Special Projects

The Wall Street Journal Magazine

2019 Innovator Awards

How do you honor visionaries like Julianne Moore, Tyler the Creator, Melina Matsoukas, and Eddie Murphy in a way that encapsulates their bold personalities and groundbreaking talents? The Wall Street Journal Magazine tasked us with answering that question for their 2019 Innovator Awards, for which we developed a series of short hand-drawn scenes memorializing key moments in the lives and careers of each honoree.

Artistic Approach

RF Studio53 developed the overall conceptual and visual approach and led all phases of the project – from scripting through design, storyboarding, voiceover direction, and animation. The resulting eight-part series celebrates the honorees through elegant and inventive progressions in a sketchbook aesthetic.

These films were highlighted across Wall Street Journal Magazine’s social media channels and shown at the 2019 awards gala at The Museum of Modern Art.


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Tyler, the Creator film on the WSJ Magazine’s Instagram page”

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