WARNING: contains cartoon violence. A quirky parade is destroyed by murderous robots in this animated music video for Flying Lotus' "Kill Your Coworkers."
Mike Winkelmann is an animator, designer, and VJ based in Neenah, Wisconsin. In this interview, he talks about how animating a universe is like building a diorama and why he makes all his project files "open source" and available for other people to use.
The Atlantic: How did you come to collaborate with Flying Lotus? What was the inspiration for the video?
Mike Winkelmann: Steve (Flying Lotus) called me up out of the blue after a friend of his showed him some of my work. He really liked it and asked me to do a video for him. I actually hadn't heard any of his stuff at that point but was listening to a lot of very similar stuff so I instantly loved his shit. The inspiration for the video was from the very first thing he said to me about the track: "it's like a parade." I tossed around a bunch of other ideas before realizing that maybe it would be cool if I actually just made a parade with all kinds of wacky shit.
How would you explain the process of creating a world in Cinema 4D to someone who has no idea how animation works?
Well the way I create a world in Cinema 4D is probably a lot different from someone who actually knows what they're doing. I usually take it once piece at a time. One day I'll build a bunch of buildings, then the next some people, then the next some outdoor things like signs and trees and then after I have all of these objects I sort of put them in place just like you'd put action figures into a diorama. That's the fun part, when you've taken all the time to make all of these little toys and then you get to put them together and you realize you suddenly have this very animated, vibrant world with all of these little details for each thing that you've been working on for the past couple months.