(CNN) — After occurring a number of large journeys collectively as a pair, Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider, each from Frankfurt, Germany, wished to do one thing further particular for his or her subsequent trip.
They talked by way of varied potential concepts earlier than developing with one thing that excited each of them — touring to a film location and recreating a well-known scene.
In 2014, they visited Prague and re-enacted a clip from the 1996 movie “Mission: Not possible,” ensuring to doc the second on digicam.
Over the following few years, Lachhein and Schneider visited all over the place from Rome and Iceland, to New York and even Utah, recreating scenes or promotional pictures from movies like “Thelma and Louise,” “The Starvation Video games,” “Eat Pray Love,” “The Satan Wears Prada” in addition to TV collection equivalent to “Recreation of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.”
The account now has over 53,000 followers, with the likes of Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard amongst these posting within the feedback part.
Lachhein, 32 and Schneider, 31, who met at a good friend’s birthday celebration 11 years in the past, say they’re thrilled that their barely uncommon interest is gaining such consideration, notably as they by no means deliberate to share the photographs with the world.
“First we simply need to take the photographs for our lounge, so we may have nice reminiscences from the spots we would visited,” Lachhein tells CNN Journey. “However increasingly more folks reacted to those photos.”
In response to Lachhein, a few of their mates assumed the photographs had been Photoshopped, and had been surprised to study that they’d truly traveled to the spots featured within the motion pictures, dressed up because the characters and brought their pictures at an similar angle.
“We had been laughing after we first talked about dressing up just like the actors, as a result of that is lots of work,” says Schneider. “However then we gave it a attempt.”
In addition they go to nice pains to be sure that the angle is as near the unique image as attainable.
“It’s important to get the best angle, the best perspective and stand in precisely the spot the place the actor or actress was standing,” explains Lachhein.
The primary shoot they did did not fairly go to plan. After dressing up of their costumes, placing on the suitable make up and going to the Charles Bridge in Prague to reflect a pose from Tom Cruise within the first of the “Mission: Not possible” motion pictures, it started to rain uncontrollably.
Lachhein and Schneider had little selection however to show again and reconvene the next day. Fortunately they had been ultimately in a position to get the shot they wanted, and shortly started planning different film location journeys.
‘We now have to improvise’
Nonetheless, recreating an iconic movie or TV scene is not so simple as simply turning up on the location in the future and pulling out a digicam.
The couple typically must do lots of planning with the intention to decide precisely the place the spot featured within the sequence they need to concentrate on is, in addition to find out how to get there.
They walked for hours to get to the spot the place Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance within the 2016 movie “La La Land,” whereas villagers had been readily available to assist them discover a particular rock in New Zealand from the 2008 action-adventure film “10,000 BC.”
“If it isn’t that large a film, then it is a little bit bit tough,” explains Lachhein. “Then there’s many hours of analysis on Google Maps looking for the overview of the world.”
On some events they’ve needed to acquire permission to take pictures in a specific place, as was the case when the pair re-enacted scenes from 2020 film “Tenet” at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy and “Star Wars: Episode II Assault of the Clones” at Lake Como.
Then there’s the small matter of creating positive they’ve garments similar to these worn by the movie or TV characters they’re posing as.
“We at all times attempt to use issues we have already got in order that we do not purchase lots of stuff,” says Schneider, recounting how they made a necklace out of a bit of metal for a specific scene from “Star Wars”.
“Or we borrow from our mates. Typically it is very simple, you would possibly want denims, white sneakers and a shirt. However for one thing like ‘Recreation of Thrones’, it is very difficult. We now have to improvise so much.”
One of the vital in style pictures on their account is a recreation of a sequence from the 1994 film “Forrest Gump” taken in Monument Valley, during which they enlisted a gaggle of vacationers to face within the background to make it look extra genuine.
If the place they should characteristic occurs to be in a preferred vacationer spot, such because the bench from 2014 movie “The Fault In Our Stars” starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, which is situated subsequent to the Leidsegracht canal in Amsterdam, getting the picture they want might be much more difficult.
“There have been lots of people who wished to sit down there,” says Schneider. “So we waited, and waited till it was empty.”
Movie star assist
Their painstakingly exact efforts have proved to be a success on Instagram, with Swank giving the account her seal of approval when she commented, “That is unbelievable!” on their picture from her 2007 film “P.S. I Love You,” which additionally starred Gerard Butler.
Nonetheless, Welsh actor Tom Cullen, who performed Viscount Gillingham in “Downton Abbey” was the primary star to submit a message, writing “nailed it” on their picture mirroring a scene from the favored ITV present captured outdoors Highclere Fortress within the UK.
“At that second, we had perhaps three photos and 300 followers or one thing like that,” says Schneider. “In order that was very good [of him].”
As they each work full time, Lachhein and Schneider plan their journeys inside the six weeks trip time they’re allotted annually.
Though a few of their followers have assumed the pair’s journeys are financed by their households, they stress that they pay for every part themselves and do not earn any cash from their photos.
They attempt to keep away from Photoshop as a lot as attainable in order that the pictures are a real depiction of the situation, however admit to sometimes utilizing filters and/or altering colours with the intention to improve a picture.
Whereas the couple do not essentially select their trip locations based mostly on the flicks they need to create, Lachhein admits that the prospect of visiting the filming location for 2010 film “Inception” performed an enormous half of their resolution to go to Paris in 2017.
“‘Inception’ is my favourite film. I wished to create this scene with Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard on the [Pont de Bir-Hakeim] bridge wanting on the Eiffel Tower.
“So then we needed to go to Paris. And we mixed the journey with totally different motion pictures and collection.”
They have been notably touched by the difficulty that a few of the locals have gone to to make sure they get the precise picture they want.
“Persons are so proud that these filming areas are of their metropolis,” explains Schneider. “And so they attempt to assist us so much. They’re so type.”
Whereas the pandemic put a lot of their international journeys on pause for some time, the couple had been in a position to journey round Germany taking pictures pictures, and in addition paid a go to to Italy in the summertime of 2020.
Though they have not been in a position to journey as a lot as they’d have appreciated in latest months, they have been specializing in writing an eBook providing tricks to different vacationers eager to hunt out particular filming areas.
And regardless of recreating round 100 film and TV scenes, Lachhein and Schneider have many extra on their want listing, and plan to go to London, in addition to New York and Australia, within the close to future.
“The listing [of locations] is lengthy,” says Schneider. “I believe we are going to spend fairly a number of extra years doing this.”
This story was initially revealed in June 2021 and up to date in August 2022.