28th Aug2019

The Filmmakers Podcast #123: How to write Hollywood hit ‘A Quiet Place’

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.


The Filmmakers Podcast #123: How to write Hollywood hit ‘A Quiet Place’ with screenwriters & Directors of ace new horror ‘Haunt’ Scott Beck and Bryan Woods with hosts Giles Alderson and Christian James

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the screenwriters of A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski drop by to chat to Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) during FrightFest to talk about creating their Hollywood hit and their latest feature film ‘Haunt’ which they also directed as well as wrote. They talk about their World Premier experience at Popcorn Frights and where they met Giles Alderson during his World Premiere of The Dare.

They discuss unsocial cinema goers and watching your own work with an audience. The differences between working with a writing partner vs. writing for a director. They talk how they got into writing, entering competitions How they wrote up to 30 screenplays before being paid to write one – Writing something to self-produce – a short – Pursuing agents – finding the agents (assistants) at your level.

They talk about their first feature Nightlight – a found footage from the perspective of a flashlight taken into a dark forest – Picked up by Lionsgate, dumped on VOD – How to expect failure as filmmakers – always preparing for plan B. They talk about A Quiet Place and how it started out as a Plan B – Writing the spec – A film about communication – about a family, not necessarily a horror film first – Their love for silent film being a big inspiration.

They talk about their writing process, ping-ponging ideas, collaborating. And they discuss Haunt – the next project after a Quiet Place – Overcoming boundaries with directors guilds, in only writing together, being on set together and how important it is in finding good collaborators in the film industry.

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website


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