Something about ‘A Quiet Place’

So, I haven’t posted here for a while. Some days just catch up with you, and before you know it, weeks have slipped. That’s me, in a nutshell, days rolling into weeks and trying to find time to write. You’re probably wondering why it’s been a while…

I’ve been writing, trying to work on my feature scripts this time. Exhaustion after work leaves only so much time and energy to spend on writing, which means I’ve been away from the blog more often as that time is taken.

Anyhoo, I’ve been watching a lot of different shows and movies lately (all part of ‘research’ I swear), and I’ve been getting back into reading scripts. As they say, if you want to do something, submerge yourself fully. In this case, watch movies, read scripts, and write, write, write!

I’ve been doing a lot of the watching, I’ve been doing some writing, but I haven’t been as prolific in reading. So, I intend to remedy that! I started with one of the latest, and by started, I mean with a purpose of studying the film vs. script scenario.

A Quiet Place, who has seen that already? I’m pretty sure most of you have, and if not, you’re about to, and if you haven’t even thought about it, start. Pronto!

I don’t normally come out of a movie being blown away by the whole of it. I don’t mean to say this in a critical way, but being someone who practices scriptwriting, any plot holes jump out at me glaringly, usually. Or dialogue that feels too on the nose. I annoy hubby when I blurt out the plot holes, or get cranky at characters that sound flaky, or predict the coming scenes. He hates it. Sometimes I do it just to annoy him, because it’s funny.

A Quiet Place was wonderful. I read half the script, or what I could find online the day before I watched the movie. Then I read the rest of the script after I finished watching the movie. My thoughts on the two?

They were so different! I’m pretty sure the shooting script was much closer to what the final movie is, but the copy available online must have been an older draft, and provided an insight into story development for me. The structure overall was similar, family trying to survive through tragedy while trying to offset a possible disaster, but the plot, and the characters. Guess that’s when John Krasinski worked on it.

He’s done a brilliant job with the whole thing. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in that production. Watching the behind-the-scenes, especially noting Emily Blunt’s keenness on the film after reading it, got to me. Such a talented actress she is. Every moment felt believable, every detail in the mise-en-scene added a bit more depth. I came out wishing I could do something like that, a worthy film.

It’s my favorite film of the year thus far!

I’m thinking I might do a few more movie to script comparison. Perhaps it will help me start on the next draft for my script.

Feeling inspired.

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