Dorota Kobiela

Hugh Welchman
Chief Creative Officer

Sean Bobbitt

Tomek Wochniak
Head of Studio

April 2016

Who we are?

BreakThru Films is an Award winning film and animation production company based in London, UK, and Gdansk, Poland.

We are currently working on the world’s first fully painted animation feature film "Loving Vincent", which brings to life the paintings of the world’s most famous painter, Vincent van Gogh, to tell the story of his life and mysterious death.

BreakThru founder and Creative Director, Hugh Welchman, was awarded an Oscar in 2008 for our film "Peter & the Wolf", and our next animation – The Magic Piano - was shortlisted in 2012 in the same category. BreakThru has won 35 major awards and nominations for their past live action films and animation film in a range of techniques. Currently BreakThru Films is specializing in Painting Animation and in Puppet Animation.

Loving Vincent

"Loving Vincent" written & directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman brings Van Gogh’s work to swirling life on the big screen. The film stars: Douglas Booth (Pride and Prejudice with Zombies); Eleanor Tomlinson (Jack the Giant Slayer, Poldark); Saoirse Ronan (Oscar Nominated for both Brooklyn and Atonement); Jerome Flynn (Bron in Game of Thrones); Aidan Turner (Kili in The Hobbit, Poldark); Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd); Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter); John Sessions (Gangs of New York).

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by using the same technique in which Vincent himself painted. A team of 125 specially trained and selected painters work in Breakthru's patent-pending technology PAWS (Painting Animation Work Stations) to bring the paintings to animated life.

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We combine various film techniques in our animation, and have experience in both 3D and 2D formats, animation combined with live action, puppet animation, painting and drawing animation, CG animation, and special effects in 2D and stereo 3D.

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