Helden des Lichts

Helden des Lichts

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Lords of Light Two lighting technicians are called on set to replace a broken lamp – a seemingly simple task.


Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival, Germany
Filmkunstfest MV, Germany
Filmz, Germany
Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, Germany


A studio exercise for film school. One day of shooting, 100,- budget and no expectations. We wanted to keep it simple and decided to let the action take place in a film studio. Bad decision. That way we had to build a set as well as a studio.

This was my first comedy. I knew both of the actors very well and had them in mind while writing the scene, which made developing the gags a lot easier. Here we have two typical clown figures: The bossy White Clown and August – the fool that sabotages the former’s authority.

I have always been fascinated by theatre’s ability to simultaneously reveal and uphold illusions – something that is rarely done in film. Since we were working in a studio setting where a fantasy is being created anyways, I thought I’d give it a try. And it worked: One character pulls the other up to the ceiling and the image holds, although the wires are clearly visible.


Written and Directed by – Diego Hauenstein, Paul Sonntag

Producer – Christine Duttlinger

Cast – Jonathan Bruckmeier, Jürgen Herold, Johanna Niedermüller

Cinematography – Isabelle Caps-Kuhn, Alexander Kühn

Production Design – Alexa Klett

Editing – Quirin Grimm

Location Sound Mix – Felix Mott

Casting – Diego Hauenstein, Juliane Voigtländer, Silvia Stark

Sounddesign – Paul Powaljaew

Recording Sound Mix – Paul Powaljaew

First Assistant Director – Ares Ceylan

Credits: Diego Hauenstein