‘The Office’: Why Joss Whedon Stopped Production to Replace One of Pam’s Paintings

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert on

Sometimes a director makes modifications as a result of they’ve a robust standpoint for a scene. Joss Whedon directed an episode of The Office and he stopped manufacturing due to Pam (Jenna Fischer)’s artwork. He thought Pam would have by no means painted one of many work and had it changed.

Pam turned extra formidable together with her artwork on ‘The Office’

Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert on 'The Office'
Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert on ‘The Office’ | Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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Pam began out being the receptionist on Dunder Mifflin. However, she at all times expressed some curiosity in artwork.

She ultimately did go to an artwork class and went to Pratt Institute in New York to proceed her training. The complete storyline actually confirmed her battle between sticking to what she knew at Dunder Mifflin and attempting to have one thing extra.

Joss Whedon directed ‘Business School’

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The Office gained a lot reputation that administrators began asking to be concerned with the present. Whedon directed the episode “Business School.”

The episode exhibits Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) bringing Michael Scott (Steve Carell) to his business faculty to speak about Dunder Mifflin. Pam additionally invitations her co-workers to her artwork present.

The artwork present results in an emotional scene between Michael and Pam. Michael was upset about Ryan claiming Dunder Mifflin is a doomed business. Pam was upset to overhear a few of her co-workers dismissing her artwork. They managed to make one another really feel higher. There was a small element within the scene that unexpectedly led to Whedon holding up manufacturing.

He stopped manufacturing to vary Pam’s artwork

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The director thought certainly one of Pam’s work wasn’t proper for the scene. The author of the episode, Brent Forrester talked about this on Office Ladies.

“When we got on set there was one drawing that Joss strongly felt that Pam’s character would not have done. It was a watercolor drawing of a church,” Forrester stated. “And he just felt it was out of character for her.”

Forrester stated, “Joss felt so passionately about this picture that he stopped production and said ‘I need a new picture. I would like a picture of a stapler. That’s what I think Pam would have drawn.’”

There have been extra discussions however Whedon wouldn’t let up. There was a category stuffed with artwork college students on location and certainly one of them drew the stapler for $50 to create the portray.

“I have to say, Angela the watercolor that stood out to me the most when we first flash up to her wall was that stapler,” Fischer advised Angela Kinsey. Kinsey agreed it really works as a result of Pam creates artwork about issues in her world. She additionally has a idea the stapler represents Jim, who has put a stapler in a jello mould to prank Dwight (Rainn Wilson.)

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