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COMING UP: THE RELEASE OF AN IMPORTANT AND INFORMATIVE FILM FROM THE NORWEGIAN CHURCH AID AND THE ACTALLIANCE.

The film is created and produced on the basis of supporting a good cause by the production companies Babusjka and Olafilms, the advertising agency Anorak and the post production company Hocus Focus. Mr. Nicken’s alarmclocks are the centre of narrative attention, and the film is full of humour and warm wit. Shoot on location in Johannesburg and the area of Soweto Township, the images are speaking a fascinating language, whereas a clear message is coming together at the end. The struggle to make poverty history must be fought on many fronts simultaneously. Norwegian Church Aid has three main working methods, and one of these is the focus on long-term development. And this is what Mr. Nicken is talking about. As he tells us that he loves all clocks, including the classic ones (the roosters) and that he simply loved waking people up as a kid, he also tells us that we need to wake up. Charity can only reach so far, and what will create change are investments in local businesses and work for especially young people. The bottom line is: “The Norwegian oil fund can create millions of jobs, but only 1% is invested in those countries that need it the most. Let’s wake up the politicians”. Directed by Stian Smestad, produced by Håkon Sørensen and Babusjka. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen, sound design by Erik Ljunggren. So let’s go and find some more information at www.sendenvekker.no

THE WELL-KNOWN TV-CHEF LISE FINCKENHAGEN HAS SPENT THE SUMMER VISITING FARMERS ALL OVER NORWAY, TO TASTE AND TALK ABOUT THE SEASONAL TEMPTATIONS.

These glimpses of colourful vegetables, fruits and berries create the latest commercial campaign from Bama and the Norwegian/Los Angeles based production company The King of Popcorn. Director Sten Hellevig takes us to the most beautiful places in Norway and provides us with plenty of knowledge and arguments for choosing Norwegian products. Roy Hasle’s carrots in Østfold, Thorleif Muller’s strawberries from Nøtterøy and Jan Ove Nes in Hardanger, where you can find the best plums, of course: All the products reeks of quality. And the series of films look as crispy and fresh as the fruits and vegetables they represents. Norwegian nature and health at its best. Produced by Terez Hollo Klausen and Håvard Hana, post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. A lot of films demand a lot of people: Edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, Henrik Berge and freelancer Vesa Happonen. Excellent colour grading that set you in a summer mood, by Haavard Albertsen. Online by Bengt Ove Sannes and sound design by Christian Schaaning, with contributions from Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Enjoy and stay green and healthy.

NO WONDER THE LATEST COMMERCIAL SLASH MUSIC VIDEO FROM THE PRODUCER OF THE DIETARY SUPPLEMENT VITAEPRO IS CATCHY. THE SONG "DET FUNKER FOR MEG" (=IT WORKS FOR ME) IS WRITTEN BY THE KING OF COMMERCIALS, TORSTEIN BIELER/UTE TIL LUNSJ.

VitaePro is known for using real people with real experiences from using the product - preferable good ones of course. The transformation from lazy and slow to bubbly and full of energy has been a recurring theme the latest years. The same concept is taken further in this latest production from VitaePro and the production company Small Film. However, we simply love the new grand and surprising twist - turning the commercial into a kind of musical. The great Håvard Bakke is as good as a pale, rusty and worn out guy as the sparkling, singing and revitalised handsome man in the office. It must be lovely for Mr Bakke to finally make an appearance in front of the camera, after doing the voice on all those packshots in previous commercials for VitaePro. Backing up his forceful and convincing performance is no less than a group of cheerleaders - the one and only Viqueens. Yes, there is a lot of energy and controlled jumping going on. This is certainly a highlight of a long career of many VitaePro films from the production company Small Film, director Mikkel Ohrvik and producer Elisabeth Enstad. The same goes for Hocus Focus and post producer Ole-Arild Svendsen, editor Thomas Løvig, and Bengt Ove Sannes doing the colour grading and online work. For more information about VitaePro, take a look at www.vitaepro.no

COMING UP: A SHORT FILM ABOUT DREAMING OF A BETTER LIFE - FROM DIRECTOR FARZAD SAMSAMI AND THE PRODUCTION COMPANY BLINKFILM. THE YOUNG BOY FOAD IS LIVING IN A COASTAL TOWN IN MOROCCO.

We get a glimpse of how he manages to make a living in the slow-motion of an opening sequence. In the warm and sandy landscape, beautifully depicted by photographer Philip Øgaard, a bunch of men in all ages including Foad are running. They are running after a white bus filled with tourists, trying to sell their treasures (not exactly artefacts) to the wealthy whites. One day Foad gets a business idea and he teams up with "the Norwegian guy who has become fat, and not yet returned to his homeland". The man’s name is Ole, and he is trustworthy played by Trond Høvik (remember him from for instance "En helt vanlig dag på jobben" from 2010 and “Alt for Egil” from 2004?). The film is current and contemporary in every way - both thematically and productionwise. And although it has the serious and dark theme of poverty, humanity and humoristic spirit define the film. A must see from director Farzad Samsami. Produced by Trude Refsahl and Njaal Lambrechts. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, grading by Mathias Theissen and online/VFX by Zoltan Farkas. Sound design by Lydhodene.

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE MUSIC VIDEO NILSEN ON YOUTUBE CREATED MASSIVE CHAIN-REACTIONS IN SOCIAL MEDIA. THE RAPPING AND RHYTHM IS COOL OF COURSE, BUT IT IS HOWEVER THE LYRICS WHICH HAS MADE AN IMPACT.

Particularly on Oslo girls and boys, I would imagine. Don Martin wanted to create his own Oslo-Anthem, and his subjective description of Norway's capital city is obviously recognised and shared by the many. And Don Martin might have a point, feeling the need of updating the beloved songs about Oslo from our most treasured artist - "I am so Oslo that you can call me Nilsen. Rudolf, Lillebjørn, Joachim. Choose which one". Note that the lyrics originally are in Norwegian. As a matter of fact, it is the first time Tommy Tee - the Godfather, the Master and the Veteran of Norwegian Rap - has tested how it feels to rap in his native language. Quite interesting, and as a true Oslo-man himself, it indicates that he really, really recognise the city of Oslo as his partner describes it. Shot in black and white, but relivingly free of gloom - it is down to earth realistic and uplifting. Hear, hear and well done by director and producer Kristoffer Klunk. Honour and glory to editor Henrik Berge too, who loves his work so much that the music video is cut after ordinary working hours at Hocus Focus.