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Travis Knight (animator)

Travis Knight
Born 1973
Hillsboro, Oregon
Alma mater Portland State University
Occupation film animator;
President, CEO, LAIKA, Inc.
Parents Phil Knight
Penny Knight
Website
LAIKA, Inc.

Travis Knight (b. 1973, Hillsboro, Oregon) is an American animator, film executive and former rapper, the son of Penelope "Penny" (Parks) and Phil Knight, the founder and chairman of Nike, Inc. He is the current president and CEO of LAIKA, Inc.

Early life

Knight grew up in Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland, Oregon; attending Jesuit High School, near Beaverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of Portland State University.[1]

Career

Animation

Travis joined Will Vinton Studios, first as an intern.[1] He worked as a stop-motion animator, working on the Emmy Award-winning television series The PJs, produced with Eddie Murphy Productions and Imagine Entertainment, as well as the animated series Gary & Mike on UPN. He animated numerous television commercials and promo spots, including the NFL campaign on Fox. Knight served as Vice President of Animation and as Lead Animator on Coraline and ParaNorman. He also sits on the LAIKA board of directors.

Music

As Chilly Tee, Knight released one rap album, 1993's Get Off Mine, and single of the same name. It featured production from The Bomb Squad and Knight wrote most of the lyrics. Knight is quoted in the Portland Monthly as saying, "Nobody bought that record... I liked making music, but I hated the performing part of it. I think there’s a reason most animators are hidden behind giant curtains. They’re not meant for the spotlight."[1]

Honors and awards

  • Coraline, on which he was lead animator, was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award, for "Outstanding Animated Film".[2]
  • In June 2007, Knight was honored by Animation Magazine as one of 12 "Rising Stars of Animation."[3]
  • In October 2012 he was awarded the first Alumni Achievement Award from Portland State University (graduated in 1998).[4]

See also

Additional reading

  • , May 7, 2007
  • , May 14, 2012
  • , February 2009.
  • , July 1, 2007
  • , October 1993, from Google Books

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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