A work of passion worthy of Van Gogh…
This film is everything audiences expected and so much more. The world at large will get the film in just 24 hours. Release is immenient on our favorite retailers set for tomorrow, January 26, 2018. Yes, I have my pre-order in.
Will more animated film makers take inspiration from the new, hand painted film, Loving Vincent? Not many things in the world inspire us like the art of Vincent van Gogh. Did someone say it couldn’t be done? The trailer below is breathtaking proof that it can and the sheer scope of the accomplishment is staggering. Be sure and watch it.
Having recently watched Loving Vincent I can truly attest to the fact that is flat-out astonishing. I have always loved the artist work, and bringing us the tragic mystery of his last days, personal friends, towns folk where he lived, and letters he wrote in moving paint is breathtaking. The story is simple, this is a mystery that really cannot be solved.
The story is also a supposition. A letter written by van Gogh, and the young man who sets out to find it’s recipient and uncovers more and more of the contradictions in Vincent’s life, and his death. The story tells the present in Vincent’s colors and the recollections of the stories told by the characters are in a smoothly transitioning black and white that lends the action filmed and actors performances seamlessly into the film.
“On 29th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story.”
The world’s first fully hand painted animation feature, each of the film’s 62,450 frames are oil paintings on canvas, replicating the same technique as the work of Van Gogh. Each and every brush stroke. Over two years in production, with 125 artists participating to hand paint over live action filming.
The painstaking recreation of Van Gogh’s art to perfectly recreate the technique of his works, bringing to life to the story of this tortured man who, on the cusp of success, apparently committed suicide. The mystery remains to this day and has both fascinated millions and broken their hearts with this tale for 117 years.
As the first animated feature length film to use oil on canvas paintings to animate, Loving Vincent uses a combination of live action actors, painting and CGI to mold together the paintings into a fluid rendition of the mysterious life and death Van Gogh.
Creating a style that is spectacular in its renditions of 120 of Van Gogh’s paintings and the signature thick strokes and passionate use of colors and perspective that distinguished his art.
Artists and animators started each painting as one of the featured works. The team then painted and photographed each board as an independent cell utilizing a Canon D-20. Each cel was painted again and again until the last cel. The audience will experience nearly 65,000 actual oil paintings.
Loving Vincent is available on DVD and Blu-Ray for pre-order on Amazon and for download on Itunes as well as the msuic of the beautiful soundtrack.
The film brings the following stars to animated life as the people portrayed in Van Gogh’s work. Cast: Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street) Saoirse Ronan (Oscar Nominee Brooklyn), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) Douglas Booth (Noah) Directed by – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman Writing Credits , Jacek Dehnel, Hugh Welchman
Production Companies, Odra Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych, BreakThru Productions, Silver Reel, Trademark Films Released November 05, 2017
Awards to date include:
Golden Goblet – Best Animation Film -Shanghai International Film Festival 2017
Most Popular International Feature – Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 NBR Award – Top Ten Independent Films -National Board of Review, USA 2017 European Film Award – European Animated Feature- Film European Film Awards 2017
See more of the back story, the artists and the studios at http://lovingvincent.com/