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THE TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY NETCOM HAS JOINED FORCES WITH TELIO SONERA. SUCH A MAJOR CHANGE DEMANDS A NEW PROFILE AND PURPLE IS THE NEW “IT”-COLOUR. HOWEVER, NETCOM IS KEEPING SOME OF ITS ORIGINAL IDENTITY, STATED WITH THE SLOGAN; ONCE A CHALLENGER – ALWAYS A CHALLENGER.


The film is shot in Budapest and according to producer Beate Tangre, the city is a perfect location for a production like this. We might add that to rent an entire fun fair in Scandinavia probably would have cost a fortune and blown the production budget out of proportions. The film is lovely shot by Anders Flatland on our favourite Arri Alexa. The visual expression is taken further with a modern but retro colour grading by Haavard Albertsen, Hocus Focus. The grading emphasise Netcom’s new profile colour perfectly and the humour is also in place as Thomas Løvig has edited the project. On top of all that is some authentic fun fair techno-music created by Johannes Ringen. And there you have it: The new Netcom film. The production company is Paradox and the director is Trond Fausa Aurvåg. Post produced by Henriette Carlsen and Hocus Focus.

IT SIMPLY IS AN ACHIEVEMENT. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO LINK ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BAND IN 1993 WITH NORWEGIAN HAM? CRASH TEST DUMMIES AND HAM? PERHAPS YOU MUST BE AN AWARD WINNING AGENCY TO DO SO.

Bates is pulling of the story in cooperation with Jens Lien, a director of an Oscar-candidate-of-a-film. Director Jens Lien is pulling off this amazing story with great humour and a dash of naive Norwegian charm. A sweet girl is serving the visiting stars bread with ham. A cracking sight of the band with their backs to the camera, eating in delight, is the trigger to their major hit – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. It’s liberatingly funny and I will always think of Crash Test Dummies as I eat my ham in the morning. Mr. Lien’s already critically acclaimed feature film SØNNER AV NORGE simply must be great, so run to the cinema near by. The production company is Einar Film & Fortelling and the producer is Guri Neby. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editing) and Haavard Albertsen (colour grading and online). Sound design by Håkon Lammethun and Lydhodene.

THE PRODUCTION COMPANY BABUSJKA IS ON A FLOW THESE DAYS. NOW, WITH DIRECTOR MADS RØNNING AND PRODUCER MARTHE HAAKENSEN IN THE FRONTLINE, THE COMPANY HAS CREATED SEVERAL NEW AND FINE FILMS FOR THE WELL ESTABLISHED FOOD PROVIDER BRAND TORO.

Quite amusingly, Toro write on their homepage that one of the most frequently asked questions in Norway is: What’s up for dinner? The films answer this question and thus strengthen the claims from Toro to have some of the countries best answers of what you should eat: Whether it is young ones with chefs’ hats making pizza, or older ones showing that Toro’s dry products are made of the best of the best of raw materials. Even if you don’t agree, who can resist Toro’s tomato soup..? The advertising agency is Dist Creative and post production by Hocus Focus: Editing by Henrik Berge and Thomas Løvig. Online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen. Sound by Rune Baggerud and post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen.

THE DIRECTORS EVEN BENESTAD AND AUGUST BAUGSTØ HANSSEN HAVE SPENT THREE YEARS TOGETHER WITH PUSHWAGNER, WHOSE ART IS AS UNIQUE AS THE PERSON. ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IN THE PRESENCE OF HIM, CAN DESCRIBE IT WITH THREE WORDS: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

This is what we, as an audience, will be lucky enough to partake in with this documentary. A journey that the directors have defined as frustrating, hysterically funny and rewarding. Hocus Focus is happy to have been involved in the film, even though on a minor level, as Ove Kenneth Nilsen has edited the trailer. However, we really do look forward to see a film with great promise at the big screen. PUSHWAGNER will have the honour of receiving its premiere during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, the 22nd of August. The regular theatrical release for the rest of us will be on 2nd of September. Produced by Indie Film and distributed in Norwegian movie theatres by Euforia Film. Enjoy!

COMING UP: A NEW SEASON OF THE VERY POPULAR AND HIGHLY DRAMATIC NORWEGIAN REALITY SERIES ROBINSONEKSPEDISJONEN. TO PROMOTE THE ADVENTURES PROGRAMMES, THIS TIME FROM THE CARAMOAN ISLANDS AT THE PHILIPPINES, DIRECTOR THOMAS MALLING AND FANTEFILM HAS PRODUCED A FILM FOR TV3.


It is obvious that a war is on the verge of breaking loose. Not only have the brave contestants been attacked by a cyclone that almost put a stop to the whole production. Internally, there is a war between the young ones and the old ones at the island. Put in such a perspective, the promotion film is hilarious. Preppy people in stripes, bright yellow, red, blue and green are coming towards us on the beach. Suddenly, a friendly clap on the shoulder ends up with one of the old ones being pushed to the ground. There is screaming of bad, very bad words (that we can see but not hear), and it all ends up with sand throwing on voluptuous young ones. A very funny film, parodying and ironising over clothes commercials and every stupid fight in feature film ever made. We can only imagine it all put in motion by the notorious conflict maker and program host Christer Falk. Produced by Hugo Hagermann Føsker, post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editor) and Bengt Ove Sandnes (online and colour grading). To be continued at TV3...