“Loving Vincent” — Interview With Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman were inspired by the work and life  of  Vincent van Gogh to create an animated film not just inspired by his art but immersed in it, in the most tactile, literal method imaginable. Instead of traditional hand-painted animation on cells or more recent computer animation with pixels, Kobiela and Welchman found 125 classically trained oil painters to create each frame of the film based on van Gogh’s most iconic images. They used these paintings to tell the story of Armand Roulin (voice of British actor Douglas Booth) the son of a mailman, who is asked to deliver a letter after van Gogh’s death that the artist had written to his brother and closest confidante. Armand retraces van Gogh’s steps and hears different, sometimes conflicting perspectives on his life. In an interview, Kobiela and Welchman talked about the painstaking process of making the film.