Meet The Team
This is the page for the Whim Independent Studios team. This includes members who have been instrumental to development of our projects, as well as interns, contributors, and voiceover artists who contributed to our various projects.
Paul oversees agreements, contracts between team members, and make sure that appropriate business matters are taken care of so development on current projects can proceed.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: Assassin’s Creed, Pokémon, Mass Effect series.
Jonathan “Jodin” Dishaw
Selatria Lead Game Designer
Jon originally signed on for testing and balancing. However, he has taken an expanded role in Selatria’s development, working on expanding the Team Attack system, designing new abilities for characters, and writing sections of the plot.
For Selatria, Jon focuses on keeping combat challenging and rewarding as well as providing significant contributions to the dialogue, plot, and scenario design.
For ANTics, Jon devised the original concept and many other game mechanics.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: Final Fantasy Tactics, Super Mario RPG, Armored Core series, Ace Combat 2 and 6, Pokémon series, Capcom fighting games, Evil Zone, and the Borderlands series.
ANTics Lead Programmer/Web Developer
Gerren is the lead programmer for ANTics. He created the software architecture for the game and implemented the majority of the game mechanics. He has also taken on the role as the company’s web developer and has revamped the site to what you see now.
He enjoys taking game design ideas and bringing them to life through code.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: The Legend of Zelda series, Metal Gear Solid series, Uncharted series, Resident Evil series, Batman: Arkham series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Final Fantasy X, Super Mario 64… and of course, Star Trek
Selatria Co-Lead Artist
Jennifer Gilliland prefers to be called Jen or Jenny by her peers, because it makes her feel less old! In Selatria, Jen took her first shot creating sprites and had a blast doing so. She also helps concept environments and characters, because she really enjoys characters, painting, and improving! She went to Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA and after a ton of boss battles she graduated with her B.F.A. She aspires to be a Texture Artist or Character Artist in the video game industry.
Selatria Co-Lead Artist
Deborah is the character concept and sprite artist in Selatria. She recently joined the team and is currently attending Cal State San Bernardino as a Studio Art major.
She enjoys creating diverse characters for any project she’s on and one day hopes to create unique and relatable characters that will inspire others for future creative projects.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: Ace Attorney Series, Journey, Never Alone, Persona 4, Kingdom Hearts, Assassin’s Creed Series, Pokemon series, Ib, The Sims series
Ryan is the writer and editor for Selatria. He has generously taken it upon himself to fix the gaping plot-holes and horrendous dialogue Jon, Grover, and Matt subject him to. Even though he has yet to make a single day on time, he manages to consistently put forward a substantial effort and reliable results. His major flaw is that he is a shameless graphics whore.
Favorite Games: World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Half Life 2, Portal, Battlefield, Total War, God of War, Mass Effect series.
Geno has designed the company’s logo and will provide conceptual art for characters, items and environments in future projects. Since childhood, he has always been fascinated in the illusion of life in illustrated characters. Therefore he naturally looked into the field of artwork in video games.
He graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design., and will use his skills in creating life in his work.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: .hack// series, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy VII, Yakuza series, Donkey Kong Country series, Super Mario series.
Chris is the Co-Composer of Selatria and sole composer of ANTics.
Favorite Games: All Battlefield Games, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Project Justice, Power Stone Games, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Def Jam: Fight For NY, Halo Wars, Bomberman, Legend of Legaia Series, Soul Caliber 2, Super Smash Bros Series, Capcom vs SNK 2, King of Fighters 2000-2003, Super Mario Bros 2: Yoshi’s Island, Donkey Kong Country, WWF: No Mercy, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mario Kart Series
Paul is 3D modeler and animator of the bugs in ANTics, and sports the second largest beard amongst the team. He has worn many hats throughout his career, and has the opportunity to work QA testing at Square-Enix USA.
Favorite Games: RPGs, table-top games, Pathfinder, BESM, D&D.
Katie is many things, a terrain artist being one of them. She is currently designing the backgrounds for a to-be-announced project, and she greatly anticipates seeing her work in the finished product.
Katie’s art style is more along the macabre side.
Inspirations: Mecha suits, biomechanical engineering, prosthetics, and Redjuice999’s speedpaints on youtube.
Aside from RJ999, Katie also turns to various other shows and videos for inspiration. Sailor Moon, Yamio, PokeTheCookie, Sissly-sama, Monster High, Ever After High, Tinkerbell movies, and all video games listed below.
Favorite Games: Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, the Batman series, Assassin’s Creed, Clue, Animal Crossing, Mirror’s Edge, Super Mario Sunshine, Persona 4, L. A. Noire, Ori and the Blind Forest, Heavy Rain, Borderlands, Luigi’s Mansion, Among the Sleep, pretty much any Escape Room game, Rayman, The Wolf Among Us, Starfox, Cooking Mama, Tomb Raider, the Fallout series, Alice: Madness Returns, the list goes on and on.
Jessica M. Jacuinde
Jessica worked on creating the game trailer for ANTics, and is currently an artist for the team. This past June 2015 she graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a B.A. in Art, emphasis in Studio Art, and Film Studies minor.
Whether through illustration, film, or even writing, telling and sharing stories has always been apart of her.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: Harvest Moon, Final Fantasy series, Witch’s House, Don’t Starve, The Sims series, Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution.
Wes “Chiaki” Shamloo
Selatria Sound Effects Designer/Composer
General Game Designer
Chris started as an intern and was brought on as a game designer. Besides working at the studio, Chris also works at a veterinarian hospital and has a passion for reptiles, drumming, and playing video games.
Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3, Diablo 3, Starcraft 1 & 2, Dishonored, Borderlands series, Tales of Zestiria, Maple Story, Darksiders series, and Kingdoms of Amalur
Leigh-anna started as an intern and joined Whim Indie as a programmer/scripter. She has an interest in implementing clever AI as well as creating interesting worlds for others to dive into.
Favorite Games/Inspirations: Persona series, Fire Emblem, and Kingdom Hearts.
Talent We Have Worked With
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