Today, October 12, international airports will open in Cuba and with this we are ready to receive foreign clients.
Internationals will undergo a real-time PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
To film we must comply with some regulations:
• Accommodation for internationals will be held in hotels that are applying strict Covid-19 procedures or in individual apartments that must be completely disinfected before internationals occupy it.
• The technical/artistic team cuban and foreign must allow the production nurse or the doctor verify their temperature with a non-contact thermometer after reaching the assembly. The production nurse or doctor should keep a list of everyone on the technical / artistic team where the temperature is checked every day.
• Any member of the Cuban and foreign Technical / Artistic Team who is not in front of the camera must wear a face mask provided by the production company or one of their own approved. • Makeup staff must have a separate dedicated makeup set for each actor. It is recommended to have a different makeup artist dedicated to the extras. They are required to be kept in a separate space from the actors.
• The production will stagger the team members' lunch hours to minimize the number of people who started in an area with social distancing. It is advisable to use portable chairs and not benches if possible.
• The production must dedicate at least one of the established production assistants to sterilization tasks above the normal number of assistants that are usually used. Said assistant will have an alcohol spray, wipes and hand gel to clean and supply the actors and extras between takes. They will also continually clean areas where the actors and extras have interacted.
• Production drivers must be provided with disinfectant and masks and must disinfect their vehicle after each individual transport of the team or delivery personnel.
• Waste management: masks, gloves, etc. Disposables should be treated as Hazardous Waste, put in solid plastic bags and handled with protective gloves and then discarded.
Even more stars shooting in Cuba! Anabelle Acosta is starring in a new romantic comedy called "Lost & Found en Cuba". This will be executive produced by Mark D. Cone, Joan H. Jones, and Benjamin R. Reder of Reder & Feig LLP. Exciting to see indie films taking advantage of the fantastic filming potential of Cuba!
First there was Hollywood, then there was Bollywood, now...there is Havanawood. Since U.S.-Cuban relations opened up in January, Hollywood has been all over Cuba. Showtme shot 'House of Lies', Universal shot 'Fast and Furius' and Paramount shot 'Transformers: The Last Night' in Cuba. Things are looking good for Cuba's ever-growing film industry! There is however a growing sense of discontentment among domestic filmmakers in Cuba, they have not been given the resources that mega-productions from outside the island have been given. Hopefully we will soon start to see partnerships between the local film community in Cuba and larger productions that go to Cuba to film. Read the full article here.
In this article, Shoot Cuba producer Luis Lago talks in detail about the amazing filming opportunities in Cuba.
Director David Pareja and cinematographer Alberto Pareja are teaming up with Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala in Cuba to shoot a documentary on the orgins of salsa dancing. Diego El Cigala is recording with Los Muñequitos (a local Rumba group who's goal is to unite the many different ethnicities in Cuba) at Abdala, an audiovisual recording studio in Havana. David and Alberto Pareja will also be shooting in Miami and New York, but the majority of the filming will take place in Cuba. More and more productions are shooting in Cuba. Will yours be next?
David Pareja's personal site: http://www.davidpareja.info/
Alberto Pareja's personal site: http://www.albertopareja.com/
So we were wondering what exactly "T-Mobile roaming in Cuba" meant. So we called T-Mobile and this is what we learned.
If you are a T-Mobile customer and already have a T-Mobile plan:
1) Calling is $2.69 per minute
2) Texting is FREE
3) Internet usage/data usage is FREE
So the FREE part is great since I think most of us tend to text and get online more frequently than calling, the catch is that in order to use the internet you need to be within range of a data tower or hotspot. They are going up fast all over the island, so being within range of a wireless internet source shouldn't be a problem soon! So if you're planning on heading over to Cuba anytime soon it might be best to go ahead and get a T-Mobile plan (sans contract) for you and your team to use while in Cuba.