Production Designer: Jefferson Sage
A person could assume that the scenery built for this film was of a more modest scale - but they would be wrong. We built quite a bit.
Though we did film at a location home for Pete & Debbie's House and Allison's Guest House, we built the full second floor interior of the main house, plus the interior and exterior for Allison's Guest House on stage. This allowed for much easier access and filming (by way of adding wild walls), especially in the case of Allison's Guest House, as we kept to matching the exact size of the location structure.
The interior of Ben's bedroom was filmed at a location home in Van Nuys, but then was also replicated on stage for the filming of the earthquake sequence. For this we built the entire bedroom set on a fixed-wheel rolling platform, and SPFX added all of the mechanics so that it would all shake as in a real earthquake. This set, plus Allison's Guest House AND Pete & Debbie's second floor set were shoe-horned into one soundstage on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City.
All of the smaller doctor's offices were dressed into existing spaces at a closed hospital in Van Nuys, CA, but the large maternity ward nurse's station, hallways, and hospital room were built on stage on the Sony lot. We looked into filming the maternity ward scene at that same Van Nuys hospital, but it became problematic and costly to alter the existing hospital room to accommodate for filming the way Director Judd Apatow wished - so we built the whole thing on stage instead.
We also built a Las Vegas Hotel Room, the Vegas Club interior, plus a portion of a restaurant and house.
Photos by L. Polizzi