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The Duffer Brothers: Showrunners
on Netflix’s Stranger Things

By Iain Blair

Kids in jeopardy! The Hawkins Lab! The Demogorgon! The Upside Down! Since they first pitched their idea for Stranger Things, a love letter to 1980’s genre films set in 1983 Indiana, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer have quickly established themselves as masters of suspense in the horror and science-fiction genres.

The series was picked up by Netflix, premiered in the summer of 2016, and went on to become a global phenomenon, with the brothers at the helm as writers, directors and executive producers.

The drama, about a group of nerdy misfits and strange events in an outwardly average small town, nailed its early 1980's vibe and overt homages to that decade’s master pop storytellers: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. It also made stars out of its young ensemble cast — Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard.

It also quickly attracted a huge, dedicated fan base, critical plaudits and has won a ton of awards, including Emmys, a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series and two Critics Choice Awards for Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The show has received a number of a Golden Globe noms.

We recently talked with the Duffers, who are already hard at work on the highly anticipated third season (which will premiere on Netflix in 2019), about making the ambitious hit series, their love of post, editing and VFX.

How’s the new season going?
Matt Duffer: We’re two weeks into shooting, and it’s going great. We’re very excited about it as there are some new tones and it’s good to be back on the ground with everyone. We know all the actors better and better, the kids are getting older and are becoming these amazing performers — and they were great before. So we’re having a lot of fun.

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Making the indie short The Sound
of Your Voice

By Randi Altman

Director, producer and Emmy-winning production sound recordist Hunt Beaty took the helm for this six-minute thriller.

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Review: Custom-built workstations from
By Brady Betzel

Computers that optimize the tools you use in M&E are easily accessible, but what if you wanted to drill down even deeper?

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Embracing production in the cloud
By Igor Boshoer

Cloud technology is set to revolutionize film production. That is if studios, who at times are
slow to adopt change, can be convinced.

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Behind the Title: Spacewalk Sound’s Matthew Bobb

London’s LipSync upgrades studio, adds Dolby Atmos

Freefolk NY hires Flame
artist Brandon Danowski

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