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The Office Aesthetics

by Christine Becker

In this clip, Jim tells Pam he loves her. Though the scene is shot roughly in documentary style, it uses conventional scripted sitcom aesthetics, such as shot-reverse shot and precise enough lighting that you can see the tear in Jim's eye despite the faraway camera position. This contrasts with another clip I have posted from the UK Office, which maintains the documentary aesthetic through a similar narrative moment.

The Office: Casino Night

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In the US Office, the show often stretches the documentary aesthetic.

from The Office (2006)
Creator: Greg Daniels
Distributor: NBC
Posted by Christine Becker