So far I have been focusing my efforts on creating the picture frame first as I want to have a product at the end of this project before a bunch of renders.
I was able to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi 2 from a coworker for $5. This is what I plan to code to have the images, videos, and slideshows automatically boot up.
I am going to display the images on a BenQ monitor that my roommate was not using. I have taken off the bezel and monitor stand to reveal the aluminum frame. Here is an image of the monitor before :
I also bought a painting from the thrift store for $25. I did this because I like how the frame is large and ornate, which goes with my plan of combining an older style with modern technology to create a unique product. Since the frame has an overhang, I am planning on cutting it down to fit perfectly around the monitor’s aluminum bezel. I set up the monitor to play random images from around the world, which is the progress I have currently made.
The next step for me is to attach the frame to the screen. I plan to do this with a couple of supports and picture framing wire. Then I am going to attach the monitor controller to the back of the picture frame. After the device is built I will program the Raspberry Pi to display images and then begin working on Blender animations. I think this is a good structure for the project because I can relax and work on animating with no stress on the deadline. I am happy with how I was able to find all of the materials for only $30 because originally I thought I was going to spend $150-$200.
Here is the frame cut roughly to size with the monitor. I am planning on making four 45 degree angle cuts to join both pieces. I like the ornamental styling of the frame combined with the modern technology in the screen.
Citations: Raspberry Pi 2 , Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-Model-Desktop-Linux/dp/B00T2U7R7I?th=1
 BenQ 27 inch monitor, Best Buy, https://www.bestbuy.com/site/benq-gl2760h-27-led-hd-monitor-glossy-black/4648606.p?skuId=4648606