If you watch Stranger Things, you know there’s a lot to love about this show. And if you know at least a bit about filmmaking, there’s a lot more to love and pay attention to. In addition to the marvelous acting and exciting story, I particularly noticed the use of light and sound to cause tension. Another feature I started noticing in Season 2 are some creative transitions – and I’m not the only one who did. Zackery Ramos-Taylor has created a collection 25 transitions from the second season of this amazing show. If you’re a filmmaker, these could be a great inspiration. And even if you’re just a viewer, you can simply enjoy the collection of these creative editing techniques.
If you still haven’t watched the entire show, I must warn you that there may be spoilers ahead, so you may want to skip the video. But you can always watch this short film that seems to be inspired by the tense, creepy mood of Stranger Things.
In this collection, there are some transitions I noticed and commented while watching the show, even though I’m not a filmmaker. The very first one is one in the video, for example. Also, I loved those under numbers 5, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. These are some of my favorites, and despite the tension of the show, I still had enough attention to notice them.
For me, this is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched; it made me feel terrified and tense all the way through seasons one and two. It has to do with the story, special effects, sounds and lights, but these transitions also add to the atmosphere and make the show more dynamic and interesting. So, if you’re searching for ideas to enrich your own filmmaking project with creative transitions – I think this is one of the places to look for them.
Additionally, you can watch this great video from Filmmaker IQ to expand your knowledge about the history of cutting. And if you want something else related to Stranger Things, check out how the show got its title sequence.