The Masterclass series enables anyone to essentially have a one-on-one tutorial and sharing session with some of the best and biggest names in the industries. Comedian turned filmmaker Judd Apatow is a name associated with films like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Trainwreck. Having risen up through the stand-up ranks as a comedian, he has become widely known for his hilarious, sometimes brash, comedy films and series.
Having amassed experience in so many different fields of film-making, he has a lot to offer in his masterclass as his discussion ranges from how to do comedy to how to make films. While he has had great success, it hasn’t gone to his head, allowing Apatow to be grounded and easily accessible.
His easy-going demeanour and informative masterclass give him the opportunity to speak quite freely and openly about his own experiences and insights. Quite candid in his approach, mimicking the same honest tone of his films, it’s encouraging to listen to his classes. Taking away some of the mystery that goes into the art of film-making, he gives students the tools and practical know-how, explaining that everything you need is within your grasp.
From writing, producing, directing and self-analysis, he gives invaluable advice on how to get a film made and how to cover your ass. This masterclass is especially useful to filmmakers wanting to establish themselves in the realm of comedy, however is isn’t niche enough to exclude, making the class universal enough to appreciate whatever your film objectives.
Centred around Apatow offering his advice from a chair, using clips from some of his films, footage of scripts and taking place at venues with interesting backdrops, the format is quite consistent. Thanks to his engaging and entertaining style, it’s breezy yet packed with experience and substance.
Naturally funny without having to showboat, the masterclass serves as a testament to his broad and impactful career, surprising you with just how many productions he’s been involved with over the years. A warm character with a generous attitude, the hours spent with Judd are worthwhile, far-reaching and self-affirming for those wanting to cut their teeth in the business.
The conversation has a free-ranging feel, which is compartmentalised into segments addressing various points. Having only seen him previously on an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld, it’s great to hear from the man himself as his name precedes him.
A masterclass of great value and insight, the humble movie mogul touches on everything from screenwriting, drawing on personal experiences, managing test screenings, generating real moments on screen, finding the funny, table reads and allowing actors to own their parts.