A hand-drawn movie? Loving Vincent is just that, and the trailer is amazing

A hand-drawn movie? Loving Vincent is just that, and the trailer is amazing

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) may have taken the world by storm in recent times but what's currently taking the world of creative filmmaking by storm is its exact opposite: an entirely hand-drawn feature film.

Every single frame of Loving Vincent is an oil painting, which sounds impossible to fathom till you watch its just-released trailer.

And then you can only marvel.

A feature film by Dorota Kobiela, Loving Vincent is an animated look at the life of iconic painter Vincent Van Gogh.

According to the creators, the film uses 12 oil paintings per frame in the movie. The movie, which first appeared on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter back in February 2014 has taken barely two years to come alive.

That may sound like a lot till one starts to understand the skill, meticulousness and detailing involved in animating a painting.

Oscar-winning studio BreakThru Films have, however, taken up the challenge - aided by 796 backers who between them pledged 53,292 pounds to bring the project to life.

The plot is simple: this is a biopic on Vincent Van Gogh's life and death. It is told through around 800 letters written by the painter himself. More than 100 painters, who paint in the same style, helped bring the film to life - along with Polish director-painter Dorota Kobiela as well as Hugh Welcman, producer of Oscar winning animated short Peter the Wolf (2006).

"He said we can only speak through our paintings," Kobiela told Voice of America. "And these words were very important for me and they were actually the reason we are making this film like that."

The artists involved with the project were selected after applying for a chance to be part of something historic. They then underwent a three-week intensive training session, so they could perfect the art of replicating a Van Gogh.

The 80-minute film will require a staggering 57,000 painted frames.

While it was originally scheduled to be completed in 2015, the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death, it seems to have overshot that mark.

Edited by Payal Puri

Sahil Bhalla

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