The twists, turns and drama to mount Cuba’s premiere Catwalk production.
Performance Docu-Series 8x60 mins episodes.
Havana, Montreal and Toronto.
CATWALK HAVANA! is a high stakes Docu-Series of a behind the scenes look at the culturally enriched Cuban fashion industry and the creation of a runway production based out of Havana. The show will be unlike no other which will include a live sizzling hot Salsa band, cirque artists and an array of Cuban artwork and imagery.
Our story follows Host (TBD) through a compelling and engaging inside look into this production of the day to day life and work schedule of Cuban models and the island premiere fashion designer Oscar de la Portilla in preparation for its first ever tour to the United States at a time when Cuba’s doors are re-opening.
Until recently, this pride of Cuba culture had remained hidden from the United States by a trade embargo that has lasted almost a half-century. But now, by mounting this brand new production, which will be the FIRST its kind and the FIRST fashion related Docu-Series to be filmed in Cuba, the show will reach out to the North American market exposing the young talented models and designer to America's top modeling agencies, brands and the general public.
CATWALK HAVANA!, examines the difficulties and pressures of mounting a new production and maintaining the reputation for entertainment excellence incorporating glamour, glitz, humour, drama, passion unlike your typical Docu-Series.
CATWALK HAVANA! - TV Docu-Series
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CATWALK HAVANA! is a magical journey into the cultrally enriched Cuban fashion inddustry.
Our Host and guide through this spectacular world of a Cuban production will take the viewers on a journey revealing the humble beginnings of the models and creative personnel behind CATWALK HAVANA! gaining never before seen access and unique insight of how this beautiful exotic Latin experience will come to life.
The viewers will meet the models, Artistic Director of the show and see how a production of this kind is born from an initial idea and concept and the on-going changes that evolve over the course the Docu-series. We’ll follow the young models through their trials, tribulations and the pressure they encounter to be the best that they can be and ultimately keep their jobs. The viewer will be given an in-depth insight of how fashion designer Oscar de la Portilla's creative mind works to come up with one of a kind spectacular clothing and the tedious effort involved in the creative process. The technicians and crew, the foundation of any production of this magnitude, will be brought to the forefront to highlight their contribution to the production.
As the deadline for CATWALK HAVANA!'s American debut draws near, creative heads collide; there are disagreements, challenges and the burning desire to outdo previous creations. It’s a daunting undertaking as concepts and ideas are scrutinized, re-worked and rehearsed; numerous clothing are sewn together from the finest fabric and accessories imported from around the world. We’ll learn what it takes to create this FIRST and one of a kind show; who the players are and what drives them. Will they make it? How will they be received? They’ll have just one shot, one crack at being part of making history.
CATWALK HAVANA! is an hour weekly multi-camera program shot and finished on HD. We follow the creative heads and artists through their day to day life and schedule. Each Episode will begin with a short intro collage of performance and behind the scenes footage with a catchy Latin theme song. At the end of the intro, we will start with the Host or a creative team member of the show either at the rehearsal facility and/or production office in Cuba. Some shots will begin with an models at home or during days off and a night out in Havana.
VISUAL STYLE AND SOUND DESIGN
Shot mainly in Havana and a few scenes in Montreal and Toronto, CATWALK HAVANA! will feature 2 different looks.
The FIRST look is from the CREATIVE STAFF / HOST CAM. This camera essentially follows the Creative Staff and Host everywhere they go. It will be docu-style, gritty, and very candid to enhance each person true personality. Creative Staff / Host Cam sees what happens when the lights are off so to speak, behind the scenes of the behind the scenes. During interviews and presentations, the camera captures faux pas from non-traditional angles and exposures (i.e. we see through the camera as they are setting up to do an interview).
The SECOND look will be the PERFORMANCE CAM. This will be the look for all performances and will involve multiple cameras. All performances will be shot cinematically, with very wide, epic shots to capture the grandeur of the production. A similar style will be used for “scenic Cuba and Havana” using drones, Steadicam, and car mounts. Lots of vibrant colors here. Stylized, aerial, and high concept shots of this epic performance will enhance the glamour of the show.
CATWALK HAVANA! will feature a blend of the old and the new enhancing the longevity and historical significance of this ground-breaking show. The latest and most popular blends of Latin and Urban music will provide a cross marketing appeal to the masses and deliver a sizzlin' soundtrack like no other.
POTENTIAL EPISODE BREAKDOWN
EP 1 – The intro of personnel, HOST meets with the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND FASHION DESIGNER to discuss the new show and U.S. Tour.
EP 2 – ARTISITC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER --- the struggles with his vision and where he wants to take the show, some may not see eye to eye with him.
EP 3 – FASHION DESIGNER. Creation of designs from concept, selection of fabric to completion.
EP 4 – MUSICAL DIRECTOR & STAGE TECHNICIANS/CREW
EP 5 – DRESS REHEARSAL
EP 6 – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER. As a result of what they see in the production, be it something that doesn’t work, they decide to make a change that others may or may not like.
EP 7 – FASHION DESIGNER, MODELS, MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND TECHNICIANS. The tension mounts as the deadline nears.
EP 8 – THE FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL. Everyone in the production say their goodbyes and heads for the Havana airport and departs.
END CREDITS with clips of them arriving in the United States. (Acquire clips from the debut show).
END SEASON 1
POTENTIAL SUBSEQUENT SEASONS
SEASON 2 – TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES
SEASON 3 – EUROPEAN OR WORLD TOUR