my book.

    On the flip side however, I know of a few actresses that have been manipulated by so called 'up and coming' directors into doing nudity for indie films on the premise that it will show them in a different light, as well as challenging them intrinsically, artistically giving them a different casting versatility for their showreels. The end product nonetheless turning out to be a cheaper, lewd version of the Michael Winterbottom 9 songs film.

    Well as Forbes said it could work against you later on in your career when you hit the high ground. Think it does apply more to women than men (im not being sexist here) as it didnt hamper the careers of Stallone, Duchovny and Costner. Hmmm

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    • 23rd Jul 2012
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  • Kenton Hall

    Actor

    It is very difficult, I feel, as a male actor - or, you know, as a person - to comment definitively on such a potentially thorny topic.

    If a part demands it, I'll disrobe quite happily, and I don't really make a distinction between paid and unpaid. Frankly, these days if I've taken an unpaid or low paid job, it's because the project was important to me, so that kind of levels the playing field.

    But again, it does feel - frustratingly so - that female actors have to run the gauntlet of not becoming known for JUST taking their clothes off. Which is a bunch of rubbish, but the world has a surplus of idiots, alas...

    To me, acting is acting with your whole self, body included, but I can completely understand how difficult it can be to ensure you are not being exploited in any way.

    I just finished a feature, where the female actors weren't comfortable for a variety of reasons with nudity - as is their right - so they did implied and I went the whole hog (no horrific pun intended), so I am prepared to redress the balance with male nudity. For which I apologise to the cinema audiences of the world.

    • 23rd Jul 2012
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  • Sylvia Robson

    Actor

    From my perspective there are a disappointing number of casting calls for women that are 'girlfriend' or 'victim' after-thought type roles. But the whole nudity issue further emphasises a very limited view of women and a serious lack of imagination.

    Obviously I don't think nudity is a bad idea altogether, but there isn't always a point to it.

    In response to Lee - I agree with you up to a point about genre but what about the evolution of that genre? It's a bit disappointing when young/new film makers seem to lack imagination. There are many many ways to portray vulnerability without involving nudity.

    • 23rd Jul 2012
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