Hey there Femm readers. I wanted to share with you guys an awesome film that came out last October in the U.K. and was up for best animated feature this Oscar season. This film is would be, Loving Vincent. Even though the film was nominated it lost to the more popular Disney/Pixar film, Coco. The film is about the troubled painter Vincent Van Gogh and what happened to him during his last days on this Earth. But the extraordinary part of this movie is that it’s the first animated oil painted film. I discovered a behind the scenes news clip just the other day for it. The video I watched was featured on the BBC News network. The film itself was done by Breakthru Productions in Sopot, Portland.
In the news video the Co-director of the film, Dorota Kobiela, explains the process of the film. At first, it was supposed to a short film that ended up becoming a feature-length film. They filmed some live action shots with a green screen effect and edited other scenes with the painters. The painters themselves would paint the acting scene and each actor to get an accurate painting done. Over a hundred artists from around the world came together and created the 65,000 paintings that made up this film. One of the artists interviewed in the video was Marlena Jopyk, who explains the process of an animation shot she painted. She had to paint a woman turning and had to do twelve paintings with the same background as the woman turned in each one. The first few moments of the turn are about once second of animation.
This film stars the actors Robert Gulaczyk as Van Gogh, who was painted for around six months. The movie also has the actors Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin, Jerome Flynn as Doctor Gachet, and Helen McCrory as Louise Chevalier. You can watch this movie on Amazon Prime for just five dollars. I will leave a link to the BBC News video in this post as well. ‘til next time.