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POSTEN IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SERVICES IN THE LONG STRETCHED COUNTRY OF NORWAY. WE ALL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR LOVED ONES RECEIVE THEIR BIRTHDAY PRESENTS IN TIME OR THAT THEY GET THINGS FORGOTTEN OR OTHER IMPORTANT MUST HAVES SAFELY BACK.


This fact might have overshadowed the other services so important to us from the old but transformable Norwegian state institutions with a long history of serving the public. The old dinosaur has also managed to keep up with time. In these digital times we must not forget the service Digipost. A film promoted this service a while ago, and it includes a very sweet dog that first deliver mail from the mailbox (paper in case you have forgotten) but ends up delivering a computer to his master. The production company with the descriptive name of ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY has made a sweet film with useful information about Digipost, which can make your day just a little bit simpler by helping you receive your mail digitally. We are here talking about important mail such as invoices, health- and insurance papers, letters from public services and so on. Directed by Mathis Fürst and produced by Helene Hovda Lunde. Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour grading by Haavard Albertsen, online by Mathias Theissen and sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. For more information, take a look at www.digipost.no

WE HAVE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT A SAVIOUR IN MANY NORWEGIANS EVERYDAY LIFE, NAMELY KIWI. THE FOOD SUPPLIER WITH A GROCERY STORE ON EVERY CORNER. KIWI IS A FIGHTER.

Always coming up with new areas of commitment and important ways to get us - the consumer - to buy the right kind of products. These areas of commitments lead to a whole lot of commercial films and marketing. In many years Kiwi has for instance focused on fruit and vegetables, and told us through our television screens how it materialises in good deals in their grocery stores. Now is a new film out there, informing us about "nøkkelhullsproduktene". Just as in real life, it had to be a very young man serving the cash register, who has been giving the task of telling us about the food products with a keyhole. It is all very recognisable - the youthness, the greeness in colour and the greeness of foods. What does the keyhole means, exactly? Well, the food- and health authorities in the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark have established the keyhole as a common symbol to make it easier for the consumer to choose healthier alternatives in particular groups of foods. So there you have it - from the production company One Big Happy Family. Directed by Sebastian Torngren Wartin, produced by Helene Hovda Lunde, post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. Thomas Løvig (editor), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading), Mathias Theissen and Zoltan Farkas (online). Last but not least, Johannes Ringen (sound design). Be inspired to a healthier (and cheaper?) life.

COMING UP: WE ARE TALKING TELECOM, MOBILES, COVERAGE AREAS AND LOCK-IN PERIODS. THESE ARE EVER SO IMPORTANT ISSUES OF OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE.

In a new campaign from the production company Small Film, Spaceworld tries to help us out with our struggles of communication (with a little help from the giant Telenor). Help with what? Well, to get the best out of our cell phones - which one to buy, where it works and why it is not scary with lock-in agreements. A sympathetic and charming young man walks and talks a great deal about his sister, who we actually also do meet. The locations sweep recognisable places such as Oslo’s Blå and Solli Plass, and the wild mountains of Norefjell. However, the most fascinating part of the films is the use of a film title as slogan: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (=Bind meg! Elsk meg!). To use Pedro Almadóvar's movie classic from the year of 1990, really spices up the whole concept of telecom vocabulary - if you ask me. Really refreshing from director Michael Pfleghar and producer Elisabeth Enstad, who managed to complete the Spaceworld films faster than lightning. Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. With Henrik Berge (editor), Mathias Theissen (online and colour grading) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design). The conclusion must be, no matter where you are, and whom you need to get in touch with - don't be afraid to be tied down.

IT HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A WHILE, BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE IT ANY LESS BEAUTIFUL: THE SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO DU ER NÆR (=YOU ARE CLOSE) FROM THE NORWEGIAN SINGER AND ACTOR GUNNHILD SUNDLI.

The opening sequence of the sky, seagulls and the city of Oslo creates a kind of poetic realism that remains throughout the video. The low-key song provides calmness and the lyrics do the same. It is all filled with safety, honesty, faithfulness and love. Gunnhild has the exceptional ability to sing and perform in such a way that overcomes what might have been perceived as clichés if done bye other artists. With a voice clear as a bell and a genuine honesty of every word she is singing, it is simply lovely. The images from Fantefilm live their own life in a way, as they tell fragmented stories in black and white and colour about skating boys, old, suspicious ladies, about a man and a dog and about sweet Gunnhild. However the song and the images are brought together in a soothing paste - almost like they are dancing. Directed by Sara Gabriella Rønneberg and produced by Audun Lynghol Wittenberg. Post produced by Pia Nyhus and Hocus Focus: Edited by Henrik Berge, online and colour grading by Mathias Theissen. For more high-key tones from the Norwegian X-Gåte vocalist, close your eyes and check out the album "Tankerop".

COMING UP: A PREMIERE FROM A NORWEGIAN SUPERSTAR. THE ONE AND ONLY MORTEN ABEL. THE KING OF POP AND OUR HERO FROM STAVANGER IS FINALLY LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW SONG TOGETHER WITH A GRAND MUSIC VIDEO.

No one will be disappointed – neither musically nor visually. As catchy and weird as ever before, we are taken back to the old days in a sort of ghostly version of Downton Abbey, with great costumes, masters and servants. There is no secret, of course, that Mr Abel is the master. However for the rest of the music video, expect the unexpected. With movements of grace and sophistication, Morten Abel yet again throws an indescribable spell on his viewers and audience, like he has done for more than two decades. A little more than enthusiastic, I must admit that we are. The production is impressive, moving from colour to black and white, having a story line and using the lyrics of Mr Abel in a brilliant way. Honour and glory to the directors Lars Åndheim and Ola Martin Fjeld, and the production company Go Happy with producer Miriam Pedersen Eeg. Hocus Focus would like to take the opportunity to spread a little stardust over our own team, especially Mathias Theissen and his excellent VFX-work and colour grading. Editing by Henrik Berge and opening sequence sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Post produced by Pia Nyhus. Enjoy the fabulous songwriter and entertainer Morten Abel, who never is or can be lost.