How To Build Suspense In A Scary Movie

The tenacious filmmakers of A Quiet Place have created a suspenseful and chilling film that has audiences on the edge of their seats. Suspense can come in a wide variety of methods, from contrasting shadows and light, tense music, and creative camera angles.

In this video, John Krasinski, actor and director of A Quiet Place breaks down a scene from the film. The props, set decoration, stunts, and sounds all build the tension. Krasinski explains why some of the choices were made to create this portion of the story.

A Quiet Place should give independent filmmakers inspiration for creating their own projects, no matter the budget.


  • Connor Sassmannshausen is a screenwriter, video producer, and social media organizer with the Initiative Production Company. She loves watching movies, nerdy t-shirts, travelling and taking broken things apart (but not necessarily putting them back together).


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