Hey Office Flans! If you can believe it, today is the the 10th anniversary of the airing of Casino Night. This Second Season finale, written by Steve Carell himself, gave us so many great things: Dinkin’ Flicka, Scrantonicity, Afghanistinanis, “I hate so much about the things you chose to be”, Michael having 2 Queens on Casino Night. And of course, this:
EW.com talked to episode director Ken Kwapis about filming these watershed scenes for Jim & Pam.
Part of the style of the show was that it wasn’t important that actors hit precise marks. And in [the scene in the parking lot] in particular, there were times when one actor would block the other, you wouldn’t have a good view or as much of a view if you had asked the actors to hit specific marks. To me, it helped sell the idea that the documentary crew was just there to capture something as opposed to the scenes they staged for the benefit of the camera. It just helps the emotions.
We shot it with one camera only, and the camera was hidden far away from where Pam was standing, talking on the phone with her mother. So we really shot it in a way that was like we were eavesdropping on Pam and one of the things I love about the shot is that when Jim walks in, Pam’s back is to us. He walks up to her and kisses her and with that angle, you see his face quite clearly, but you really don’t see her expression. As an audience member, you get to fill in those emotions that you can’t see on her face. You get to imagine how she’s reacting. In a funny way, it puts you in her shoes.
They’re the scenes that launched 1000 fics and fanvids, but even 10 years on they’re still so lovely and heartbreaking and timeless. Also never forget the summer of ’06, aka the summer of agony, as fans has to wait months to learn what the aftermath of The Kiss was.
This was such a sweet JAM episode . . . then it’s pretty much sadness for a whole season.
Next up in my Jim and Pam series is a scene from ep 219 “Michael’s Birthday”. This was my first piece on 14x11in paper and also the first time I tried doing my outlines with Col-Erase pencils instead of graphite.
This will also go down as the first piece a cast member noticed as Pam herself liked it on Instagram!
why yes I did have a fangirl meltdown when this happened, how’d you know?
Did the Office ever have a prettier scene than this one?
I have a lot of love for ep. 211 “Booze Cruise” and I wanted to do justice to the equally lovely and heartbreaking 27 Seconds of Silence scene. I played around with all sorts of layouts, but I decided to stitch together a bunch of frames to get my reference. I also decided to try out doing a background on a different paper and putting it together in Photoshop. I’ve already fussed around a lot with the background version and probably will more in the future, but it’s presentable.
Because Christmas is the time to tell people how you feel!
Somehow I didn’t get this posted for Christmas but here is my latest PB&J piece from ep 210 “Christmas Party”. I used a silly promo shot for reference, and that paper ream “Christmas tree” just about did me in! I also added a little detail, can you find it? (answer after the pic)
Did you notice the little white bit in Jim’s back pocket? That’s the famous teapot card. And yes, the mistletoe ribbon was also added.