The Office is such a finely tuned machine, but I guess they’re always looking for ways to be more efficient.
This is a big board that is attached to the wall behind the set (where all the crew hang out and work). It seems like a new feature (they didn’t have it last season).
First column (current scene being shot): #5 — “Jim and Pam adjust Michael’s watch and computer.” The “23” stands for Ellie Kemper (“Erin”). Each actor has a number code. Steve Carell is #1, Rainn Wilson is #2, John Krasinski is #3, Jenna Fischer is #4, B.J. Novak is #5, and so on.
Second column (next scene to shoot) #8 — “Everyone laughs, Michael wakes and leaves for the day.”
Third column shows which actors are still needed for the day.
I was standing around with some of the cast backstage. I give my camera to Brian Baumgartner and ask him to take a picture, and he immediately aims my camera down.
I say, “Omigod, are you aiming at my crotch?” He’s like, “No, of course not! I’m aiming at your shoes.” Here are the shoes of Amy Ryan, Kate Flannery, and me in my stylin’ brown Converse laceless! (I love these shoes.)
Amy Ryan (“Holly”) and me.
You know, of course, that Amy’s character, Holly Flax, is well-loved by fans. Well Amy is just as well-loved by The Office cast and crew!
I’m not sure why she came to set on Monday, since she didn’t have any scenes to shoot, but boy, was there a line of cast and staffers waiting to say hello to her and give her hugs! They absolutely adore Amy.
Ellie Kemper (“Erin”) and me.
Trivia: according to the call sheet, Erin’s last name is Hannon.
It was such a delight meeting Ellie and hanging out with her throughout the week! I love her character, Erin, and I fervently hope that she returns in Season 6.
I believe that winning the role of Erin came fairly quickly for Ellie, and she was in a daze (much like I was!) for most of the week. We kept looking at each other and saying, “are we lucky to be here or what?”
Backstage. See the two round lights on the left side? — that’s roughly where the Scranton Dunder Mifflin set is.
The three seated ladies are hair — Sheri, Debbie, and Kat. Ready to dash onstage to touch up the actors during breaks in shooting. (Thanks, Lighting Guy!)