1st Assistant Director Kelly Cantley’s report
Matt Sohn operated camera. Following him were Brian Whittle (boom operator) and Kelly Cantley (1st AD). For the beginning and end sections in the bullpen, Michael “Pick” Piekutowski hand operated a 1X1 light panel to light Pam and Erin at the beginning and Michael, Andy, and Dwight in front of the camera at the end.
The sound department had four speakers hidden throughout the set to play back the song.
Amos Levkovitch (Magician) was hiding behind Michael’s office door to preset the flame gag. Stephanie Kinch (2nd AD) was hiding behind the reception desk and Chuck Canzoneri (Production Assistant) was hiding behind the door that never opens in accounting to cue cast in for the 2nd part. One of the rehearsal dancers (either Mimi Karsh or Lauren Melendez) was hiding in the men’s room to cue Dwight’s entrance.
Jeff Blitz (Director) and Danny Chun (Writer) watched on monitors outside the set.
We spent a pre-production day working out the blocking and the camera moves with Jeff Blitz, Matt Sohn (DP/Camera Operator), Danny Chun, Mary Ann Kellogg (Choreographer) and six rehearsal dancers: Tammy To, Lauren Melendez, Michael Pen, Mimi Karsh, Aaron Cash and John Todd. All the cast learned their parts with help from the rehearsal dancers on the shoot day.
Sean Crowder (Stunt Coordinator) was part of the rehearsal day and during the shoot, started the scene in the break room to get Kevin and Meredith into the harness before the camera came in. Mike Thompson (Special Effects) built the harness before the rehearsal day.
Thanks to Danny and Kelly, and kudos to The Office cast and staff for a job well done!
It really does take a village. :)