The Cinematography of Stranger Things (with Tim Ives) GCS099

Tim Ives Director of Photography of Stranger Things and Girls


Tim Ives is the visionary cinematographer behind this summers massive hit show Stranger Things and we discuss all the lighting and lensing techniques that give Stranger Things its retro-iconic look.

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Spotlight: Tim Ives

The Netflix hit show Stranger Things, is clearly the breakout hit of the summer with its brilliantly told story, impeccable acting, and masterful directing. But it’s the 80’s inspired iconic look of Stranger Things that has the world begging for more and we have cinematographer Tim Ives on the show to talk all about it. Tim has been shooting award winning television shows, commercials, and music videos since 1995, most recently shooting the pilot for Mr. Robot and multiple seasons of HBO’s GIRLS. We talk about his entire career, his love of photography, and how the look he created for Stranger Things is a throw-back masterpiece.

  • The cinematography of Stranger Things
  • How the 1990’s were the golden age of music videos
  • The parallel between film and music industries
  • Shooting TV Pilots
  • The title sequence and music of Stranger Things
  • Restraint in cinematography
  • Shooting on RED and Leica Summicron’s to create a retro 80’s look
  • Practical special effects and the floating artifacts of The Upside Down
  • Working with child actors
  • The cinematography of Girls and Mr. Robot
  • Capturing New York City as a cinematographer
  • and much much more!



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