He’s back, he’s angry and he’s got a latte shop.
Now in its 10th season, Curb Your Enthusiasm has a palpable visual history. The series debuted in 2000, broadcasting a standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio (480i) for its first 6 seasons. It wasn’t until 2009 when it jumped to 16:9 widescreen (1080i), with co-creator and star Larry David jokingly admitting he had no idea why anyone would watch this way since “no one wants to see this old man on TV.”
For most of its history, the half-scripted, half-improv’d comedy captured scenes cinéma vérité style using two cameras. That changed in Season 9 when cinematographer Patrick Alexander Stewart modified its visual aesthetics again.
“When [executive producer] Jeff Schaffer, who I did several seasons of The League with asked me if I wanted to do Curb, I said yes, but with a few conditions. One of them being that we shoot with three cameras,” says Stewart, whose work includes Flight of the Conchords, Arrested Development and Brews Brothers, a new Netflix series.
Source: No Film School