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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.

COMING UP: NEW PROFILE FILMS FROM KRYSTAL GRØNNSÅPE (=SOAP). DIRECTOR JOHANNE HELGELAND AND THE PRODUCTION COMPANY FANTEFILM HAVE CREATED THESE FILMS WITH A SOFT, IDYLLIC AND FEMININE TOUCH.

It might seem like a sweet proposal to the 70s generations and those older, who perhaps had more “washing-friendly” mums, than the younger ones (where is the hired cleaner?). We can sense the smell of the original grønnsåpe while watching the commercials. Together with the easygoing music and the total harmony of mum, dad, cute kid, even cuter dog and a nice house, the nostalgia is complete: We want more Krystal grønnsåpe. If you are one of those who are more interested in the smell than in the washing, a hot tip is to put out small plates filled with a dash of soap under the sofa and other hidden places. It works every time... Productionwise, the soap needed some help and major efforts from Hocus Focus and our online- and VFX guys Haavard Albertsen and Bengt Ove Sannes. The result is shining, sparkling and brilliant. The films are produced by Elle-Beth Lønnestad and Hugo Hagemann Føsker, and post produced by Henriette Carlsen and Hocus Focus. Ove Kenneth Nilsen has edited the films and the HQ scanning of the 35 mm films is done in-house at Hocus Focus by Ole-Arild Svendsen. Sound design by Anders Mørk and Johannes Ringen. Stopp is responsible for development and Onelight.

A REAL FISH SOUP WITH A CAPITAL R TAKES TIME TO MAKE. THIS YOU MUST KNOW. THAT IS WHY ONE OF NORWAY’S LARGEST PROVIDER OF FOOD – STABBURET, FOUNDED IN 1943 – HAS MADE SURE THAT ALL OF US ALL-TOO-BUSY PEOPLE ALSO CAN ENJOY FISH SOUP.

By doing all the work for us, of course: Cutting the vegetables, cutting the fish and pouring the wine. The stroke of genius is to freeze and dry it, for so to split the good stuff in a double bag. One for the fluid and the other for the rest of the ingredient. And there you have it, an excellent fish soup. It is only for you to pick it up in the store and it is ready to be cooked with a little milk. The production company Fredrik Fiction has produced this tasty commercial, directed by Stig Svendsen. Post production by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour graded by Haavard Albertsen and VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Johannes Ringen. Enjoy!

THE SEASON OF AUTUMN IS ALSO THE SEASON OF LAMB. ANIMASJONSDEPARTEMENTET (= THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMATION) HAS CREATED THE LATEST FILM FROM GILDE, A COMPANY AND BRAND OF NORWEGIAN MEAT ESTABLISHED IN 1964.

Lamb is not “only” lamb. We have for instance lamb chops, we have leg of lamb, we have saddle of lamb and we have roast lamb. However, we are here talking about a gourmet tenderloin of lamb from Hallingskarvet. The film is a combination of 35 mm film and classical animation, and it looks great. Following a hand and the fine lines of coloured pencils sketching mountains, grass and lambs, the illustrations works perfectly together with the pronounced dialect of the voice-over. As we get a lecture of certain obviously very nutritious and healthy flowers and plants to eat for our future dinner (Sølvbunke, Fjellsveve and the famous Setermjelt), we also believe we get a taste of the untouched Norwegian nature with the lamb beef. Well done by producer Jakob Thomessen and director Martin Engh. The film is scanned at Hocus Focus in-house GoldenEye scanner. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen, colour graded and VFX by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Frode Løes Hvatum and Lydhodene.

A NEW AND FUNNY CAMPAIGN FROM HöRMANN INDUSTRI- OG GARASJEPORTER (INDUSTRIAL- AND GARAGE DOORS).

With three short films, all gone in 15 seconds, has director Kaveh Tehrani managed to create great humour out of sliding doors – well done. We must agree with the vocal of the country-inspired song, where the lyrics goes something like this: “... we just can’t get enough”. And we can not get enough of the tiny, detailed worlds inside of the garages. Worlds in small spaces and with activities that no one could have imagined would be there, are revealed as the doors slide open: The world of the golfers, the ice-skater and the vine producers. The small glimpses of strange worlds are followed by the perfect slogan: UNCOMPROMISING PASSION, UNCOMPROMISING QUALITY. Excellent from the production company Babusjka and producer Marthe Haakensen Rønning. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Mathias Theissen (colour grading and VFX) and Johannes Ringen (sound design). For more fun, or simply sliding garage doors, take a look at www.hoermann.no