‘The Office’: This Rule During Talking Heads Was Broken Just a Few Times


Lots of fans of The Office They have long wondered why they did not hear the documentary team asking staff questions at the speaking heads. During the October 14 program of the Office ladies podcast, co-hosting Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey on why to make that choice.

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Why the documentary team didn’t hear about ‘The Office’

During the podcast, when discussing the “Safety Training” program from season 3, Fischer and Kinsey spent some time answering fan questions they received. A fan asked, “Can you explain the audience’s decision without hearing the questions asked by the documentary team?”

The talking heads, the illuminated co-guests, only the actors answered questions that the audience had never heard.

Kinsey said, “Usually in a documentary, the camera crew wants to disappear. They want to truly capture people’s lives and try not to disturb them too much. I would believe … that they wanted it that way. They wanted it to feel like a documentary. ”

Fischer confirmed Kinsey’s thoughts and co-creator Greg Daniels shared the choice. “I reached out to Greg and you’re absolutely right. He said they made the decision because it felt like there would be more audiences and more connection with our characters if you didn’t hear anyone asking the questions, ”she said. “If your mind hadn’t thought about this team of people filming them.”

Fischer continued, “But he said they were amazed at this all the time. They wondered about, in what circumstances, when they might show someone from the team. ”

“I remember, at least on set… but there was this great debate last season or ever if we reveal who is the narrator who has been doing this, who should be, ”said Fischer. “And I remember the team saying he should be like Greg Daniels or director Ken Kwapis.”

She said there was some debate that the cinematographer Randall Einhorn or Ricky Gervais should be there.

Viewers hear off-camera voice a few times

The rule for speaking heads was broken for some time, however. “I think there was a problem with this idea because Greg told me that several times you hear the voice of the reporter and do you know who the voice is? Dave Rogers, ”Fischer explained.

But Fischer did not remember hearing Rogers, who was the editor of the show, away from the camera.

Rogers addressed this in a 2013 interview with OfficeTally.com, revealing that his voice was heard outside the camera when Jim sought favor from the team through the “AARM” program.

Jim said, “Not enough? I don’t know how else to explain it to her, so you know what? I know it is against the rules but I need a favor from you. ”

Someone can be heard saying, “All right. You got it, man. ”

Rogers said his voice was also heard in the program “New Guys” when Jim and Pam do a verbal interview and ask if the team is still ready for filming.

Pam: And that was our summer.
Jim: Are we good?
Off-camera: Yeah
Pam: Don’t you have everything? I mean, it’s just a paper company.
Off-camera: Well we’re more following you guys, to see how you turn out.
Pam: Oh, yes, because we were a bit dramatic at first. Well I don’t think anything is going to change in our lives now. With work and two children nothing exciting is going to happen to us in the long run.