You probably know how computer animaion is made - first, the models and scenes are designed and then programmed to act in certain way. What about classic animation? The background is painted and characters are drawn on glass tiles. Each seperately, togheder they make it looks like it's moving. Time-consuming, huh?
Now, Mr. Petrov took time-consumption on a whole new level. He paints each scene. Seperately. With oil paints. He uses his fingertips instead of a paintbrush on different glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints. After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame and so on.
"Old Man And The Sea", based on novel by Ernest Hemingway, is about 20 minutes long and took two years to complete. More than 29000 frames. And that's why I love the Russians.
Here is the first part of the movie. You can check out YouTube for the second part.