stranger things vfx

One of the charms of the first season of Stranger Things was how scrappy it was. A genre show that was quietly released by Netflix in July 2016, Stranger Things had a relatively unknown cast (aside from the esteemed Winona Ryder) and a small budget to match. Because of that, it was forced to get creative with what it had, creating an entire alternate dimension and unseen monster that captured our imaginations and took over the pop culture landscape.

But come season 2, everything was bigger — the expectations, the budget, and most importantly, the effects. Now Netflix, on the heels of its thousands of Stranger Things featurettes it keeps releasing in lieu of a Stranger Things season 3 trailer, has dropped a new featurette that explains the VFX of Stranger Things.

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Stranger Things 2 Duffer Brothers Featurette

Since we still have a long wait before Stranger Things 3 arrives in the summer of 2019, Netflix is trying to hold fans over with a series of featurettes that go behind the scenes of the second season of the streaming service’s sci-fi sensation. And the latest highlights the shows twin brother creators.

Matt & Ross Duffer made a major breakthrough and became well-known names with the creation of Stranger Things. It’s easily one of the most popular properties on any platform right now, and a new Stranger Things 2 featurette talks to the cast and crew of the series to find out what it’s like to work with the sibling duo, and the brothers themselves provide some insight into the making of the series too. Read More »

Duffer Brothers Funko POP Figures

Another day, another addition to the massive line-up of Funko POP figures, this time with a treat for the most hardcore fans of Netflix’s sci-fi thriller series Stranger Things.

Matt & Ross Duffer, better known as The Duffer Brothers, are responsible for creating, writing and producing Stranger Things, not to mention directing several episodes together. That’s enough to get them their own Funko POP figure two-pack that will be a retail exclusive available later this month. Read More »

Stranger Things lawsuit

Update: Alex Kohner, attorney for the Duffer Brothers, has issued a statement (via Deadline) in response to the lawsuit:

Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless. He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.

Our original article follows below.

A new Stranger Things lawsuit might have Netflix’s lawyers wishing they were in the Upside Down. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler is suing Matt and Ross Duffer, the twin creators of the hit Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, for allegedly ripping off his idea for the show. Read more about the Stranger Things lawsuit below. Read More »

Christopher Stipp’s Top 10 Trailers of 2017

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, let’s rank the best best trailers of 2017.

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Strangers Things interview

Right from the opening of Stranger Things season 2, the hit Netflix series expands in scope. Once you reach the the Duffer Brothers-directed season finale, though, it’s clear they still kept the already beloved characters front and center. Matt and Ross know audiences are streaming and bingeing for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour), and friends, not what lurks in the Upside Down.

If demodogs, telekinesis, and all the mystery were removed from Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers’ show would still have plenty going for it. “The rule of law for season two was characters first, characters last, characters all the way,” producer and director Shawn Levy recently told us, while speaking with him and his 21 Laps Entertainment producing partner, Dan Cohen. We spoke with the duo a few days before season 2 came to Netflix, so we had a non-spoiler talk about the making of the second season, the production schedule, how the series made Levy fall back in love with directing, and how the show stands apart from its influences.

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‘Stranger Things’ May Last Through Season 5

Stranger Things Season 5

The second season of Stranger Things doesn’t arrive on Netflix until October 27, but the sci-fi horror series has already been confirmed to have a third season. Furthermore, Matt & Ross Duffer (aka The Duffer Brothers) have expressed their desire to have the series last four seasons, not wanting to overstay their welcome. But there’s a chance Stranger Things could end up lasting five seasons.

Series producer Shawn Levy has indicated there will definitely be four seasons of Stranger Things, but the possibility of a fifth season has not been ruled out. However, audiences shouldn’t expect the series to continue beyond that. Read More »

stranger things season 3

It’s been a long wait for the second season of Stranger Things — and the wait will continue anew once the season hits in October and we have to wait for season 3 or 4. But the sci-fi horror series is Netflix’s new flagship show, so it’s understandable that the streaming service would be eager to keep the magic going for as long as possible.

The first obstacle that Stranger Things has to overcome is the rapid aging of its cute, prepubescent cast. Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp make up the core cast of kids on bikes that form the heart of the genre show. And though they all play 12 to 13-year-olds in the show, all the actors range between 12 to 15 years old, with puberty rapidly descending on them. Netflix had a proposed solution to this looming obstacle, pitching that showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer shoot the next two Stranger Things seasons back to back, but was met with a resounding no.

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stranger things season 2 trailer breakdown

As the leaves start to turn yellow, the coming of the second season of Stranger Things draws closer. With that comes new locations for the gang to run around in — including the popular arcade we saw in the trailer — and new characters to help fight supernatural beings in Hawkins, Indiana.

To tide us over until October, Stranger Things showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have released script pages from the second season of the Netflix horror series. Included in them are more detailed descriptions of the arcade setting and the new character played by Sadie Sink.

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stranger things seasons

How much stranger can one small Indiana town get? At least four seasons worth, according to the creators and showrunners of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.

Matt and Ross Duffer said they don’t plan on keeping Stranger Things running past four seasons, keeping the story as tight and well-plotted as they possibly can. Oh, and to make sure those adorable kids aren’t suddenly pushing 30 at the end of the series.

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