Loving Vincent is the world's first fully painted feature film. It was written and directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, and produced by Poland's BreakThru Films & UK's Trademark Films.
To make Loving Vincent come to life, 115 oil painters created 62,450 frames in oil paints. As the team explains, they painted the first frame as a full painting on canvas board, and then painted over that painting for each frame until the last frame of the shot. So what they were left with at the end of the shot was an oil-painting on canvas board of the last frame. To throw in a few numbers, let us share the fact that the paintings in the film measure 67cm by 49cm (26 ½" x 19 ⅓") in size and that they are painted in oil-paints on a canvas board that is 103 cm by 60cm (40 ½" x 23 ⅔").
If you wonder how it was done, they captured all the scenes as live action film in the first part of the process and then the oil paintings replicated each shot. Frame-by-frame. They also incorporated 94 of Van Gogh's own paintings into their animations.
The cast is nothing short of amazing - among the actresses and actors who contributed their talents to this artful masterpiece were Saoirse Ronan (known for Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna, and Brooklyn among others), Aidan Turner (from British TV Series Poldark and The Hobbit Trilogy), Eleanor Tomlinson (Aidan's co-star in Poldark), Chris O'Dowd (of Cuban Fury, Bridesmaids and Pirate radio fame, to name but a few), and Helen McCrory, who also appeared as Madame Kali in the cult TV Series Penny Dreadful.
It is a remarkable relationship between live action, animation and art, so be sure not to miss out on this one. Release date is set for sometime in 2017, but nothing has yet been officially confirmed.