The upcoming documentary about the life of Vincent Van Gogh looks as beautiful as a painting… literallyLet your inner artist rejoice because the first trailer for the upcoming film Loving Vincent was released this week― and it's stunning. The film, directed by Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela, stars Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, Douglas Booth, and Chris O’Dowd, and tells the story of the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. But the real kicker: the film is made entirely with his own paintings brought to life through animation. It began with a Kickstarter campaign two years ago. This turned into a revolutionary idea from Welchman and Kobiela to use oil painting to bring the story to life. Every single frame of the film is a different painting. Every. Single. Frame. Each second of the film requires 12 frames. Chief animator Piotr Dominiak did the math for us all, and it comes to about 57,000 hand painted frames needed to complete the film. About the project, Welchman told Voice of America, “On a daily basis, I go between thinking we're completely inspired, we are doing something no one's ever done, we're going to do it and I also think this is insane, there's a very good reason why no one has ever tried to make an entire film out of paintings.” In the same interview Kobiela expresses that Van Gogh himself keeps her inspired. She says, “He said we can only speak through our paintings. And these words were very important for me and they were actually the reason we are making this film like that,”
"On a daily basis, I go between thinking we're completely inspired, we are doing something no one's ever done, we're going to do it and I also think this is insane, there's a very good reason why no one has ever tried to make an entire film out of paintings." ― Hugh WelchmanOf the plot, not too many specifics are known, however, according to Upworthy, the plot is based on 800 of Van Gogh’s personal letters. The film uses these letters to form a narrative to show his life, and ultimately his untimely suicide. If this is not enough to get you excited for this movie, perhaps the chance to be a part of it will. The film’s creators are inviting talented oil painters to contribute work for the film. Remember, they need 57,000 paintings, so I’m sure they could use your help. If selected artists complete a three-week intensive training to learn how to mimic van Gogh's style of painting, as well as how to use the technology that animates the art (Upworthy). You can apply here, and look for Loving Vincent coming to a theater near you later this year.
Credits Words by Nailah Bakari GIFs via 'Loving Vincent'