It is not a typical rags to riches journey yet a heart-warming one. A woman from Bhopal has been wielding brush to leave a mark in the world’s first feature-length painted animation on Vincent van Gogh, ‘Loving Vincent’. What is interesting is that Shuchi Muley was not a painter by profession. She perused a degree in computer programming at a engineering college in Bhopal. While she dabbled in software and managed to get a cushy job in Bengaluru, her passion for oils and canvas remained intact. The turning point of her life came in 2014 when she quit her job and went on a world tour. The 34-year-old then trained herself in the nuances of art at prominent studios in San Francisco and Paris. Finally the fairy tale moment came when she was in Seattle to meet her family this year, a Times of India report said.
Shuchi got selected for Oscar-winning British producer Hugh Welchman’s team from among thousands of amateur and professional painters across the world. Every brushstroke conveys a sense of movement and 12 paintings cover just one second of the film on the edit table of Welchman’s path breaking venture after his 2008 Oscar-winning film, ‘Peter & The Wolf’, the report said.
She is one of 100 “Van Gogh artists” who are painting 62,000 frames in oils, from footages projected atop their desks, to uncover the story of the Dutch post impressionist artist’s death.
“I paint and animate for ‘Loving Vincent’. The entire movie has been shot with actors. Now, we are painting every scene from the movie and each scene has many frames. It’s like a flip book. Once we finish a scene, we are assigned a new one. Each of us brings our own style to the table, but we have been trained in the distinctive Van Gogh genre. The atmosphere here is tense as we are approaching the deadline,” an elated Shuchi said.
“I came across the ‘Loving Vincent’ movie trailer on Facebook. The idea sounded incredible and I promised myself I would be a part of the film. I applied with my portfolio on their website and on the FB page. I followed their blogs, articles, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts to learn more about the movie. Finally, I received an email after a month and was invited to Poland for a test,” she said recalling her journey.
“I passed the test and underwent training… After two weeks of painting and learning techniques, I was selected to be a painter and animator for the movie,” she said.