Slow Dog Studios is Mike Hoium and Meleah Maynard.

Mike is a 3D modeler, animator, motion graphics designer.

3D Modeling

Meleah is freelance journalist, author and editor.

Writing & Editing


I am a freelance 3D modeler, animator, and motion graphics designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I use Cinema 4D for my 3D work and After Effects for motion graphics, as well as the rest of the Adobe tools and many other supporting applications. I have worked on a wide range of projects for many different clients, including Best Buy, The Mill, 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Splice, Motion504, Target, KNOCK, Cargill, Pixel Farm, Dell, Carleton College, Optum, Verizon, the University of Minnesota, Broadhead, RBC, and Toro.


Click the image below to see my reel. You will see examples of both 3D animation and motion graphics. I primarily use Cinema 4D for the 3D stuff, and After Effects as well as most other Adobe tools for the rest.


Meleah Maynard – Writer and Editor

I am a freelance journalist, author and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My stories, essays and columns on science-related topics, nature, technology, motion graphics and VFX, gardening, health and many other things have appeared in numerous publications, including Minnesota Monthly, History Channel Magazine, Minnesota Alumni, Live Design, CGSociety, Studio Daily, Twin Cities Business, Better Homes and Gardens, Northern Gardener, Midwest Home, Mpls. St. Paul and City Pages. My book, Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations, was co-written with Jeff Gillman and published by Timber Press in 2012.

A full-time freelancer since 2001, I’ve had about a zillion jobs in my life: waitress, bartender, receptionist, hot dog griller (seriously), coat check girl, retail clerk, overnight staff person at a women’s shelter and mental health caseworker at a day treatment center for people with serious mental illness—just to name a few. Today, I work from home and my clients include magazines, newspapers, websites, non-profits and businesses of all types and sizes. My blog on gardening, nature and other interesting stuff is called Livin’ Thing. Check it out at


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