All TV series have shooting that is not particularly cheap, The Office is certainly not far behind and one of those scenes that fans remember most was the one that the production had to pay the most.
This was confirmed by actress Jenna Fischer, protagonist of the episode, during the episode of the podcast of Entertainment Weekly.
The cost that the actress had to face in production was a whopping $ 250,000 a scene lasting just 52 seconds.
Here’s what Fisher said about it:
“So first of all, I just want you to know that Greg talked to us about this. He said he really wanted Jim’s proposal to Pam to be in the season premiere. He thought, number one: it would be unexpected. You usually finish the seasons with proposals. He said he also wanted to keep people away by keeping him in a very ordinary place. So, he wanted it to look special, but he also wanted it to look like Jim made the decision without planning. “
As we saw in the episode Jim proposes himself to Pam in the parking lot of a gas station, a trivial place except that it was completely built by the production!
The team of The Office built that gas station in just nine days using any parking lot in front of a Best Buy.
What about the cars you see passing by? That too was a reconstruction! “
“The team of craftsmen built a four-lane circular running track around the gas station set. They installed cameras on the other side of this track and had the cars drive around 55 mph. And last but not least, visual effects have been added to remove California mountains and include trees found on the east coast. In the end, this was the most expensive scene ever shot in the entire series of the show. It lasts 52 seconds and costs $ 250,000. “