Thursday, March 17, 2016

Conventional Animation Bumped Up Many Notches

Conventional animation involves artists creating backgrounds against which characters and objects move. Every move is separately drawn. It's painstaking work.

Such animation has largely been supplanted by computer animation, the best practitioners of which are probably the people at Pixar.

But a project on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, Loving Vincent, is revolutionizing conventional animation. Instead of characters and objects moving against largely unchanging backgrounds, this movie about the painter uses a separately produced painting for each and every frame.

It's an appropriate way to approach Van Gogh's life, the images inspired by his painting style.

And the images shown here are stunning. And since Van Gogh is my favorite painter, I don't think I would be easily stunned.

The project is still in production apparently. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

(And I'm sure that one day, those of you so inclined, will be able to buy selections from among the massive number of individual paintings created for the film.)

Here's a link to more information on Loving Vincent, also containing a slightly longer version of the trailer.

Thanks to the Daily Dot for showcasing this effort over on Facebook. That's how I learned of it.

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