Travis Knight

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Travis Knight
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Born 1973 (age 43–44)
Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.
Education Jesuit High School
Alma mater Portland State University
Occupation Animator, film producer, film director, former rapper
Years active 1993–present
Parent(s) Phil Knight
Penny Knight

Travis Knight (born 1973) is an American animator, film director and producer and former rapper, known for working as the lead animator for Laika Entertainment and for directing Kubo and the Two Strings (his directorial debut).

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

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]

Animation[edit]

Travis worked at Will Vinton Studios for ten years[2] starting as an intern,[1] then worked as a stop-motion animator soon after, 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.

Since 2005, Knight has been one of the key members of the stop motion animation studio Laika, serving as Vice President of Animation, producer and Lead Animator, for both the stop-motion and CG animation staff,[3] on Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. He also sits on the Laika board of directors.[4] Along with Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, Knight was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, for The Boxtrolls. In 2014, Knight began working on his directorial debut, Kubo and the Two Strings, which was released in 2016.[5]

He is the current president and CEO of Laika, along with serving on the board of directors of his father's company, Nike, Inc., a position he assumed in 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Knight was born in Hillsboro, Oregon,[7] a suburb of Portland. Knight is the son of Penelope "Penny" (Parks) and Phil Knight, the founder and chairman of Nike. Knight is the grandson of publisher William W. Knight. He attended Jesuit High School, near Beaverton, Oregon. He is a graduate of Portland State University.[1]

Knight is married and has three children.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Animator Notes
2002 Día de Los Muertos No No Yes Short film
2005 Moongirl No No Yes
2009 Coraline No No Yes
2012 ParaNorman No Yes Yes
2014 The Boxtrolls No Yes Yes
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2018 Transformers Universe: Bumblebee[9] Yes No No Live-action Directorial debut

Television[edit]

Year Title Animator Notes
2000 Boyer Brothers Yes TV movie
The PJs Yes Episode: "Haiti and the Tramp"
2001 Gary & Mike Yes

Honors and awards[edit]

In June 2007, Knight was honored by Animation Magazine as one of 12 "Rising Stars of Animation."[10]

In October 2012 he was awarded the first Alumni Achievement Award from Portland State University (graduated in 1998).[11]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result[12]
2010 Annie Awards Character Animation in a Feature Production Coraline Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Shared with Trey Thomas
Nominated
2012 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Animated Feature Film
Shared with Arianne Sutner
ParaNorman Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Character Animation in a Feature Production Won
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Animated Picture
Shared with Arianne Sutner
Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Shared with Arianne Sutner
Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Shared with Chris Butler, Sam Fell & Brad Schiff
Nominated
2015 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature
Shared with Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable
The Boxtrolls Nominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Shared with David Bleiman Ichioka
Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Shared with Jason Stalman, Mike Laubach & Kyle Williams
Nominated
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Shared with Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable & Brad Schiff
Nominated
2017 Academy Awards[13] Best Animated Feature
Shared with Arianne Sutner
Kubo and the Two Strings Nominated
Annie Awards[14] Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production Nominated
British Academy Film Awards[15] Best Animated Film Won
Chicago Film Critics Association[16] Most Promising Filmmaker Nominated
Producers Guild of America Award[17] Best Animated Motion Picture
Shared with Arianne Sutner
Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards[18] Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Shared with Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff and Arianne Sutner
Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McNichol, Tom. 2009. "Hollywood Knights," Portland Monthly, February. Accessed: May 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Ryan Ball, "Coraline Animator Travis Knight of LAIKA," Animation Magazine, May 7, 2007 Accessed: August 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Laika, "Travis Knight, President & CEO". Accessed: May 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Salter, Chuck (July 1, 2007). "THE KNIGHTS' TALE". The Fast Company. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (December 22, 2014). "Laika, Focus Teaming on Animated 'Kubo and the Two Strings'". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Linshi, Jack (June 30, 2015). "Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight to Step Down as Chairman". Time. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The rise of Travis Knight, the son of Nike's founder who built an animation powerhouse – The Washington Post". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  8. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (February 8, 2013). "'ParaNorman's' Travis Knight: The Nike Scion Behind the Oscar-Nominated Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Transformers Bumblebee Spinoff Has Found Its Director". 3 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Ball, Ryan. 2007. "Coraline Animator Travis Knight of LAIKA," Animation Magazine, May 7. Accessed: May 24, 2012.
  11. ^ Simon Benson Awards. 2012. Accessed: October 10, 2012.
  12. ^ "Travis Knight – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 24, 2017). "Oscar Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Ties Record With 14 Noms; ‘Arrival’ & ‘Moonlight’ Snag 8 Apiece". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ Flores, Terry (November 28, 2016). "‘Zootopia’ Tops Annie Awards Nominations, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ in Close Second". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  15. ^ Ritman, Aley (January 9, 2017). "BAFTA Awards: 'La La Land' Leads Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ "The 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Nominees". Chicago Film Critics Association. December 11, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ Lewsi, Hillary; Lee, Ashley (January 5, 2017). "2017 PGA Film Nominees Include 'Deadpool,' 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land'; 'Westworld,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Atlanta' Among TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ Caranicas, Peter (February 7, 2017). "‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate Visual Effects Society Awards". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 

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