'The Workplace' stars reveal how they filmed Jim's purple wire prank on Dwight

The “Prince Household Paper” episode of The Workplace proves that not all of Jim Halpert’s pranks obtained the reward they deserved.

Within the newest episode of the Workplace Girls podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey chatted all concerning the Season 5 episode, which kicks off with Dwight discovering a brand new, mysterious purple wire hooked as much as his laptop.

Dwight, who turns into deeply involved after noticing no different workplace computer systems have comparable wires, makes an attempt to observe the wire’s path and find its supply. He makes his means across the workplace, by means of the constructing, and throughout the parking zone, whereas it is revealed in a speaking head that Jim purchased 500 ft of wire for $20 at a flea market and planted it as a prank.

Whereas Jim’s explaining his nice deal on the wire to the cameras, we see Dwight exterior, nonetheless following the wire and scaling a phone pole.

“Oh. He’ll be advantageous. I made it up there,” Jim says. That is dedication.

So far as all time nice Jim pranks go, the purple wire prank is low on the record. However maybe it is time to reevaluate. I imply, he taped 500 ft of wire after which scaled a phone pole? That is some severe effort. To not point out, the scene took fairly a bit of labor to shoot.

“I reached out to Randy [Cordray, line producer] to learn how we did this stunt of Rainn up on this phone pole,” Fischer mentioned.

“Proper. He cannot climb a phone pole. That is not secure,” Kinsey mentioned about Wilson. (Readers: Do not be like Dwight. Please don’t climb phone poles, it is very harmful!)

“No, as a result of what [Cordray] instructed me was that the pole over Jim’s shoulder actually is an precise working utility pole that is embedded in our sidewalk. , proper on the market,” Fischer mentioned. “It carried excessive voltage electrical energy. They could not also have a stunt individual dressed as Dwight climb that pole. So our manufacturing designer, Michael Gallenberg, and his building workforce rented an identical utility pole. You are able to do that, I suppose.” 

“I imply, significantly, how do they know these items? That is the loopy a part of Hollywood magic,” Kinsey mentioned. “‘Oh, you understand what I’ll do right this moment? I’ll lease a fakey phone pole.’ That is large!”

“Enormous. Properly, they put it up in our parking zone between the 2 sound phases, they usually put like a inexperienced padded platform round it [to catch people who fell]” Fischer mentioned. “And so they put up a giant inexperienced display behind the entire thing. After which they introduced Rainn out together with like a stunt coordinator and a security officer, they usually had Rainn climb up. It was just a few ft that he needed to climb. After which in post-production, that they had their visible results workforce digitally add Rainn to the true pole over Jim’s shoulder.”

Rattling. What a course of.

“Despite the fact that Rainn was actually solely a little bit bit off the bottom, they may, like, hike it up so it seemed like he was like midway up the pole,” Fischer mentioned. “Yeah, that is film magic, people.”

“That’s some good film magic,” Kinsey replied.

“However here is the factor that will get me about that,” Fischer continued. “That is like actual particular results, sort of like stunty stuff for our little TV present a few paper firm. Like I by no means actually thought onerous about how a lot work it took to try this gag till we went to interrupt it down. Proper? Like, it is such a fast little blip. And you are like that was like two weeks of figuring that out.”

“I really feel like each week we’re studying how a lot Michael Gallenberg, Kyle Alexander, Phil Shea, our wardrobe division and set designers, how all of them made these little moments occur and made it seamless,” Kinsey mentioned. “It is superb.” 

Remember to hearken to the total podcast to be taught extra behind-the-scenes tales from filming “Prince Household Paper.”

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Originally posted 2021-09-01 21:41:27.