So, for this project, you will need a computer with:
1)Internet access or a very large selection of usable photographs
2) Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects (Here, I use Adobe CS5)
To then use your virtual stage, you will need:
3) Additional Video Editing Software
This Instructable will show the basics all the way through, and then reference additional step numbers for individual components of the space as I constructed them (just like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure).
Before you begin, please note that I'm not going to teach the basics of using any of these programs. Do not attempt this project until you have at least a working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and, most importantly, After Effects. You should have no significant difficulty with the project then.
Step 1: Collect Your Images
These images will probably need some work, isolating the desired images and deleting their backgrounds and such. This will be done in Photoshop. My preferred method is to open the file in Photoshop and use the magic lasso as much as possible, then saving the cleaned up image, sans a background (and converted into a separate layer for that nice, transparent backgorund), as a PNG file.