You've been waiting for it all year, HEAT fans, and it's finally here! The 2012/13 Miami HEAT Player Poster is big, bold and perfect to display this year's remarkable team. Here at Tipoff, we interviewed Miami HEAT team photographer David Alvarez and Manny Fabian, part of the 50 Eggs Inc. creative agency. Here's what they had to say about the poster that spans more than three feet in length, with each panel measuring 20"x 20."
TIPOFF: What was the inspiration for the poster?
David Alvarez: This year we wanted to show our players as the extraordinary athletes that they are. We took away the shades, suits, and dress shoes and brought things back to basics—just the player in his element.
TO: What was the best part of creating this poster, Manny?
Manny Fabian: It's always a blast to shoot the players, but this year they really got into it when we showed them what the finished product was going to look like. I also enjoyed being able to use the Arena as a backdrop for all of the photos. David was able to get some really great shots of the players in their natural environment.
TO: What was the best part of creating the poster for you, David?
DA: I think it was being able to show the players in areas that they consider home but places that many people don't get to see, like the locker room, inside Gatorade Championship Alley, etc.
TO: What do you think is the best part about this format?
MF: The great thing about this format is that it's like fans are getting a few posters in one. At about 20"x20," you can take it apart and have your favorite players framed.
TO: What do you think of the final product?
DA: This is by far the best poster that I've shot, but I think it's the best I've seen in general, too. No one else is doing anything on this scale. The players are larger-than-life, and now, so is the poster. I hope our fans are as excited about this poster as I am!