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An Oren Loni Perspective on Upcoming Movies: Loving Vincent

Oren Loni enjoys movies. He's also passionate about writing! Oren Loni watched Loving Vincent the other day and has a few things to say about it.

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Oren Loni wants to know:


Do you love art?

Are you a fan of Vincent Van Gogh?

Do you find movie technology cool?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’d better pay close attention to what local movie theaters are playing this fall. The movie you’re watching out for is titled, Loving Vincent, and it promises to be a movie like you’ve never seen before.

What it’s Not

First, this isn’t like any other Vincent Van Gogh movie. It’s not a biography of the artist’s tragic life, but rather an unprecedented celebration of his work. It’s also the type of movie that’s generally only found at movie theatres which is why I was surprised earlier this week when I got a message announcing that it was coming to multiple American movie theatres across the United States.

What it Is

I said that Loving Vincent was a celebration of Vincent Van Gogh’s work. It’s also a labor of love and intense passion. It’s also something that’s never been seen in movies or on television ever before. Loving Vincent has the distinction of being the very first hand painted film. Yes, you read that right.

It’s a hand painted film. To the best of my knowledge, it’s the first of its kind.

How it Happened

I’m not clear on what initially sparked the idea, but getting from idea to the movie screen required a team of 120 artists who were not only gifted, but also able to recapture Van Gogh’s unique technique. The team used 150 of the painter’s more than 800 works to create the film.

I do know that the film is going to explore what led Van Gogh to take his own life.

For the record this isn’t just animated. It has live action acting as well. The cast is small, and the actors worked with a green screen when shooting their roles. The images were edited into a film, just like what you and I are familiar with. The background for the scenes was one of Van Gogh’s paintings.

At this point, the team projected each frame onto a canvas and the team of artists started painting. The end result is more than 60,000 frames of stunning Van Gogh work. I’m certain it’s going to be breathtaking.

Loving Vincent is a 90-minute film that the project’s director, Hugh Welchman, reports took 4 years to complete. According to him, they invented the slowest form of movie making ever.

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