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David Schlesinger SDSA

December 19th, 2019

In a Few Words...

Which talent would you most like to have?
Chess Grandmaster. I started playing chess about 5 years ago, as a way to bond with my son, who is an active player. Ever since I started playing, I always dress in a Chess board somewhere on a job. Chess serves as a great escape from the insanity of the work a Set Decorator does.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Convincing my wife to say yes, our two amazingly talented and funny kids. Work-wise...moving to New York City from New Orleans, and becoming an established Set Decorator. What do they say? If you can make it here (NY) you can make it anywhere? It has been a long, steady journey where I honed the skills that I now use every day.

Which word or phrase do you use the most?
"the thing is..." "Cool," "Awesome," "Overbudget?" "Do you play Chess?" and "Do we have to clear that? That is ridonculas"

What do you look for on the Craft Services table?
Any food that is wrapped. I have witnessed too many folks digging their hands into the nuts! Truthfully, if I am at Craft Services, it means I am on a shooting set, and if I am on a shooting set (other than to open it), then there is trouble brewing...I love working in the film industry, I love being a Set Decorator, I am not a fan of being on set.

Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
The craft of Set Decoration is often not understood, even by many of the people in teh Film Industry. SDSA does an exceptional job of educating the world as to what the Set Decorator does.
SDSA has fostered a fantastic community of peers. Having other decorators to reach out to about questions of sourcing or anything else that relates to the craft is wonderful.
"The Thing is...SDSA is Cool and Awesome, and Decorators who do not belong are Redonkulas.  Do you want to play Chess?"

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Partial Credits:

KNIVES OUT
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
COME SUNDAY
THE EQUALIZER 2
TRUE STORY
ANNIE
THE IMMIGRANT
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1
GOING THE DISTANCE
PEACOCK
VAMPIRES
FLIPPER


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