I spy Dan’s and Amy’s rooms. Also, ugh, Sophie. She better stay far away from Iowa – and Dan!
I wonder what the significance of “hard ceiling area” is – sounds like they’re building all the sets, so I wonder if they have to specify the ceilings in advance (though it seems unlikely to me that they could know in advance whether or not a ceiling would be likely to show up in the shot – that said I don’t know much about the technicalities of these things).
Sophie Facetime area would seem to indicate that we see someone talking to Sophie over Facetime, either from her point of view or theirs – which… by far the most likely person in that scenario has to be Amy, right? (In other words, I think we can rest assured that she will not actually be in Iowa). What I’m wondering is whether this is how Sophie works out who the Daddy is, because Dan is lurking in the background or something.
As someone who learned about these things from watching behind the scenes stuff on Alien, I’m guessing they know that that they will have the ceiling the shots to emphasize a “walls closing in feeling” for Selina and/or members of her team. Or maybe a gag about a leak or the power being irregular. (Something with similar metaphorical reasons.)
If someone other than Amy is Facetiming with Sophie, it will be really surprising.
Thinking about it further, the more people are in the shot, the more likely it is ceilings will show up – to get say Reid Scott and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the same shot (in a group scene) means the camera will have to be set back a bit – whereas a scene that’s just a two-hander can be shot closer in. And the more ceilings show up the more you create that…bunker feeling. In some ways, I suspect Veep is shot very like Downfall, and you do occasionally see a similar, hysterical mentality at play.
For what it’s worth, I wonder if Amy’s calling Sophie for pregnancy advice – the “is this normal?” questions. She’d hate to do it, but I doubt Amy has many other female friends, so she probably doesn’t have many options.