David: Hands down the most emotional scene was when Jim gave Pam the card from the teapot. The cast and the crew were emotional for what was happening within the scene, and what it meant to all of us who had worked together for so long; that it was signaling that we were near the end of our adventures at Dunder Mifflin.
tanster: What can we expect in the way of deleted scenes or bloopers from this episode?
David: There are no deleted scenes that I wish could have been included in the final cut. But there is a cute, funny B-story between Toby and Nellie that will live on as a great pod of deleted scenes. There are a couple of funny bloopers from this episode that should make the blooper reel, but it’s hard to know until they’re all culled together and we see what’s really the best of the season.
Brooke: Is the documentary supposed to be only one episode or a series?
David: The documentary isn’t completely finished. It is a mini-series on PBS, probably 10 to 12 hours and I believe the last episode of the doc would feature them seeing the doc and capturing how they react, hence why they’re still shooting.
remember to call: What do you think about “Livin’ the Dream” and “A.A.R.M.” both ending with musical numbers/goodbyes (Andy in the former, Darryl in the latter)?
David: I loved Andy’s version of “I Will Remember You” in Livin’ The Dream, for what it brought emotionally and also since people had been doubting his talent and chances of success, and then he shows them that he can play guitar and sing pretty damn good!
The dance number with Darryl didn’t really end the show, since it was followed with the proposal and the watching of the doc, but I just loved how much fun it was for the Office to dance with Darryl, and also how much fun the cast had in working out their moves and bringing it all together. Everybody is having a great time — just look at Phyllis and Leslie and Catherine!
Slumdunder Mifflinaire: What challenges are faced when trying to make sure all the plots and questions are answered in these final episodes, ones that may have been unanswered for years?
What questions do people have that they feel are unanswered? I’m just curious. To me the curiosity is with the ending of any series, which simply is “how’s it going to end?”
And for people who are wondering who the Scranton Strangler is — he’s just some guy, we gave his name George Howard Skubb I believe, and he has no direct connection to our gang at Dunder Mifflin.
Katie Drewes: Which scene was directed/filmed most differently than the way the script had been written? Why?
David: I will say that one of the smartest things I did on this shoot was to move the obstacle course from its original location, which was supposed to be in the parking lot.
I did it for two reasons. One is that I remember shooting many scenes out there, such as all day on “The Fire” and let me tell you — it gets really, really hot in that open space when the sun is beating down on you. Hard on the actors and the crew and hurts the comedy on a physical scene when everybody’s really uncomfortable.