The purpose of these films, says Johnson, is to show people that interesting characters live in everyone’s community. “These people are more interesting than the people that tend to end up in our media,” Johnson says. “These portraits are doorways into a place that most people don’t know about."
For the film, Reese spent eight hours decorating the three dollhouses featured.
The bread shown here was made out of polymer clay (most miniature food is).
“They’re never completely finished, just like in a real house," Reese says. "You’re always collecting things, decorating things for the holidays. You’re on the lookout for something to go in there. You start as a hobby with inexpensive furniture and then you slowly replace it, just like in a real house. Before you pass it down to your granddaughter, you remodel and redecorate it or do it as a family project. It’s especially great in winter when you can’t go outside. It’s a perfect family hobby. Dad does all the building; mom and kids decorate; everyone gets their own room. And no two houses are ever the same.”
Check out the video, and check out other videos in the short-film series. Johnson and his crew are working on producing a feature film called Amerika that will include cameos from the series' characters. “If you do take a real interest in your community and develop skills to be a good storyteller, you can make art that should have world class appeal,” he says.
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