We've been recording reference since last week which has really helped us see the timing of our performances. Mine in partcular was running for way too long (about a minute - our individual animations should be around 30 seconds each), so the recording sessions has really helped me consider what can be done instead of this and that but still work.
Here is my reference:
After dicussion we thought it would be a better idea to keep the box in the character's hands because putting the box down, explaining what it was and then going back to it was taking too long. To explain that it is a bomb, we're going to add a 'ticking' sound effect.
It's difficult to define that there is a bomb in the box in a short amount of time but the idea will probably get changed around a lot so hopefully we'll eventually find something that works.
Raf's idea in reference:
Rachel's idea in reference: