Meet the First and Only Real 'Art' Film: A Hand-Painted Movie

It's the world's first feature film animated by oil paintings.

The "art" film has a new meaning with the arrival of Loving Vincent, a new animated movie composed of nearly 57,000 oil paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. 

The film brings Van Gogh's artistry and personal history to life; over 100 painters have animated fictional interviews with the characters from his paintings. The result is an unprecedented 12-oil-paints-per-second sight to behold.

The film's production company, BreakThru Productions, based in Poland, invented and patented animation work stations in its studio to facilitate the process. Each shot consists of an entirely new oil painting, and movement is added in brush strokes. Academy Award-winning producer and co-director Hugh Welchman has aptly termed the process "stop-motion painting."

Credit: Breakthru Productions

For some scenes, the Loving Vincent crew shot live-action footage with an actor. It was filmed and projected, frame by frame, onto a canvas, where painters then interpreted the action with their brush.

Credit: Loving Vincent Facebook page

Only one similar feat has been accomplished. In 1999, Aleksandr Petrov won an Oscar for his stunning 20-minute adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea, which he created with pastel oil paintings on glass. 

Loving Vincent, directed by Dorota Kobiela and Welchman, and starring Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan and Helen McCrory, marks the first feature film of its kind.     

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Should have just DNA cloned the guy and given him Photoshop.

April 1, 2016 at 5:02PM

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Saied M.
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Padre Tiempo is a short with a very similar style and was made 15 years ago, with Goya instead of Van Gogh:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413085/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_9

Unfortunately that means it's so old that the only online copy I could find is this horrible one that somebody hacked five years later:
https://vimeo.com/3269897

April 2, 2016 at 12:35AM

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OMG...!! What an effort :)

April 2, 2016 at 7:23AM

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Sameir Ali
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Amazing

April 3, 2016 at 12:22PM, Edited April 3, 12:22PM

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Anwr Mchx
DOP/VFX
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I want this nao. Too bad some people on the comments of the video saddened me saying nonsense like "they are ripping off Richard Linklater". Holy mother of God.

April 4, 2016 at 7:46AM, Edited April 4, 7:52AM

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David R. Falzarano
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The title of this post is pretty silly. You guys have great content, but what does 'the only real art film' even mean?

April 7, 2016 at 3:35AM, Edited April 7, 3:36AM

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Lee Burnett
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"Meet the First and Only Real 'Art' Film: A Hand-Painted Movie"
I wonder what Stan Brakhage would have to say about this comment.

April 8, 2016 at 7:51AM, Edited April 8, 7:50AM

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Edmond Deraedt
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And what about "The Old Man And The Sea" by Aleksandr Petrov

April 9, 2016 at 8:04PM

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