Intrigued by the cinematographer Dan Laustsen? Read more to find out about his net worth, his films and other interesting facts.
Who is Dan Laustsen?
Dan Laustsen was born in 1954. He is a Danish cinematographer and a member of the Danish Society of Cinematographers. Dan Laustsen graduated from the Danish National Film School in 1979. He has been in the field of cinematography since four decades now and has been nominated several times. Laustsen has won many prestigious awards, mainly the Robert Awards. Dan Laustsen has collaborated with the Danish director, Ole Bornedal repeatedly on films like ‘Nightwatch’ and ‘Just Another Love Story’. Lasutsen has also collaborated internationally with Guillermo del Toro, notably on the films, ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘The Shape of Water’. Laustsen is known for his work on films like ‘Silent Hill’ and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. His film, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a visual treat. His film, ‘Silent Hill’ was a psychological horror and mystery movie which was directed by Christophe Gans. In 2001, the film, ‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’ was released. ‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’ was released in French, German and Italian and Dan Laustsen has rendered his cinematographic skills to the movie. Dan Laustsen was born in Aalborg, Denmark to parents, Aage Aarup Laustsen and Ellen Laustsen. He studied at the National Film School of Denmark from the years 1976 to 1979. There he studied cinematography as he always wanted to pursue a career in that. Laustsen has been involved in the production of feature films, documentaries, and advertisements. The film, ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ was released in 2017. Dan Laustsen has done noteworthy work in the film as the cinematographer of the film. ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is about a retired super-assassin John Wick, whose plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favors. The 2015 film, Crimson Peak was about an Edith who ignores her father’s warning and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe. When she arrives at the Sharpe mansion, she learns about her husband’s secrets and realises that the place is teeming with ghosts. Dan Laustsen has done excellent cinematography in the film, ‘Crimson Peak’.
The following is a list of his awards: *In 1982, Lausten won the Bodil Award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Gummi-Tarzan’.
*In 1984, Lausten won the Robert Award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Isfugle’.
*In 1989, Lausten won the Robert Award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Skyggen of Emma’.
*In 1990, Lausten won the Robert Award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Miraklet i Valby’.
*In 2003, Lausten won the Robert Award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘I Am Dina’.
Net worth of the cinematographer
The net worth of Dan Laustsen is $3 million.
An interview with ‘The Shape of Water’ cinematographer
The film, ‘The Shape of Water’ follows a budding romance between a janitor and a fish-man in a 1960’s Baltimore laboratory. The cinematographer Dan Laustsen faced difficulties when it came to filming two worlds at the film’s center. The first was a world of whimsy and sheer beauty and the other, a high contrast world of deep shadows and moments of unexpected, brutal violence. In a recent interview with the cinematographer par excellence, he gets candid with his experience while filming. The first challenge that he faced was when Del Torro opted for color instead of black and white, as the film was intended to be made, at which point the film became all about “colors, feelings and atmospheres. Another challenge for the project came in the form of the dry for wet process, whereby light shot through smoke was used to create the illusion of moving water. In deciding when and where to use these techniques, and when to go for the real thing, Laustsen managed to create the greatest bits of magic in the film. On being asked as to what was his first impression with the script of ‘The Shape of Water’, he replied saying that initially he laughed at the concept of filming a love story between a fish and a girl. The story was to be done in black and white which intrigued him but later the director changed the entire concept of colors and the warmth emanating from different hues. Laustsen was asked whether Torro showed him some other films or references as examples to give him an idea of his vision to which he replied, that they watched an old black and white movie together and then they watched ‘Crimson Peak. They discussed about the costumes and lightings only to get the feel of the movie. The language they spoke with each other during the filming of the movie was not that a common person would understand. The reason why Laustsen was able to replicate the exact vision of what Torro had in mind was because they both understood the world of colors, understood the same camera movements and could understand each other’s vision well. Together they have created a masterpiece which is a must to watch.
Dan Laustsen has been nominated for Oscar 2018 for Best Cinematography for his film, ‘The Shape of Water’. Oscar 2018 will be held on March 4, 2018.