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Land of Mine (2015) (Lighting Breakdown)

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Director: Martin Zandvliet


Cinematographer: Camilla Hjelm


Production Designer: Gitte Malling


Gaffer: Noah Lynnerup


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


There is an intense high-key light in the beach scene where most of the visual action occurs, and some soldiers lose their lives trying to get back home. The color palette 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 many 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. Still, they survived, which, with the characters' darkness, makes them look like they were 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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