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THE 23TH AND 24TH OF MAY WAS PERFECT DAYS TO BE IN HORTEN FOR A VERT SKATER.

That’s right, vert (as in vertical) skateboarding is here to stay and for some early summer days, national as well as international performers and fans gathered for ramp skating at the Hang-Up vert contest in Horten Skate Park. With high-flying jumps and jams, the skaters excelled with incredible achievements in the more than 13-meter wide ramp.
The driving forces behind the arrangement are enthusiasts Martin Haavde and Gunnar Løge. Løge has built ramps for skaters in Norway for many, many years. He has put down endless hours to help skaters and the excistens of a skater environment. Haavde is a vert skater with many years of experience, and impressively enough he is still going strong with high class and great style after the age of 40. He will continue to create a vert happening that encourages vert skating and helps recruiting new skaters, as well as giving the more experienced riders a goal to push for.
Hocus Focus saw this arrangement as a great event and took the opportunity to make a contribution - with pleasure. There was no official prizemoney included in the contest, so part of the first prize was a top quality promotional film from us. Mats Hatlem - Norway's greatest skating talent at the age of 14 - won the whole competition. Together with his father Petter Hatlem, Hocus Focus put together Mats’ film worthy a champion, edited by Thomas Løvig and colour graded by Mathias Theissen.
Mats Film

With the joint efforts of every guy and doll in Hocus Focus, two additional films were also made for various purposes.
One main film “HANG UP”, directed by Kristoffer Klunk, shot by Martin J. Edelsten and Magnus Flåto, with additional photo by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Henrik Berge. Editing by Henrik Berge and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen. Much thanks to Lemaitre for great music and free use of the excellent “The friendly sound”.
Hang-Up Main Film

Ove Kenneth Nilsen has edited a short promotional film for the arrangement, and again, much thanks to Torgny Amdam who has given us free use of his music from his new album “Oil panic” – mixed by our own Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Colour grading by Haavard Albertsen.
Promo Film

Conclusion: A great experience with an equally great result. We at Hocus Focus are thankful and inspired by all the energy from the crew and contestants of the event and by taking part in the production from A to Å.

VITAEPRO DOES IT AGAIN, JUST BIGGER! THIS TIME HÅVARD BAKKE IS REPLACED BY LISA STOKKE, OF LONDONS WEST END FAME. ALTHOUGH HÅVARD HAS A LITTLE APPEARANCE AT THE END.

Directed by Mikkel Ohrvik. Produced by Rut Solli and Small Film. Post production by Jon Anders Klausen and the Hocus Focus crew: Editor Thomas Løvig. Grade by Haavard Albertsen. Online by Mathias Theissen. Sound design by Erik Ljunggren. Music and lyrics by Torstein Bieler.

FIVE NEW CHANNEL IDENTITY PROVIDERS FROM THE NORWEGIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION ARE RELEASED THIS SPRING. THERE IS ALWAYS A TOUCH OF MAGIC CONNECTED TO THE IDENTS FROM NRK.

It is like the institution is building its brand of quality, innovation and knowledge by creating these eight seconds of everyday pleasure, realism, fantasy and colourful beauty. As when hundreds of young Norwegians are jumping up and down in front of a stage in the rain at Rådhusplassen in Oslo and the giant blue ball that exemplifies the dot in the NRK logo is bouncing between them. That is what we would call poetic realism. So is the blue ball bouncing down the stairs close between summerly dressed legs and feet, and the spectacular view from an air balloon. However, the one ident from the city with a small crowd looking up into the sky, is pure magic. The idents are as up-close and personal as they are commonly recognisable, so perfectly balanced and put together – the background, the colours, the sound design. Yes, the NRK idents continue to be small pieces of art that brighten up our television days. Directed by Jan Otto Wiig and shot by Simon Hawken. The 3D animation is created by Tor Øra. Post-production by Hocus Focus with editing by Thomas Løvig, colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes and Haavard Albertsen. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen.

JAMES BOND IS BACK IN BUSINESS. THIS TIME THE MAN IS ON A MISSION TO GET HOLD OF PRODUCTS AND THINGIES TO HIS MAGNIFICENT CAR FROM GS BILDELER – NORWAY’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT PROVIDER OF BITS AND PIECES TO BMW.

James Bond is back in business. This time the man is on a mission to get hold of products and thingies to his magnificent car from GS Bildeler – Norway’s largest independent provider of bits and pieces to BMW. The location appears as grand as it should be, with roaring helicopters, high mountaintops and test dolls on fire. Men and women in white coats add an aura of intelligence and innovation to the setting. Even Q is in place, accompanied by Hocus Focus’ very own Shanon Moratti in the background. Besides being an extra, Shanon made a Behind the Scenes-film from the shooting – a highly recommended production, great fun and for your eyes only at this web site. The commercial is a Small film production with a high level of ambition from director Michael Pfleghar and producer Elisabeth Enstad. Post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus with excellent sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Offline by Thomas Løvig. Online and colour grading by Haavard Albertsen.

THE LATEST CAMPAIGN FROM KIWI HAS FREQUENTLY POPPED UP ON YOUR TELEVISION-SCREENS FOR A WHILE. BUY ONE - PAY FOR ONE. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THIS SLOGAN WOULD HAVE ANY IMPACT ON ANYONE.

Is that really a great offer – something to advertise? Yes, it sure is. Every day is a new opportunity to give some considerations to what we consume, how much food we buy and the cost of it all. For our wallet, of course, but more importantly, for the environment (just about here, the Kiwi-film shows some footage of an ever so pretty, beige cow, looking accusingly at us). Nobody sees the point in buying more products than we need - we just do. All those plastic bags and all that garbage – why do we take the three-for-one offer, when we only need the one? It is a thought-provoking question that desperately needed to be asked, and Kiwi took the challenge with a little help from One Big Happy Family. Directed by Ubbe Haavind and produced by Mone Mikkelsen. Post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Rolf Thomas Løvig, colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.