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WE HAVE MADE A VFX BREAKDOWN FOR THIS SEQUEL TO LAST YEARS "BØNDER I BY'N" FOR FELLESKJØPET. THE FILM FEATURES LOTS AND LOTS OF DOGS, AND EVEN THOUGH 75 DOGS WERE CASTED FOR THE FILM, THAT WASN'T ENOUGH.

Check out our little behind the scenes to see all the extensive work that went into this production. Original film was directed by Roar Uthaug, and produced by Fantefilm.

THE FILM EGRESS FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED NORWEGIAN ARTIST KNUT ÅSDAM HAD ITS PREMIERE AT OSLO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAST WEEKEND.

Åsdam creates his art through film, video, photography, text, sound and architecture, searching for and investigating the borders between the subject and its environment. ENGRESS is located in a gas station in the outskirts of Oslo. The main characters work at the gas station and at the bottom of the oil company hierarchy. It is in the outskirts both geographically and socially, which is a rather dark place to be. Even - or perhaps especially - in the most wealthy country in the world. EGRESS is also screened as a part of an installation Knut Åsdam is exhibiting at Trondheim Kunstmuseum and at the exhibition EDGELANDS at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, USA. The film is directed by Knut Åsdam, produced by Knut Åsdam and Leif Magne Tangen and shot by Martin Testar. Hocus Focus has worked with Åsdam on previous productions, and we have been given the opportunity and trust to do so again with EGRESS. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen, editing and colour grading by Mathias Theissen, VFX by Shanon Moratti and Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. To be inspired, take a look at the review in Artforum, where EGDGELANDS is the critics' picks.

COMING UP: A SELECTION OF LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL THEMED IDENTS FROM NORWAY’S LARGEST BROADCASTERS NRK.

A couple of years ago, the broadcaster of the public introduced new idents for its flagship channel NRK1, featuring a large blue ball, which appears in everyday Norwegian life. NRK1 previous idents had developed over ten years and featured scenery from around the country where some round object would form the "dot" in the R in the middle of the NRK logo. The blue ball was a new take on that idea, and the focus has shifted towards the people of Norway rather than the country itself. The blue ball is still with us in fascinating ways in the first three of the latest idents presented here: As a cricket ball in a match - thrown away and hitting the stumps hard. As a huge beach ball of which the youth in all its beauty is aiming at while jumping off the dock and into the water (is the summer really over?). And last but not least, as a ball stuck in the three. There is - and has always been - a touch of magic connected to the idents from NRK. It is like the institution is building its brand of quality, innovation and knowledge just by creating these eight seconds of colourful and imaginative glimpses of joy. Hocus Focus are therefore very proud to do a little cutting and brushing on the work of director Jan Otto Wiig and photographer Simon Hawken. 3D animation created by Tor Øra, editing by Thomas Løvig, Colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen. Watch this space - there are still five more brilliant channel identity providers to come.

COMING UP: A PREMIERE FROM A NORWEGIAN SUPERSTAR. THE ONE AND ONLY MORTEN ABEL. THE KING OF POP AND OUR HERO FROM STAVANGER IS FINALLY LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW SONG TOGETHER WITH A GRAND MUSIC VIDEO.

No one will be disappointed – neither musically nor visually. As catchy and weird as ever before, we are taken back to the old days in a sort of ghostly version of Downton Abbey, with great costumes, masters and servants. There is no secret, of course, that Mr Abel is the master. However for the rest of the music video, expect the unexpected. With movements of grace and sophistication, Morten Abel yet again throws an indescribable spell on his viewers and audience, like he has done for more than two decades. A little more than enthusiastic, I must admit that we are. The production is impressive, moving from colour to black and white, having a story line and using the lyrics of Mr Abel in a brilliant way. Honour and glory to the directors Lars Åndheim and Ola Martin Fjeld, and the production company Go Happy with producer Miriam Pedersen Eeg. Hocus Focus would like to take the opportunity to spread a little stardust over our own team, especially Mathias Theissen and his excellent VFX-work and colour grading. Editing by Henrik Berge and opening sequence sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Post produced by Pia Nyhus. Enjoy the fabulous songwriter and entertainer Morten Abel, who never is or can be lost.

YOU ARE EITHER EXTREMELY BUSY OR YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN A LONG VACATION IN ANOTHER GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY (I.E. OUTSIDE THE BORDERS OF NORWAY) IF YOU NEVER HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE ROCKA.

The feature film is already a much discussed and debated production, because it initially was declined ordinary public viewings at the cinemas in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Many thought this to be both film politically strange and unfair, as the reviews were good. Anyhow, the film belongs to a genre of our time, the mockumentary, and it tells the story about Big B Thunders. At the age of 44, he quit his job and follows his dream to become a rock star. Fat, forty and finished? Not at all. An hilarious comedy in all its embarrassment from writer and director Robert Næss, with Hans Bastian Borg, Thor Staff Christiansen and Brage Kvasbø. It is worth noticing that all of these Rock'n Roll guys are using their authentic names - in real mockumentary style - and of course they are meeting other authentic rock dudes, like Ronni Le Tekrø and Thomas Seltzer. Hocus Focus had the pleasure of helping with some post production on the film. Mathias Theissen has worked on colour grading and VFX. The DVD/Blu-Ray hit the street on the 27th of June, so go and get it!