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HERE IT IS: THE MUSIC VIDEO FROM TEAM ME – THE BAND THAT WON THE NORWEGIAN GRAMMY (=SPELLEMANNPRISEN) FOR BEST POP GROUP 2011.

The debut album ”To the Treetops” has been given a lot of attention, and sent the band touring in our long stretched country. However, also international touring, we must add. A tour in Europe and warming up for The Wombats (Techno Fan, remember?) is really not so shabby. Well, back to the music video ”Show me” from the production company Apparatet. Several locations are used to get the specific feeling of calmness and the sense of nostalgia: Can it be Folkemuseet in Oslo, or is it all in Elverum? What we do know is that several homes of the band members grandparents are involved, and they certainly live in Elverum and nearby – the home of their childhood. How very Norwegian: The old interior of timber, the lusekofte (=knitted Norwegian sweater), the national costumes (=bunad). So introverted, serious and silent. Except from the splendid, beautiful and harmonic music, of course. All the boys do are eating cake and pizza, drinking coffee and milk, until a butterfly walks in. How very strange… and fascinating. The video was shot in two days and edited by the band’s own Simen and Synne, who also are the creators of TEAM ME’s artwork in general. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus. Colour grading by Mathias Theissen. Enjoy a lesson in Norwegian cultural history.

COMING UP: A NEW CAMPAIGN FROM JERNIA, SHOT IN THE LOVELY WINTER WONDERLAND OF HEMSEDAL. IT IS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE SO-CALLED “INNBYTTER” CAMPAIGN THAT SOME OF US KNOW FROM BEFORE.

We also recognize the nice, handsome but ordinary man from last autumn (or was it last spring?) who again can inform us in a straight and understandable way about the terms and conditions of this excellent deal. This is how it goes: Bring your old frying pan or kettle to the nearest Jernia store and get 500 hundred shiny Norwegian kroner in discount on a new pan and/or kettle worth more than a thousand kroner. OR three hundred kroner discount if you purchase for less than a thousand. It is a great deal and well worth campaigning for. We like that both our information guy and all the fresh-looking people in colourful outdoor outfits look like they are enjoying the winter indoors. And we like Jernia’s slogan, which encourage us to buy quality things: Proper Products - Fine People. The production company is Small Film with director Michael Pfleghar and producer Elisabeth Enstad. Post production by Hocus Focus: Thomas Løvig (editing), Bengt Ove Sannes (online and colour grading), Johannes Ringen (sound) and Jon Anders Klausen (producer).

NOTHING IS BETTER IN THIS BITING FEBRUARY COLD, THAN THINKING ABOUT THE SUN. CALIFORNIA IS SUN AND PEPPES IS PIZZA. HENCE, PEPPES CALIFORNIA STYLE PIZZA IS AN UNBEATABLE COMBINATION AND SHOULD BE EASY TO PROMOTE.

Nothing is better in this biting February cold, than thinking about the sun. California IS sun and Peppes IS pizza. Hence, Peppes California Style pizza is an unbeatable combination and should be easy to promote. This is exactly what the waiter and the pizza baker are discussing in the commercial from Peppes Pizza. Side-kicking to all the stupid Apps in the world, they are questioning why the hell an image of a bright sun on your mobile is interesting. Why not rather nice and simple do some filming of the delicious pizza with tomato sauce, great cheese, Parma ham, truffle oil, smoked salmon and what have you. It might break all the app-lovers heart, but its incredible funny for the rest of us. Director Trond Fausa Aurvåg (follow him as the greatest guy in the television series ”Lilyhammer”) is keeping his humoristic sense intact, even when promoting a California Style pizza. The production company is Tangrystan Productions with producer Gry M. Sætre. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Arnt Egil Andreassen (freelancer), colour grading by Haavard Albertsen, online also by Haavard and Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Johannes Ringen. Enjoy both the film and the California Style Pizza!

THE GIANT OF NORWEGIAN GAMING, NORSK TIPPING, HAS MADE IT EVEN MORE EASY AND THUS MORE TEMPTING FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE OUT THE HAZARDOUS GAMBLER INSIDE. IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO PLAY OUR BELOVED LOTTO AS WE DO OUR EVERYDAY SHOPPING IN THE GROCERY STORE. THE “PLAY IT EASY” FILM CAMPAIGN ILLUSTRATES IT PERFECTLY.


The young and always nerdy boy, beeping the milk, the liver pâté and the goat’s cheese at the cash register, as engaged as one can expect. Until – Eureka – a little bit of excitement pops up in form of a lottery ticket. As it is written at Norsk Tipping’s website: “We give the dream a chance, both for our players and our beneficiaries”, So, yes, join in on the frequent pleasure of innocent gambling. To throw in some ancient history, Lotto as a game including money was actually found for the first time in Florence in the year of our Lord 1530. Good to know... The films are directed by Ubbe Haavind and produced by Miriam Pedersen and Trøbbel Film. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and compositing by Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.

BRAND NEW IDENTITY-FILMS FROM TV3. THE VIASAT BROADCASTING OWNED TV3, WITH CENTRAL OFFICE IN LONDON UK, IS TRANSMITTING MANY OF THE EXCELLENT TELEVISION SERIES ON NORWEGIAN TELEVISION SCREENS (HBO – SAY NO MORE).

The three films produced by Fredrik Pryser and the production company Fredrik Fiction are surely short glimpses of delight, providing the channel with good Norwegian vibrations from all over the country. What they all have in common is the zooming out from a part of the image to the wider framing, which gives the films meaning with a sophisticated twist. What seems as a flower and fruit basket, turns however out to be a creation or hat on top of a cow’s head. The fisherman with a windsurfing board under his arm, is a painting on the wall on a boat shed, and to save the best for last: The silhouette-like unfocused trees, turns out to be reflections in a mirror attached to a minimalistic house in the woods. Yes, these are all good from director Stig Svendsen, whose feature film ELEVATOR is soon up on the cinemas in Norway, with a premiere at Tromsø Film Festival in February 2012. Post production by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Henrik Berge, colour grading by Mathias Theissen and Haavard Albertsen, online and VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes and Haavard Albertsen. Enjoy!