Jenna Fischer reveals Jim and Pam engagement scene on The Office was the most expensive shot

5 mins read


Eight years after going off the air following nine successful seasons, Jenna Fischer has been opening up about The Office on her new podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey.

Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, and Kinsey, who played Angela Martin, launched the podcast in October 2019, where they both re-watch every episode and reveal new behind-the-scenes details.

The most recent episode of the podcast delves into the Season 5 premiere, Weight Loss, where Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) finally proposed to Pam, which Fischer revealed was the show’s most expensive shot.

Jenna reflects: Eight years after going off the air following nine successful seasons, Jenna Fischer has been opening up about The Office on her new podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey

Jenna reflects: Eight years after going off the air following nine successful seasons, Jenna Fischer has been opening up about The Office on her new podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey

Most expensive: The most recent episode of the podcast delves into the Season 5 premiere, Weight Loss, where Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) finally proposed to Pam, which Fischer revealed was the show's most expensive shot

Most expensive: The most recent episode of the podcast delves into the Season 5 premiere, Weight Loss, where Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) finally proposed to Pam, which Fischer revealed was the show’s most expensive shot

The proposal threw fans for a loop, since it happened in the one-hour premiere, which spanned two episodes, since, as Fischer explained, ‘you usually end seasons with proposals.’

She added that she spoke with The Office co-creator and showrunner Greg Daniels, who said he wanted the proposal to be in the season premiere because it would be ‘unexpected’ and a ‘real shock.’  

She added that Daniels also wanted to add to the element of surprise by having the proposal, ‘in a very ordinary location,’ a convenience store.

Surprise: She added that Daniels also wanted to add to the element of surprise by having the proposal, 'in a very ordinary location,' a convenience store

Surprise: She added that Daniels also wanted to add to the element of surprise by having the proposal, ‘in a very ordinary location,’ a convenience store

‘He wanted it to feel special, but he also wanted it to feel like Jim made the decision without a whole lot of planning,’ Fischer added.

The shot was the most expensive in The Office history because the convenience store Jim decided to propose to Pam at was built completely from scratch.

‘They built this in the parking lot of a Best Buy that I have been to many times, actually. What they did was they used Google Street View to capture images of a real gas station along the Merritt Parkway, and then using those images, they built it to match this parking lot,’ Fischer said.

Store: The shot was the most expensive in The Office history because the convenience store Jim decided to propose to Pam at was built completely from scratch

Store: The shot was the most expensive in The Office history because the convenience store Jim decided to propose to Pam at was built completely from scratch

She added that they ‘created the illusion of highway traffic’ by building a ‘four-lane circular racetrack around the gas station set,’ and set up cameras on the other side and had cars driving around it at 55 miles per hour.  

On top of all that, all of the rain in the scene was added artificially with, ‘these giant rain machines.’

‘Our production manager, Randy Cordray, said they had about 35 precision drivers. They were driving not just cars, but like, semi-trucks. When we were standing there on that set, you could feel the wind like, of these cars speeding past you. It was so, so bonkers,’ Fischer added.

Rain: On top of all that, all of the rain in the scene was added artificially with, 'these giant rain machines'

Rain: On top of all that, all of the rain in the scene was added artificially with, ‘these giant rain machines’

They even needed extra special effects work to ‘paint out the background’ to make the California scenery look more like Pennsylvania.

‘“In the end, this was the single-most expensive scene shot in the entire run of the show. It lasts 52 seconds and it cost $250,000,’ Fischer said.

The Office Ladies podcast has been exploring each episode in order, and they are roughly halfway through the nine-season run.

Paint: They even needed extra special effects work to 'paint out the background' to make the California scenery look more like Pennsylvania

Paint: They even needed extra special effects work to ‘paint out the background’ to make the California scenery look more like Pennsylvania

Expensive shot: '“In the end, this was the single-most expensive scene shot in the entire run of the show. It lasts 52 seconds and it cost $250,000,' Fischer said

Expensive shot: ‘“In the end, this was the single-most expensive scene shot in the entire run of the show. It lasts 52 seconds and it cost $250,000,’ Fischer said

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Latest from Blog