A Winter's Journey
Image: Sony Pictures Classics

After a tense and strenuous week, let’s all exhale with an uplifting story about the power of video games: Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the distribution rights to Alex Helfrecht's A Winter’s Tale, a movie which is being partly painted in PlayStation 4 game Dreams. The extraordinary film is set in Bavaria during 1812, and follows the tale of a lovelorn poet who “undertakes a hazardous walk across mountains, ice, and snow”.

Deadline explains: “Painted by the animation artists behind the Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent, A Winter’s Journey is a romantic and epic tale which blends live action with CG and painted animation. The world of the film is the first to be built using PlayStation’s Dreams, developed by PlayStation Studios’ multiple-BAFTA-winning games studio Media Molecule.” You can see some of the work on the film’s official Twitter page.

Inspired by Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, a spokesperson for Sony Pictures Classics said: “We’ve never quite seen a project like A Winter’s Journey before, which promises to marry world class cinema and extraordinary painting techniques with one of the great song cycles in musical history. Audiences will joyously embrace this unique theatrical experience.”

Producer Jörg Tittel has since confirmed that both PlayStation and Media Molecule are now helping out with the project, which is just phenomenal really, isn’t it?

[source deadline.com]