Watch: World's first hand-painted animated feature pays homage to Van Gogh

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like through Van Gogh’s eyes? Well here is your chance to find out.

Oscar-winning studio Breakthru Films is working on the world’s first feature-length animated film called Loving Vincent, made entirely through hand-painted canvasses, and it gives a peak into the mind of the 19th century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Every frame in the film is an oil painting on canvas and it uses the same techniques of painting as Van Gogh. The first look released recently and it is quite a picture (pun intended). Take a look.

The film feels like a documentary and is billed as “an investigation delving into the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them.”

Through dramatic reconstructions, interviews and 800 letters written by the painter, the movies tells the story and the events leading up to the death of the painter, says the website. It stars actors like Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan and Helen McCroro and is directed by painter- filmmaker Dorota Kobiela and Oscar-winning producer Hugh Welchman.

Poster of Loving Vincent

Poster of Loving Vincent. Youtube screen grab. 

The film features over 120 of Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest paintings.

Started as a crowdfunding project, the filmmakers scouted for painters over social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Conceptualised as early as 2011, the actual painting work for the film started in 2014.

Today they have close to 57,000 oil paintings, painted by a team of over 100 painters, reports Inquisitr. The most interesting thing about the project is the paintings and how the artists were trained to reproduce Van Goghs works.

We can almost imagine Van Gogh smiling.

Want to know more? Take a look at the making of the 80-minute film.

Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016 15:27 PM

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