The scenery doesn't need to be great, just enough to give us a sense of location. So don't spend ages on fantastic designs and art work, invest that time in creating engaging stories.
This first film I like lots, simple and easy to follow, visual story telling. We just ran out of time to add more sound effects. The more sounds the better. The scenery here is made from a card board box with, maker pens.
In this film, there is a lot of copy and pasting of the frames. Which is a great trick to make a scene last a little longer.
The simple back ground in this short, makes it easy to follow the action.