In order to expedite production and keep the focus on the animation, rather than modeling and rigging issues, the team decided to use pre-rigged characters that are freely available on the web for anyone to use. Just to make sure everything was in order, I contacted the creators of the character rigs, told them of our plans, and asked permission to use their rigs in the short.
I'm happy to report that all three creators got back to me within 24 hours with their enthusiastic permission to use their characters. So our cast is now set; the players are:
"Alfred," created by Rodri Torres. Rodri is in Spain, so "Alfred" gives our cast an international flavor...
"Max," created by James Hunt.
And finally, "Bloke," created by Jason Baskin.
All three artists will be appropriately credited when the film is done, but I wanted to mention them here too. We're grateful for their generosity and support of student filmmakers.