The frame is made off wood, with Lexan windows and real rippled amber lights to illuminate the special paint on the windows. The central painting idea was started via commission from Erik Johnson, and we happily collaborated on his idea as the painting went along. Erik is captain of the Nearly Nekkid Norwegians, who do the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics every year, and they raised 11g last year, and have already raised 25g this year towards the cause. We started with his central idea, with the main table, starring none other that John Hughes as the Christ figure, and all of the people at the table where the choices of Erik, but I wanted to squeeze some more people in through the windows, The main motivation was that I had to have Del Griffith and Neal Page somewhere in there, because I think Planes Trains And Automobiles was one of Hughes finest movies.
The final list of characters is, at the table from left to right:
(Weird Science) Kelly Lebrock as Lisa , (The Breakfast Club) Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson, Ally Sheedy as Alison Reynolds, Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark, Judd Nelson as John Bender, Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, (Central Christ Character) John Hughes, (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye, Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, (Uncle Buck) John Candy as Buck Russell, (Christmas Vacation) Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie (Pretty In Pink) Jon Cryer as Duckie "Phil Dale", (Sixteen Candles) Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong.
Characters in the windows from left to right:
Window One: (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Jennifer Grey as Jeanie Bueller, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson, Richard Edison as Garage Attendant, Charlie Sheen as Boy in Police Station.
Window Two: (Career Opportunities) Frank Whaley as Jim Dodge, Jennifer Connelly as Josie McClellan, (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Ben Stein as Economics Teacher, (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) Steve Martin as Neal Page, John Candy as Del Griffith.
Window Three: (Christmas Vacation) Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Jeffrey Jones as Ed Rooney, (The Breakfast Club) Paul Gleason as Richard Vernon.