Motionographer Scholar Turns Gaming Personas into Motion-Packed Animation for VALORANT’s Premiere Recreation Changers Championship

Within the high-octane world of aggressive esports, Riot’s VALORANT Recreation Changers is a drive to be reckoned with. They’re ladies and gender-marginalized gamers throughout the VALORANT neighborhood, rejecting conference with their daring spirit and insanely gifted play.

Partnering with Riot Games, Scholar got down to create a visually gorgeous marketing campaign for the Game Changers Championship. One that may match the depth and fearlessness of the professionals themselves and kick off the reside event in Berlin.

It was a dream collaboration, and in line with Scholar Inventive Director Macauley Johnson, “we labored with Riot Video games on each facet of this movie from the start scripts to working with the music observe, all to craft an action-packed story stylized with radiant power–psychedelic and surreal–bringing anime-inspired motion right into a dreamscape of VALORANT imagery and lore.”

Highlighting 5 Recreation Changers professionals from throughout the globe, Scholar rigorously sculpted every character by bringing their real-world counterpart’s in-game persona to the forefront. Some explicit particulars of in-game play will be seen within the character’s particular talents, which had been derived from every professional’s most well-liked agent, with workforce colours taking part in an integral function in every customized outfit: meL’s sky blue, a direct reference to professional workforce Cloud9, or Ayumiii’s purple, a nod to ALTER EGO Celesté and so forth. Past that, Scholar centered on the individualized fashion of motion, facial expressions, favourite techniques, and signature strikes to focus on the fluidity, creativity, and dexterity of the gamers themselves.

The promo movie was about capturing the gamers’ inner kineticism, portray for all to see the talent exuded within the split-second it takes to hit the set off or perish. The selections that make every participant a champion are personified within the movie’s rigorously chosen particulars, launching the marketing campaign into the stratosphere as a showcase of unrelenting expertise. Pulling design reference in all places from the graphic cowl artwork of Chainsaw Man and Dorohedoro to the dynamic sakuga of Akira, the marketing campaign is smattered with VALORANT easter eggs that gamers and followers of all talent ranges can get behind, from the in-game talents the characters faucet into to the delicate particulars of the constructions round them.

The movie, which was created with a mixture of 2D and 3D animation strategies, weaves collectively hyper-stylized visuals, kinetic motion, breakneck editorial pacing, and fearless individuality. The colour story additionally performs a job within the narrative. Scholar discovered delicate methods to weave the enduring VALORANT gold into the world, launching the heroes into moments of hyper-pop palettes throughout their best moments of success, breaking them out of the norm and into the extraordinary.

As Scholar Artwork Director Ana Chang places it, “in a world that fights to maintain them from rising to the highest, these professionals overcome all odds and showcase their insanely gifted play. Rejecting conference, altering the sport, and re-shaping the world to search out their success–that’s Recreation Changers.”


About Scholar
Scholar is a inventive manufacturing firm drawn collectively by a love for design, limitless curiosity, and keenness for participating viewers on an emotional stage. The corporate blends top-tier artistry with manufacturing experience to forge braver, smarter content material that’s extremely authentic. A full-service studio with workplaces in Los Angeles and New York, fueled by a various array of award-winning creators, Scholar produces work that’s pushed by substance and elevated by fashion.



Model Associate: Scholar
Story By: Riot Video games, Macauley Johnson, Ana Chang
Inventive Director: Macauley Johnson
Artwork Director: Ana Chang
Animation Director: Alex Bernas
Lead Compositor: Andrew Tan
CG Supervisor: Kevin Kolodinsky
Managing Govt Producer: Kirsten Noll
Govt Producer: Antonio Hardy
Head of Manufacturing: Nicole Smarsh
Senior Producer: Christina Yiallouris
Affiliate Producer: Bella Bergeron
Manufacturing Assistant: Jack Readman
Pitch Producer: Marcus Fussell
Lead Designer: Jina Kwon
Designers: Aivy Nguyen, Kiron Robinson, Cendan Claiborne, Jose Bernabe, Kyle Fewell, Siena Mae, Stephanie Stromenger, Tiago Calliari, Victorien Aubineau
Storyboards: Mark Yates
Cel Animators: Aivy Nguyen, Alex Bernas, Ana Chang, Danni Fisher-Shin, Zach Herdman, Barbara Benas, Billy Mpetha, Bruno de Mendonca, Deco Daviola, Laura Yilmaz, Michael Relth, Olivia Blanc, Romario Clarke
Media Supervisor: Adrianna McKinley
3D/ Previz Animators: Han Hu, Kevin Kolodinsky, Stephen Van Wyk, Derek Friesenborg, Sarah Wolfe, Steven Dvornik
Compositors: Kenny Kerut, Sam Bachman, Andrew Tan, Dylan Blau, Jip Jeong
2D Animators: Kiron Robinson, Zach Herdman
Editor: Dominic Strazulo

Telecine: RCO
Colorist: Derrick Yuen

Combine & Sound Design: One other Nation
Combine & Sound Designer: Erik Widmark
Assistant: Cathryn Stark