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Couple travel the world recreating scenes at movie locations

(CNN) — After happening a number of massive journeys collectively as a pair, Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider, each from Frankfurt, Germany, needed to do one thing further particular for his or her subsequent trip.

They talked by numerous potential concepts earlier than arising with one thing that excited each of them — touring to a movie location and recreating a well-known scene.

In 2014, they visited Prague and re-enacted a clip from the 1996 movie “Mission: Impossible,” ensuring to doc the second on digicam.

Over the subsequent few years, Lachhein and Schneider visited in all places from Rome and Iceland, to New York and even Utah, recreating scenes or promotional pictures from movies like “Thelma and Louise,” “The Hunger Games,” “Eat Pray Love,” “The Devil Wears Prada” in addition to TV collection equivalent to “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.”

In 2018, the pair launched an Instagram account, Secret Famous Places, the place they share their re-enactments alongside stills from the motion pictures that impressed their shoots.

The account now has over 53,000 followers, with the likes of Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard amongst these posting in the feedback part.

Classic re-enactments

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 pastime is gaining such consideration, notably as they by no means deliberate to share the photos with the world.

“First we just want to take the pictures for our living room, so we could have great memories from the spots we’d visited,” Lachhein tells CNN Travel. “But more and more people reacted to these pictures.”

According to Lachhein, a few of their pals assumed the photos had been Photoshopped, and had been surprised to study that they’d really traveled to the spots featured in the motion pictures, dressed up as the characters and brought their pictures at an an identical angle.

“We were laughing when we first talked about dressing up like the actors, because that’s a lot of work,” says Schneider. “But then we gave it a try.”

They additionally go to nice pains to ensure that the angle is as near the authentic image as potential.

“You have to get the right angle, the right perspective and stand in exactly the spot where the actor or actress was standing,” explains Lachhein.

The first shoot they did did not fairly go to plan. After dressing up of their costumes, placing on the applicable make up and going to the Charles Bridge in Prague to reflect a pose from Tom Cruise in the first of the “Mission: Impossible” motion pictures, it started to rain uncontrollably.

Lachhein and Schneider had little alternative however to show again and reconvene the following day. Thankfully they had been ultimately capable of get the shot they wanted, and shortly started planning different movie location journeys.

‘We should improvise’

However, recreating an iconic movie or TV scene is not so simple as simply turning up at the location at some point and pulling out a digicam.

The couple usually should do a number of planning so as to decide precisely the place the spot featured in the sequence they need to concentrate on is, in addition to easy methods to get there.

They walked for hours to get to the spot the place Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance in 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 movie “10,000 BC.”

“If it’s not that big a movie, then it’s a little bit difficult,” explains Lachhein. “Then there’s many hours of research on Google Maps trying to find the overview of the area.”

On some events they’ve needed to acquire permission to take pictures in a selected place, as was the case when the pair re-enacted scenes from 2020 movie “Tenet” at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy and “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” at Lake Como.

Then there’s the small matter of constructing certain they’ve garments an identical to these worn by the movie or TV characters they’re posing as.

“We always try to use things we already have so that we don’t buy 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 friends. Sometimes it’s very easy, you might need jeans, white shoes and a shirt. But for something like ‘Game of Thrones’, it’s very complicated. We have to improvise a lot.”

One of the hottest photos on their account is a recreation of a sequence from the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” taken in Monument Valley, by which they enlisted a gaggle of vacationers to face in the background to make it look extra genuine.

If the place they should function occurs to be in a well-liked vacationer spot, equivalent to 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 were a lot of people who wanted to sit there,” says Schneider. “So we waited, and waited until it was empty.”

Celebrity 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’s incredible!” on their picture from her 2007 movie “P.S. I Love You,” which additionally starred Gerard Butler.

However, Welsh actor Tom Cullen, who performed Viscount Gillingham in “Downton Abbey” was the first star to submit a message, writing “nailed it” on their picture mirroring a scene from the widespread ITV present captured outdoors Highclere Castle in the UK.

“At that moment, we had maybe three pictures and 300 followers or something like that,” says Schneider. “So that was very nice [of him].”

As they each work full time, Lachhein and Schneider plan their journeys inside the six weeks trip time they’re allotted every year.

Although a few of their followers have assumed the pair’s journeys are financed by their households, they stress that they pay for all the things themselves and do not earn any cash from their footage.

They attempt to keep away from Photoshop as a lot as potential in order that the pictures are a real depiction of the location, however admit to often utilizing filters and/or altering colours so as to improve a picture.

While the couple do not essentially select their trip locations primarily based on the motion pictures they need to create, Lachhein admits that the prospect of visiting the filming location for 2010 movie “Inception” performed an enormous half of their determination to go to Paris in 2017.

“‘Inception’ is my favorite movie. I wanted to create this scene with Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard at the [Pont de Bir-​Hakeim] bridge looking at the Eiffel Tower.

“So then we needed to go to Paris. And we mixed the journey with completely different motion pictures and collection.”

They’ve been particularly touched by the trouble that some of the locals have gone to to ensure they get the exact image they need.

“People are so proud that these filming locations are of their metropolis,” explains Schneider. “And they attempt to assist us so much. They are so variety.”

While the pandemic put many of their foreign trips on pause for a while, the couple were able to travel around Germany shooting images, and also paid a visit to Italy in the summer of 2020.

Although they haven’t been able to travel as much as they would have liked in recent months, they’ve been focusing on writing an eBook offering tips to other travelers keen to seek out specific filming locations.

And despite recreating around 100 movie and TV scenes, Lachhein and Schneider have many more on their wish list, and plan to visit London, as well as New York and Australia, in the near future.

“The record [of locations] is lengthy,” says Schneider. “I feel we’ll spend fairly just a few extra years doing this.”

This story was originally published in June 2021 and updated in August 2022.



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