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'Talking Art' With Scott Beck And Bryan Woods

Scott Beck (left) and Bryan Woods (right) co-wrote the horror film "A Quiet Place" alongside John Krasinski, who also stars in the film. Beck and Woods are natives of Bettendorf.

The film A Quiet Place debuted April 6, 2018, to critical acclaim and commercial success, earning over $50 million on its opening weekend alone, and scoring a 95% approval rating on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. The screenplay was co-written by three filmmakers, including two natives of Bettendorf, Iowa: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who also served as executive producers. The third screenwriter is John Krasinski, who also directed and stars in the movie.

A Quiet Place explores familial ties and bonds as the Abbott family resourcefully attempts to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures hunt by sound. The Abbotts communicate with each other primarily through sign language, which they know well because the oldest child, Regan, is deaf. (Millicent Simmons, who plays Regan, is herself deaf.)

Listen here to a conversation with Beck and Woods about discovering a kindred spirit in each other at Bettendorf Middle School, about the variety of film projects they took on through high school and at the University of Iowa, and how their artistic partnership has continued to take them on an incredible upward trajectory in the film industry.

Bluebox Films is a production company that Beck and Woods established in 2001.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.