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450 Years of Cuban Architecture and Interior Design

Cuba's collection of classic and contemporary architecture is unique in the Hemisphere. Our cameras & drones will present the best.

450 Years of Cuban Architecture and Interior Design

Cuba's collection of classic and contemporary architecture is unique in the Hemisphere. Our cameras & drones will present the best.

$125
pledged of $160,000pledged of $160,000 goal
2
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 5 2017 3:34 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 5, 2017

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The Splendor of Cuba – An Architectural Retrospective Half-a-Millennium in the Making

A one-hour documentary for broadcast television also suitable for webcasting, downloading as digital movies and retail sales. The program will highlight historic Cuban architecture and interior design from the first structures built around 1500 to the present. Cuba is the only Caribbean island showcasing every example of traditional classical architecture, a collection that has been called the most beautiful and significant in all the Americas.

The program will be hosted by Dr. Michael Connors, celebrated authority on Cuba, its art, culture and history. Dr. Connors received his Ph.D. in decorative arts from New York University where he taught for 15 years. He has become noted as an expert on everything Cuban and conducts frequent tours throughout the island. Our documentary will be based on his books, The Splendor of Cuba” and Havana Modern which took 10 years to photograph. We will record our video images throughout the island on the ground and in the air via drones provided by our Canadian production partners.  In addition we have been granted permission to use any of the original photographs in Michael Connor's books.

Our viewers will experience a tour of the island as Dr. Connors demonstrates how over 500 years of historic settlement and events have influenced the architecture and interior design. The most significant homes and buildings will be featured as Dr. Connors points out their exterior and interior features. Along the way we will chat with artists, historians, and other prominent citizens as well as a new and growing group of young entrepreneurs. We will also talk to Cuban exiles who grew up in some our featured homes.

Much of the program’s narrative will be presented in an informal dialogue by Dr. Connors. He will also script the transitional paragraphs. We have plans to produce the program in both English and Spanish with additional language version to follow. . We will also record original music on-location which will be supplemented by archive and modern recordings.

The program is designed to be entertaining, educational and informative. One of our program consultants has stated “it could prove to be one of the most significant documentaries produced about Cuba with a shelf life of years to come”.

We have received interest from WPBT (PBS-Miami) to air and distribute the program nationally.  We are also  currently exploring traditional and cable networks as well as streaming video opportunities. Project cost including on-location video shooting and post-production is $160,000

Risks and challenges

Shooting on-location in Cuba is always a challenge. The crew and drone operators will be provided by our Canadian partners. They have been shooting documentaries and commercials in Cuba for over 16 years and are well known by government officials who provide permits to film. The drone scenes on our demo are in fact the first such scenes authorized by the Cuban government.

Dr. Connors spends significant time in Cuba each month conducting tours and consulting with residents and officials. Not only will he be a most knowledgeable on-camera host he has also been an invaluable resource in arranging crew accommodations and meals, ground transportation, visas and most importantly access to the properties we wish to feature.

The Arnold Creative Group has extensive worldwide experience having produced all of the visuals for the Government of Peru for the World's Fairs in Seville, Spain in 1992 and Lisbon, Portugal in 1996. We helped IBM introduce their Aptiva computers to Latin America and Mercedes-Benz introduce the A-class, also to Latin America. This car is now the Smartcar in the US. Over the years we have produced programs in over 35 languages and continue to help clients sell their products and services worldwide.

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