I did some quick shader and effects tests today in class. I brought my original chrome sphere dancer back into Houdini to try to adjust the shape and form. Then, I brought in the new dancing figures as an alembic file to test in Arnold for Maya.
I also did a quick render test at a lower resolution (720 x 405) of about 100 frames so that I could see what the shaders looked like with movement added. I still have a long way to go and there is no compositing happening in this render yet (I rendered really quickly out of the master layer). The test footage is below: