ANIMI /ˈanəmə/

VERB. TO ANIMATE

NOUN. COURAGE, HEART, SOUL

☁️ ANIMI is an Award-winning, multi-format design studio specializing in creative direction, film production, live event, and experiential installations. ☁️



 

From the infectious voice of Rachael Cantu and bizarre perspective of director Kalie Acheson comes Love Rush, a stunning ode to anticipation and falling in love. The screen brims with possibility as dancers Allaune Blegbo and Randi Freitas course through a labyrinth of textiles with impossible lightness, using their bodies to translate what it feels like to begin to trust, to begin to love someone new.

 

 

LOVE RUSH - RACHAEL CANTU

CREATIVE & DIRECTION - KALIE ACHESON Produced by ANIMI | Reflection Pictures
Featured Dancers | Choreography & Freestyle  Randi Freitas & Allauné Blegbo               Director of movement - Himerria Wortham   
Director of Photography -  Ernesto Lomeli
Makeup - Mynxii White
Costumes - Kate Bergh & Chloe Badner    Editor -  Ethan Coco
Colorist - Ken Schefler


WHO'S GONNA STOP US - STEADY HOLIDAY

PRODUCED - ANIMI | REFLECTION PICTURES

DIRECTED - ISAAC RAVISHANKARA

CREATIVE PRODUCER - KALIE ACHESON


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POST TIME TRAVEL

FROM THE PAST

THE MAR VISTA TIME TRAVEL MART

RETAIL SHOP

CREATIVE DIRECTOR - KALIE ACHESON

FABRICATION - ANIMI

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Kalie Acheson threw the Time Travel Mart into a time warp, trading in its mercantile past for a newly backdated Victorian-era curiosity shop makeover.

Our temporal team traveled from Triassic to Tudor to bring you all the tried and true trinkets every time traveller needs. 


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MIGUEL - PINEAPPLE SKIES

SPOTIFY EXCLUSIVE MUSIC VIDEO

DIRECTED BY ANIMI

PRODUCED BY REFLECTION PICTURES

For Miguel's Pineapple Skies Video, ANIMI teamed with AR Wizard Adam Ferriss to create a visual explosion of frames and floating images. All of the augmented reality effects were created in real-time during the shoot.

Video available exclusively on Spotify.


PRE

SHORT FILM

DIRECTED BY CHARLES LATHAM

PRODUCED BY KALIE ACHESON

PRE is a surreal, dream-like short film by Charles Latham. The short centers around a man and his recollection of a bitter breakup with a woman due to his abuse of a drug called PREVuTANOL.

The film, written by Charles and his brother, David Smith, takes viewers on a visceral, mind-bending, and fractured experience through the eyes of a man slowing loosing his grip on reality. 


THISTLES AND THORNS

MULTI-MODAL EXPERIENCE

DIRECTED BY KALIE ACHESON

PRODUCED BY ANIMI

 

Thistles and Thorns is an upcoming interactive experience comprised of a live event, art installation, short film, and children's book.

The narrative follows the symbolic trials and tribulations of a young woman’s journey through foreign landscapes and self discovery. Featuring a rich atmosphere and diverse cast and crew, Thistles and Thorns presents a unique and inspiring fantasy experience from the minds of Kalie Acheson and Yazmin Monet-Watkins.


COLOR OF REALITY

SHORT FILM

DIRECTED BY JON BOOGZ

PRODUCED BY KALIE ACHESON

The critically ­acclaimed short film “Color of Reality” brings together Alexa Meade’s painting style with the movement artistry of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to tell a story about gun violence and racial tensions in American society.

Color of Reality exploded onto the internet, accumulating over 7 million from it's My Modern Met piece, as well as being shared across platforms all over the world.

The film has been honored with numerous awards such as CNN's Great Big Story “Art as Impact Award" and World of Dance's "Experimental Film of the Year." It has screened all over the world including at the Hammer Museum, the Lincoln Center, and as part of the National Civil Rights Museum's “Freedom Awards Ceremony."


COMPLEXCON

CONVENTION, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, INTERVIEWS

CREATIVE DIRECTION BY KALIE ACHESON

FABRICATION BY ANIMI

ComplexCon is an unprecedented festival and exhibition conceived to bring together pop culture, art, food, style, sports, and music. 

ANIMI created an elaborate environment with colorful lights, hand painted props, and hand-built designer furniture for interviews with industry giants. The guests included such noteworthy culture-makers as Ice Cube, The Game, Timbaland, Jesse Williams, Tony Hawk, Vince Staples, Young Guru, John Singleton, Steve Aoki.


WILDHEART MOTEL

MULTI-MODAL EXPERIENCE

ART DIRECTION BY KALIE ACHESON

The Wildheart Motel was a 21 room motel art installation, music video, and concert in Los Angeles for Miguel. Over the course of two days, visitors were able to immerse themselves in a wild, unexpected, visual journey.

A full karaoke bar, interrogation room, grotto cave, and upside down room, were among the many rooms designed from scratch. Guests and talent included Rihanna, Skrillex, Dr. Woo, and Travis Scott.


GRAVITY PAWS

SHOW OPENING

PRODUCTION DESIGN BY KALIE ACHESON

STAR VS THE FORCES OF EVIL

COMMERCIAL

PRODUCTION DESIGN BY KALIE ACHESON