For centuries, people attempted to convey feelings and thoughts through art. For painters the need of presenting reality appeared in many different forms. Sometimes it was just a moment, caught before it disappeared. Sometimes they attempted to show movement. For most of them it was an unattainable dream. Some of them though, had a gift. Vincent van Gogh was such a talented painter. His Starry Night became a cult and even today people are still impressed by its magic — while it doesn’t move, but you can feel the motion.
The way to express movement in art was found more than 100 years ago, with the invention of moving pictures by the Lumiere brothers. Many would say that today’s world is obsessed with movement. It is practically everywhere, but it seems to miss the point, the magic of movement. But in all that mess, some people have found their own way to contemplate human nature and provide a fresh perspective. One of them is a wonderful painter & director from Poland — Dorota Kobiela. Her idea for Loving Vincent project seems to connect with that bygone need of creating a real “moving image”. Was it perhaps the need to experience once again something that we cannot feel anymore?
I’d like to introduce this project, as I fell in love with it immediately. It is captivating and I’m not sure words can describe the impression after watching the trailer:
It is something, isn’t it?
As Loving Vincent is a murder-mystery, all we need to do is to enjoy the way the intrigue unfolds. This is a when questions arise. Why is there a mystery hidden in the last days of Van Gogh’s life? Why did he die? Sean Bobbitt, an Executive Producer of the movie told me that the answer is not easy:
The plot of the movie will be similar to the investigation of Vincent van Gogh’s death, and we try to make sense of his death. Was it suicide? Was it murder? We don’t give any simple answer or declare which version is true. We don’t know that. But the investigation into the last days of van Gogh’s life help us understand the artist himself.
The quality of the project is assured by two Oscar-winning European film production companies that will produce Loving Vincent: BreakThru Films (Oscar for Peter & the Wolf) and Trademark Films (The Madness of King George, Shakespeare in Love). Both are responsible for many laughs and tears in the cinema’s rows. Somehow we could feel the bond between the filmmakers and the audience alive, even though the production of Loving Vincent hasn’t started yet. How is it possible?
First of all, there is a story to tell. Before Loving Vincent there were only short fully hand-painted animations, which were highly praised. You had to respect the work of one man to paint every frame of the movie by himself. It took years! To produce a feature-length painted animation, the traditional painting animation methods had to be adjusted to …read more
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