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spotlight magazine Nov 2013 international photo production
It is always good to begin productions in a city as a stranger. Take me to Cuba perceives the island with different eyes, discovering locations and backdrops where locals would pass. The company produces in the wider Caribbean area with Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia as the main production spots and office representation. Recent productions include Cosmopolitan (UK), Mam'zelle (France) and Conleys (Germany). Take me to Cuba offers unparalleled knowledge and insight into the unique landscape and culture of this majestic country.
Take me to Cuba is a leading production company in South America. Its film production house - El Central - holds the exclusive Red Bull regional contract for the Caribbean. The company just finished a special on ex-formula 1 driver David Coulthard at the wheel of a 1950’s racing car on Havana's Ocean Drive, the Malecon.
Other recently awarded productions include 'La ciudad del Hip Hop' and 'Surfing to Baracoa.'
spotlight magazine Mar 2013 latin america production
Cuba is getting better every day. The US embargo on the Island won't last forever, optimistic voices give it one or two more years, and then Cuba is just another Island in the sun.
The professional side is drawing more and more productions to Cuba, photographers and film makers enjoy the working spirit of the formerly socialist model pupils among Latin Americans. “Mañana” doesn´t exist if can be done today. Film and photo equipment rental contributes to the excellent professional standing that Havana has built up over the last 20 years, of which Take me to Cuba has taken part for the last 14.
Quick response times and the best location database in the business are only a few of Take me to Cuba's assets that make customers say "best production ever".
The film production house within Take me to Cuba (working title “El Central”) has just purchased two new cameras for their productions, thus underlining the professional filming ambience that encapsulates the Island: the Black Magic Cinema camera 2.5 K and the RED Scarlet. “El Central” is in charge of all of Red Bull’s video productions in and around Cuba, and even taking them in April to a set in Lima, Peru. Contact “El Central @ Take me to Cuba” to request reels and complete rental lists.
spotlight magazine Aug 2012 international locations for production
Take Me To Cuba is an advertising and fashion photo production service established in Havana in 1999. Cuba is a great island for photo shoots and Havana consistently offers new angles and backdrops, not only in the well-known old part of town but in many other neighbourhoods that have rarely seen visitors from abroad.
Very few cities offer a splendid Caribbean beach with palm trees not even 30 minutes away from the centre. Even though Take Me To Cuba's strongest asset is fashion productions, the company has produced emblematic shoots over the years for the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
The winds of change are palpable and Cuba is stepping up on the audiovisual scene; many young professionals are making themselves heard, from film-makers to photographers, computer and Internet specialists. Take Me To Cuba is the first production company in Cuba to offer ProFoto light solutions, thus enabling spontaneous travel and professional lighting standards for every production.
spotlight magazine Dec 2011 international locations for production
With 18 years in Cuba and 12 in the production world, Take me to Cuba tries to get beyond the typical image of Cuba with its old cars and old men playing guitar. Cuba is a young and vibrant country that is not too far away from stepping onto the international ladder.
There are a number of misconceptions that make clients discount Cuba and its great beaches, amazing cities, wonderful people, empty roads and no traffic jams. For instance: Americans are not welcome. Wrong!! Americans are very welcome and according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the US is the second largest issuer of tourist visas after Canada.
Take me to Cuba has completed many successful productions over the years, including a secret car campaign for Mercedes-Benz, Nivea, Olympus and Audi, but the company's strongest asset remains its fashion productions, be it advertising, editorial or catalogue.
spotlight magazine Jul 2011 international locations for production
Take me to Cuba is a photo production service established in 1999. Next to customs handling and work visas, the company organises castings of all sizes using the incredible variety of people available on the island. From European to Asian and Afro-American, Cuba has it all.
German photographer Achim Lippoth recently finished a study of boxing kids in Havana's oldest and most prestigious boxing gym that can be seen in the current edition of Kid's Wear. Other stories were shot by French-Romanian photographer Adrian Parfene for German MAXI, and Italian leisurewear company Piazza pulled out all the stops during a shoot in Varadero and Havana.
Take me to Cuba thrives for thorough pre-production by providing location photos from a state-of-the-art location library boasting more than 40,000 hand-selected images. And don't forget: according to Cuban law, American citizens are very welcome in Cuba.
spotlight magazine Jun 2011 international photo production
Take me to Cuba was founded in 1999 as a photo production service company by a mixed Cuban-German team. The idea was to attract European and North American* clients to benefit from the Island's famous year-round sunshine and the beauty of cities like Havana, the 'Pearl of the Caribbean'.
Take me to Cuba provides a complete range of services for advertising agencies, catalogue clients, fashion and car photographers, and their producers are fluent in Spanish, English, French and German. In the first place, however, they speak “Cuban”, which means managing the official Cuba by providing work visas and temporary importation permits for collections and camera equipment.
Despite its strong fashion orientation, Take me to Cuba has completed productions for clients including Nivea, Olympus, DuPont, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Recent productions were carried out for JP Boden, wrap, Grazia, Piazza Italia and C&A.
*US citizens are very welcome in Cuba.
spotlight magazine Jun 2006 international locations
Cuba is much more than old cars, old Havana and old men... It is a young, striving island, with an interesting history and plans for a great future.
It is an ideal place to catch the Latin spirit and the colonial flair, with beautiful 40s and 50s Art Deco and classic colonial architecture sitting alongside modern facades in the capital city of Havana.
Extraordinary productions are feasible - with ad and press campaigns being recently photographed for Mercedes and AUDI, as well as various fashion shoots.
Cuban-based Take Me To Cuba explain what makes them different: "we know Cuba inside out, our production doors are open, our crews are great to work with, and we speak Spanish".
More details, including their European coordination office, at the website.