“Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again”
Everything Old Is New Again, 1974
Lyrics by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager
A group of artists in Gdansk, Poland are putting a new twist on a familiar art form: They are creating the first fully painted feature film in the world.
Using over 120 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh for a visual “narration” and a plot generated from over 800 letters, these filmmakers are attempting to take the genre of animation to another level by bringing to life the world of Van Gogh through his own works.
High-level oil painters who are interested in animating a film, and are available for training and work from January—August 2016, are encouraged to submit their portfolios for review. If accepted, they will have a 3-day audition, followed by 3-weeks of training.
This trailer will give you an idea of the scope of the project.
Vincent Van Gogh’s work has always fascinated me. I have been soothed by the warmth of the yellows in Sunflowers and awakened by the cool swirling blues and yellows of Starry Night. I look forward to seeing this film when it is released.
This video clip of Don McLean’s song, Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) serves as nod to the Past and also as a reminder of one of the many ways we currently use animation/music to look at an artist such as Van Gogh.