Sunday, January 28, 2007

Merchant of The Office


Stephen Merchant, co-author with Ricky Gervais of The Office, discusses the creative process:

Ricky and I always sit together. Sit in a room and stare at each other. I won't let him play music, which he often wants to, because I find it distracting. We have a barren office. Few distractions. We throw ideas and anecdotes back and forth until something bubbles to the surface. Initially, we will talk about the mood of the project, trying to find a common language. With The Office, it started with realising we had met similar types of people. We had both had a little experience of offices and understood the dynamics of them.

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