Norwegians cause splash with Titanic spoof

With more than 15 million views in less than two weeks, two Norwegian film students have scored a massive YouTube hit with their trailer for a “Super 3D” version of blockbuster movie Titanic.

Norwegians cause splash with Titanic spoof
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Stian Hafstad and Christer Larsen marked the 100th anniversary of the ship’s ill-starred maiden voyage with a clip starring themselves alongside a cast of characters that includes exploding passengers and a stormtrooper from Star Wars.

Going by the name PistolShrimps, the pair have been posting their parodies to YouTube since 2008, but their real breakthrough came when they uploaded the Titanic trailer on April 7th, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.

“It quickly became our most viewed video,” Hafstad told the newspaper.

“It still has about 730 million fewer hits than Justin Bieber though, so we’ll maybe have to start working a bit harder.”

Hafstad is studying film at Columbia University in New York, while Larsen works for a film company in Bergen.

They began collaborating after meeting up as film students in Bergen and realizing that each harboured dreams of starring in a Harry Potter movie.

Six months later, they donned their school uniforms for debut roles in “Harry Potter and the Outcasts of Hogwarts”.

“We haven’t earned any money yet, but our aim is to make a living in film, TV or the internet,” said Hafstad.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.