Drinking and Drawing Proves Drunks Are Better Animators
Tonight at the News Lounge, ladies and gents will hunch over light boxes and scribble on note cards while a rowdy bunch behind them waits its turn. It's Drinking and Drawing, a sort of animated jam session where the artistically inclined come together over pints and highballs to create a short animated film.
Here's how it works: You'll receive eight blank note cards plus the last card from the animator who drew before you. Then you'll have 20 minutes to sketch a continued animation. At the end of the night, everyone's note cards will be combined into a two-minute film, a sort of flipbook of everyone's drunken fantasies.
Spawned at NYC's Frederator Studios, Drinking and Drawing is organized locally by Spencer Morin, head of Miami World Cinema Center's animation department. We recently spoke to Morin who was busy serving as a production assistant on a top secret production in the Everglades. (He's also been a PA on 50 Cent: The Money and the Power, Project Runway, and Burn Notice.)
In between responding to commands of "tripod!" (or was that "python?"), Morin explains a Meth Minute, why drunks are better animators, and how he feels about German expressionism.
But first, take a look at what the crazy, pen-wielding boozers at the last Drinking and Drawing created:
New Times: How did Drinking and Drawing get started?
Spencer Morin: It started at Frederator Studios. There was an animator at
Dan Meth, and they had him do the Meth Minute where they kept feeding
him drinks at a bar. He was animating the entire time. It was this
experiment. Then they came up with the idea for Drinking and Drawing,
basically a bunch of animators sitting in bar, collaborating on an
When I came to Cinema Center, Patrick De Bokay asked me to head the
animation studio and he gave him his contacts at Federator studios. I
saw the Drinking and Drawing thing and said, cool. Let's bring this to Miami.
Nice drawing, bro.
Do you give the animators an idea or a theme to start them off?
I don't give them anything. I just let them go at it. We're going to be
doing variations on Drinking and Drawing where there'll be themes and
characters. For instance, there's another animation event in development
called Animation Therapy where the animation will be done by cancer
patients and their families.
We hear that street artist Krave is the featured artist tonight. How's that going to work?
The featured artist is going to do a batch of 40 index cards - the standard
animator only does 10 - and he's going to have his own clump in the
middle of everyone else's animation. He'll have a straight 40-frame
sequence of animation, which will come out to a few seconds. It'll be
placed at the end of the piece when we reshoot it for the web. I shoot
the frames for the live feed that night. And then I bring the frames
back to studio, do an animated intro, and reshoot all the frames with
I don't take out any of the bad frames, even if someone's ridiculously
drunk. I don't censor that. It's these spots in the piece that are
really bombastic and insane. You can see who's drunk when they're
animating and to me, it's funny. But it also creates the life of the
piece. That's something about traditional animation that you can't get
in CG (computer graphics) where everything is always perfect. When
you're doing this traditional frame-by-frame animation process and
there's something slightly off, that's not a mistake or problem - that's
Cheers for booze + art.
What other artists would you like to feature at DnD?
I'm always on the lookout for artists. I'd like to feature a quintessential
Miami artist like Lebo. I'm fairly picky about that stuff. I was brought
up on classical painting and Picasso - that kinda of stuff. I'm pretty
picky about my modern art, which is the main consistency for Miami's
art. I'd love to see more people bring back those impressionist paintings,
maybe even German expressionism.
At tonight's Drinking and Drawing, you'll get to release the
kraken. Kraken Rum is sponsoring the event, so for every $4 cocktail you buy, half goes to fund MWCC's animation
studio. The drawing starts at 8 p.m. at the News Lounge (5580 NE 4th Ct., Miami) and is free. Call 305-433-5848 or visit miamiworldcinemacenter.org.
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