We really shouldn't be telling you this, but heads up, tens of readers. Tomorrow night, you could star in your very own animation. Miami World Cinema Center's Spencer Morin will conduct a covert, live animation at the hipster lounge Cafeina.
Morin will sneakily capture images of the bar crowd, which he will then stop-motion animate and project onto one of Cafeina's walls. He hopes to catch you off guard. "People will look at the screen, see they're being animated, and see themselves moving in increments. They'll be holding their mint juleps and going 'What the fuck is going on up there?'" It's the first in a series of kick off parties for Animiami, an animation conference and festival that comes to Miami in October.
If Morin's name sounds familiar, it might be because his dad is Jim
Morin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Miami Herald. But
the young Morin looks to be just as successful. He was one of the
Drawing events, and he's trying to cultivate Miami's animation talent at
the Miami World Cinema Center.
When he was asked to help kick off Animiami, Morin insisted that the
events feature traditional animation instead of the video game
graphics and digital animations that are at the center of the festival.
He got his wish. Tomorrow night's party will feature time-lapse,
stop-motion animation. And at the next Animiami party on August 16, also at Cafeina, he'll create an animation inspired by Seattle video artist
David Russo, who animates one central object while the background
swirls and blurs. Morin says "It's so smooth, beautiful, and
consistent." It's also hard to explain, so here's one of Russo's
For the third Animiami party, on September 16, Morin will invite street
artists to create visuals to be animated. And
lastly, on October 14, the series closes with Animation Idol. Morin
explains "it's kinda cheesy, but we'll have four animators animating the
same character in the same circumstance but from four different
perspectives. We'll screen all four and select one to show at a later
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Get animated at Animiami's Kick Off Party this Thursday at Cafeina
Lounge (297 NW 23 St., Miami). Music provided by DJs Terence &
Ray Millian. There's no cover, and the party starts at 9 p.m. Call
305-438-0792 or visit www.animiami.com.