Q. Is there any significance in the numbers in Jim and Pam’s screen names which we saw in them talking to each other online? Receptionitis15 and JIM9334? | gnyc
Gene: Yes, a ton, but it’s much too complicated to explain here.
How did Pam become a Resident Advisor? | Scott
Gene: Basically, what happened was that Pam was looking for leadership experience and financial aid so she went to the Student Employment Office where she picked up a brochure on Residence Life. The last page of that brochure was an application for a position as a Resident Advisor, which she filled out and sent in. She was chosen for the position within two weeks.
We thought it’d be funny. Next question!
Q. I noticed that Holly has a nameplate that reads “Hollis ‘Holly’ P. Flax” Whose idea was it to make Holly’s real name Hollis? | iKras.
Gene: Occasionally, the set dressing department also likes to write jokes. These jokes usually take the form of “prop humor.”
If you were to visit the set of The Office, you’d see a lot of framed certificates on the walls and most of them would have the name of staff or crew members on them. I still find new ones when I walk around the set. Good stuff.
Q. Was someone tasked to go catch a bunch of fruit flies and put them in the vending machine? It was such a small background thing but so worthwhile and hilarious. | what’s the dealio?
Gene: Thank you, “what’s the dealio.” Believe it or not, there was an actual “fruit fly wrangler” on set. Yes, these jobs do exist.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for the “girl in the computer” sequence and what that hard to film? | sorano916
Gene: Basically, the idea came because we’re always trying to think of new ways of doing old things. We’ve done a lot of “talking head” interviews, so we tried to spice it up a bit. And since Jim and Pam were already iChatting anyway, it seemed like a logical extension.
Q. I loved Pam’s video talking head! Was Jenna actually on a webcam for that scene (like in phone scenes when the actors are really on the phone), or was the video recorded separately? | Caroline
The real Jenna Fischer was actually on the webcam. It was all on done in real time.