Even when the characters are not modeled yet, I started to do animation tests using the Malcolm rig taking into account the character traits discussed by Brett Lee (director) to start to experiment with the desired animation styles by the directors.
I work on one walk cycle and then I use the same cycle to do variations of it changing the motivation of the walk and the animation style.
Walk Cycle 01: Exaggerated Approach
Walk Cycle 02: Naturalistic Approach
Walk Cycle 03: Naturalistic Walk with a shovel and toilet paper
Walk Cycle 04: Exaggerated Walk with a shovel and toilet paper
Walk Cycle 01: 1 Hour & 49 Minutes
Walk Cycle 02: 0 Hours & 30 Minutes
Walk Cycle 03: 0 Hours & 32 Minutes
Walk Cycle 04: 0 Hours & 27 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Hours & 18 Minutes
Also I was thinking on options to use as transitions in the short film and I come up with this proposal. In this idea, instead of cutting between sequences with regular cuts we would use a camera sound effect and still images to see a funny photograph to show the moment when things go wrong to enhance the comedy of each sequence.