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Creators Of 'Stranger Things' Want To Make Sure You Adjust Your TV Before Watching Season 2
It may not feel like fall outside in L.A. right now, but the season is right around the corner. And what comes with fall? Season 2 of Stranger Things. The show's creators, Matt and Ross Duffer (a.k.a. the Duffer Brothers), are eagerly awaiting the show's release on Netflix. Before fans consume the latest episodes, though, they have one request: adjust the settings on your TV.
In a recent interview with Vulture, they expressed frustration at the common pre-sets on modern televisions. "Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right,” said Matt in the interview, adding, “and when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone." What he's referring to, of course, is "motion interpolation."
Motion interpolation, or "motion-compensated frame interpolation," is a common feature on new televisions. It's meant to reduce motion blur for HD television, which means it ruins anything shot on film and is only useful for watching football. If you've ever watched television and wondered why an old film suddenly looks like a soap opera, blame motion interpolation. Televisions give it different names—"TruMotion" and "Smooth Motion" are two examples the Duffer brothers give—but the effect is the same: something cinematic looks like a poorly-lit sitcom.
Stranger Things is shot on film, so the motion smoothing effects on most televisions will reverse all the careful shooting and coloring decisions the creators made. If you want to watch the season properly, make sure to adjust your televisions before October 31 (it'll make everything look better anyway, we promise).