I'm also deciding how to create the rain and smoke effects. At the moment the plan is to use After Effects to implement them afterwards but that depends on if they sit convincingly in the digital set.
The Tree that will sit in the background.
The first of the buildings
Smoking Vent test (Maya)
Putting the Street together
I also watched the documentary 'The Rules of Film Noir' as suggested by Alan and I took some notes. I happy to see that many of the rules and conventions of Film Noir I've already applied (or going to) but there were that I feel need more exploration in my world.
-America Through Strangers Eyes
-'Make it Any Colour As Long As Its Black'
Many of these will be explored in the atmosphere, texturing and the like whilst the neon signs will show the Femme Fatale aspect of Noir.
All in the all, the project is progressing as planned and I'm sticking to my strict schedule to make it the best I can. It always makes me happy to the world come together. Next to populate the world and integrate the tree and the roots/vines.