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WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE FIRST AND FABULOUS TRAILER FOR THE UPCOMING MOTION PICTURE ELEVATOR, DIRECTED BY STIG SVENDSEN.

The trailer is edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen and Thomas Løvig, with sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen and colour grading and VFX by Haavard Albertsen. The music is created by Themepark.no ELEVATOR was shot at Panavision studios in Los Angeles during fall 2010 and is an American-Norwegian co-production from Quite Nice Pictures in association with Tappeluft and Hocus Focus. The final cut is now locked, and we are continuing this exciting production journey with sound mix, VFX and colour grading behind closed doors at Hocus Focus. Watch this space! Follow the making of ELEVATOR at Facebook

DID YOU KNOW THAT WE NORWEGIANS EAT 10 MILLION CRACKERS EVERY YEAR? THAT MEANS MORE THAN 2 KILO CRACKERS ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. ACCORDING TO SÆTRE, THE PRODUCER OF CAFé BAKERIET, THESE ARE THE FACTS.

Another fact is that Sætre and the familiar cock-in-the-sunrise logo, going strong from 1983, has a market share of more than 60 per cent. Hence big business and well done! Back to those amazing crackers and cookies: The commercial of the day might get us to eat even more crackers, because you can now get those splendid delights with both dark, not so dark and even white chocolate. If that is not tempting enough for you, it is also revealed that it is MORE chocolate as well. Yes, half the cookie is chocolate. Is it possible to ask for more? The commercial with lovely pieces of chocolate in free drift is shot on a Phantom high-speed camera, directed by Mikkel Ohrvik and produced by Rut Solli and Smallfilm. Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus: Bengt Ove Sannes (VFX supervisor on the set), Thomas Løvig (editing), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading and VFX) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design). Enjoy!

COMING UP: A UNIQUE COMMERCIAL AND A PRODUCT OF GLOBAL COOPERATION. HOCUS FOCUS LOVES TO CROSS BOUNDARIES AND HAS PREVIOUSLY WORKED OVERSEAS WITH LAIRD & PARTNERS IN NEW YORK FOR DKNY, AMONGST OTHERS (TAKE A LOOK AT WWW.LAIRDANDPARTNERS.COM).


We have the latest week been equally impressed by a production team, coming all the way from India. Ravi Udyawar is an acknowledged commercial film director in India, and he brought his latest Tuborg film for the Indian market to Norway, Oslo and the house of Hocus Focus for post production. The film is shot in Mumbai and its purpose is to promote the distinguished Danish brewing company from 1873, which has been part of Carlsberg since 1970. Carlsberg aims very understandably to increase its market share in an ever-expanding Indian market. It was a pleasure to work with Mr Udyawar and his producer Kalpana Udyawar, and we are already looking forward to further cooperation. The controller for the post production is Hanamade Projects, and Saatchi&Saatchi is the responsible advertising agency. Post production by Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour graded by Haavard Albertsen, VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes and Haavard Albertsen. VFX breakdown by Shanon Moratti and pixel wrangling by Vidar Stadheim. Post producer Ole-Arild Svendsen.

"ALONG HIS STRENUOUS JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE, A CHANCE ENCOUNTER FORCES A FEARLESS EXPLORER TO MAKE AN IMPOSSIBLE DECISION".

The up and coming writer and director Henrik Dahlsbakken has yet again created an impressive short film. Hocus Focus was fortunate enough to work on his last short film "The Time in Between" from 2010 - a beautiful film about the forbidden relationship between two young girls, filled with the tension and nostalgia of war. In this film, the narrative is set in the deserted landscape of frost and ice. MANNEN FROM ISØDET (= the man from icescape) is shot on 35 mm film on location at Svalbard. And it shows. A funeral in the deserted cold is taking place with a sparse cross and weather-beaten faces. The colours are frozen and the visuals give minimalism a new meaning. Not a word is spoken and the frame is filled with solitude and the sound of the wind and storm. These are powerful images, which tells a fascinating story. I would boldly say, this is no less than film art. Take a notice of this man's name, and you will see brilliant films in the future. Produced by Northern Lights Pictures, with Janne Lindgren behind the camera. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Rolf Thomas Løvig, colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and VFX by Haavard Albertsen, Bengt Ove Sannes and Gimpville. Sound design by Håkon Lammethun and Lydhodene.

WITH 26 UP AND COMING DIRECTORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE ABCS OF DEATH ANTHOLOGY IS REFERRED TO AS PERHAPS THE MOST AMBITIOUS FILM ANTHOLOGY EVER MADE.

The director Thomas Malling, who made the incredible “Norwegian Ninja” in 2010, is one of the chosen directors. Inspired by children’s educational books, what soon will become a feature film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters; each guided by an assigned letter given to the different directors. The sum of these parts, from A to Z, will be The ABCs of death and the horror of 26 different ways to die. Malling was given the letter H, and as the other directors, he was given free reign in choosing a word as the basis for creating a short story. Embrace yourself – the key word is H… Hocus Focus has been so lucky as to work with Thomas Malling in post production most of January to complete his part of the film. With each and every image needing VFX, it has been a lot of work and a lot of fun putting all the effects together. To tease the H, it takes place in a stripping club during the Second World War, where Bertie the Bulldog and Frau Scheisse hook up. We can say as much as someone will die, in a very, very painful way. An exciting project and an exciting film, from the production company Fantefilm with the producers Hugo Hageman Føsker and Elle-Beth Lønnestad. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes, Ove Kenneth Nilsen, Mathias Theissen, Shanon Moratti and Haavard Albertsen. Colour grading by Haavard Albertsen. Original score by Johannes Ringen and sound design by Rune Baggerud. This highlight of a horror anthology will be released in 2012, so watch this space.