I saw the trailer for Loving Vincent earlier in the year when it was first uploaded. Quite simply – it is both awesome and beautiful!
Then I started reading the story behind the making of the movie, which, on its own, is quite breathtaking in the complexity and enormity of its production. Loving Vincent is to be the world’s first painted film.
For it we will have to paint over 62,450 frames of painting on over 1,000 canvases. We shot the film with actors, and now we are literally painting over it frame by frame. This is a very laborious and time-consuming process. It has taken us 4 years to develop the technique, and it will take us 1 year with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens to complete the film.
The reason we are doing it is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life.
An amazing undertaking, which reveals itself as even more impressive the more I delved into the movie’s website: Loving Vincent. Explore how the film is made by viewing anyone of a number of short videos on the website. This one, for example, explains how the artists paint every shot with oil paints on canvas.
I can’t wait to see the finished movie!