Beeple的短片是对包括他自己在内的所有人的警钟

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Four years in the making, Beeple never thought he’d finally release ‘Manifest Destiny.’ Now you can watch it and download all the scene files he made for free.

四年来,Beeple从未想过他最终会发行“ Manifest Destiny”。现在,您可以观看它并免费下载他制作的所有场景文件。

Mike Winkelmann, a.k.a. Beeple, wrote the treatment for his latest film, Manifest Destiny, a little over four years ago, never dreaming that it would actually take so long to get the film finished.

迈克·温克尔曼(Mike Winkelmann),又名比普(Beeple),为他的最新电影《清单命运》(Manifest Destiny)编写了治疗方法,距今已有4年多了,从来没有梦想着完成这部电影实际上要花这么长时间。

Derailed by procrastination, he finally got back on track after making a deal with an artist he met at SIGGRAPH, him agreeing that he would finish his film in 100 days, and she would create an Everyday for 100 days. “I don’t know why I agreed to that, but it forced me to f—ing do it,” he says, admitting that “I still didn’t do anything until the last two weeks, and I seriously finished it on the 100th day.”

由于拖延,他与SIGGRAPH遇到的一位艺术家达成协议后终于回到正轨,他同意将完成这部电影。在100天之内,她将创建100天的“每天”。他说:“我不知道为什么同意这一点,但是这迫使我不得不这样做。”他承认,“直到最后两周我仍然没有做任何事情,我认真地完成了这项工作。第100天。”

Reached in Denver last week where he was one of the featured speakers on Maxon’s 26-city 3D Design + Motion Tour, Winkelmann talked with me about the making of Manifest Destiny, using Cinema 4D, Octane and Houdini; losing interest in making longer films; and how his Everydays have turned darker and more political in the last year, but he remains optimistic about the future.

上周在丹佛见到了他,他是Maxon在26个城市进行3D设计+运动巡回演出的演讲嘉宾之一,温克尔曼与我谈了如何使用Octane Cinema 4D制作Manifest Destiny。和胡迪尼;对制作更长的电影失去兴趣;以及过去一年里他的日常生活如何变得更加黑暗和更加政治化,但他仍然对未来持乐观态度。

Meleah Maynard: Your other films, Transparent Machines and Zero Day, were social commentaries too, but Manifest Destiny feels stronger and more pointed. Would you agree?

梅丽亚·梅纳德(Meleah Maynard):您的其他电影《透明机器》和《零日》也是社会评论,但《天命》感觉更强壮,更尖锐。您同意吗?

Mike Winkelmann: Yeah, this one is not vague at all. The things I’m pointing out are literally happening now. But there is a bit of sensationalizing, like I did with the other films. There is so much inequality in the world, and it is improving in some areas, like statistics show that the number of people living in extreme poverty is slowly declining.

迈克·温克尔曼:是的,这一点都不模糊。我要指出的事情实际上正在发生。但是,就像我对其他电影所做的那样,有些激动人心。世界上存在着许多不平等现象,并且在某些领域正在加剧,例如统计数据表明,生活在极端贫困中的人数正在缓慢下降。

 

But things are getting worse in a lot of ways too. I tried to choose statistics that people may not have been aware of, like how Jeff Bezos made over $100 million dollars every single day in 2018, and the average Chinese worker assembling iPhones makes $1.85 per hour. I wanted to hit on a lot of different points about money.

但是情况正在恶化。在很多方面也是如此。我试图选择人们可能没有意识到的统计数据,例如杰夫·贝佐斯(Jeff Bezos)在2018年每天如何赚取超过1亿美元,而组装iPhone的中国工人的平均时薪为每小时1.85美元。我想谈谈关于金钱的许多不同观点。

 

 

MM: You’ve been saying this film would be done for a long time. What happened?

MM:您一直在说这部电影会做很长时间。发生了什么事?

MW: I don’t know. I think, to be honest, I’m not actually that interested in making things that are this long anymore. I’m more interested in doing short 10- to 30-second videos. I think that you can be more experimental when you have less time, like, ‘I’ve got two days invested in this, who cares? I can do whatever.’ But when you spend four years, you’re like, ‘OMG, should I do this, or that, or this?’ It becomes paralyzing. I don’t even watch short films much anymore. If I do another video, I’m giving myself a deadline, like a month or something.

MW:我不知道。我认为,老实说,我不再对制作这么长的东西感兴趣。我对制作10到30秒的短视频更感兴趣。我认为,如果您的时间较少,您可以进行更多实验,例如:“我为此花了两天时间,谁在乎?我可以做任何事。但是当您度过四年时,您会想,“天哪,我应该这样做,还是那样,或者那样?”它变得瘫痪了。我什至不再看短片了。如果我要播放其他视频,我给自己一个截止日期,例如一个月之类的时间。

MM: Were you redoing it over and over? What was left to finish?

MM:您是否要一遍又一遍地重做?没完没了吗?

MW: No, the only thing left to do was edit it to the Run the Jewels track. I had everything done and rendered. But then I just didn’t touch it for a year and, honestly, it wasn’t even bugging me that I wasn’t getting it done. I was always planning on using that Run the Jewels song, “Legend Has It.” I liked the overall vibe of the song, but I hadn’t talked to them about it yet. And then one of the guys got in touch with me to say they’d seen some of my Everydays and wanted to talk about making a video. So it all worked out.

MW:不,剩下要做的就是将其编辑为“运行珠宝”轨道。我完成并渲染了所有内容。但是后来我只是一年没碰它,说实话,我什至没有在意我没有完成它。我一直在计划使用Run the Jewels歌曲“ Legend Has It”。我喜欢这首歌的整体氛围,但尚未与他们谈论。然后其中一个人与我联系,说他们看过我的《 Everydays》,想谈谈制作视频。嗯,一切都解决了。

 

 

MM: Talk a little bit about your process for making this.

MM:谈谈您的制作过程。

MW: The workflow was pretty simple, really. I mainly used Cinema 4D and Octane. Octane gave it a great look that really felt super realistic. I could just set up a couple of lights and throw some volumetrics on it to get a lot of depth and atmosphere.

MW:工作流程非常简单。我主要使用Cinema 4D和Octane。辛烷给了它一个非常真实的感觉。我可以设置几盏灯,并在上面放一些体积,以获得大量的深度和气氛。

The buildings were modeled in C4D, and all of the fire and destructions was simulated in Turbulence FD and rendered in Octane. There was no compositing: I just went straight out of C4D and Octane and did one color correction and that was it.

这些建筑物是用C4D建模的,所有火灾和破坏都是在Turbulence FD和在辛烷中渲染。没有任何合成:我只是直接退出C4D和Octane并进行了一种颜色校正,就是这样。

MM: What about the fat gold characters, and how they sort of melted together?

MM:胖金字符又如何融合在一起呢?

MW: Oh, yeah, I used Houdini for the melting gold people. I have no idea how I did that. When I started this four years ago, it was the first time I’d ever done characters. I used Mixamo for the big gold character, and Houdini for the melting effect. It’s a good thing I saved that as an Alembic file, or I would have had to start over since I don’t remember how I did that.

MW:哦,是的,我用Houdini作为融化的黄金人。我不知道我是怎么做到的。当我四年前开始工作时,这是我第一次做角色。我用Mixamo代表金色,而Houdini代表融化效果。我将其保存为Alembic文件是一件好事,否则我将不得不重新开始,因为我不记得我是怎么做到的。

 

 

All of the fighting was done with Mixamo models that we already in poses, like they were hitting, ducking or punching. I just had to choreograph the characters, so it looked like they were fighting. I’m happy with how it turned out. The melting thing was kind of symbolism for this weird orgy of people at the top, like our politicians and upper-class elite, all bumping heads and wrestling around in a big pile. They’re not really doing anything meaningful, just shifting their weight around while very little changes for the rest of us.

所有的战斗都是通过我们已经摆好姿势的Mixamo模型,例如他们被打,躲避或猛击。我只需要编排角色,所以看起来好像他们在战斗。我对结果感到满意。对于像我们的政客和上流社会的精英这样的高尚人群来说,这种融化的东西是一种象征意义,所有人都在颠簸中挣扎。他们实际上并没有做任何有意义的事情,只是在改变权重的同时,对我们其余的人进行了很少的改动。

MM: Why did you go with text and music rather than narration this time?

MM:为什么这次您选择文字和音乐而不是旁白?

MW: I was going to do a voiceover with music, like I usually do, and I had like 140 people submit auditions, but none of them were right. So I decided, pretty much at the last second, to put use text, even though it would be covering up all that sh-t I worked on for so long. That was probably a better choice anyway because a lot of people watch videos on mute, so they wouldn’t have heard the narration. I wanted to get a lot of stuff across, like how much debt we’re in, how rich Americans are, and how so many people are insanely poor and a few are insanely rich.

MW:我打算像往常一样对音乐进行旁白,我有140个人参加试镜,但没有一个是正确的。因此,我几乎在最后一刻决定使用文本,即使这将掩盖我长期从事的所有工作。无论如何,这可能是一个更好的选择,因为很多人都在静音模式下观看视频,因此他们不会听到旁白。我想了解很多东西,例如我们负债累累,美国人有钱有多少,有多少人疯狂地贫穷,有几个人疯狂地富有。

 

 

MM: Do you worry, or think about, the state of the world a lot these days?

MM:您最近是否为世界的状况感到担忧或思考?

MW: No, I wouldn’t say that. But I do work a lot more with two TVs on, one turned to FOX News and the other to CNN. I mute the sound, but it’s very interesting to see how differently they cover things. FOX is just all of this propaganda and, pretty much the opposite of what CNN says. You can see why the country is so divided.

MW:不,我不会这么说。但是我在打开两台电视时确实做得更多,其中一台转向FOX新闻,另一台转向CNN。我使声音静音,但是看到它们覆盖事物的不同之处非常有趣。 FOX只是所有这些宣传,几乎与CNN所说的相反。您可以看到为什么这个国家如此分裂。

I’m definitely interested in politics, and I do think we are headed for a time when we’re all going to have to make some changes and adjust to a new reality, including changing our levels of spending. But there are things we can do, like give money. Most of us can afford to give money, but we don’t. Or we don’t give enough. Honestly, as I’ve made more money, I’ve given less money. This film is kind of a wake-up call, for everybody, me included.

我绝对对政治感兴趣,而且我认为我们正处在一个时代,我们都必须做出一些改变并适应一个新的时代。新现实,包括改变我们的支出水平。但是,有些事情我们可以做,例如捐钱。我们大多数人都能负担得起钱,但我们却没有。否则我们付出的不够。老实说,当我赚更多的钱时,我所付的钱就更少了。这部电影对于所有人(包括我在内)来说都是一种警钟。

 

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MM: It seems like you’re trying to say more with your Everydays now, too.

MM:看来您现在也想对自己的Everydays说更多。

MW: I’d say it was about July when I started doing things that are overtly political. I like taking a political- or commerce-related scenario and abstracting it out to a ridiculous degree, like the pro-choice one where robot Trump is being forced to have a baby in the future, or where Mark Zuckerberg has no nipples because women can’t show nipples on Facebook.

MW:我想说大约是7月,那时我开始做一些公开的政治活动。我喜欢采取与政治或商业相关的场景,并将其抽象到一个荒谬的程度,例如一种选择,即特朗普机器人将来被迫生下婴儿,或者马克·扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)没有乳头,因为女性可以不要在Facebook上显示乳头。

 

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The response has been super, much bigger than anything else I’ve done. It really just felt like a natural progression from the storytelling I’ve been doing.

反应超级好,比我做过的其他任何事情都要大得多。我真的很喜欢从讲故事中自然而然地进步。

MM: What else are you doing these days?

MM:这些天你还在做什么?

MW: I’m working on a couple of things I can’t talk about yet. I just did some concert visuals for Zedd, and I’m doing a video sculpture for a festival that Amazon’s doing in December. I’m traveling a lot more. A month ago, I was in Brazil with my wife and the kids. And my wife and I are going to Russia soon for a conference I’m doing with Maxon. There’s a lot going on.

MW:我正在做一些事情我还不能说。我刚刚为Zedd做了一些音乐会的视觉效果,并且我正在为亚马逊12月的一个节日做视频雕塑。我要旅行很多。一个月前,我和妻子和孩子们一起在巴西。我的妻子和我很快就要去俄罗斯参加我与Maxon进行的会议。发生了很多事情。


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Directed by: BEEPLE

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Meleah Maynard is a writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Meleah Maynard是明尼苏达州明尼阿波利斯的作家兼编辑。

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