showcase magazine Jul 2019 latin america & caribbean issue 762
TAKE ME TO CUBA Havana full photo production
"Take Me To Cuba is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the number one production company on the island.
Over the years, Cuba has certainly evolved, but don’t worry, she still remains very recognizable! Havana's old town has still got that charm, only now it’s dotted with elegant boutique hotels and cozy cafés, a sign that the economy continues to grow. And the clean turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches remain a major draw card for clients. One thing that will never change though are the friendly and inviting locals. They are the real stars of this beautiful country.
TMTC is a mix of European and long-serving local team members, giving clients world-class producers armed with local knowledge. After all, it’s essential to speak Cuban in Cuba!
Considering Cuba for your next campaign? It’s only a phone call away!"
showcase magazine Jan 2019 latin america & caribbean issue 734
TAKE ME TO CUBA Havana Location Scouts and Production Services
“What does Havana look like today?" That’s quite a common question the team at 7 Seas are asked. The political landscape has evolved in recent years and with it, so too has the island. Two things remain unchanged, the incredible locations and the friendly locals.
Havana is continuing to shine bright, with new hotels and top restaurants opening up across the city. It’s a sign of the cultural landscape evolving and it makes coming to Cuba even more enticing. The architecture in vibrant colours and the energetic streets are still what make this place a real drawcard for productions, and there is no shortage of this.
Since 1999, Take Me To Cuba has been bringing clients to this beautiful part of the world and it’s fair to say there is no company better equipped to produce on the island with. The customs processes, visas and other paper work is handled in totality and all on-ground transport, accommodation, catering, location scouting and even local casting and equipment rental needs are taken care of.
Clients include Hermès, GQ for Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, Boden and Australia's Zimmermann.
Visit the website for more information.
spotlight magazine Aug 2018 international locations for production
For over 19 years, the crew at Take me to Cuba has been aptly doing just that- taking clients to Cuba, and delivering beautiful productions.
Take me to Cuba is the local arm of 7 Seas Productions' international team, who run a well-oiled operation specialising in fashion campaigns and editorial productions in the Americas.
There are a number of customs and visa processes to consider when travelling into Havana, so it's always a benefit having a team on the ground that speaks “Cuban”.
Most recently, the TMTC team was asked to manage all local production needs for the latest SS18 Hermès campaign, in a co-production with Blue Sand - Paris. In total the crew count reached just under 40 for the shoot, spread across multiple locations in Havana throughout the week. Young British photographer Jack Davison was the man behind the lens.
Take Me To Cuba knows a thing or two about Latin America and producing stunning results. Just ask Bloomingdales, Cosmopolitan, JP Boden or Mercedes-Benz.
Send the 7 Seas guys an email today for a conversation about locations, timings, or just some friendly advice.
showcase magazine Jul 2017 latin america issue 658
TAKE ME TO CUBA Havana Photo Production and Location Services
"'Now, that was a production!' clients say, boarding the plane after a shoot. It's always an amazing experience. Take me to Cuba is the longest standing photo production service in Cuba. The latter has been getting a lot of deserved attention lately for the spectacular diplomatic rapprochement between Washington and Havana.
And Havana is still the same, no matter what, and Cuba is much more than Havana. Even though advancing day by day, it still retains the atmosphere of 1940s sepia photographs with high ceiling fans and mahogany rum racks. Its people combine homegrown creativity and fresh forward loveliness with the Salsa beat and vitality of Latin America.
The creative production crew of Take me to Cuba speaks Cuban. With the authorities, for productions the most important thing is to get in, to get the work visa, which in reality is a walk in the park when you know how. Once you are in you move like fish in water. Take me to Cuba's team takes care of that part and of scouting, catering, crew hiring, equipment rental, hotel booking - whatever your flavor is. Send them an email and you get a gorgeous pack of 100 “best of” Cuba impressions."
spotlight magazine Dec 2016 international locations for production
Take me to Cuba has seen Cuba go through many ups and downs since the company was founded 18 years ago. Many people ask if a lot will change now that Fidel is dead, or if a lot has changed since Cuba and the US fell in love again. The answer is: not at all. This is partly because of limited hotel capacity and the slow pace at which the Cuban Government adapts to change.
Take me to Cuba’s main specialty is fashion, but the company welcomes unusual productions such as for Havana Club in which Magnum co-founder, Elliott Erwitt, returned to Cuba to continue a project he started 50 years ago - when the Cuban Revolution and a very much alive Fidel Castro were in full swing!
Another production was carried out for car photographer Markus Bolsinger, who captured a story for Mercedes AMG on the Cuban boxing scene that featured three-times Olympic gold medalist Felix Savón. Take me to Cuba also recently produced for Bloomingdales, JP Boden, Bonprix Brasil, Simons of Canada, OTTO, Happy Size and Town & Country.
spotlight magazine Apr 2016 international locations for production
"Don´t think that Cuba is empty now that Barack Obama and the Rolling Stones are back home. One of the most frequent questions Take me to Cuba hears these days is: what has changed for productions since the USA and Cuba became friends again? Our answer is: not much, except for an excellent booking situation for Cuban hotels and restaurants.
While it's worth thinking ahead while planning your photo and video shoots in Cuba, nothing much has changed in Havana - it is still one of the most interesting places to be, having the biggest colonial heritage in the Americas as well as beaches belonging to the 'best in the world' category.
Take me to Cuba is one of the longest standing Cuban production service companies, founded in 1999. The crew is still vibing off their most recent production in Havana with Bloomingdale's. Legendary in their own right, this production was a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity for Chris Bengsch and his mixed international and Cuban team to put their heads together and source a variety of stunning locations for renowned fashion photographer, Alistair Taylor Young."
spotlight magazine Sep 2015 photo production
Cubana Productions is a Swedish production house based in Havana and Stockholm. With over 15 years' experience in Cuba, the company knows how to operate in the country and, more importantly, where to find the fantastic locations.
Cuba offers a diverse range of settings, not only classic and colonial but also modern, innovative locations as well as incredible beaches. "This and so much more makes Cuba a great country for productions. With our connections, knowledge and expertise in the area, we are well equipped to bring your ideas to life."
Foreign workers need special work permits to operate in Cuba. Cubana Productions can provide all permits and visas required alongside customs clearance, casting, equipment, hotel reservations, flights, transfers, crew, catering, logistics, motorhomes, dinner reservations and more.
"Cubana Productions offers all the assistance and help you need for your pre- and post-production. Our level of involvement is entirely up to you. We look forward to working together!"
spotlight magazine Nov 2013 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.