More changes have been made, this time for the better. I went back and changed the timing a lot and added a little more reaction to the end of the animation. I also got rid of the big set and silly camera settings so what I'm left with is basically what I needed without the massive rendering time. Here's a still of how things are looking now:
And here's the set for the sake of it:
It'll be uploaded to youtube and deviantart in the next few days. Let's hope all the hard work paid off.