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Duffer Brothers      

Writing & Directing Duo; Best Known for "Stranger Things"

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, are American twin brothers who write and direct science fiction films, horror films and television shows. They are best known for the 2016 Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things and the 2015 horror film Hidden. They have also written episodes for Wayward Pines.

The Duffer brothers were raised in Durham, North Carolina. They began making films in the third grade using a Hi8 video camera that was a gift from their parents. They relocated to Orange, California to study film at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where they graduated in 2007. After writing and/or directing a number of short films, their script for the post-apocalyptic horror film, Hidden, was acquired by Warner Bros. The brothers directed the film in 2012, which was released in 2015. Director M. Night Shyamalan read the script and hired them as writer/producers on the Fox television series Wayward Pines.

From their experience in television, they began pitching their idea for Stranger Things, which Dan Cohen eventually brought to Shawn Levy. With Levy's 21 Laps production company on board, the show was quickly picked up by Netflix. The show is set in 1983 Indiana and is an homage to '80s pop culture, inspired and aesthetically informed by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, and George Lucas, among others.

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