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The filming for The Quake is underway

After the massive success of 2015’s The Wave, the team behind Norway’s first-ever disaster movie are hard at work on the sequel.

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Opera House
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We met producer Martin Sundland and writer Harald Rosenløw Eeg from Fantefilm Productions at the Oslo Opera House, one of several Oslo locations to feature in their upcoming film The Quake. The film is set to premiere in August of 2018, and tells the story of a giant earthquake hitting Oslo, which isn't as far out as it may sound.

"I’ve always loved disaster movies. They’re emotional and have the most dramatic scenes. And then I started thinking, hell, it’d be really fun to make one, just once. But that idea quickly got shot down, because, you know, the premise of a meteorite hitting Norway, or that aliens come to visit our city, it’s just not really realistic", says Sundland.


Many will probably agree with Sundland on this. But then, in 2007, he stumbled upon an article that changed everything. The article was written by a senior researcher at Norsar, and was about the real-life earthquake that shook Oslo and areas around the city on 23 October 1904. The quake did some real damage, and was estimated to be around 5.4 on the Richter scale. But what really got to Sundland was the researcher writing that it could very well happen again. This story served as the inspiration for Fantefilm Productions (where both Sundland and Rosenløw Eeg work) latest project, The Quake.

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Martin Sundland, Harald Rosenløw Eeg
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"Norwegians are a little too quick to say “this will never work”"


Rosenløw Eeg and Sundland’s films are the first of their kind. Disaster movies are expensive, and a lack of funding can often mean the death of any ambitious project. But money isn’t the only reason we haven’t seen any disaster movies in Norway.


"I honestly think part of it has to do with courage. Norwegians are a little too quick to say "this will never work, we’re not good enough"", says Sundland.


"I don’t think there are a bunch of disaster films that were never made because the filmmakers never got the funding to do them. It has a lot to do with daring. Daring to tell yourself that "I can make this!"", says Rosenløw Eeg.


A big thank you to Oslo


Shooting a major motion picture in Oslo isn’t a walk in the park, but Sundland tells us that Fantefilm’s collaboration with the city of Oslo has been impeccable from day one.


"We feel like they took us seriously, and that the city is working with us towards putting Oslo on the map. It’s hard to film in Oslo, many logistical challenges, so I want to thank Oslo. They’ve really shown that they want to help bringing filmmakers here."

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Opera House
Photo: Didrick Stenersen/VisitOSLO

Nature is the boss


Both Rosenløw Eeg and Sundland consider themselves Osloites, and have had many discussions as to what iconic Oslo buildings will suffer in The Quake. And even though natural disasters aren’t exactly everyday occurrences in this city, Rosenløw Eeg acknowledges Oslo’s unique relationship with mother nature.


"We like to think we live in this urban centre, but the forests are only a five minute metro ride away, and the fjord is right there. We think we’re so far away from nature, but it’s dangerously close…"


Before going back to set to film more disaster scenes, Sundland jokingly pitches what works as a possible tagline for The Quake, and a snappy headline for this article:


"Visit Oslo before it’s too late!"