KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
TRAVIS KNIGHT, p.g.a. (Producer; Director)
Travis Knight is President & CEO of LAIKA, the award-winning feature film
animation studio located in Hillsboro, Oregon. He has led or been involved in
all key creative and business decisions at LAIKA since the studio's founding in
2005. Before becoming President & CEO in 2009, he served as Head of Animation,
supervising the studio's stop-motion and CG animation staffs; and overseeing
studio-wide animation production and development. Kubo and the Two Strings marks
his directorial debut.
He was producer and lead animator on LAIKA's The Boxtrolls (2014) and ParaNorman
(2012); and was lead animator on the studio's first motion picture, Coraline
(2009). All three of LAIKA's features have been nominated for the Academy Award
as well as BAFTA and PGA Awards. Coraline and The Boxtrolls were also nominated
for Golden Globe Awards; and ParaNorman was cited as Best Animated Feature by 14
critics' groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature. Mr. Knight was
honored with the Annie Award, the animation industry's highest honor, for his
character animation work on ParaNorman and, as producer, received an Academy
Award nomination for The Boxtrolls. He was named a "Rising Star of Animation" by
Animation Magazine in 2007.
Mr. Knight was supervising animator on LAIKA's highly praised short film
Moongirl. He began his career in animation in the late 1990s working on the Emmy
Award-winning stop-motion animated television series The PJs, as well as on
numerous national commercial campaigns, during his tenure at Oregon's renowned
Under his leadership, LAIKA has garnered worldwide distinction for its melding
of the age-old craft of stop-motion animation with the most cutting-edge
cinematic advances and manufacturing techniques. Fast Company named LAIKA one of
the world's "Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Entertainment."
Mr. Knight was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni
Achievement from his alma mater Portland State University, presented in 2012. He
sits on the Board of Directors for LAIKA and NIKE.
Despite his corporate duties and filmmaker responsibilities, he still likes
playing with dolls.
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