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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.

CONFUSION, FEAR AND ALIENATION: LIFE BECOMES A NEVER-ENDING LINE OF QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS. THE SUBTLE AND QUITE FILM FROM THE DIRECTORATE OF HEALTH IN COOPERATION WITH SAATCHI & SAATCHI POINTS TO THE MUCH-FEARED ILLNESS OF DEMENTIA.

The aim is to lower the threshold of seeking help and talk to others about the creeping illness causing the known to appear unknown. Director Kristoffer Borgli and Fantefilm with producer Ellebeth Lønnestad manage to bring forward a sense of what it means not to remember the way back home. Wondering who is sleeping beside you in your own bedroom or what to bring from your kitchen to your living room. A world hard to imagine and very scary. A realistic world, edited by Thomas Løvig and colour graded by Haavard Albertsen from Hocus Focus. It is good to know that a campaign with such an important message will be given space throughout the winter, all the way to the Easter holiday in various media channels. For more information on how to help your loved ones, take a look at: www.helsedirektoratet.no/demens

TRIPOLI IS THE SECOND PART OF THE FILM AND VIDEO ARTIST KNUT ÅSDAM’S TRILOGY ABOUT PEOPLE, PLACE AND SPACE: ARCHITECTURE AND PEOPLE IN CHANGE. WE ARE MOVING FROM ABYSS AND EAST LONDON TO THE CITY OF TRIPOLI IN LEBANON.

Here, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer planned and started up one of the world’s most distinctive building projects in 1966. Niemeyer’s International Fairground was never completed because of the civil war. Today, it obtains significance by serving as a monumental graveyard to an “architectural relic of a stranded vision” and to a “vanished optimism in the Middle East”. The last film of the trilogy takes us back to more familiar places in Oslo and Groruddalen. A dark picture is often painted by the Norwegian media about this particular geographical area in Oslo with high immigration population, youth crime and “anti-human surroundings”. Åsdam has worked with the film using documentary conventions of research as opposed to the more fragmented narrative structure. The film “Grorud” is to be completed by the autumn of 2010 and the trilogy is given its own space at the honourable Tate Modern in London, October 2010. The three films are directed by Knut Åsdam and produced by Filmhuset with Anders Graham. Post production by Hocus Focus and producer Ole-Arild Svendsen: Edited by Mathias Theissen, sound design by Preben Grieg Halvorsen, colour graded by Haavard Albertsen