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Speaking of the “worst situation possible,” pretty early on in this movie it’s revealed that Emily’s character is pregnant. And the audience is thinking, “Oh my God, in this world, that’s one of the worst things you can think of.” Were you guys sitting around consciously trying to throw these characters into the worst situations you could think of?

Bryan: That’s exactly what it was. Scott and I sitting in a room and saying, ‘What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?’ Because there’s nothing you can do to keep a baby quiet! We knew that was a ticking time bomb that was coming that would add a lot of suspense, and as writers, it was a challenge for us to figure out if we were in that situation as characters, how would we deal with it. ‘Oh, well they probably have this breaker system where red lights would turn on and that’s how they would communicate that we’re in danger mode.’ Challenging ourselves to come up with the scariest thing possible, but as a side effect, honestly more important than how scary it is, it adds this beautiful emotional character idea underneath it. The story was always about a family that suffered a tragedy and lost one of their own, and the pregnancy became a way to communicate to the audience that this is a chance for hope. An opportunity for this family to move on and keep reaching for the future and happiness.

I have one nitpick question.

Scott: Love it!

Since you’ve thought about every aspect of this world, you probably have an answer. How is the family getting their electricity?

Bryan: Blame John on that one. (laughs)

Scott: In the original draft, and they never really did anything with it in the final film, we had written that they have underground generators that are basically underneath the ground so they’re not producing any audible sound above ground. That was the idea behind it.

Bryan: I think you can make that assumption and give the finished film the benefit of the doubt.

Scott: It’s one of those things that in our script, there’s a lot of detail work that doesn’t make it to the screen, whether it’s because of the economy of storytelling, it’s boring, or just things changing inevitably when you’re on set. But yeah, there were a lot of different logic things we had to answer. So if you have any other nitpicks, we’d love to hear them.

Bryan: It’s totally ripe to pick apart, logic-wise, but hopefully we have as many answers as possible! (laughs)

I think that was the only one I had. I loved that the movie followed its own rules all the way to the end. It really worked for me. I think I have time for one more question. When you were writing, were there any moments or potential shots that popped into your heads fully formed where you were like, ‘We have to use this,’ and crafted the script specifically to achieve that moment?

Bryan: That’s such a great question. We do think visually. One of the clearest visual moments that crystallized for us early on in the writing process was the Monopoly scene, with the kids playing Monopoly and then accidentally making a sound and it luring the creature. It’s so funny that that ended up in the first trailer, because we always felt like that little sequence visually encapsulated the whole premise of the film.

Scott: Yeah, and I would add to that – the red lights. That was always one visual that, as soon as the pregnancy starts happening, we’re like, ‘Oh, this family needs to have some sort of emergency system, because they know this is coming. How are they being prepared for it?’ So those red lights just feeling so dangerous in terms of the warning sign was something that made its way into the script, but seeing that in the trailer and again in the final film was just a great execution of that idea. We personally as screenwriters feel like that was executed at the highest level.

Definitely. Well, congratulations on the movie, guys. It’s a really fantastic film and you both did a wonderful job. Enjoy the premiere tonight, and thanks very much for speaking with me. I appreciate your time.

Bryan and Scott: Thanks Ben!


A Quiet Place is in theaters on April 6, 2018. You can read our review from SXSW right here.

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