Are You Loving Vincent Too?

Posts, like the one below, were previously published 2 years ago, when the Loving Vincent film was just starting to be produced. Since this time and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film is now finished and finally available to see in the States. I was lucky to see it recently at the historic Avalon Theater, with this picturesque mural above.

Avalon Theatre Mural-AIE

There hasn’t been another film like this that marries live action with actual painted images (over 65,000 frames and 60,000 paintings) that were painted by 125 classically trained artists in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. Rotoscopy technology, layering imagery over live action, was used in the black and white sequences; whereas, the artists imagined what the live action was to be able to paint the color sequences in Vincent’s characteristic, sweeping-brushstroke style. The film’s plot follows a murder mystery about how Vincent died. We imagine Hugh Welchman will win another academy award, if anything for the sheer effort involved!

Click here to find when the film is coming to your town and go to the Theatre List (top tab).

If the film has already aired in your town, you may still be able to watch it on this GoWatch site.

It is visual mastery to see Vincent’s portraits and paintings come to life.

Loving Vincent poster_casartblog

Here’s the trailer:

The Loving Vincent Van Gogh project on Kickstarter is worth your attention — if you love Van Gogh’s paintings.

We think it’s fitting to mention because they will be the backdrop for the first feature-length animated documentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life — fully visualized and told by his paintings by Break Thru Films.

The project is by Hugh Welchman, the Oscar Award winner for his animated movie, Peter and the Wolf. The crowd-sourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,619.76) to

“…allow us to train 40 painters who will then be able to work on the film, bringing the paintings and life of Vincent Van Gogh to swirling life on the big screen!”

At this writing, the project has 229 backers, and is 51% backed with 22 days to go.

Get on board if you Love Art and Vincent Van Gogh!

And a nice way to end this post. Remember this song? It makes more sense when sung with his paintings.

Update on Loving Vincent

The Loving Vincent film project that I previously blogged about has now been successfully funded and the donors are receiving updates. I thought you might want to know about some of these and will periodically give updates on the progress for this animated film using reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting.

Prepairing for painters' training on Art Is Everywhere

The founder of the project, Hugh Welchman, has been keeping all the patrons posted through their Kickstarter campaign with videos. In this particular one, he informs us that March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but is also a very important day in 1901 in which Vincent Van Gogh became the famous painter he is known as today.

It took 11 years, many years after he and his brother, Theo’s death. for an exhibition of Vincent’s paintings to be assembled in Paris. When it opened, Vincent became an overnight sensation.

Hugh also lets us know that the training for 30 – 50 painters for this project is now underway.

Hugh Welchman_Loving Vincent project 2 on Art Is Everywhere