The first set of simulated-sex and nudity guidelines have arrived in the U.K. The news comes just a day after Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke admitted to feeling uncomfortable when shooting nude scenes. The guidelines were launched by Directors U.K., which is "the professional association for screen directors." The guidelines were "born of the need to set clear and shared professional expectations," which will apply to everybody when involved in making sensitive content. The aim is to "become standard working practice within the industry," according to Directors U.K.

Shooting nude scenes can be a bit unnerving for all parties involved. Emilia Clarke has spoken out many times about how uncomfortable she was during the early Game of Thrones seasons when she had to nude scenes. The actress would often "cry in the bathroom" before shooting scenes where she had to be naked. The "Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex" guidelines aim to provide "best practices for directors working with producers, writers, performers, casting directors, wardrobe and makeup, agents and intimacy coordinators."

Part of the "Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex" guidelines will go into education, which will cover "rehearsal techniques, directing scenes of sexual violence, planning shots so they adhere to individual contract clauses and finding creative solutions to challenges that occur on set." This is massive and should go a long way in making people on the set more comfortable when they have to shoot a sensitive scene. Susanna White, Directors U.K. film committee chair had this to say about the guidelines.

"The director, as the creative lead on a production, should set the tone for a professional and respectful on-set environment. We are all here because we want to tell compelling and impactful stories, and no member of a cast or crew should ever be put in a position where they feel unsafe, exploited or mismanaged - especially when making sensitive material. Throughout my career, I have seen how vitally important it is to know how to approach sensitive content with professionalism."

The ultimate goal of the new guidelines is to "set the standard for directing intimate scenes and will help to foster a safe working environment for everyone on a film or television set." Parts of the "Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex" guidelines sets up rules for last-minute script changes that may involve nudity. Actors and actresses will have to be notified 48 hours before a scene is changed to include nudity. Directors U.K. campaigns and engagement manager Natasha Moore spoke more about their mission statement. Moore explains.

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"We created these guidelines to encourage directors to think twice about the environment they create in auditions and on set. Directors can use their influence to nurture a safe working environment for all, and this is keenly felt when rehearsing and filming vulnerable and sensitive scenes. The guidelines equip everyone with everything they need to do their jobs without concern, and it is in this spirit of collaboration that we can all make our best work."

Productions will now have to obtain explicit written consent from a performer prior to shooting a nude scene, which includes still photography too. The U.K. guidelines will more than likely have a positive effect on the entertainment industry, which could get into stricter regulations in North America too. Hopefully performers like Emilia Clarke won't have to feel so bad about doing nude scenes from now on. The news was first reported by the BBC.

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