Deep in the pacific Northwest, in the rain-drenched, cold brew-infused world of Portland, Ore., Travis Knight
has created something strange and very special. Over the past 15 years, the stop-motion helmer and producer has built Laika
, a film studio that’s become famous for crafting movies by hand.
They’ve also been lauded for their cutting-edge technologies that they use in conjunction with their stop-motion art. In 2016, Laika won a Sci-Tech award from AMPAS
for its 3D printing technologies.
It’s taken years to attract and develop the kind of unusual, gifted artists that can make hits including “ParaNorman
” and the critically lauded “Kubo and the Two Strings
.” But Knight, who describes himself as a lonely kid who loved to read and become immersed in stories, feels in sync with the creative family who’ve joined him there.
“We are a strange group of people, from all walks of life, from all over the world,