The Duffer Brothers
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. They work on all of their projects as a duo.
|The Duffer Brothers|
Matt (left) and Ross (right) Duffer at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
February 15, 1984 |
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Chapman University|
|Occupation||Film and television writers, directors and producers|
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. 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. 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. According to media reports, Matt is dating Stranger Things department head hairstylist and makeup artist Sarah Hindsgaul.
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.
It premiered in the summer of 2016 to excellent reviews, 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. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an approval rating of 95%, based on 55 reviews, with a weighted average score of 8.1/10. 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." 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.
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.
|2005||We All Fall Down||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|2006||The Big Toe||No||No||No||Yes|
|2008||Saturday Night at Norm's||No||No||Yes||No|
|2008||The Milkman||No||No||Yes||No||Also actors: Officer (Matt Duffer), Drive-by Thug (Ross Duffer)|
|2009||Road to Moloch||No||Yes||No||No|
|Wayward Pines||2015–2016 (Fox)||Yes||Yes||No|
|Stranger Things||2016–present (Netflix)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creators|
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