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NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM THE BAND DESERT SOUL. THE SWEDISH DIRECTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER IS THE BY NOW HOCUS FOCUS FRIENDLY AXEL LINDAHL. WE HAVE WORKED WITH AXEL AT PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS LIKE “DU PAQUE” AND “LA GRANDE BOUFFE”, AND HE IS A PARTICULARLY INSPIRING AND SYMPATHETIC PERSON TO WORK WITH.


We appreciate that such a substantial and acclaimed photographer prefer to do the post-production on his work in Norway. As in previous work, there is no easy access to meaning or narrative. It is more an immediacy, an impact of the senses caused by contrasts and ambiguities. The images are challenging and vary between clean and dirty, chaos and order, both aesthetically and filmatically. The film is shot on 35 mm, in addition to various other digital formats, to be able to create the visual particularities. A line from the lyrics emphasise the effect: “You love the way it hits you in the face”. Gender-bending and cross-dressing have still got it – the gift to shock. Post-produced by Hocus Focus and Lene Cathrine Albertsen, edited by Martin Stoltz Olsen and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen.

HOCUS FOCUS CONTINUES THE COOPERATION WITH THE SWEDISH DIRECTOR ERIK LISS. MOVING FROM WHISKEY COMMERCIALS AND CONTROVERSIAL FASHION PROMOTIONS, HIS LATEST WORK IS A MUSIC VIDEO.

The single WHEN THEY COME is from the Swedish band The Deportees´ latest album “Under The Pavement – The Beach”. The musical worlds of pop and soul are mixed together with a warmth that brings forward associations to other Swedish bands like Bo Kaspers Orkester. Words that spring to mind is calm, relaxed, reflected, drawn, and rebellious down to earth. However with an atmospheric sensitivity that Liss has managed to capture with great help from photographer Axel Lindahl and the extensive use of slow motion. Half dream and half documentary, raw and ugly, beautiful and poetic at the same time. The big question is; what are the roles of the half naked old guys in the story? A question Hocus Focus editor Martin Stoltz and grader Haavard Albertsen surely can answer.

COMING UP: IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET HIGHER? HIGHER IS THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE HOT, HOT, HOT TAIO CRUZ FEATURING THE MUSICAL PHENOMENON, ICON, ETERNALLY YOUNG AND FABULOUS KYLIE MINOGUE. TO DIRECT THIS DUO MADE IN HEAVEN IN AN EVEN HOTTER MUSIC VIDEO, WE HAVE NO OTHER THAN MR. ALEX HERRON.


Hocus Focus is very proud and fortunate to be involved in a production of such a scale with an amazingly skilled director and his stars. The shooting of the video took place in London and our own Ove Kenneth Nilsen is responsible for the editing. Not by far his coolest editing job ever. It is certainly not everyday business-as-usual for the by now blazed Haavard Albertsen either, to get the change of doing beauty work, VFX and finishing on Kylie Minogue. Herron has previously worked together with Hocus Focus on several music videos from Taio Cruz and hopefully there are more to come. We love every minute of it. Have a look, be impressed and watch this space! Production by Pulse Films.

COMING UP: A NEW, PROVOKING AND UNIQUE MUSIC VIDEO “WALK STRAIGHT” FROM THE SWEDISH DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER DUO ERIK LISS AND AXEL LINDAHL. SEE AND LEARN. ONCE AGAIN IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET A LECTURE IN VISUAL AESTHETICS.

The opinions about this piece of work will undoubtedly be many and divided. The video is bold and brave. It takes you to the edge of what you might not want to see and it might be experienced as scary, violent and obtrusive with its inclusion of a lot of flesh, muscles, latex and leather. There is nothing straight about it. However, say and mean what you want about the content - it is a brilliant production. Consistent, complete and solid as a rock. Not a weak point in sight and we love, love, love it. The format is RED, the editor is Martin Stoltz and Haavard Albertsen is responsible for the colour grading. To be further inspired and provoked, check out previous production on our website: La Grande Bouffe, Self Portrait, Deportees and Everyone has a sin.

THE CORE OF CREATIVE ENERGY IN NORWAY IS ADMINISTERED HERE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTHFUL INSPIRATION AND PROGRESS LAYS IN THEIR HANDS. WOW, THAT IS NOT A SMALL THING TO HANDLE AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NORGES KREATIVE FAGSKOLE – OF COURSE.

Norwegian School of Creative Studies aims to educate people for a variety of professions within the creative industries, because creativity can be learned. Director Andreas Lisberg impresses with his advertising campaign debut for NFK. Surrounded by experienced people and crew, he makes brilliant films with a sparkle of freshness and innovation. We simply love the security guard with a hunch for huge light installations. The film is shot by Anders Flatland on Arri Alexa and with an “untouched” casting, the outcome is as young and charming as it should be. The production company is Paradox and, as always, the company and its producer Beate Tangre bring with them a mark of quality. Post-production by Hocus Focus and post-producer Henriette Carlsen. A double hurray for Henrik Berge’s second major editing job in a very short time (yes, we will soon stop counting). Online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen, sound design by Johannes Ringen and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.