“Writing a genre film, you don’t typically expect to be still in the conversation awards season, but it’s been a fun ride,” Scott Beck remarks about the success of “A Quiet Place,” for which he has shared Best Original Screenplay nominations with co-writers John Krasinski and Bryan Woods from a half dozen film critics associations. Beck and Woods caught up with Gold Derby recently (watch the exclusive interview above) at the 18th Whistler Film Festival, where the pair was honored as one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2018. Beck explains playfully, “The half-a-person thing we have been used to for the last 22 years of working together, but it’s an incredible honor and we love that Variety really champions writers.”
Among the higher-profile nominations that “A Quiet Place” has received has been Emily Blunt’s supporting actress citation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Beck recalls being surprised by the caliber of her performance specifically: “There’s a scene where Emily is teaching her son and she’s doing sign language, but at the same time, just silently kind of mouthing all the words and that interpretation of that scene is one of the most beautiful examples of acting that I’ve seen and that’s one of those surprises. You just write something and then they interpret it on their own and when you have really smart actors like we did fortunately on ‘A Quiet Place,’ they’re going to bring to it their A-game.”
“It’s quite the blessing,” Woods says about the film’s awards run, explaining, “It’s a monster movie—it’s scary and to see that recognized, it’s such a shock.” The website Polygon asserts that the film’s “scariest monster is a single rusty nail” and the Daily Express newspaper asks if the gruesome scene in which Blunt steps on it is “the most horrific movie scene in cinema history.” “It’s one of those things that you see in a theater and it’s really fun to have people experience what all that work went into,” Beck says about the proverbial time bomb. He reveals about its inception in the screenplay, “We just placed it on the page early in the script and we were like, ‘We know this is going to pay off at some point, but we have no idea when it’s going to pay off.’ And you just discover once you get further into the story, you find the moment where it’s the absolute worst time for someone to step on the nail.”
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