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Watch the trailer for Vincent Van Gogh’s upcoming biopic, fully animated from 62,450 oil paintings

Loving Vincent is the 2017 biopic about the life and mysterious death of impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. First news of this ambitious project dropped quite some time ago, but with the release of the feature’s first trailer, it’s easy to understand the extended timeframe.

The film is constructed in an utterly unique way, the first of it’s kind. Originally filmed in live action, a group of 115 professional oil painters have meticulously replicated each shot, resulting in a frame-by-frame recreation of the entire movie. The result is remarkable and undoubtedly the desired effect – it looks exactly like an animated Van Gogh painting.

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The world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent looks to be a gorgeous, intimate lens into the troubled life and sudden death of Vincent Van Gogh.

As if the dedication and workload taken on by filmmakers Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela wasn’t already apparent, Loving Vincent will recreate 94 of Van Gogh’s paintings as scenes in the film. This aspect of the movie as well as the painters’ process is explained in the video below:

Van Gogh died in 1890 at the age of 37, two days after shooting himself in the chest with a revolver. Considered mad during his life, his suicide brought his lush and extensive suite of work to the public eye, and to this date he remains one of the most influential visual artists of the era.

Via Colossal.

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