Loving Vincent

Van Gogh has always been interesting to me. His art style stood out and each piece is truly recognisable as a Van Gogh, at least to my eye, and his story is intriguing and dramatic and growing up learning about him he definitely stuck out. He was a man who never sold his own masterpieces, but did in fact sell many paintings working for art dealers during his life. Sadly he never really made a success of himself and seemingly went mad, going so far as to disfigure himself gruesomely. A tragic but brilliant man who produced some of the greatest art ever made. I really enjoyed the Dr Who episode where he featured as a character, I can’t help getting choked up when Bill Nighy is describing the genius of Vincent Van Gogh, with Vincent in the room just being overwhelmed by it all, im not sure how this is relevant really, but its emotional! Dr Who can be a bit hit and miss sometimes (forgive me Whovians) but some episodes are truly fantastic pieces of television.

Anyway this animation looks really promising and boasts itself as the first fully painted animated feature film.

Loving Vincent is an investigation delving into the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

This description sounds like the film will be a bit of a thriller, the characters look fantastic so far, i love using characters from his paintings to tell the story.

Loving Vincent features over one hundred and twenty of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, lead us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death.

The fact that it features his work and the story is taken from letter he penned himself has got me really excited to see what they have come up with. It looks like it could be the most amazing tribute to an artist that’s ever been made, it really looks like a labour of love.

Each of the film’s 62,450 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as van Gogh, created by a team of 85 painters.

The painters/animators are professional oil painters who were retrained to be animators as well, which was funded partially through a kickstarter and also the Polish Film Institute. ‘Loving Vincent’ is directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (Oscar winner for producing “Peter and the Wolf” 2006). The film is produced by the Oscar-winning Studios Breakthru Films and also Trademark Films.

This next video is the ‘concept trailer 2012’ and offers a better insight into the finished project and the direction it looks to be headed in, and it looks really good!!

I’m not sure if there is a release date, or if its even finished (we have the trailer but who knows), but I’m really looking forward to seeing it when it does come out, and maybe it will inspire a new generation of artists and animators!

 

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