Based in Portland, Oregon, LAIKA is a premier stop-motion animation company. With award-winning films like Coraline, ParaNorman, The BoxTrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and most recently, Missing Link, LAIKA is recognized for its unique aesthetic. Producing films the way LAIKA does is at the intersection of high-tech and analog.
LAIKA’s small IT team is passionate about the animation business. “We support the production, making the movie.” explained Mahlon Smith, Senior Technologist at LAIKA. The team is behind the scenes, amongst set carpenters, painters, and film directors. “We enable the production as efficiently as possible. Every dollar saved is a dollar we can apply towards the screen.”
This sense of fiscal responsibility steers the team towards reusable technologies. Particularly when it comes to integration. With that frugality in mind, the team began looking at RabbitMQ as far back as 2009. What they’ve learned from using RabbitMQ over the last six years is how to solve more with a flexible messaging backbone.