Darkness for Light

UK – VFX Project – 2015

Stephan Bookas (writer-director)

STEPHAN BOOKAS, VFX participant, Cross Channel Film Lab 2015 Training Workshop 1,A German-American London-based director, writer and cinematographer, Stephan has shot films across Europe, Russia and Asia as well as the US which have been screened at internationally acclaimed festivals and have had cinema distribution.  As a London Film School alumnus and through his travels he has built an international network of filmmakers that he calls upon and works with.  He is currently in pre-production for a feature film set in the US and working on an animation feature and is gathering experience and knowledge working on international big budget, VFX-heavy features.

Jules Gladys (producer)

JULES GLADYS, VFX participant, Cross Channel Film Lab 2015 Training Workshop 1,Jules Gladys was born in Berlin, Germany, and has produced and directed many documentaries about German history and the Berlin Wall, as well as the German parliament, which have had worldwide distribution on an educational level.  Her most acclaimed documentary portrays some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Jonathan Meese, and premiered at the Art Forum Cologne.  With her company Rosemilk Ltd, Jules presented Indian directors with their short films in Cannes in 2014.  Now based in London, she packages feature films as independent producer.  Currently Jules is co-producing a comedy directed by Stephen Cookson and starring Timothy Spall, with principal photography commencing in 2015.


In 1930s Germany, Julian, a blind boy, dreams of travelling the world, but his dream is shattered by the war and the darkness it holds.  The three time periods in the story are interwoven as we follow what happens to Julian and his sighted friend Kaspar as they relate to the story of James Holman, who, in the 19th century, was the first blind person to travel the world.  Darkness for Light is told from the perspective of the blind main character’s perception.  The simplicity of animation can attempt to emulate how a blind person experiences the world, based on actual research and discussions with blind people and through close work with organisations working with the visually impaired.  Thus, sounds, touch and smell are translated into visuals as the viewer discovers the world within him.  People appear and disappear from the hero’s consciousness and so come in and out of our vision the way they would to him.  Sound also plays a huge part in this and determines what we can and cannot see, or perceive, in the film.