(CNN) — After happening a number of large journeys collectively as a pair, Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider, each from Frankfurt, Germany, needed to do one thing additional particular for his or her subsequent trip.
They talked by means 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: Unattainable,” ensuring to doc the second on digicam.
Over the following few years, Lachhein and Schneider visited in every single 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 sequence reminiscent of “Recreation of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.”
The account now has practically 40,000 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 pal’s 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 front room, so we may have nice recollections from the spots we might visited,” Lachhein tells CNN Journey. “However increasingly more folks reacted to those photos.”
Based on Lachhein, a few of their pals assumed the photographs had been Photoshopped, and had been surprised to study that they’d truly traveled to the spots featured within the films, dressed up because the characters and brought their photographs 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 quite a lot of work,” says Schneider. “However then we gave it a strive.”
Additionally they go to nice pains to ensure that the angle is as near the unique image as potential.
“You must get the correct angle, the correct 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: Unattainable” films, 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.
‘Now we have to improvise’
Nevertheless, recreating an iconic movie or TV scene is not so simple as simply turning up on the location sooner or later and pulling out a digicam.
The couple typically should do quite a lot of planning with a purpose to decide precisely the place the spot featured within the sequence they need to deal with is, in addition 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 is not that large a film, then it is somewhat bit troublesome,” 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 achieve permission to take photographs in a selected 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 constructing certain 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 quite a lot of stuff,” says Schneider, recounting how they made a necklace out of a chunk of metal for a selected scene from “Star Wars”.
“Or we borrow from our pals. Generally it’s extremely straightforward, you would possibly want denims, white sneakers and a shirt. However for one thing like ‘Recreation of Thrones’, it’s extremely sophisticated. Now we have to improvise rather a lot.”
Probably the most in style photographs on their account is a recreation of a sequence from the 1994 film “Forrest Gump” taken in Monument Valley, by which they enlisted a gaggle of vacationers to face within the background to make it look extra genuine.
If the place they should function occurs to be in a well-liked 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 will be much more difficult.
“There have been lots of people who needed to take a seat there,” says Schneider. “So we waited, and waited till it was empty.”
Their painstakingly exact efforts have proved to be successful on Instagram, with Swank giving the account her seal of approval when she commented, “That is unimaginable!” on their picture from her 2007 film “P.S. I Love You,” which additionally starred Gerard Butler.
Nevertheless, Welsh actor Tom Cullen, who performed Viscount Gillingham in “Downton Abbey” was the primary star to put up a message, writing “nailed it” on their picture mirroring a scene from the favored ITV present captured exterior Highclere Citadel 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 throughout the six weeks trip time they’re allotted every year.
Though a few of their followers have assumed the pair’s journeys are financed by their households, they stress that they pay for every thing themselves and do not earn any cash from their photos.
They attempt to keep away from Photoshop as a lot as potential in order that the photographs are a real depiction of the placement, however admit to often utilizing filters and/or altering colours with a purpose 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 a giant half of their resolution to go to Paris in 2017.
“‘Inception’ is my favourite film. I needed to create this scene with Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard on the [Pont de Bir-Hakeim] bridge trying on the Eiffel Tower.
“So then we needed to go to Paris. And we mixed the journey with totally different films and sequence.”
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.
“Individuals are so proud that these filming places are of their metropolis,” explains Schneider. “And so they attempt to assist us rather a lot. They’re so sort.”
Whereas the pandemic has put a lot of their international journeys on pause for some time, the couple have been in a position to journey round Germany taking pictures photographs, and in addition paid a go to to Italy final summer time, when journey restrictions had been briefly lifted.
Regardless of recreating round 100 film and TV scenes, they’ve many extra on their want checklist.
They hope to go to London within the coming months, in addition to New York and Australia, when worldwide journey reopens.
“The checklist [of locations] is lengthy,” says Schneider. “I believe we’ll spend fairly just a few extra years doing this.”