Q. How did you manage to film Dwight and Angela’s sex scene without including her ever-so-pregnant belly? | Pam Scherbatsky
Jen: This was the work of the fantastic Paul Feig (director). He looked for places around the office that could conceal her belly but where we could also spot that it was Angela and then Dwight. It was Rainn’s idea to take his shirt off.
Fun Fact: Paul Feig also directed “Email Surveillance” — which was the first time Dwight and Angela were caught on camera in a compromising position (in Jim’s treehouse) — although Angela wasn’t pregnant then so the logistics were easier.
from tanster: here’s what Rainn Wilson had to say …
Rainn: We actually tooled all over the office looking for great love-making nooks. Copy machine. Creed’s desk. Michael’s desk. Mail cart. On the floor by the file cabinets … but came back around to the place that Paul Feig originally envisioned, which worked perfectly.
It was quite a challenge to hump Angela with her belly so enormous. I suggested referring to the Kama Sutra for some ideas, but was swiftly shot down.
There was another long discussion of whether I should have my glasses on or not. But we decided ‘glasses yes’ so there would be no confusion whatsoever about who was straddling America’s favorite accountant.
And yes, I enjoy taking my shirt off, especially if it’s for comedic effect.
Q. How long did it take to write the season finale? I know people always ask how long it takes to shoot an episode, but how long does it really take to write an [awesome] episode like that? | Sonni
Jen: Thanks. It took us about four or five days I think. We talked about the episode as a whole for a little while and then we divided up the acts to write.**
When we were done, we pasted it all together into a giant master draft and went through it to rewrite it and make cuts.
Usually we get about a week to write an episode — but it can vary depending on our schedule. Last year, we each wrote a script over our month-long hiatus in between seasons and that is the plan for this year as well — so we will get more time to turn the scripts around.
We’re busy at work breaking stories for Season 5 right now.
**It was during this section of our writing that I found out about the junk food drawer that exists in our Production Assistant’s desk. Last year we removed all of the candy from our kitchen in an attempt to be healthier, but Kevin let us in on the secret drawer and I ate a lot of Twizzlers during the writing of the finale. If this ends up in print, I’m sure the candy will be relocated again.
from tanster: thanks so much to Jen and the guest contributors! see y’all next season …
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