Loving Vincent Is the First Feature Film to Be Animated With Only Paintings

SAN FRANCISCO — A unique crew call has been posted for oil painters to work on a film about the life of Vincent van Gogh.

With the advent of computer-generated imagery (CGI), there’s no longer much place in film for handcrafted beauty. Animated films made with paper, pencils, and paintbrushes are a thing of the past, and every weekend there’s a new blockbuster with impossibly sized CGI monsters and robots. That’s why a new project based on the life of Vincent van Gogh is attracting a lot of attention.

Loving Vincent will be the first feature film completely painted by hand. The biopic about the Dutch impressionist painter will be told through some 800 personal letters and 120 of his paintings.

Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman told Voice of America the 80-minute feature film will require 57,000 painted frames. They are making Loving Vincent in Poland and have posted a crew call for “high-level oil painters” interested in traveling there to sign up and join the team.

Timelapse of Loving Vincent painting process.

Timelapse of Loving Vincent painting process.

The recruitment and audition process is fairly involved, so be sure read the requirements carefully. The studio is located in the picturesque port city of Gdansk. Interested pointers should be available for training work between January and August of 2016.


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