Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Bryan Woods, with filmmaking partner Scott Beck, is the co-writer of A Quiet Place (2018) and writer and/or director of a string of horror movies. While a student, Woods produced (with Beck) Beck’s directorial debut feature, Lost/Found (2003). Woods, as a student, then wrote, directed, and co-produced his feature debut, For Always (2004), and Her Summer (2004). Woods co-produced Beck’s second student-made feature as writer-editor-actor-director, University Heights (2004), which won MTV’s national Best Film on Campus competition.
With Beck, Woods was co-writer/director of his first theatrically distributed movie, Nightlight (2015), with Shelby Young and Chloe Bridges, and released by Lionsgate. Bryan Woods co-wrote (with Beck) the smash hit horror movie, A Quiet Place (2018), directed and starring John Krasinski, with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe, and grossing a remarkable $341 million on a $17 million budget. The next horror project for writer-director Woods (once again with Beck) was the Eli Roth-produced Haunt (2019), released to a modest return ($2.4 million) by Momentum Pictures and co-starring Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, and Lauryn McClain.
Woods, with writer-director partner Beck, then packed with producer Sam Raimi and for the first time, a major studio (Columbia Pictures) for the prehistoric science fiction thriller, 65 (2023), starring Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt. Woods partnered again with co-writer Beck (with credited co-writer Mark Heyman) for their adaptation of Stephen King’s 1973 short story, The Boogeyman (2023), directed by Rob Savage and with Madison Hu, Vivien Lyra Blair, and Chris Messina, and released by 20th Century Studios.
Bryan Woods was born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. Woods studied cinema at the University of Iowa, and founded the company, Bluebox Films, with a filmmaking partner at the university, Scott Beck.
BMOC: After being a finalist in MTV’s Best Film on Campus competition in 2004, Bryan Woods won the same competition one year later, resulting in a deal with MTV Films.