Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trailer for "Loving Vincent"


Here's trailer for an upcoming film called "Loving Vincent" (link to YouTube). The film is created with 12 frames per second, with each frame being a painting inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh.



According to the advance publicity, as many as 100 painters are contributing work to this feature film in production in Poland. Although the marketing images show artists working on individual oil paintings, the film clip itself suggests considerable computer manipulation of the original paintings, which seem to closely follow a rotoscoped live-action capture.

10 comments:

Eugene Arenhaus said...

Interesting. A shot in the middle of the trailer was strongly reminiscent of Gradimir Smudja's "Vincent & Van Gogh". I wonder whether there is any connection.

However, whenever there were people in view (after the first couple of shots), it became painfully evident that the whole thing was rotoscoped with much less interpretation than van Gogh would have done. Too smooth, too photographic, too superficial.

Tom Hart said...

Interesting. My initial reaction is that it's visually uneven. Some of the shown parts have a texture similar to Van Gogh's brushwork, other parts look, as Eugene Arenhaus says above, heavily rotoscoped, and flat. Unless there's a reason for this in the narrative, the difference could be jarring. We'll see, I guess.

Garrett said...

Yes it looks very similar to the rotoscoping on Waking Life or A Scanner Darkly... It is always a bit odd when a painterly effect added to what is clearly a modern photographic composition. For instance, the close-up shot of the shot glasses with Van Gogh's face behind them is something that we expect in contemporary film-making, but would never appear in a painting from a hundred years ago... Our eyes just don't have telephoto lenses to frame the world in that way, so it is weird to combine the two ways of seeing. Some of the shots look good though, so we'll see... I think other films like Barry Lyndon do a better job of referencing paintings without resorting to gimmicks.

Susan Krzywicki said...

Wow, this looks beautiful. I can hardly wait to see it.

Rich said...

Powerful man! Van Gogh! Probably he has become immortal, living on, forever...

Nice kind of revival, in my view, though.

Bobby La said...

Looks to be another tired hackneyed project that I wouldn't cross the road to see. I wonder if Andre Rieu will do the score?

The only filmic bio on an artist that has been worth a bumper has been 'Turner'. My Humble Opinion Only.

:)

Tom Hart said...

I agree with Bobby La on Turner, the film. I felt it was convincing on many levels. Among other issues, it's rare for an actor to convincingly portray an artist at work - at least to the eyes of someone who does paint, etc. (Similarly, an actor poorly playing a musician makes me cringe and immediately destroys my interest in the film.) Anyone have good film recommendations about artists (including documentaries)?

marimari13 said...

They use a projector to see each live action frame on canvas and rotoscope it with oil painting.

This photo shows the projection light http://s2.glbimg.com/u3oEiYDZymBfvazS3CD_IhL09cU=/e.glbimg.com/og/ed/f/original/2016/02/29/p_06.jpg

Shanna Conner said...

I hope I'll have the chance to see this in the theatre. I'm sure this is going to be the first of its kind, so it would be an honor. Here's to wishing Amy and Rory will have a cameo as well! Cheers to the people who are making this possible.




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