First ever hand-painted movie in race for an Oscar
Gdansk, Pologne: World first ever hand painted feature film ‘Loving Vincent’ with 65,00 frames in the distinct style of Vincent van Gogh in race for an Oscar.
Centred on a probe into his untimely death, the film was shot on a shoestring budget of $5.5 million (4.5 million euros). That is 30 times less than Disney’s “Coco”, one of the film’s four Oscar rivals.
For director Dorota Kobiela, “Loving Vincent” has been a seven-year labour of love combining her twin passions of cinema and painting.
“Van Gogh’s style was perfect for the project; his paintings show all the details of his life, his day-to-day habits, his house, his room, his friends,” Kobiela told News Agency ahead of Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles.
Kobiela and co-director Hugh Welchman already have one Oscar under their belt; their BreakThru Productions film company won an Academy Award in 2008 for the animated short “Peter and the Wolf”, based on the story and music by Sergei Prokofiev.
“We are the underdogs! In our category it’s normally dominated by Disney and Pixar but I have a feeling we might be one of the big upsets this year,” Welchman, who is also Kobiela’s husband, told News Agency.
After five years of pre-production, it took another two years for 125 artists from around the globe to bring the opus to life under Kobiela’s watchful eye.
Working in a massive studio in Poland’s Baltic port city of Gdansk, they based their oil paintings on scenes initially shot on film with actors.
The film includes representations of van Gogh’s most famous paintings such as “The Starry Night”.
Van Gogh, known for his bold colours and rough, vibrant painting style, is considered one of the most revolutionary painters of the 19th century.