By Whatever Means Necessary


Crafting an Era of Music & Activism

Hundreds of layers of musicians, activists, cultural icons, and cityscapes come to life for our show open for By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem. Award-winning director Keith McQuirter led this Epix docu-series examining Harlem’s boom of music and culture during the years coinciding with the Epix drama series Godfather of Harlem.

Our graphic package for the series included this title sequence, as well as archival photograph and headline treatments, photo retouches and enhancing, and the series typographic package.


Creative Director, Lead Designer & Animator: Daniel de Graaf

Animation: Naoko Saito, Ryan Frost

Network: Epix

Accolades: Winner of the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing