Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Music: Tyler Walker
Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys
Director of Photography: Ilya Smelansky
Editor: Denis Cardineau
Camera: Myo Campbell, Denis Cardineau, Ryan Creamer, Kelley Dunlap, Cody Lindquist, Chloe Smolkin, Ilya Smelansky
Sound: Harris Karlin
Photography: Ari Scott (photo credit for all photos on this page.)
Production Assistants: Juan Cocuy
Spartacus: Matt Pavlovich
“guy ordering drink”: Charlie Todd
For our latest mission we staged the iconic “I am Spartacus!” scene from Spartacus in a Manhattan Starbucks. I ordered a drink and gave the name “Spartacus.” When the barista called the name, a group of 20 men stood up one-by-one proclaiming to be Spartacus. The real punchline arrived at the end, when a man dressed as a Roman slave arrived to claim the beverage. The scene was produced without the knowledge of the Starbucks.
This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our rehearsal:
Enjoy the videos first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos below.
Agent Cody Lindquist filmed out of a cup
Agent Ilya Smelansky with some rigs he custom built
“I am Spartacus!”
A customer laughing
Agent Pavlovich claims his drink
Watch the full series– all 13 episodes in one playlist:
– Episode 1: Rocky In Real Life
– Episode 2: Indiana Jones In Real Life
– Episode 3: Lord of the Rings In Real Life
– Episode 4: The Matrix In Real Life
– Episode 5: Back to the Future In Real Life
– Episode 6: Jurassic Park In Real Life
– Episode 7: When Harry Met Sally In Real Life
– Episode 8: Harry Potter In Real Life
– Episode 9: Spartacus In Real Life
– Episode 10: A Christmas Story In Real Life
Full set of photos from photographer Ari Scott.