Earlier this year, John Krasinski surprised audiences with A Quiet Place, a stunning new horror-thriller that introduced shocking rules for survival in a believable environment: Don't make any noise, or else creatures from space will attack and devour you. But it was actually Krasinski and his creative team that was most surprised, because modern audiences played along with their concept and kept the theatrical experience relatively quiet as well -- turning A Quiet Place into a rare movie-going treat that was improved when watching it with a silent crowd.
Oscar-winning sound editors Ethan van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl said they thought long and hard about crowd noise and its impact on A Quiet Place, and actually admitted to CinemaBlend that they tweaked the film's design after seeing how it played to audiences at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, where Krasinski's movie world premiered. The duo told us:
These tweaks, happening after the fact, had to be crucial to A Quiet Place working as well as it did. Which made the SXSW premiere of the movie that much more valuable, because the team was able to see how an audience would do under these unusual circumstances, and then tailor the film to meet the need. Erik Aadahl and Ethan van der Ryn spoke with CinemaBlend in Minnesota, where we visited the Orfield Lab, dubbed "The Quietest Place on Earth." Catch a clip of the sound designers talking A Quiet Place with us:
A Quiet Place currently is available to stream, and will reach DVD, Blu-ray and 4K on July 10. From what we know, the creative team responsible for this first movie is hard at work on a sequel. What would you like to see happen in a follow-up movie?
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