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David Moritz on Working with Judd Apatow and Joining Projects as a Fixer: Interview Part 3

This is the final instalment of our interview with David Moritz. David has worked with some amazing directors, and in this episode we talk about his work in comedy with Judd Apatow. In particular, we discuss ad-libbing and structuring a scene that isn’t scripted.

You can hear part one here.
You can hear part two here.

In this episode we discuss:

Judd Apatow and his process on preview screenings:

For years I had heard rumours about how Judd Apatow used test screenings to improve his films, but I had never heard any concrete evidence as to whether it was true or not. The story I always heard was that microphones were hidden in the audience so that they could record the laughter and they would slot that into the timeline the following day, and re-watch as a team to determine what jokes worked and what jokes didn’t and where they needed space for laughter, etc. etc.

Well, as so often is the case, rumours have a life of their own and the most believable are those with an inkling of truth. The rumour I had heard is incorrect, but you might find Apatow's approach to the preview screenings interesting nevertheless. I won’t spoil it for you here. Listen and enjoy.

Working as a Fixer:

One of the other things we discuss is working as a Fixer - an editor who is brought into the cutting room when a movie has issues and isn’t working. It’s a unique job that seems to be shrouded in mystery. David and I discuss how one enters into a job, when the person (the director) you are working for doesn’t necessarily want you there.

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