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TO ALL YOU PARADISE HOTEL LOVERS: THE TIME IN SUSPENSE WILL SOON BE OVER. THE REALITY-SERIES PARADISE HOTEL IS FINALLY BACK ON TV3 WITH TRIANA IGLESIAS AS THE SEDUCTIVE HOSTESS.

There is no use arguing against the bold statement that Paradise is the hottest series on Norwegian television screens during this cold, cold winter. Just take a look at the new promotion film from director Kenneth Olaf Hjellum and the production company Fantefilm. There you will find Glamour, Champaign, Blond hair, Blinking Eyes and little clothes. We love fun facts, and here is a good one: The girl in the promo with blond hair (of course) participated in the TV3 program and dating show “Dagens mann” (=The man of the day) with Hasse Hope a while ago. So if you wondered where you had seen her before, this is the place she got her celebrity status. There are certain follow-up questions in order here, but another time, perhaps. Produced by Elle-Beth Lønnestad and Fantefilm, and post produced by Pia Nyhus and Hocus Focus. Edited by Rolf Thomas Løvig, online and colour grading by Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Paradise Hotel – opening soon on your TV-screen!

THERE IS ONLY ONE ZOOLOGICAL PARK IN NORWAY, WHICH DO NOT NEED ANOTHER NAME THAN SIMPLY DYREPARKEN. WE ARE OF COURSE TALKING ABOUT THE ZOO IN KRISTIANDSAND.

Apart from having animals (thank heaven) and being the home of Julius the chimpanzee, it is the home of the cruel pirate Kaptein Sabeltann AND the people and robbers of Kardemomme by. See and listen to this tiny, tiny film from Dyreparken fronted by ring-tailed lemurs and the lovely employees of the zoo in turquoise, short-sleeved sweaters. Why? Well, just to be reminded by that great southern dialect about the equally great offer of getting three days in the park for the prize of two. The only thing needed to be done, is to book the tickets online at dyreparken.no. The production company is Small Film with director Birger Otto Libell and producer Elisabeth Enstad. Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. A little editing by Thomas Løvig, a little online and colour grading by Bengt Ove Sannes. Add a little sound by Johannes Ringen, and there you have it. A new commercial to all of you from the great and huge Dyreparken-family. We hope you do like lemurs!

IT IS AGAIN A PLEASURE TO JOIN FORCES WITH THE FASHION INDUSTRY. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE BRAND IN FOCUS IS DKNY OR DONNA KARAN NEW YORK.

We love New York (who doesn’t?) and in these two films from director Axel Lindahl, we get a lot of New York. Shots of one stylish, moving girl with many excellent outfits and additional accessories are put together with multi-cuts of the city that never stops to fascinate. It is like a great collage of fashion and the city, the dynamic versus the static, which makes it impossible for a SatC-fan not to draw a line of similarity here. Although, this is of course hard-core fashion and NY, without a storyline. Clean, geometrical patterns together with hard, almost industrial sound. We have been fortunate to work with Axel, who also is a photographer, on several previous projects like the music video “When they come” for the Swedish band The Deportees (2011) and other fashion promotions. The last one was Oslo Fashion Week – Part Deux: A muse film with all the clothing from Emporio Armani (2011). Our Swedish friend has previously done many elegantly controversial fashion films. This time, he has also brought back our friend and previous Hocus Focus employee, editor Martin Stoltz. What a team and what a result, it is simply pure pleasure to experience and to watch. The producer is Wilson Murphy, and from Hocus Focus has Haavard Albertsen conjured some serious online and colour grading beauty-work. To ensure the quality, Haavard took the trip to New York during production as a VFX-supervisor, before bringing the material home to Norway and Hocus Focus. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen. Shop until you drop!

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).