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in Filmmaking
on Jun 2, 2007

Over on the main page Nick Dawson interviews Knocked Up‘s writer/director, Judd Apatow.

Here’s Apatow on what he considers to be his defining trait, awkwardness:

It’s true, I’m a very awkward person. It’s hard to shake. Some people are wired for drug abuse or alcoholism or smoking; on some level, I’m wired to always feel like a goofball. No matter how well things go, I feel like I’m 15 years old. So when I’m out at a restaurant with my wife, I always feel like I’m on a first date and she might run at any moment. And it’s very strange, especially as I head into my 40th year, that I can’t shake that, even after about 17 years of therapy.

And here is his advice to aspiring writer-directors:

I always tell writers that the most important thing they can do is write. I knew a lot of writers who would write a script and then spend a year trying to make something happen with it – but in that year they wouldn’t write something else. I remember years ago when I first met Mike Binder, he was this guy who had six scripts layin’ around, and he was writing the seventh one! He would tell me how much he would learn whenever he would write a script, and never stopped writing. I think that’s the best thing someone can do, to not get all obsessed about whether people liked your scripts or are willing to make it, but to start the next one and continue to learn about your craft. Good things always happen to the hardest workers.

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