Today – March 30, 2016 – marks the 163rd birthday of the famed, troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now, a new film about the painter’s life and death is coming to theaters, boasting a revolutionary technique: it’s a motion painting.
Below, you can watch the first teaser trailer for Loving Vincent. What you’ll see is not animation. Each frame – 12 per second – is an actual hand-made painting, all done in the Van Gogh’s signature style.
Here is a description, from the film’s website:
- Loving Vincent is an investigation delving into the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
Loving Vincent features over one hundred and twenty of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, lead us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death.
Loving Vincent will be the world’s first feature-length painted animation, and is brought to you by Oscar winning film companies Breakthru Films and Trademark Films. Every frame in the Loving Vincent movie is an oil painting on canvas, using the very same technique in which Vincent himself painted.
Here is the first official trailer:
As well as a previous concept trailer: