Daniel Agdag working in his studio.

Daniel Agdag working in his studio.

Daniel Agdag can do truly astounding things with cardboard. A filmmaker by trade - he made the award-winning 2006 animated short Paper City Architects and was a key set designer on Adam Elliot's Mary and Max - Agdag has now listened to friends who kept saying his miniature constructions deserved their own exhibition. The result, Sets for a film I will never make, is at Collingwood's Off the Kerb until Friday.

Working only with a number-11 scalpel, three gauges of boxboard and PVA glue, Agdag has constructed a range of intricate models housed in bell jars, as well as a 1.7-metre-tall cityscape he calls The Amalgamated.

''I do start out with an idea … I describe it as drawing with cardboard because I'll make something and then decide I don't like it aesthetically at all and just get rid of it, or cut it out and put a new bit in, so that's very much the process,'' he says.

offthekerb.com.au