See Here Studios was founded by two independent artists, Wallace E. Keller and Valerie Mih, who together have over 35 years combined experience in the illustration and animation fields. The Studio’s mission is to create inspiring entertainment for children by combining world-class artistry with new storytelling technologies.

Bios

Wallace E. Keller, Co-founder and Creative Director

Author/illustrator Wallace E. Keller was raised in Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Business Week, Ms. and Psychology Today. He is an author and illustrator of children’s books and educational textbooks (Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin). He has also designed national ad campaigns (McDonald’s “What’s On Your Plate” stop-motion animated PSAs) and children’s television shows (Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer”). He received a B.F.A in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Valerie Mih, Co-founder and Creative Director

Valerie Mih has created animation for feature films (Toy Story II, A Bugs Life), television commercials (Hershey’s Kisses) and educational software (Star Wars Math, Posit Science Brain Fitness Program). An M.F.A. graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, she has directed and produced award-winning educational films, including shorts for PBS and an animated documentary about Albert Einstein (awarded Best Animation, Cinema and Technology Festival). Prior to co-founding See Here Studios, she served as the Art Director at Posit Science Corporation. Nurturing the next generation of animators, she is the faculty lead for the M.F.A. in Computer Animation program at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco. An avid musician, she composes music and performs jazz piano in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can be heard on independent albums in iTunes.

Andréa Senise, Animator and Motion Designer

Andrea Senise has worked professionally as a filmmaker, designer and motion graphics artist since 2002. She holds a Bachelors in Fine Art degree from the National Service For Commercial Education University (SENAC) in Sao Paulo, and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Computer Animation from The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. To see more of her work, visit her Portfolio Site.

Adrian Martinez, Animator

Adrian Martinez has worked on various productions in different mediums. Having received his Bachelors of Science in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of California – San Francisco in 2009, he has since worked as a 3D animator, 2D animator, motion graphics animator and a Flash artist. His most recent works include: The Three Pandas (See Here Studios), Legend Hunter (Facebook game for Hexify), The Wrong Side of the Bed (See Here Studios), and Ruined (a game by Bigpoint). To view more of his work, visit his Portfolio Site.

Ray Zone, 3D Conversion Artist for “The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D”

Over his 25 year career, Ray Zone has converted over 150 comics into 3D and has been called the “King of 3D comics.” Yet “The Wrong Side of the Bed” was Zone’s very first children’s book project, one which he felt was uniquely suited to 3D: “With a richly illustrated story of the world turned upside down, Wallace Keller has created a perfect vehicle for 3D storytelling in ‘The Wrong Side of the Bed.’ In converting this imaginatively rendered world to stereographic imagery, I was given a wonderful opportunity to create a new form of visual space.”

ZhiYun Qiu, Software Engineer

ZhiYun Qiu earned his Computer Science Masters degree from Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications. He has worked as a professional Smartphone developer since 2007 in the iOS, Android and Windows Mobile platforms. He has also served as a senior engineer at the Beijing Samsung Telecom Research Center. He has extensive experience with the Cocos2D open-source game engine. To see more of his work, visit his Portfolio Site.

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