Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Loving Vincent" - Van Gogh Paintings Come to Life

Vincent Van Gogh

"Loving Vincent" - Van Gogh Paintings Come to Life.

It's rare to find someone who isn't a fan of Vincent Van Gogh. Obsessed with his art but an indifferent artist, he only began producing triumphant and immortal artwork as he went mad. His paintings were basically worthless at the time of his death, but people eventually came to appreciate them, and now, of course, there are museums devoted to them.

Well, if you are a fan, you'll enjoy this "concept trailer" for a projected film that touts itself as the "the world's first feature-length painted animation."

Vincent Van Gogh

I don't know what the status of this project is. On their site that they did not meet their funding goal by their own deadline, though they did get over halfway there - but the concept is quite imaginative. Nowadays, you need to be touting a mediocre tv series from a decade ago to get oversubscribed. If the interest isn't there, it isn't there, no need to put on airs about it. Things happen the way they should. We wish them luck.

BreakThru Films, a quality outfit, is or was involved, and the craftsmanship of the trailer is pretty high for a "concept." Visit their site for more artwork and information. Apparently, they were projecting that the finished animation would consist of 56,800 hand-painted frames, so they have a lot of artwork.

The trailer alone is interesting and vivid and stands on its own as a fine piece of animation.

Anyway, I'm a sucker for these kinds of intellectual explorations of tragic figures, but that doesn't mean anyone else has to be. Perhaps posting this will do some good by showing that there still are people out there interested in this story.

As they state on their site:
Loving Vincent features over 120 of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, leads us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death. Vincent wrote in his last letter: “Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings”, and that is what we are doing- letting his paintings tell the story of what the painter had inside his heart, and ultimately, what happened to him.


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