Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kindred spirit Larry David's excellent Curb Your Enthusiasm

"Because several—sometimes many—different takes are shot for every scene, there are thousands upon thousands of feet of videotape, every inch of which must be reviewed in the editing room. (For economic reasons, the show is shot on Digital Betacam and converted by computer into a format that looks like film.) Editing an episode of Curb is an excruciatingly subtle process, in which decisions about narrative are made frame by frame—each frame representing one-thirtieth of a second of actual airtime. 'If it were up to me, I’d spend two to three days editing an episode, then move on,' [director] Robert Weide says. 'But Larry’s a deconstructionist—he has to look at every frame.'"

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