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MONTéE IS A NORWEGIAN BAND PLAYING MUSIC BY MANY LABELLED INTELLIGENT AND SOPHISTICATED POP. THE 15TH OF APRIL IS THE NEW AND MUCH AWAITED SECOND ALBUM RELEASED. “RENDITION OF YOU” IS THE TITLE OF THE ALBUM, THE SINGLE AND THE MUSIC VIDEO.

The follow-up to the reviewers’ favourite and Spellemann award winning first record “Isle of Now” is no less sophisticated, but oh so accessible and immediate. So is the beautifully photographed music video in black and white, shot by Axel Bevreng and Petter Holmern Halvorsen, directed and cut by Kash Khazai. As the by now very recognizable bassist Maya Vik wrote, the band members are extras in their own film. The protagonists are very skilled and sweet cheerleading girls, coming straight from the Norwegian championship (is there really such a thing here, up North?). We cannot wait to hear more from the foursome, and we agree with Dagbladet: Montée must not continue to be a well kept secret for the few. Produced by Anja Kristiansen. Additional photography by Robin Hansen Tangen and Morten Solem. Post production by Hocus Focus and Bengt Ove Sannes (colour grading).

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DISLIKE MR. MILK. IN FACT, THERE IS NOTHING AT ALL TO DISLIKE IN THE NEW COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN FROM TINEMELK (=TINEMILK) IN COOPERATION WITH THE ADVERTISING AGENCY TRY AND THE PRODUCTION COMPANY PARADOX. IT IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING.

From the first white and delicate image to the somersault roll in the last one. The film is smart and clever, funny and to the point, surprising and edgy, stereotypical, historical and technological. We love that handsome, Norwegian-American man that can be transformed into whatever we want. He truly reflects how we (=Norwegians) want to see us selves: Trendy, cool and modern at the mountain top with skies on our feet. This is self-irony at its best and we can not wait for the continuation. The project is huge, and Paradox and Try have worked on it for more than six months. However, it shows, and everything is good. The film is shot on Arri Alexa on location – the beautiful Strandafjellet – and in studio. Besides Hocus Focus, which is responsible for editing (Martin Stoltz), online (Haavard Albertsen) and sound design (Johannes Ringen), there are two Swedish post production companies involved: Stopp (colour grading) and Swiss (VFX). Directed by Andreas Riiser, produced by Beate Tangre and post produced by Henriette Carlsen, Hocus Focus. Enjoy!

PIZZA. THE PLEASURE OF PIZZA. PIZZA AS AN ANCHOR IN LIFE. PIZZA AS A LIFELINE. YOUR LIFE AS A PIZZA. WELL, IT IS PERHAPS TO TAKE IT A BIT FAR – THE IDENTIFYING BIT OF IT. HOWEVER, THE NEW FILM FROM DOLLY DIMPLES IS TELLING US A WARM AND SWEET STORY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THEIR PIZZA.


With a dash of nostalgia in clothing and location, and the reality of growing older… and older…. and older, the film is a bundle of charm. The whole production from A to Å was completed in a period of two weeks by the production company Paradox (and that is not a very long time, we must add). Well done by director Martin Lund, photographer Anders Flatland and producer Gry M. Sætre. The film has also got its own colour grading for cinema in our own brand new grading cinema. So we like it a lot! Post produced by Henriette Carlsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editor), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading) and Bengt Ove Sannes (online). Sound mix by Lydhodene and Håkon Lammethun.

EVERY WEEK, WE AT HOCUS FOCUS ORDER PIZZA ORIGINALE. WHEN DAY TURNS TO NIGHT AND THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE, THE ORIGINALE IS THE BOYS’ ALL TIME FAVOURITE.

Therefore, we always have a stuffed freezer. So now we thought it was about time to have some influence on the creation of the image and the look of the pizza. Strongly influenced by our own associations to the product, of course. Coming up is also the film of new Originale Pasta products. Both films are shot on the very popular Alexa by Nico Poulsson, under the direction of Steinar Borge. In an all-Italian setting, with bright coloured red tomatoes and green basil, you can almost smell and taste our beloved Italian food. The hunger gets us, that’s for sure and that must be the primary goal for food commercials. The production company is Trøbbel and the producer is Miriam Pedersen. Post-production by producer Henriette Carlsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editor), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading), Bengt Ove Sannes (vfx and online), Johannes Ringen and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound mix). Enjoy and Viva Italia!

MUSIC VIDEO
DIRECTED BY NIIM THE DREAM

Music video
Directed by Niim the Dream