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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...

THE MAJOR COMPANY TELENOR SEEMS TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT THESE DAYS. ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE BROADER NORWEGIAN MARKED OF TELECOMMUNICATION USERS.

We dare call it a stroke of genius to snatch the actor Viktoria Winge to front a new campaign for the mobile subscription Komplett. The girl with a hundred faces manages without words to tell us every thought that runs through her head when different and funny situations occur in her life. All tied to the mobile, of course, but perhaps that is why the films are easy to identify with. The mobile phone is deeply incorporated in our lives and we recognise the crises when it’s not working: The dates we might miss and the information we can’t remember. Honour and glory to the advertising agency Dinamo and the production company Pravda. Directed by Andre Øvredal (Trolljegeren/The Troll Hunter, 2010) and produced by Erik Schøien. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus: Henrik Berge and Patrick Larsgård (editors), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading and online), Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design).

THE BEACH, SAND AND SUN. THE ANSWERS TO ALL OUR DREAMS, CAN IT BE BETTER? YES, BECAUSE WHEN BEACH LIFE INCLUDES A BARKING DOG, SCREAMING CHILDREN, ANNOYING MOBILE TUNES, LOUD TEENAGERS AND ALL THAT OTHER NOT SO CHARMING ACTIVITIES ON A PACKED SPACE, YOU NEED SOMETHING ELSE.


The production company Trøbbel has created Bladcentralen and the piles of different magazines the company distributes as “the something else”: KK, Det Nye, Nemi, Tara, Elle, Familien and hundreds of other readable titles. The time-out bubble you need, is actually there and created by Norwegian Ink. It looks smashing, and we love it. The summer nightmare, turning into summer idyll in less than 30 seconds, is directed by Ubbe Haavind and produced by Miriam Pedersen Eeg. Haavard Albertsen has done a nice job with the colours, giving the film that warm, sunny feeling. And there is no wonder why Henrik Berge is getting an increasingly number of commercials to edit. He is good, and so is Preben Grieg-Halvorsen, who designed the sound from scratch as there was no recorded noise on the shooting. Post produced by Henriette Carlsen and Hocus Focus. If you want to create your own bubble, take a look at the magazine selection at www.dintimeout.no and Magazine Yourself.