Loving Vincent: First Painted, Animated Film Brings the Story and Work of Van Gogh to Life [includes slideshow and video]


Loving Vincent

If you love Van Gogh’s work, if you admire animated film, or if you’ve ever dreamed of paintings coming to life, you’ll want to see Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent features over 120 of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, leads us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death. Vincent wrote in his last letter: “Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings”, and that is what we are doing- letting his paintings tell the story of what the painter had inside his heart, and ultimately, what happened to him.

Was it suicide, or was he shot? And if it was suicide, what would have led him to such a dramatic act, when he at last was gaining recognition for his work?   [Loving Vincent Kickstarter]

It’s an ambitious project thought up by Dorota Kobiela and currently in production with Hugh Welchman and a team of producers at the Oscar-winning studio BreakThru Films.

The technique being used is labour-intensive with a large team of painters creating a massive collection of work to produce the material needed for the final film.

PAWSEvery film you see is actually a collection of still images, played back at a speed that makes it appear to be moving. In our film about Vincent Van Gogh, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE individual images will be a painting in the style of Van Gogh. That means our 40 painters … will create 56,800 PAINTINGS to make this film!!  [Loving Vincent Kickstarter]

The project is currently in the final stages of pre-production and a Kickstarter campaign has been started to raise money to take the film to completion.

Think it sounds interesting? Check out the stills from the project in the slideshow below:

 

And be sure to watch the project’s introductory video:

* Story via io9.


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