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Real world design vs fantasy of the Entertainment Industry


The lights were always bright and the sound of chatter filled the air. It was a world unlike any other, the world of entertainment. As a production designer, I was tasked with the challenge of creating temporary worlds for actors to inhabit, and for audiences to be transported to. It was a world of endless creativity, constantly pushing the boundaries of what was possible. But with that came a heavy burden, the burden of knowing that once the project was complete, everything would be disassembled and demolished. It was a world of temporary fantasies, where my work would only be appreciated for a fleeting moment in time.

Breaking down a script was always a challenge, but one that I relished. It was like a puzzle, piecing together the director’s vision and bringing it to life on screen. Every opportunity was different, presenting unique challenges that required a completely different set of skills. One moment I was designing a futuristic spaceship, and the next, a 1920s speakeasy. It was a world of endless possibilities, where my creativity knew no bounds.

But perhaps the most draining aspect of being a production designer was the knowledge that everything I created was temporary. No matter how dedicated I was to a project, it would only exist for a brief moment in time. It was a constant reminder that nothing lasts forever, and that everything I created would eventually be taken apart, dismantled, and discarded. It was a wearing feeling, knowing that no matter how much I poured into a project, it was ultimately disposable.

And then came the transition into the real world of architectural interior design. It was a world that presented a different kind of challenge, but one that was equally as rewarding. Unlike the temporary fantasies of the entertainment industry, there was a possibility that a great design could stand the test of time. There was a reward for greatness, dedication, commitment, and attention to detail.

But I want to be perfectly clear to my potential clients, my experience in the temporary fantasy world of film and television design only strengthened my dedication to their projects. There is nothing temporary about my design style or my commitment to their project. My work and 25 years of experience have stood the test of time. I have faced every challenge imaginable and have emerged stronger for it.

My range of challenges is unmatched by any other interior designer. I have designed everything from post-apocalyptic lofts to art deco beach front homes, from medieval castles to modern penthouses. I have been challenged with different design styles and periods, and have always risen to the occasion.

In the world of architectural interior design, there is a certain level of permanence that comes with each project. Unlike the world of entertainment, the spaces I design will exist long after I am gone. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and one that I am proud to undertake.

But even though the world of architectural interior design presents a different set of challenges, it is still a world of endless possibilities. Each project is a new puzzle to solve, a new vision to bring to life. And even though the end result may be permanent, the journey is just as rewarding.

So to all of my potential clients, I want you to know that my experience in the entertainment industry has only strengthened my dedication to your project. I bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the table, and am ready to take on any challenge that comes my way. I am committed to creating spaces that will stand the test of time, spaces that you will be proud to call your own for years to come.

Design Strong My Friends Very Strong

Elvis Restaino

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