Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with T2 creative director Travis Schlitter

Meet T2 creative director Travis Schlitter.

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Name: Travis Schlitter

Occupation: Creative director for the motion design and animation team at T2 Studios. If you're curious about what the hell that is, hit If you still have questions, call me. I like curious people.

Hometown: Hays, Kansas

Current neighborhood: Union Hill

Who or what is your sidekick? I can't imagine anyone being more supportive than my wife, Sarah. My cat, Laika, is also quite the crony.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I've been a licensed pilot since high school, so I imagine something in the field of aviation. However, I would hope a parallel universe would be much more advanced, so my day job would likely be designing and building personal flying vehicles.

Where do you drink? Anywhere close to home. Martini Corner has a lot of good options within walking distance, and when I want to drink the good stuff, the bars at Pierpont's and Manifesto are solid.

What's your favorite charity? Ronald McDonaldHouse Charities and Project Warmth. Both are great.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I like to eat, so good portions of the paycheck end up at all the neighborhood restaurants. I enjoy cooking, also, which usually involves a Costco run. And I can't get out of there without a bunch of other crap. What's left goes toward the latest Apple products or handmade Italian footwear.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The belief that this year is the year for the Chiefs or Royals is getting old. But the Royals do look good this year, and the Chiefs have a new coach.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? I often use out-of-town guests as an excuse to try a new restaurant. If not, a place like Grinders or Le Fou Frog is always fun. If they want barbecue, it's down the road to Jack Stack or a venture out to Oklahoma Joe's. Depending on the guest, the Nelson, Union Station and WWI Museum are usually on the list.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " We reinvested in downtown. Through the hard work and generosity of many Kansas Citians, the downtown and surrounding areas have changed drastically over the last 10 years. I remember not long ago, after five and on weekends, this place was a ghost town. Now the city has life. We need to keep that going.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Sprawled out. Following the lead of every other city and participating in one of the greatest misallocations of resources in our nation's history, Kansas City began the suburban sprawl. The metro is a huge area for the amount of people who actually live here. I guess that's what makes it appealing to a lot of people, but to me, if you can't walk, bike or jump on easy public transit to get anywhere in the city, then it's not a city.

"Kansas City needs ... " More and improved transportation options. A major sports championship. To stop apologizing.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Launching the SS Design Is Right for its maiden voyage. That is all I can share at this time.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Have only nine toes. The big toe on my right foot was claimed by an unfortunate tandem sail-trike accident when I was only about 3 years old. I still think sail trikes are badass.

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Pearl Jam bootlegs

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Opening day at the K. I'm a Royals season-ticket holder, and I love this day.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Alison Brie

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: The Blue Balls Blues, @BlueBallsBlues

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Whoever decided to plant those bombs in Boston. Why can't everyone just express their anger through art? And I'll be irritated with America if we overreact again and start erecting monuments. And the weather. Where the fuck is spring?

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? I cherish all my streaming-video accounts: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, Hulu, HBO GO.

Last book you read: Consilience by Edward O. Wilson

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I'd been holding some fierce gas at bay through an entire movie and ride home. As soon as she was out of the car, I unleashed hell. Then I looked down and saw she left her coat in the car. Before I could think to grab it and take it to her, the door opened. It was probably something like stepping into the guys' bathroom at Arrowhead when they used to have the troughs.

Interesting brush with the law? Back in the day, I used to host this massive annual party that inevitably ended up with me in jail. Every year.

Describe a recent triumph: I'm extremely proud of a recent project called "The Blue Balls Blues." This safe-sex PSA was the result of a collaboration with creative types from San Francisco, L.A., Boulder, NYC and São Paulo.

There are safe-sex PSAs, and then there's "The Blue Balls Blues." Rather than conjure up fears of STDs and unwanted pregnancies, we introduced an entirely different risk. Their names are Rusty and Vern. And their very existence is a colorful, SFW reminder to always bring protection. So do your boys a favor and listen up:

All the video production and animation were done right here in KC at T2 Studios. It was a blast to create and, with people all over the world viewing the video and sharing Rusty and Vern's message, a truly rewarding experience.

The Blue Balls Blues (Official Blues Video) from The Blue Balls Blues on Vimeo.

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