One of many unusual aspects of the amazing Tatort episode "Im Schmerz geboren" was the parts where the scene transformed into oil paintings showing stills of the action, as with the casino shootout or the final portrait of all the people who have died.

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I wonder, though, to which degree those were actual real paintings drawn by humans or just entirely post-processed stills of the filmed movie. There are aspects, like the live transformation of the real scene into the painting that might suggest that this was just post-processing of the film. In fact other effects, like Harloff's Stendahl-syndrome making him imagine weird things going on in paintings, that seem to be achievable by CGI only. But on the other hand on close-up they look very real with a recognizable linen structure and especially the final portait zooms out into an actual portrait hanging in a museum. There are also enhancements that seem to require manual adjustments anyway, like the very elaborate blood splashes. So how much was there any real oil painting magic involved here, was this all just computer trickery or did someone actually paint this stuff, or was it a kind of mixture between both techniques?

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At least three of the paintings are real: they were painted by the scenic painter Wilfried Marks and auctioned for a good cause after the production of the episode ended.

More about this (in German).

  • Wow, so these things even exist in their entirety? Amazing! Strange though, that the painting from the ending is not listed, given that that one seems the most substantial.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 22, 2015 at 1:09
  • I can't prove this, but I think all of them are painted - the three in the auction are sold together because they represent a set/collection regarding their style/motives.
    – marfis
    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:50
  • This may proves it indirectly: t-online.de/unterhaltung/tv/id_71684316/… : "Drei der Kunstwerke hat der Hessische Rundfunk, von dem die Folge produziert wurde, jetzt für einen guten Zweck versteigert." Means that there are more paintings than three...
    – marfis
    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:59

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