Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The official behind-the-scenes companion guide to the first two seasons and beyond, featuring exclusive color photos and stunning concept art.

Note: This book has been designed to mimic a used book. The marks, scuffs, and tears on the cover and pages are an intentional design element.

Stranger things have happened. . . .

When the first season of Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, the show struck a nerve with millions of viewers worldwide and received broad critical acclaim. The series has gone on to win six Emmy Awards, but its success was driven more than anything by word of mouth, resonating across generations. Viewers feel personal connections to the characters. Now fans can immerse themselves in the world—or worlds—of Hawkins, Indiana, like never before. Inside you’ll find

• original commentary and a foreword from creators Matt and Ross Duffer
• exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and David Harbour
• the show’s earliest drafts, pitches to Netflix, and casting calls
• insights into the Duffers’ creative process from the entire crew—from costume and set designers to composers and visual-effects specialists
• deep dives into the cultural artifacts and references that inspired the look and feel of the show
• a map of everyday Hawkins—with clues charting the network of the Upside Down
• the Morse code disk Eleven uses, so you can decipher secret messages embedded throughout the text
• a look into the future of the series—including a sneak preview of season three!

Adding whole new layers to enrich the viewing experience, this keepsake is essential reading for anyone and everyone who loves Stranger Things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984817426
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 53,113
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gina McIntyre is a veteran entertainment journalist who has covered movies, TV, and music for the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Entertainment Weekly. She is the author of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times and The Art of Ready Player One. Her writing has also appeared in Rolling Stone online. She lives with her husband and daughter in Riverside, Illinois.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer are film and television writers, directors, and producers, as well as twin brothers. They are the creators of Stranger Things, which has won five Emmys as well as awards from the Producers Guild of America and the American Film Institute.

Read an Excerpt

It’s one of the most eye-popping displays of Eleven’s amazing powers: as the young heroes are pursued by Brenner and his “bad men” through the streets of Hawkins, the gifted girl stares down a white van coming straight toward Mike and her and sends it soaring overhead. The vehicle crashes to the street below, blocking the pursuers’ path and allowing the kids to escape. Special effects coordinator Caius Man explains how he helped Eleven make the van fly:
“From our standpoint, it really wasn’t that supremely complicated. A flying car is a flying car. There were some unusual aspects to that because of the unnatural way they wanted it to fly, where it lifted sort of straight up and then tipped forward, so it took a little engineering. But it worked when we did it.
“We actually physically fired a van. We towed one down the street, and the van had in it two nitrogen cannons, two nitrogen sleeves that fired a high-density plastic slug out of the bottom of them to push it up into the air. One was just hitting a little harder than the other, which is what resulted in it going end over end the way it was supposed to.
“We built a small test in our shop. Basically, we built a plywood van with a couple of pneumatic cylinders, and we hopped it around the shop a bunch of times and were satisfied that it was going to function. [The Duffers]
wanted to see a full-size version of it to make sure that we could get it sufficiently high [so that they] could composite the children on the bicycles underneath it. What we did is, we shot it in the air, and then we had the kids ride down the street with the camera in the same position. Then we just cropped the two images together. We didn’t shoot the van over kids. That would be insane.
“We took it to a parking lot—a similar van, not exactly the same van—to a parking lot at Screen Gems, at our studio, and shot it. It launched, and everybody was excited. It landed exactly where I told them it was going to land, and pretty much everything was as it should be. On the day, we pointed three cameras at it, and we had a camera in the middle of the street that was aimed straight at it. It was the POV of the kids, and we fired it up over the camera. The first time we did it, we had a mechanical flaw. Instead of jumping up in the air, the front end jumped up and not the back, and it shark-attacked the camera in the middle of the street and destroyed it. So that didn’t work as well as we would’ve liked.

“It turned out to be a mechanical failure in a part that we replaced. The body shop fixed up the bumper in a couple of days, and we shot it again two weeks later. It was flawless and beautiful. As Shawn [Levy] described it, the gag’s so nice, we did it twice.”

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Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Hi guys so i jut want to tell ou that i cried so bad during the last episode of the third season (and really the last episode of every season) TBH the best scene was the one where Will Byers breaks down the "Byers Castle". So by thanks for reading my rant!! ly!....?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have actually already showed it to a friend who is also a Stranger Things Fan when she came to visit.... and she was jealous. Suffice to say, I plan to get her this for her next birthday. This book is a great and fun keepsake for any Stranger Things lover. There are tons of behind the scenes details I never would have known if I hadn't seen this.
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roxy1601 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book that any Stranger Things fan would love. I bought this book for my daughters who both llove the show. It has lots of pictures of the making of the show and behind the scenes. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this on a whim and it turned out to be a favorite coffee table book. Everyone loves to flip trough it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a Christmas gift for my niece (15) who is very into ST and got me (45) hooked as well... I was very intrigued by the book, so I read it first and I'll give it to her when it's time. It was very well done, with ST touches to help give the book character all throughout not just on the cover... I don't want to give anything away but I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it cover to cover, but it could easily be picked up and read from any chapter in the book -- lots of insights and some very cool tidbits that now looking back I see but didn't when I watched the show. As well put together as the show itself!