We cannot speak other than by our paintings
Vincent Van Gogh
Loving Vincent is the first and only fully painted animated feature film. Created by Van Gogh’s admirers, it brings some of the artist’s most famous paintings to life, telling his story by his own work.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous painters. People from all over the globe recognize his beautiful paintings as well as his face due to a large number of self-portraits the artist drew for lack of models and money.
However, his undeniable talent is not the only thing the painter is famous for. Van Gogh is also widely known as a ‘tortured artist’ who cut off his own ear and shot himself. For us, his life is mysterious and full of secrets, which is why it’s worth exploring one more time…
Why should the story be told in paintings? Van Gogh himself answered this question saying that “we cannot speak other than by our paintings.”
Also, as the team making the movie claims, “we are not doing it because we want to be the first or set any records; it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings.”
To create a fully painted feature film with 12 oil paintings per second, the filmmakers needed no less than 62,450 paintings!
At first, the movie was shot with real actors (see here for the full cast), and now the artists are “literally painting over it frame by frame”. More than 100 painters are working on the task, and each of them was trained for 4 years to develop the right ‘Van Gogh style’ technique.
Right now the work is at its final stage, and the movie is going to be released in October 2017.
Loving Vincent is directed by Dorota Kobiela who used to paint before discovering film and animation. After a couple of years working in the film industry, Dorota realized that she missed the world of paintings, which gave her the idea for the movie about Van Gogh.
The film is produced by studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.
Watch the trailer to get the better idea:
Would you like to buy one of the paintings featured in the movie? Exactly 200 of them will be available for sale over the next two years!