Going from acting to directing is an easy way to raise eyebrows among critics, and it’s certainly no small feat. In fact, it’s quite rare to see actors-turned-directors like Sofia Coppola or Jordan Peele, and it’s even rarer that such filmmakers hit the ball out of the park on their first try.
But maybe the third time is the charm. At least that was the case for A Quiet Place director John Krasinski, who was previously best known for his small-screen pranks and charm as Jim Halpert on The Office. Krasinski’s first two films, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollars, singled him out as an up-and-coming indie filmmaker, even though both movies had their fair share of issues. But, he seems to have resolved them with the efficient thrills of A Quiet Place. Without further ado, here are three lessons from one of today’s most exciting filmmakers.
Don’t miss the previous installments of our 3 Lessons series, focusing on Taika Waititi and Ryan Coogler. Plus, for more cinematic shout-outs, see our editorials on Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, and another actor-turned-director, Jonah Hill.