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Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (born February 15, 1984 in Durham, North Carolina), known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, are American film and television writers, directors, and producers. They created the science fiction-horror series Stranger Things, wrote and directed the 2015 horror film Hidden, and have written episodes for Wayward Pines. They are twin brothers and have had a close relationship since childhood.[1] They work on all of their projects as a duo.

The Duffer Brothers
The Duffer Brothers speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for Stranger Things, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
Matt (left) and Ross (right) Duffer at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1984-02-15) February 15, 1984 (age 34)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Education Charles E. Jordan High School
Alma mater Chapman University
Occupation
  • Film and television writers
  • directors
  • producers
Years active 2005–present
Known for

Contents

Life and careerEdit

The Duffer Brothers were born and 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 attended the Duke School for Children from grades K-8, a private suburban school, and then matriculated to the Charles E. Jordan High School, a large Durham public school. They relocated to Orange, California to study film at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where they graduated in 2007.[2][3] After writing and/or directing a number of short films, their script for the post-apocalyptic horror film, Hidden, was acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2011.[4] 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.

Ross Duffer married director Leigh Janiak in Palm Springs in December, 2015. The couple met in 2006 at a production company in Los Angeles, where she was an assistant to the producer and he was an intern.[5] According to media reports, Matt is dating Stranger Things department head hairstylist and makeup artist Sarah Hindsgaul.[6]

Stranger ThingsEdit

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.[2][7] The show is set in the 1980s Indiana and is an homage to '80s pop culture,[8] inspired and aesthetically informed by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, and George Lucas, among others.[9][10]

It was released on July 15, 2016 to overwhelming praise,[11] specifically for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and homages to 1980s genre films, and subsequently began to develop a cult following online.[12] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an approval rating of 95%, based on 73 reviews, with a weighted average score of 7.96/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Exciting, heartbreaking, and sometimes scary, Stranger Things acts as an addictive homage to Spielberg films and vintage 1980s television."[13] On August 31, 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of nine episodes, which were released on October 27, 2017. In December 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a third season of eight episodes, one less than the former season.[14]

In March 2018, the Duffer Brothers were accused of verbal abuse on the Stranger Things set by a grip who worked on the show. The crew member stated on social media that she would not return for Season 3 because the Duffer Brothers created a hostile work environment for women. The brothers strongly denied this claim and an investigation by Netflix found no wrongdoing.[15]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Credited Notes
Directors Writers Producers Editors
2005 We All Fall Down Yes Yes No No Short film
2006 The Big Toe No No No Yes Short film
2007 Eater Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2008 Saturday Night at Norm's No No Yes No Short film
2008 The Milkman No No Yes No Short film
Also actors: Officer (Matt Duffer), Drive-by Thug (Ross Duffer)
2009 Abraham's Boys Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2009 Road to Moloch No Yes No No Short film
2012 Vessel No Yes No No Short film
2015 Hidden Yes Yes No No

TelevisionEdit

Original run Series Credited Notes
Producers Writers Directors Other
2015–2016 Wayward Pines Executive Yes No
2016–present Stranger Things Executive Yes Yes Creators

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 American Film Institute Award Top 10 TV Programs of the Year Stranger Things Won [16]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated [17]
[18]
Most Bingeworthy Show Stranger Things Nominated
2017 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Drama Stranger Things Nominated [19]
People's Choice Award Favorite TV Show Stranger Things Nominated [20]
Dorian Award TV Drama of the Year Stranger Things Nominated [21]
National Television Award Best Period Drama Stranger Things Nominated [22]
Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Stranger Things Won [23]
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" Nominated [24]
Writers Guild of America Award Television: Dramatic Series Stranger Things Nominated [25]
Television: New Series Stranger Things Nominated
Satellite Award Best Television Series – Genre Stranger Things Nominated [26]
NME Award Best TV Series Stranger Things Nominated [27]
Fangoria Chainsaw Award Best TV Series Stranger Things Won [28]
Empire Award Best TV Series Stranger Things Nominated [29]
Shorty Award Best TV Show Stranger Things Nominated [30]
MTV Movie & TV Award Best Show Stranger Things Won [31]
British Academy Television Award Best International Programme Stranger Things Nominated [32]
Saturn Award Best New Media Television Series Stranger Things Won[a] [33]
[34]
Bram Stoker Award Best Screenplay Stranger Things for "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" Nominated [35]
Stranger Things for "Chapter Eight: The Upside Down" Nominated
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay Stranger Things for "Chapter One: MADMAX" Nominated [36]
Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Stranger Things for season 1 of Stranger Things Nominated [37]
Dragon Award Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series Stranger Things Won [38]
TCA Award Program of the Year Stranger Things Nominated [39]
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Stranger Things Nominated
Outstanding New Program Stranger Things Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series Stranger Things Nominated [40]
Choice Breakout Series Stranger Things Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated [41]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" Nominated
American Film Institute Award Top 10 TV Programs of the Year Stranger Things Won [42]
2018 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Drama Stranger Things Nominated [43]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Series Stranger Things Nominated [44]
Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Stranger Things Nominated [45]
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter Nine: The Gate" Nominated [46]
Writers Guild of America Award Television: Dramatic Series Stranger Things Nominated [47]
Satellite Award Best Television Series – Genre Stranger Things Nominated [48]
NME Award Best TV Series Stranger Things Won [49]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Show Stranger Things Won [50]
Empire Award Best TV Series Stranger Things Nominated [51]
MTV Movie & TV Award Best Show Stranger Things Won [52]
Saturn Award Best New Media Television Series Stranger Things Nominated [53]
Teen Choice Award Choice Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series Stranger Things Pending [54]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Stranger Things Pending [55]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter Nine: The Gate" Pending
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Stranger Things for "Chapter Nine: The Gate" Pending

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