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WITH 26 UP AND COMING DIRECTORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE ABCS OF DEATH ANTHOLOGY IS REFERRED TO AS PERHAPS THE MOST AMBITIOUS FILM ANTHOLOGY EVER MADE.

The director Thomas Malling, who made the incredible “Norwegian Ninja” in 2010, is one of the chosen directors. Inspired by children’s educational books, what soon will become a feature film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters; each guided by an assigned letter given to the different directors. The sum of these parts, from A to Z, will be The ABCs of death and the horror of 26 different ways to die. Malling was given the letter H, and as the other directors, he was given free reign in choosing a word as the basis for creating a short story. Embrace yourself – the key word is H… Hocus Focus has been so lucky as to work with Thomas Malling in post production most of January to complete his part of the film. With each and every image needing VFX, it has been a lot of work and a lot of fun putting all the effects together. To tease the H, it takes place in a stripping club during the Second World War, where Bertie the Bulldog and Frau Scheisse hook up. We can say as much as someone will die, in a very, very painful way. An exciting project and an exciting film, from the production company Fantefilm with the producers Hugo Hageman Føsker and Elle-Beth Lønnestad. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes, Ove Kenneth Nilsen, Mathias Theissen, Shanon Moratti and Haavard Albertsen. Colour grading by Haavard Albertsen. Original score by Johannes Ringen and sound design by Rune Baggerud. This highlight of a horror anthology will be released in 2012, so watch this space.

FLT IS THE ABBREVIATION FOR FORBUNDET FOR LEDELSE OG TEKNIKK (= THE NORWEGIAN ENGINEERS AND MANAGERS ASSOCIATION). AND WHAT IS THAT? WELL, THAT IS A PART OF THE NORWEGIAN CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS (LO), GOING STRONG FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AND DECIDEDLY THE LARGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKERS' ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY.



FLT believes, according to their website, that “when many stand together, we can achieve results for the individual”. After this short introduction, back to the film: The one thing communicated in this short information / promotion film is that FLT can help you moving forward in your carrier and your working situation. It is really funny, the way they are playing with every prejudice against local government employees or other so-called office hackers. Depressing offices, all in grey and white and only coloured by a bunch of post-its. The fun fact of the day: The nervous guy in a yellow shirt expecting trouble is played by Mikkel from Small Film. We might have missed a great acting talent there. The production company is surprise, surprise Small Film with director Michael Pfleghar and producer Elisabeth Enstad. Post production by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. The involved are Thomas Løvig (editor), Bengt Ove Sannes (online and colour grading) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design).

MORE COSINESS ON A FRIDAY FROM KIMS POTATO CHIPS. NOBODY MASTERS THE ART OF BRINGING THE REALITY OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE IN NORWAY TO THE SCREEN LIKE DIRECTOR JENS LIEN. WITH THE NEW COMMERCIAL FROM KIMS, HE CONFIRMS EXACTLY THIS.

Young and old, unknown and known (?!) stars like Chand and the bundle of charm from Tangerudbakken are singing seemingly from the bottom of their heart: There will be no good times, joy or family happiness if the potato chips from Kims is forgotten... on a Friday. The selection of participants is impressive, representable (yes, I believe so) and of the highest quality. The grown-up boys in the sauna, the colourful girls in the kitchen, the kids in a day-care centre and the nuclear family – we are all included in this rather questionable tradition that takes place on an ordinary Norwegian Friday. Lien has even made room for posters from his latest feature film ”Sønner av Norge” (= Sons of Norway) behind the very happy immigrant family from Pakistan. This is good stuff from the production company Einar Film og Fortellinger and the producers Guri Neby and Therese Bøhn. Post production by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Johannes Ringen. Enjoy!

COMING UP: A CLEVER FILM FROM A CLEVER DIRECTOR. THE NEW COMMERCIAL FROM FELLESKJØPET DOES NOT SPARE ON ANYTHING, NEITHER SETTING, VISUAL EFFECTS OR THEME. PLAYING WITH STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICE, IT IS ALL ABOUT URBAN PEOPLE AGAINST COUNTRY PEOPLE.


The great divide in our society: The peasants with caps and chequered flannel shirts against the affected pen-pushers with slicked down hair. The urbaners need some serious help, according to this film. We are helplessly trying to get our gardens and other outdoor locations in shape without knowledge and with poor tools like scissors and handsaws. Then, The Others arrive - the farmers besiege the suburbia. Hordes of them. Are they a threat? No, certainly not. They have competence, know how and the right tools to help us getting things right on the blink of an eye. What a commercial from director Roar Uthaug. One thing is to manage to scare us to death with the feature film Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey, 2006). Another thing is to create a sense of uneasiness and uncertainty in seconds with a film from the not so scary Felleskjøpet. We at Hocus Focus really look forward to Uthaug’s next feature film ”Flukt” (=Escape), released at Norwegian cinemas in September 2012, according to the plan. The production company is Fantefilm with producer Hugo Hagemann Føsker. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus. Lots and lots of colour grading and online are done by Haavard Albertsen. For instance have all the clouds been exchanged and people and tractors have been added. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.

THE DETERGENT MILO HAS EXCHANGED THE MAN WHO GAVE WOOLLEN CLOTHING A FACE WITH A MORE COLOURFUL WOMAN. THE ONE AND ONLY VEGARD ULVANG WITH HIS BLUE, RED AND WHITE OUTFITS ARE REPLACED BY THE PURPLE, PINK AND MULTI-PATTERNED KARI TRAA.

With great inventiveness and charm, the product supplier Lilleborg manages yet again to firmly establish something as boring (we have to be honest here) as liquid washing powder in a pink plastic bottle as interesting, attractive and great fun. The always sparkling Kari Traa in self-designed woollen underwear is using purple coloured sheep to illustrate when to use Milo. It only includes some basic mathematics and percentage calculations. Then it is time to put the sheep in a nicely drawn washing machine, and pour some equally nice drawn Milo in the machine. Easy peasy, and personally, I must admit that I can smell the scent of Milo, which is bringing back a sense of nostalgia and early childhood. Excellent work by the production company Trøbbel Film with director Ubbe Haavind and producer Miriam Pedersen Eeg. Post produced by Hocus Focus and a rather new bloke in town; Jon Anders Klausen. Edited by Thomas Løvig, online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Don’t forget those sheep!