Leslie David Baker is a trouper who sits in the background for all of the talking heads — never on a loop, especially since the characters often move their arms in front of the window as they speak.
Dwigt: In the beginning of the episode, when you show the line for the audition, you do a long tracking shot with many extras waving at the camera. How many of these were people from the actual crew in a cameo?
David: Zero. They were all professional background artists or “extras” as they’re often called in the industry. We had 250 people there that day. Honestly, our crew doesn’t have time to stand in a line.
Tyson: Dave, what was your favorite scene you had to cut out of an episode? Mine was Jim talking about his best first date (with Pam).
David: I love that scene too! I would have to go back and view all of the deleted scenes to see what I wish made it into an episode. The episodes and deleted scenes all blend together for me now.
Ashwin: In editing and directing the episode, how did you go about incorporating elements of the show’s history that fans hold so dear (like the teapot) without having them come off as shoehorned in for nostalgia?
David: I think the key is we don’t overdue it. We recognize and don’t whitewash what’s come before us and we respect our continuity, but at the same time we’ve never put the events from the past on a pedestal.
Cristy: If Esther dropped Dwight off at work, how did he have his car to pull Angela over? I keep thinking I have missed something.
David: Well they’ve been dating a bit to the point that he’s considering asking her to marry him. My guess is that she picked him up from work the day before and they spent the night together.
tanster: Who was the choreographer for the Darryl dance scene?
Monica: Who played Philip and how much interaction did he have with the actors prior to shooting? He seemed very comfortable with Oscar and Angela.
Grace: How did you train Baby Philip to do all of those scenes so well? He mastered the act of calming down as soon as he was around Dwight. Did he have a lot of experience with the actors/actresses?
Debbie Wilson: Is baby Phillip related to anyone in the cast or crew?
David: Baby Phillip was absolutely amazing! He was played by Vince and Evan Edwards and this was their first professional job in front of cameras on a professional set. They were not related to anyone in the cast or crew, but quickly became part of our “family” as soon as everybody saw and fell in love with them. Phillip even looks like the perfect offspring of Dwight and Angela between having Dwight’s nose and lips, and Angela’s blonde hair!
The kids pointed at the Galactica, was never afraid whenever a new cast member would hold them, and one said the word “beet!” when asked what he would prefer during “Schrutes and Consequences.” That wasn’t even scripted. All he had to do was grab the beet, but he pointed at it and said “beet.” It was amazing!