Our studio is filled with people who are motivated and passionate about their work. They are excited about working with the best team in the world. We’re not about a one-man show, but strive to collaborate with the power of team spirit. We love a big kid attitude, playfulness, direct communication and thinking outside of the box. We want to create a work environment that allows creativity to soar, giving every artist a place where he or she can share their ideas and dreams with others. We encourage one another to pursue excellence while constantly learning about life and art.
The founder of KenduFilms, Davy Liu, was born in Taiwan, the son of a prominent baker. As he later entered school, he earned poor grades in his academic studies resulting in very low self-esteem. He struggled with making straight A’s but was gifted in drawing straight lines. His family immigrated to the United States in 1982 where he met his 8th grade art teacher Poppy Kincaid. She discovered Davy’s talent and encouraged him with the words “You can do it”. That following year, Davy was selected as a top 20-award winner in a U.S. national art competition
This instilled a confidence and passion in Davy that encouraged him to pursue art and later became a fine animator and production designer for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brother Feature Animation, and Industrial Light and Magic. Davy often recalls what his art teacher told him, “You can do it”. Therefore, Kendu Films hopes to encourage the next generation with a "Can Do” spirit in every child by bringing great content and encouragement to families everywhere..
Davy is a celebrated artist in the United States, China, and around the world. His artistic talent is most known for works he completed at Walt Disney Feature Animation, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King. He also worked for George Lucas at Industrial Light and Magic and for Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Davy founded Kendu Films in 2004 and has subsequently published the Invisible Tails series of picture books, namely “The Giant Leaf”,“Fire Fish”, “Jordan’s Guest”,“The Royal Feast”and “Enchanted Tree”. Davy is also a dynamic speaker in North American and in Asia where he talks about creativity and pursuing your dreams. His biography was published in July of 2013 by Business Weekly in Taiwan.
Max Howard created and ran studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disney’s most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation he oversaw such hit movies as The Iron Giant and Space Jam. At DreamWorks, he was co-executive producer for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. Max is a sought after expert in the animation industry, working with companies and organizations from all around the world. Max is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He was recently honored with a Doctor of Arts degree from Teesside University in the United Kingdom, and a DeTao Master with the Beijing Masters Academy in China. He also serves as the Chancellor of the Children’s University for the Middlesbrough region in the northeast of England.
Mark Arvidson has been with Kendu Films since its inception, responsible for the development, publishing, and distribution of the Invisible Tails series as well as all aspects of the company’s development. While Mark continues to oversee business operations, his continued collaboration with Davy Liu as a contributing author has produced Kendu Films’ fifth children’s book, The Enchanted Tree. Mark’s passion for business operations is rooted in 20 years of operational experience in various companies. Mark has consulted internationally with business leaders in Thailand, Philippines, Lithuania, and Switzerland. In addition, he has held executive positions in the specialty clothing, real estate, and executive search industries, among others. He has a B.S. in Mathematics from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.