Loving Vincent

October 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum


I had read an article a while back about a unique movie being done on the life of Vincent Van Gogh but then didn’t hear more about it until now. Last week I ran across an article on Huffington Post and now I’m very excited about this film called Loving Vincent, it will be the first ever “fully painted” feature film. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890 and is known by all as a tortured soul, never finding success in love or art until after his death when his artwork gained fame worldwide. The plot for the film was constructed using more than 800 letters that Van Gogh had written himself and of course one of the main challenges of this film is to capture the unique style of painting Van Gogh had and transfer that style to moving figures on a movie screen. Of course, Van Gogh’s works automatically make beautiful backdrops for this film, and animators have the major task of taking the movements of live action actors and covering them with brush strokes. The movie is due out in 2017 and stars actors Aidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan just to name a couple, you can check out the Loving Vincent website here, the trailer for the film is first thing below and I’ve included photos from the film to whet your appetite, I’m so looking forward to this in theaters next year. Enjoy!!! (above image via)


This is an example of the work being done by actors and artists to recreate and bring to life the painted works of Vincent Van Gogh. On the left is actor Douglas Booth dressed in period costume as Armand Roulin, in the center is the original painting of Roulin by Van Gogh and on the right is the painted version of Booth as Roulin on the key cell used in the film. (via)


On the left is actor John Sessions portraying paint seller, Pere Tanguay in front of a green screen. On the right is Sessions after his image has been given the “painted treatment” in front of a background that looks like it was painted by Van Gogh.  (via)


Here we see a finished cell for the film Love Vincent, and below a peek at how this is accomplished. (via)




In this photo we see the original Van Gogh painting in the center, on the left is Saoirse Ronan portraying the lady at the piano and on the right is the finished cell for the film. (via)


A look at actor Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent Van Gogh. (via)

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