The Office set visit 2013

March 13, 2013: watching Greg Daniels and Ken Kwapis collaborate

The Office cast and crew are shooting like crazy right now. Very, very long days.

I am here all week and have been able to watch a little bit of the finale filming each day. It is jam-packed!

And you can’t believe how many people it takes to put together a scene. Most of the crew have worked with each other for many seasons, so it’s a well-oiled machine. When you watch it on TV, imagine that there are 30-40 people standing there, right off camera range. Hair and makeup, writers, assistant directors, producers, boom operator, camera operators (three different cameras shoot simultaneously from different angles) lighting crew, electric crew, sound crew, script supervisor, set assistants, and many others. It takes a village!

I especially love watching Greg Daniels (showrunner/writer) and Ken Kwapis (director) collaborate. As you may know, Ken directed the pilot, and many of the milestone episodes — Diversity Day, Booze Cruise, Casino Night, The Job, and Company Picnic. He knows this show inside out. And Greg, of course, is the creator/showrunner of The Office. This is his baby!

Greg and Ken will walk through a scene right before it’s shot, discussing the best place to position cameras, the motivation of the characters, whether a line needs to be reworded, and so on. Each scene is then shot maybe 5 to 10 times. Sometimes lines are rewritten on the spot, then they go again. I’m a complete geek for this kind of stuff!

There’s probably enough footage for a two-hour episode. Should we petition NBC? ;)

(Yes, sign the petition here!)


  1. AW!!!!! I hate you. On the set. Geez. What I would give. Actually….I know what I’d give. I bid $3500 on the last on set charity auction and LOST! Well, you keep us all informed and for that, I thank you. And please, if any word comes down to visit the set even minus the cast, share share share.

  2. Nice! They certainly are an incredible group of people. Feeling so sentimental these days. I’m really looking forward to these last eps–I just know great things are in store–but I’m so sad to see my favorite show end :'(

  3. Looking forward to hearing the details. We were on set a few weeks ago and everyone was saying it was really starting to hit them. I can’t even imagine the emotions happening there this week!

  4. I seriously have to stop getting on Officetally at work! How do I explain welling up with tears just sitting at my cubicle out of nowhere? LOL, such a great pic. U deserve the love from the cast & crew for all the time and effort you put into the best fan page ever Tanster! “I love so much about the thing you chose to create”! Tallyheads are going to miss you.

    [ from tanster: awww, thank you! you guys have to know, i heard time and time again yesterday how much your comments mean to the office staff. they completely take to heart what you guys think about the show, about each episode, etc. so keep ’em coming! ]

  5. It wouldn’t be an “Office” Series Finale without their biggest fan and proponent there to cheer them on and build them up.

    Hugs and love to ya, Tanster.

    [ from tanster: mattttttyyy! Jim Mosby mentioned awhile ago that we should get the ol’ moderating gang back together for a finale chat. what do you say? xo ]

  6. Oh you look beautiful! So glad you got to spend one last day on the set, and that you’ll share it with us! Can’t imagine how emotional that must have been. I will miss this show and this awesome, great site. Thanks for all you do for us Office fans. I’m so sad this wonderful, quality, awkward, heartfelt, hilarious comedy is coming to an end.

  7. PhillyJam, I completely relate and agree with everything you said! If someone would’ve told me 10 years ago that a television show (and it’s incredible actors and staff) would be “personal” to me, I’m sure I would not have believed it. As fans of The Office, we have been so ridiculously fortunate to have had countless opportunities to get to know those involved with the show – the Convention, appearances, chats, blogs, posts, and on and on and on. They really do feel like “family” – and the void will be huge when it’s all done. Have a wonderful last visit, Jennie, and thanks again for everything you do!

  8. Thanks so much for your continued dedication to Office tally, tanster! I’m going to miss coming here after every episode. Question…do you get personal invitations from the cast/crew to visit every season?

  9. I agree with @2 Roy’s Mugshot (and I haven’t always agreed with him in the past). This is a well deserved honor. Congratulations, Tanster!

  10. Thanks for sharing this amazing opportunity with us, Tanster. Office staff, we love you and appreciate all you do!

  11. Wow~ that was great!!
    if I could visit there, it will be the BEST moment in my life. Great Pic!

  12. What a great photo of you two! And Tanster, you deserve to be a part of the finale — just to be there for all of us. I look forward to any tidbits you have to offer. You have kept us so well-informed about my favorite show. Thank you for your gentle spirit! :-)

  13. Thank you for all the sweet comments! It’s been a privilege sharing OfficeTally with you for the past seven years. It wouldn’t be what it is without you. :)

  14. Where do I sign to get the 2 hour finale? :)

    Congratulations, Tanster. This is well deserved. You’ve done a fantastic job over the years. I’m happy to hear that officetally will live on!

    Does anybody know when they wrap up the show?

  15. If things like American Idol get 2 hour episodes basically every week (who care about that show anymore anyway (; ), why shouldn’t The Office get 2 hours for the series finale! Let’s make it happen!

    It’s awesome that you’ve gotten to be on set this week. Thanks for the updates through the years!

  16. I’m taking my friend and driving by the set so he can see the parking lot and the production offices and everything today. We’ll keep an eye out for you!!

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