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Who created stranger things

The duffer brothers

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What genre

Sci fi horror

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What year was it set in

1980s

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Why did the duffer brothers set it in the 80s

They wanted to incorporate the pop culture of that decade

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Who is the distributor

Netflix

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Production company

21 laps entertainment
Monkey massacre

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Where was it filmed

Jackson, Georgia

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What’s the name of the fictional town it’s set in

Hawkins

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Short synopsis of season 1

Disappearance of Will Byers which is followed by the appearance of a girl with psychokinetic abilities who helps Mike, Dustin, Nancy and Steve find him and unfold her dark past

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Establishing shot

Of the laboratory, sets the narrative in a sci fi world
Cold colours, lots of whites

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Diegetic sounds

Scientists breathing (nerves)
Monster noises (enigma)
Emergency alarm (creates conflict)
Monster down phone

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Opening scene

Quiet to loud in seconds. Conflict, flashing lights lots going on, scream, disappearing man, lots of enigma, low key light

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Verbal codes

Will Byers tells his friend Mike during a game of Dungeons And Dragons that ‘The demigorgan, it got me’ which foreshadows the end of the series, where Will Byers is found in the ‘upside down’

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Technical codes, Lighting

Lots of low key lighting, matches genre, mystery

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Visual Codes that it’s 80s

Rotary phones
Big TVs
Contact by walkie talkies

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Shots

Close ups show enigma and mystery
When Will is being chased, lots of cross cutting
Close up of lightbulb on ceiling, links back to beginning, same events?

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Does Stranger Things follow Todorov’s theory

Equilibrium- Kids playing, normal life
Disruption to Equilibrium- Will goes missing
Recognised disruption- Realised Will was missing
Attempt to repair- Everyone looks for him
New equilibrium- Found, safe

Is a cliffhanger, not fully solved, coughs up slug

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Mise En Scene

Very 80s, wallpaper, furniture, games, clothes, rotary phone

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Introduction to character- Hopper

Panning shot of his living room, messy, reflects his personality, lazy

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Stereotypical characters

4 boys- nerds
Bullies- popular

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

What shows the power of Hawkins Lab

Hypermasculine framing

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Codes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Non linear

Non linear- Wills mum looking for him. Flashback is in lots of bright colours but when it is real time, it’s grey and dull. Colour pallets show mood change

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Themes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Main themes

Love
Hate
Family
Conflict
Death

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Themes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

Why are a variation of themes important

Reach bigger TA, verisimilitude

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Themes: Episode 1 ‘The Vanishing Of Will Byers’

How can we tell it’s scifi

Monsters
Science
Mutation
Heros

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Themes: Episode2

Example of themes

Nancy goes to Steve’s house where they have sex (love) after drinking downstairs (alcohol). Barb gets rejected (rejection) and sits by the pool and then is kidnapped (monsters)

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What is the narrative

Multi stranded

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Colour

What colour palette is used

Dark, grey, green, brown, red
Shows the genre and creates mystery

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Colour

What does the sepia tone represent

80s

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Iconography

What does the low-key lighting represent

Creates an eerie atmosphere

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Iconography

Mise en scene

Carefully thought out with old props which show its the 80s without it saying

At school, the main thing they show is science class which shows it’s a science genre

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Character function (propp)

Group= hero
‘Papa’= villain
Johnathon and Nancy = helpers
Will= princess (s1)
Will= don’t to villain (s2)

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Institution

Who produced

Duffer Brothers, shown on Netflix

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Above the line advertising

Synergy with clothes brands (topshop)
Adverts on transport
Games on App Store
Trailer

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Below the line advertising

Cast on social media
Interviews

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Advertising with Google Home

Synergy with google
Game consists of a walkie talkie convo with Dustin which tests your knowledge on the show.
This works well because techy people like sci-fi

Google gave away products and stranger things gifts to attract an audience

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Representation

Eleven

Strong female character
Non stereotypical
Hero, saved from cliff
Genderless at first? Alien?

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Representation

Max

Another main character that’s female
Non stereotypical
Boys name?

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Primary audience

Teens or young adults
15-25
Male= science, tech
Female= teen drama

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Secondary audience

30-40
Nostalgia
Mainstream audience

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Uses and gratifications

Escaping to the 80s
Not informative
Some voyeristic pleasures, supernatural