Land of Mine (2015) (Lighting Breakdown)

Director: Martin Zandvliet


Cinematographer: Camilla Hjelm


Production Designer: Gitte Malling


Gaffer: Noah Lynnerup


In post-World War II Denmark, a group of very young German soldiers is forced to clear a beach with thousands of land mines under it. In the group of ex-Nazi soldiers is the Danish Sergeant, who slowly will appreciate each one of them for their spirit.


There is a sharp high-key light in the beach scene where most of the visual action takes place and where some of the soldiers lost their lives trying to get back home. The color palette, I believe, follows classical war colors such as gray and green-brown. But what it's I find very refreshing it's that since it's a post-war film, they use a lot of blacks of the mines to contrast with the high key light, which makes the soldier's faces look extremely bright because no more bombs or soldiers are killing each other but they survived, which with the darkness of the characters makes them have a look of like reborn from the ashes.


Moreover, the interior shots keep a low-key light and a sharp fill light to give us enough vision to see the characters but not too bright to get the sense of loneliness and how it works that the protagonist, who is trying to earn their freedom, are hated in their surrenders due to the side they fought for.


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