March 13, 2013: watching Greg Daniels and Ken Kwapis collaborate
The Office cast and crew are shooting like crazy right now. Very, very long days.
I am here all week and have been able to watch a little bit of the finale filming each day. It is jam-packed!
And you can’t believe how many people it takes to put together a scene. Most of the crew have worked with each other for many seasons, so it’s a well-oiled machine. When you watch it on TV, imagine that there are 30-40 people standing there, right off camera range. Hair and makeup, writers, assistant directors, producers, boom operator, camera operators (three different cameras shoot simultaneously from different angles) lighting crew, electric crew, sound crew, script supervisor, set assistants, and many others. It takes a village!
I especially love watching Greg Daniels (showrunner/writer) and Ken Kwapis (director) collaborate. As you may know, Ken directed the pilot, and many of the milestone episodes — Diversity Day, Booze Cruise, Casino Night, The Job, and Company Picnic. He knows this show inside out. And Greg, of course, is the creator/showrunner of The Office. This is his baby!
Greg and Ken will walk through a scene right before it’s shot, discussing the best place to position cameras, the motivation of the characters, whether a line needs to be reworded, and so on. Each scene is then shot maybe 5 to 10 times. Sometimes lines are rewritten on the spot, then they go again. I’m a complete geek for this kind of stuff!
There’s probably enough footage for a two-hour episode. Should we petition NBC? ;)
(Yes, sign the petition here!)