What is your name and your current occupation?
Vito Viscomi – Writer/Story Editor and Partner at Slap Happy Cartoons.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I used to walk around in womenâ€™s shoes as an assistant Foley Artist. Oh, and I used to stuff animals.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Jackass, The Tom Green Show, The Vacant Lot, Fin shorts for the Vancouver Canucks, Kid VS Kat, League of Super Evil… and a few other future projects.
How did you become interested in animation?
I grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons.
Born in Italy, grew up in Toronto. Was into sketch comedy and got a call about the possibility of writing for Studio B productions in Vancouver and immediately fell in love with the freedom animation allows.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Usually deal with emails about projects, then collect notes, handle revisions, the occasional conference call with producers/creators/networks, assign scripts and revision notes, edit scripts, write and rewrite.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Writing a first outline/draft. As a writer, itâ€™s usually the most fun because there are few notes and limitations, and itâ€™s just you and the blank screen.
Trying to make conflicting notes from various parties work within a script. You want to address peopleâ€™s concerns, but itâ€™s a balancing act when you have notes that butt against each other.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Sometimes I scratch my head at new series that get greenlit, but Iâ€™ve been in this business long enough to know that there are a number of factors at play including timing, politics, the creators and their relationship with a network, photos of execs with sheep, etc. etc. etc. Iâ€™m kidding. Theyâ€™re usually horses, not sheep.
Laptop, iPhone, iPad, and TV of course.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I once met Chuck Jones at a Warner Brothers party back in 1992 or so. It was a thrill for me. I told him that he pretty much single-handedly formed my sense of humor… and he apologized.
Unfortunately I canâ€™t answer this question because I lost my memory in a fish cannery accident. I think.