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COMING UP, A TALE OF FISH AND STRENGTH, FREELY ADAPTED FROM THE FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS ORIGINAL WEBSITE: THE YEAR IS 1864 AND NOTHING MUCH IS HAPPENING IN THE FISHING PORT OF FLEETWOOD, LANCASHIRE. APART FROM FISHING, OF COURSE. BUT THE WINTER STORMS AND HIGH SEAS HAVE TAKEN THE FISHERMEN’S SINUSES. ONE YEAR LATER, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED.



The Fleetwood chemist James Lofthouse has invented Fisherman’s Friend. First as a liquid, and then in packets of “little friends”. It changes the fishermen’s lives. Now they’re breathing deeply of the crisp clean sea air. They’re dancing jigs in the street, singing lusty sea shanties and the smell of fish has been replaced by menthol and eucalyptus. Isn't that a wonderful story? The production company Trøbbel Film and director Ubbe Haavind has taken the tale fast forward up until today, highly dramatic with grand music and with an intense feeling of windy England. There are now billions of Fisherman' Friends produced in the town Fleetwood each year by the same family firm Lofthouse. Norwegians are eating most Fisherman's per inhabitant in the world. Rather fascinating, and we wonder if it might have something to do with the weather... Produced by Miriam Pedersen Eeg and post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour grading and online by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Continuously strong!

FLT IS THE ABBREVIATION FOR FORBUNDET FOR LEDELSE OG TEKNIKK (= THE NORWEGIAN ENGINEERS AND MANAGERS ASSOCIATION). AND WHAT IS THAT? WELL, THAT IS A PART OF THE NORWEGIAN CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS (LO), GOING STRONG FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AND DECIDEDLY THE LARGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKERS' ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY.



FLT believes, according to their website, that “when many stand together, we can achieve results for the individual”. After this short introduction, back to the film: The one thing communicated in this short information / promotion film is that FLT can help you moving forward in your carrier and your working situation. It is really funny, the way they are playing with every prejudice against local government employees or other so-called office hackers. Depressing offices, all in grey and white and only coloured by a bunch of post-its. The fun fact of the day: The nervous guy in a yellow shirt expecting trouble is played by Mikkel from Small Film. We might have missed a great acting talent there. The production company is surprise, surprise Small Film with director Michael Pfleghar and producer Elisabeth Enstad. Post production by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus. The involved are Thomas Løvig (editor), Bengt Ove Sannes (online and colour grading) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design).

COMING UP: A CLEVER FILM FROM A CLEVER DIRECTOR. THE NEW COMMERCIAL FROM FELLESKJØPET DOES NOT SPARE ON ANYTHING, NEITHER SETTING, VISUAL EFFECTS OR THEME. PLAYING WITH STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICE, IT IS ALL ABOUT URBAN PEOPLE AGAINST COUNTRY PEOPLE.


The great divide in our society: The peasants with caps and chequered flannel shirts against the affected pen-pushers with slicked down hair. The urbaners need some serious help, according to this film. We are helplessly trying to get our gardens and other outdoor locations in shape without knowledge and with poor tools like scissors and handsaws. Then, The Others arrive - the farmers besiege the suburbia. Hordes of them. Are they a threat? No, certainly not. They have competence, know how and the right tools to help us getting things right on the blink of an eye. What a commercial from director Roar Uthaug. One thing is to manage to scare us to death with the feature film Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey, 2006). Another thing is to create a sense of uneasiness and uncertainty in seconds with a film from the not so scary Felleskjøpet. We at Hocus Focus really look forward to Uthaug’s next feature film ”Flukt” (=Escape), released at Norwegian cinemas in September 2012, according to the plan. The production company is Fantefilm with producer Hugo Hagemann Føsker. Post produced by Lene Cathrine Albertsen and Hocus Focus. Lots and lots of colour grading and online are done by Haavard Albertsen. For instance have all the clouds been exchanged and people and tractors have been added. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.

THE DETERGENT MILO HAS EXCHANGED THE MAN WHO GAVE WOOLLEN CLOTHING A FACE WITH A MORE COLOURFUL WOMAN. THE ONE AND ONLY VEGARD ULVANG WITH HIS BLUE, RED AND WHITE OUTFITS ARE REPLACED BY THE PURPLE, PINK AND MULTI-PATTERNED KARI TRAA.

With great inventiveness and charm, the product supplier Lilleborg manages yet again to firmly establish something as boring (we have to be honest here) as liquid washing powder in a pink plastic bottle as interesting, attractive and great fun. The always sparkling Kari Traa in self-designed woollen underwear is using purple coloured sheep to illustrate when to use Milo. It only includes some basic mathematics and percentage calculations. Then it is time to put the sheep in a nicely drawn washing machine, and pour some equally nice drawn Milo in the machine. Easy peasy, and personally, I must admit that I can smell the scent of Milo, which is bringing back a sense of nostalgia and early childhood. Excellent work by the production company Trøbbel Film with director Ubbe Haavind and producer Miriam Pedersen Eeg. Post produced by Hocus Focus and a rather new bloke in town; Jon Anders Klausen. Edited by Thomas Løvig, online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Don’t forget those sheep!

THE 8TH OF MARCH, IT IS TIME FOR MORE HELLSTRØM. NORWAY’S OWN MASTER CHEF IS ABOUT TO FIND HIS INHERITOR IN THE UP AND COMING TV-SERIES «HELLSTRØMS MESTERKOKK» AT TV3. ACCORDING TO DAGBLADET, THE SERIES IS A COMBINATION OF THE OTHER FAMILIAR SERIES “MASTERCHEF” AND “HELL’S KITCHEN”.


The promo from director Thomas Malling and the production company Fantafilm is indicating just that. A nice, friendly and obviously inspired chef is running through the streets of Oslo. In a funny and parody-like version of the very long and very famous run of Mr Rocky Balboa (Rocky, 1976), the chef is running past Pizza da Mimmo, towards Vigelandsparken. Accompanied by unbeatable music, more and more chefs are joining in, and of course ending up at the bottom of the reverend sculpture Monolitten, where a very though Eivind Hellstrøm is standing with his arms crossed. This is not about participating; this is all about winning – if you had any doubts about that. It will be a hard match. As hard as a good, old Rocky boxing match - Oh Yeah! Produced by Elle-Beth Lønnestad and post produced by Pia Nyhus and Hocus Focus: Thomas Løvig (editor), Mathias Theissen (colour grading and online) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design). Watch this space at TV3. It is not the first time Hellstrøm is bringing food to the people through our TV screens, with a lot of huffing and puffing. Excellent entertainment!