‘Stranger Things’ DP Tim Ives on 80s References, the Snow Ball, and “Fresh and Fun” Season 3

When the first season of Stranger Things was released on Netflix, it became an overnight sensation. Many wondered how, exactly, this show not based on existing material and without an A-list cast had struck such a chord, but in addition to the delightful storytelling capabilities of creators/showrunners The Duffer Brothers and the charismatic cast, Stranger Things also looked unlike any other show available. The Duffers approached the season as one long movie, and in doing so culled together references from a variety of influential 80s films to create an aesthetic that evokes the classic Amblin films that many …

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