The creation of Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully painted feature film, was a huge undertaking. Because when producing a film, they had to work in a totally different medium. Within a painting, the density of brushstrokes, the dynamic of the paintbrush and the purity of colours all play a vital role for formulating an overall expression. The medium film, however, lacks most of these qualities.

So there was a task to solve: How do we convey what is the core of what Van Gogh stands for into a world that is pixel-perfect, visually altered and bound to the rules of reality? How can you remain faithful to Vincent’s brush strokes and colours while transforming his message into another medium? This video essay takes a look at the obstacles that the crew was facing and highlights their dedication to bringing Vincent van Gogh paintings to life.

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