This is a test-of-concept and test-of-techniques experiment using mostly recycled materials (cardboard from boxes, a plastic bag for the windows, etc.) to construct the environment. I still have a LOT to do on it, like paint the mortar lines and brick shadows, make interiors for the apartment on the second floor and café, finish the street and sidewalk, maybe put a ledge over the door, put cut-out figures in the cafe and windows above, make clothing for the man, etc.
Looking at it this morning I realized the scale of the building is too small, I will have to increase the height of the ceilings. Also I need to experiment with fillers to finish/disguise the corregations on the cut board, fill in the fronts of the ledges above and below the windows, etc. I guess it never ends until one says, "That is close enough for what I need. . ." I used the dull side of aluminum foil to cover the café door, and am pleased with the result, but need to find some heavy card so the corregated cardboard doesn't warp the surface of the aluminum door. This effect works great, though, on the brick wall!
I will also build some "L" -shaped supports, or finish the rooms inside, including the café. Since the whole clip is only going to be between 15 and 30 seconds long, I can afford to go all out and detail to my heart's content to make it really stand out. So far I feel it has already exceeded my expectations, given the crudeness of my materials, tools and prior experience with the art-form. My silversmithing skills are proving invaluable in detailing at a small scale.
The sandwich-sign dude is about 3 inches high, a scale I will use on a long shot to keep the T. Rex (which is 40 feel long in full-scale) down to a manageable length of 2 feet, so 1/20th scale. Close ups will be shot with 1/6th scale, so I will be making two sets and two sets of puppets (if I use the T. Rex in the close up, I will just build separate 1/6th scale parts, like head, foot, tail, etc. since at that scale the monster would be almost 7 feet long!).
I will continue to post updates as I do more.