Photog Creates Unique Save-the-Dates by Mimicking Popular Movie Posters


What started as soon-to-be-wed couple’s idea to recreate a single movie poster quickly turned into a creative collection of awesome save-the-dates when Dave Dicicco and Rachael Batts employed the services of friend and Nashville-based wedding photographer Andres Martinez.

The couple’s original idea consisted of only the movie poster for Casablanca, but Dicicco and Martinez quickly drew on their mutual obsession love for movies and cinematography to come up with an entire gamut of posters that won’t soon be forgotten by any of the recipients. As Martinez explained to us via email:

I think our appreciation of cinematography and story was a big part of how we became friends and, fast forward a couple years, I’m not entirely surprised we did something like this. Okay, we’re not movie buffs, we’re big movie nerds. It had to be said. Rachael likes movies but I think it’s a more casual (and healthy) appreciation.

Martinez said one of the most difficult parts of the process was actually “deciding on a handful of posters to recreate,” explaining that, in addition to the completed ones, there were a few others that didn’t get finished due to time constraints.


He didn’t keep track of definite numbers, but says the posters that did get completed “were finished over the course of a month working on and off between other projects.” Also, in case you’re wondering which of the posters gave him the most trouble:

In terms of difficulty, the Twilight and Bad Boys [II] posters were the toughest to put together. Bad Boys [II] had a lot of layering and texture, whereas Twilight is a little strange when you actually try to set it up. If I ever run into Joey L, I’m going to ask him about it (and probably a thousand more questions about his career).

Take a look at the rest of the series below and let us know which one is your favorite!





Both Dicicco and Batts loved how the posters turned out, which Martinez said “was the goal from the start.” And as the Reddit post that took this viral goes to show, so does almost everyone else.

For those who are curious, posters that were photographed but never finished include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Titanic and Star Wars: A New Hope… we seriously hope he takes the time to finish them sometime down the road and sends them our way.

To see more of Martinez’s work or follow along as he embarks on other creative projects, head over to his website by clicking here.

(via Fstoppers)

Image credits: Photographs by Andres Martinez used with permission

  • Daz

    can you do this? copyright?

  • mclifford82

    Great job mirroring the lighting / posing of the originals. Would have been more impressive if he used actual couples instead of models (or, if they aren’t models, more than one couple).

  • DLCade

    The whole thing was creating these save the dates for his friends who were getting married, hence the same couple for each one.

  • Aiden

    You’ve obviously missed the whole point in the series. He used the same couple because they’re save the date cards FOR THEIR WEDDING.

  • yourmom

    talentless prick! WTF

  • flightofbooks

    what on earth did he do to their eyes??? this is hideous PS work. the couple should ask for their money back.

  • Kynikos

    It’s ok in many jurisdictions under parody exemptions.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    These are just well executed copies of someone elses idea. It’s like a cover band in a bar. I am not sure its a copyright violation. Probably legal but IMO a real grey area ethically.

  • Paul Hayashi

    There is a studio here that has been doing this since the mid 2000’s so for me it’s not a new thing. I have wondered about the copyright issues though.

  • Uncle Wig

    These are so incredibly cheesy and tacky I threw up a little in my mouth, just looking at them.

  • Cheryl Anderson Jones

    When I read a comment like yours, I wonder why you would look past the first or second “cheesy and tacky” photo if they make you throw up in your mouth (how old are you anyway, using that phrase?). Actually, why would you even click on the link to bring you to this page since it was clear what the article was about? I wouldn’t want photos like that myself but they’re nicely done and the couple who ordered them are happy with them.

  • Tzctplus -

    Uh? No. You can’t copyright generic ideas, only specific works, some things may be defendable as trademarks, but ” look and feel?” Nope

  • Tzctplus -

    The moment you use different people it isn’t a copyright issue (or shouldn’t be).

  • Uncle Wig

    It was the very first photo/poster that compelled me to comment, and in order to do that I had to click the link and see the rest. I do find them very tacky (especially using the 1992 Casablanca poster instead of the original), and they lead me to think the couple may be quite vain. But if they’re happy, so be it. To each their own, and that includes my visceral reaction.

    In answer to your first question, I’m 9 going on 10.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    This is not a generic idea.
    A generic idea is “couple dressed in 40s clothes looking at each other with plane as design element and Deco styled font headline. This is more than “look and feel”. Would a reasonable person see that there is copying of poses, wardrobe,layout and design….There is an admitted direct line from the original to the copied images. There is no question the photographer copied the image.
    The legal question is the intent. They could claim parody.

  • mclifford82

    Sorry, I missed the part where it was for THEIR wedding. I did acknowledge that he did a great job on it, so there really isn’t a need to be an asshole about it. I know this is the internet and all, but calm down.

    Did you skip over that part in a rush to correct me?

  • Mr Hogwallop

    Not true.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Claiming you ‘threw up in your mouth a little’ is far more hackneyed than these photos.

    Unless you think quoting a ten year old movie is fresh and interesting, that is.

  • Tzctplus -

    It depends entirely on the locality as well. And if the work is commercial or not. It can’t be claimed it is a direct copy since the main characters and text are different and the context in which it is used is different as well.

    It is indisputably based on the original, but it isn’t a copy (that is what copyright means really, copying, emulation isn’t copying).
    I think most people would be up in arms if anybody tried to claim copyright on this.

  • Tzctplus -

    So you say.
    There are plenty of examples in which copyright isn’t breached by mimicking existing art (if putting it under a “parody” umbrella is necessary so be it, but no sane person would claim copyright for the above).

  • Mr Hogwallop

    not to beat a dead horse but take a look at this:

    YMMV in other localities outside the US. And that’s why there are courts.