‘Stranger Factors 2’ Creators Desired A good Sequel That Topped The Original
Enlarge this picture toggle caption Courtesy of Netflix Courtesy of Netflix
Developing up, twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer loved movies – specifically Tim Burton’s Batman. Actually, the creators of the Netflix series Stranger Factors 2 credit Burton – and his over-the-top style – with inspiring them to try their hands at filmmaking.
“Tim Burton – he’s not specifically a subtle filmmaker,” Ross Duffer says. “After all that in a good way. … I remember as a kid actually you can go, ‘An individual is behind all of this. It’s the same one who is doing Beetlejuice, who’s performing Batman.'”
Beginning in the 3rd quality, the brothers started posting, shooting and editing their have movies. Now grown, they’re still at it. Their 2016 Netflix series, Stranger Factors, followed several middle school friends who investigate supernatural goings-on in the fictional community of Hawkins, Ind.
The series was a hit, and the brothers saw the next season as a sequel, which primarily worried Netflix. “Just about all sequels are usually disappointments,” Ross says.
But the Duffers thought of Stranger Factors 2 as an chance to expand on their show’s first time of year. “We wanted it to feel bigger than time of year one,” Matt Duffer says. “We wished to level it up a little bit.”
Enlarge this picture toggle caption Jackson Lee Davis/Courtesy of Netflix Jackson Lee Davis/Courtesy of Netflix
On the success of Stranger Things
Matt Duffer: There’s thus much articles out there on the planet that worries was you’re just going to get lost. Possibly if people do like it, and we thought best case scenario is we’re appealing to people like us who will be nostalgic for this style of storytelling. So the surprise to us came when especially younger generation began to fall deeply in love with these characters, and then start tweeting about it and then phrase started to spread.
Netflix was always in back of the show and they always loved it. … What they told us is certainly that they were hoping that word of mouth would spread, but it’s going to take some time. Word of mouth is obviously what got the display its popularity, but I think everyone was astonished by how quickly that word of mouth spread.
On auditioning over 1,000 child actors
Ross Duffer: Among our favorite things may be the casting of these kids, just because it had been certainly over a thousand, and some of that gets weeded out by our casting director and then otherwise you can generally tell quickly with this stuff.
You don’t have to watch a full audition and debate whether this kid is right or perhaps not. … Generally, with all of our main kids, you realized within a few seconds of these speaking, because what we’re looking for is certainly something that felt genuine, because there’s this type of Disney Channel kid, which is overdoing it. They’re attempting to be lovely. Whereas our children, to us, only felt there was something authentic about it. … After we found this band of kids, we ended up shaping the people around them.
On the creepy plant life that come in Stranger Things 2
Matt: I found snakes creepy. That is why just about everyone has these vines and stuff … in time of year two that move and grab people. … [In] the traditional sci-fi stuff, there’s always something very organic and natural about a number of the supernatural environments. …
I was just watching the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which is among my favorites, and they have got those pods that shoot out these disgusting duplicates, like flower petals spewing out a baby Jeff Goldblum – it’s the worst/best. I’m sure we’re pulling from all that.
On co-writing screenplays together
Matt: A lot of our do the job is actually done on Google Docs, therefore we don’t talk with each other. It’s an extremely weird factor where we’re both on headphones, not really talking, and only typing on the same document simultaneously.
We’re in the same space, same office. We’ve separate desks. We’re not really, like, literally right up coming to each other, because we’d in all probability punch each other every occasionally, so it’s good there’s a small amount of physical distance.
We’ll enter Google Doc wars, where I type a line of dialogue or an idea for the picture – he’ll delete it. I’ll go write it back – he’ll delete it once again. And the headphones come off and then we in fact have to get a conversation about it. So it is a little ridiculous.
Lauren Krenzel and Seth Kelley produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Petra Mayer adapted it for the Web.