Check Out This Giant Moon 'E.T.' Poster Real-Life Photo Recreation
Every movie fan knows this image. That iconic shot of Elliott on his bike and E.T. covered with a blanket in his front basket flying across a giant, light blue moon. It was originally used on the poster for E.T. in 1982. The magical, instantly memorable imagery went on to represent Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment brand being referenced directly in the logo. Well, Swiss photographer Philipp Schmidli recently decided to (re)create the iconic E.T. giant moon jump shot in real-life, and took to the hills of Switzerland to get the perfect shot (via Gizmodo). He finally pulled it off and posted the photo for all to see. Find it directly below.
Here is Philipp Schmidli's final E.T. moon jump recreation photo in full, the "money shot" from their shoot:
And here's a few photos showing how they did it, including the guy on the bike plus the camera and location:
For reference, here's the original E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial poster from 1982 with the iconic moon image:
For more info on the photo shoot and how they pulled this off, visit Philipp Schmidli's blog. The story of what inspired Schmidli to go out and get this shot is covered (in English) on PetaPixel via Gizmodo. He used a Canon 1D X camera and an 800m f/5.6L IS lens (this thing is huge) with a 2x teleconverter to get the shot seen above. Schmidli recruited three bikers, built a ramp, and had them jump three or four times before the moon rose too high above the horizon. Did he get the perfect shot? (I think he did.) As a passionate fan of photography myself (I'm on Instagram as @abillington) I have to say this is awesome, what a fun experience and near perfect homage to an iconic image that will forever represent the magic of the movies. Good work.