Kevin D. Ross Interview: ‘Stranger Things’ editor
“We just hoped that we were going to get good stories that we could tell in a meaningful way,” reveals editor Kevin D. Ross about his expectations for season two of “Stranger Things.” Given the success of Netflix’s sci-fi hit in its first season, the pressure was on for creators Matt and Ross Duffer to deliver for part two. But the twin brothers came up with a story “that was 10 times bigger than it was before. We were very happy with what we received.” In addition to bigger storylines, Ross also received his second consecutive Emmy nomination this year for the series. Watch our exclusive video interview with him above.
The veteran cutter worked on four episodes in season two, but he contends specifically for the season finale, “Chapter Nine: The Gate,” which also received writing and directing bids for the Duffer Brothers. Ross was “proud of how we were able to keep all storylines going and mesh them all together… I just thought it built and built, and there were moments of comedy, moments of suspense and drama. It got to show off a little bit of everything.” While the episode “doesn’t have as many flashy edits” as other installments, “I just felt this through-line was better.”
Over the course of his career Ross has worked on other shows including “Men of a Certain Age,” “Californication,” “Shameless,” and “Halt and Catch Fire.” He has twice competed at the ACE Eddie Awards for “Stranger Things.”
“Stranger Things” contends for 12 Emmys this year, including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Supporting Actor (David Harbour), and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Millie Bobby Brown). Its freshman season took home five prizes, for its casting, main title theme, main title design, sound editing and picture editing for Ross’s colleague Dean Zimmerman. But this year Ross is the sole nominee for “Stranger Things” against three episodes of “Game of Thrones” and one episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”