I know we are limited in budget on this but I like the idea of a more neutral space. The Mischief office could be a great option that keeps costs down. If we can move around the desks and orient a more empty shooting space for us to give us room to manipulate the natural light, that would be ideal.
I also think there is always a tasteful way of “lifting the curtain” of production on jobs like this by showing parts of the set. I want to avoid cliché as I know it’s been done before— but on the flip side, I think we as filmmakers need to be open with our audience that we aren’t trying to force a moment or a narrative onto them, this is simply something we are objectively capturing, and we aren’t concerned about the frills.