The painstakingly crafted film Loving Vincent is finally set to premiere after six years in the making
With a team of 125 painters crafting a monumental 65,000 oil paintings, Loving Vincent is a film that has forgone the contemporary sway of CGI and digital effects for a more artistic approach.
Staying true to the story’s prime source, Vincent van Gogh, filmmakers decided to create an animated version using canvas oil paintings in van Gogh’s post-impressionist style. Originally shot as a live action film, painters were then tasked with painting over each frame on a canvas backdrop.
The technique took over four years to develop before adding another two to craft the film itself. Artists in Poland and Greece painstakingly matched the live film frame for frame, telling the life and controversial death of Vincent van Gogh.
Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Aidan Turner, the film is full of talent in front of the camera too.
Regardless of the film’s performance, directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have shown that the sweeping tide of post-production CGI and green screen isn’t always the best way to go for filmmakers. Even if it’s the easy way out.
The animated biographic is set to premiere across the UK on October 13 at the BFI London Film Festival (October 4-15) this year.