Being described as ‘the world’s first feature-length painted animation’ - this forthcoming film will tell the life story of Vincent van Gogh through over 120 of his own oil paintings. Loving Vincent, has been produced by the Oscar-winning animation studio Breakthru Films who brought together the skills of over 100 painters who were trained specifically to mimic van Gogh’s own technique and brushstrokes; each and every frame is composed of actual, hand-painted artworks which in the era of complex CGI animation techniques is both rare and magnificent.
Together, the artists produced multiple versions of Gogh’s work each with subtle variations so that, when stitched together they form moving scenes with every second of the film featuring a total of 12 oil paintings.
Although the directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have yet to announce a release date, they shared this stunning visual trailer last week. Van Gogh’s brushwork is especially suited to animation: his swirls and broad, fluid lines-on-canvas already give the illusion of motion, so the medium of film promises an even more dynamic viewer experience. The ripples created on screen make details like water and smoke particularly hypnotic, constantly engaging the eyes.
This film has been over a year in production and was actually crowd funded through Kickstarter. The plot draws over 800 of van Gogh’s own letters documenting the artist’s troubled life, right up to his death in 1890.