France, summer 1891. Armand Roulin a feckless and directionless young man, is given a letter by his father, Postman Joseph Roulin, to hand-deliver to Paris. He is to deliver it to the brother of his father’s friend Vincent van Gogh, who, they have just heard, killed himself. Armand is none too pleased with the mission: he is embarrassed by his father’s association with Vincent, a foreign painter who cut off his ear and was committed to the local asylum.
Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
Conveying real human emotions on human faces has always been a challenge for animation, that is why the majority of the great animation films are about non-human characters or very simplified and cartoony human characters. The practical reason is that by shooting live action with actors we could create material in days that would take months in animation. However we weren’t convinced if the technique would work until we did our concept trailer. When we saw the results of our first rough low budget test I knew we were onto something.
- Hugh Welchman