Hmmmm... well, trying to lip sync dialog to animated characters turned out to be a big enough hassle that I'm now pretty much abandoning the idea entirely.
It just looks far too dodgy. I guess that leaves me with three options: 1) Never show anyone's face when they're talking 2) Wait out the Q4 release of LightWave's latest iteration and hope that between Genoma and Soft Body dynamics character animation won't be so awkward in LightWave 11.5
or 3) Give up on animated characters entirely
Option 1 seems far too hokey, Option 2 requires that "Q4 2012" actually happens before 2013 and either way requires some waiting, and Option 3 requires actors.. which balloons this project way beyond it's original scope.