Think Animation, and invariably Disney or Pixar comes to your mind. But come Sunday, when Academy awards would be announced, there will be an animated feature film in the race – Loving Vincent. What makes the film stand out? It was not created inside a state of the art studio, with sophisticated graphics and designing. Rather, it was hand painted, the entire film, all 65,000 frames – in the distinct style of Vincent van Gogh, the revolutionary painter of 19th century. He died mysteriously at 37, and this film probes his demise, in a way Gogh would have liked. With the help of oil paintings.
The patience-testing project lasted full 7 years. Each artist painted an average of 6 paintings a day, which would translate into not more than a quarter or half a second of filming a day.
Check out the trailer of this pioneering tribute to the legendary painter: