Your foundation has promise. at first look of the ferris wheel I thought it was Singapore Flyer http://www.singaporeflyer.com/gallery/albums/ftp/20080514/PhotoContestSub/singapopre_flyer_(50).jpg I ran into this after building some flash piece for a trip around Santa Monica’s ferris wheel I was intrigued by the photography that led me to the Singapore flyer.
Rather than provide what you should or shouldn’t do I rather visually present an array of images from the 1950s and how some to this day still look modern (some)… My thing about older shots was the typography and some of my current work I’ve researched various movies and cinematic from Blade runner to anime classic Akira.
Katsuhiro Otomo in his vision of the future has these elaborate either typographical elements with a mix of holograms in Akira. Another recent anime flick that had great detail from old but modernized was Tekkonkinkreet http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/tekkonkinkreet/index.html
Ok I know I’m shooting for the moon in all this chat and you’re presenting a clean environment for corporate fud. I’m just thinking if 50 years ago we barely had modern street lights, electric cars (still waiting for flying cars more accidents) then is our next 50 to 100 years destined to evolve technologies we have now? Let me stop here because I can rant on a topic I’ve been digging into for the past 6 months. So without further a due here are the reference pics.
This top view captures the vehicles and lighting fixtures notice traffic lights are not the way we have them now. This to me seems like it could be an elevated shot of your current POV.
1950s neon sign
Ok this guy in flickr has a nice volume of material to keep your 1950s authentic. I pasted some of the many pics he has as far as items you could add on to your scene. mainly the fine details that sometimes go unnoticed.
Old lighting systems
Typography in buildings was big advertising back in those days
some type was bad.
Also ok for color reference
I just love this shot high voltage in the air, run down cars, taxis, trolleys, giant candy what else do you need?
Ed… hope this helps to inspire your own additions.