Loving Vincent | A Look at the First Fully Painted Film

Social media has been buzzing recently about Loving Vincent, the world’s first painted full-length film. The film tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and mysterious death through 65,000 frames, hand painted in Van Gogh’s style, according to the movie’s website.

The project has been underway for six years and is expected to be released, at least in the U.K., by the end of this year. The official trailer was published in November.

According to the website, the process for animating the film involved live actors who gave life and movement to the characters from Van Gogh’s portraits and 125 oil painters versed in Van Gogh’s style who painstakingly painted every frame.

The film was directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. To find out more information about the making of Loving Vincent, visit http://lovingvincent.com. The website includes fascinating videos about the story behind and the process for creating this unique cinematic work.

Featured image: Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh from vangogh.net

About the Author: Mara Blackwood

Mara Blackwood is the executive editor of RedDotBlog


  1. Yes, thank you Mara for posting this. What an amazing project and tribute to painting and of course Vincint Van Gogh! This much anticipated film will amaze many. I plan on being part of the viewing audience that watches it over and over again.

  2. Hi Mara,
    I paint with one of the artists who painted this film. She might be interested in giving a talk in Scottsdale sometime if that is of interest to you. She has a fascinating story!

  3. I have been into drawing and painting since I was really young. Whenever I used to paint the painting would come out looking a bit post- impressionist like van Gogh’s style. No idea why I painted like that but only when it was 2006 that I for the first time came in contact with internet came to know about him by chance. I became so distraught, I threw out all my paintings. and focused only on pen and ink and graphite pencil sketches.
    I tried changing my style. Now I do paint according to my mood but it seems like old habits just keep popping back subconsciously. I have been through a lot in my life.
    I really need to voraciously advertise my work. I am even thinking of joining your online school.
    A week back I saw the advertisement about this movie. I am looking forward to it.

    1. Hopefully at the end of this year or early 2018. (Crossing my fingers!) You can sign up for their newsletter on the Loving Vincent website to get updates.

  4. I saw it a couple of weeks ago. It is so visually beautiful and the story held my interest as well. A labor of love.

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