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MCDONALD’S LOVES THE NORWEGIAN FARMER. ACTUALLY, THE GIANT COMPANY LOVES THE HARDWORKING FARMERS SO MUCH, THAT A FOUR MINUTES COMMERCIAL FILM IS DEDICATED TO THEM.

Qvisten Animation and director Petter Jahre have produced a one-of-a-kind story of friendship in which puppets on strings held the main characters. The American street artist Ricky Syers has handmade the two good friends – the farmer and the restaurant worker – who stick together through the good times and the bad. Their relationship is that of silence and to describe this very special bond – no other than Ronan Keating and his “When You Say Nothing at All”. The song is originally a country song, however Mr Keating took it to number one at the charts in 1999, as it appeared on the soundtrack to the film Notting Hill. Well, now it is the soundtrack of a slightly shorter and less romantic story of Norwegian rural life and the way they nurture their potatoes, salads and cows. The quality of what the farmers produce equals the quality of what McDonald’s can offer - so there you have it.
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Post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editor), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading and VFX) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design).

THE LATEST CAMPAIGN FROM TANGRYSTAN IS ALL ABOUT THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF OSLO POINTING A FINGER AT ITS INHABITANTS AND SAYING – PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER, PEOPLE!

The reason for this adult education-like message includes a green bag and the sorting of recycleable leftovers, which obviously isn’t good enough. The film communicates loud and clear. However what we love about it is the fabulous panoramic view of Oslo city including Barcode and Plaza Hotel, accompanied by an excellent constructed and fictional watertank. This for the purpose of exemplifying the scale of waste they are talking about – and it works both visually and textually. The film is directed by Andrea Eckerbom and produced for Internet. The campaign also includes large outdoor boards, with the intention of reaching and reminding even more citizens of Oslo.

Post-production by Hocus Focus with editor Henrik Berge, Mathias Theissen was VFX supervisor on the set, colour grading and VFX by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.

IT’S A SMALL STEP FOR MENY, BUT A GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND WHEN ALL SALT IS REMOVED FROM THEIR LINE OF GROUND MEAT.

Utilizing old footage from the Apollo moon landings, the creative team from Kitchen and producer Caroline Werring from The Film Agency give life to Neil Armstrong in the new spot for Meny.

Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus: Editor Henrik Berge, online/VFX and grade by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Adrian Strumse, and music by Indianarane.

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.

A NEW YEAR ALWAYS BRINGS WITH IT A FRESH START FOR A WHOLE LOT OF TV-SERIES. APPEARING ON OUR SCREENS THESE DAYS ARE NO LESS THAN THREE AWESOME NORWEGIAN SERIES PARTLY POST-PRODUCED AT HOCUS FOCUS.

Yes, we have been busy in 2014. But finally, we can brag about yet another season of HELT PERFEKT. About season 4 of the situation comedy slash mockumentary, we can only say that it is getting better and better. Thomas Giertsen and Ine Jansen are totally believable, and scene after scene are so embarrassing to watch, that it really hurts – well done. We are eternally grateful to contribute to this series, this time with online work by Shanon Moratti. Produced by Feelgood. Great humour as well, as we are invited by TVNorge to COSTA DEL KONGSVIK. Lene Kongsvik Johansen leaves the schoolsystem in Norway behind and brings many of the beloved characters to a charter hotel at Gran Canaria. Wenche is tired before she gets there, of course, Birgitte is desperate to save her marriage and the lovely Alfa male Alexander are ready to use a couple of trick to seduce the ladies. To be continued… Colour grading by Mathias Theissen and effect shots by Bengt Ove Sannes. Produced by Seefood TV. There is also much to laugh about, when you tag along PÅ TUR MED DAG OTTO. However of a more existential kind. Without a bike, but with great dreams and many challenges to do things he never has done before, it is at times a tough ride. His partner in crime Kristian Ødegård is still by his side, which is a good thing. The former bicycle champion managed to scare us all as he began spitting blood in the middle of a triathlon in England. Which leaves us with the questions: Is sport really healthy and how will all of this end? Tune in on recommendation from Hocus Focus. Colour grading by Mathias Theissen. Produced by Seefood TV.