I think the podcast would be weird if mainly animated from a side view. I think it would be better to keep the speakers speaking to ‘you’ rather than ‘eachother’.
But if we wanted to try this, it would not be too complicated to do an experiment, as the images can be rotated from within the 2D ‘pygame’ library I am using in python for this project. I think I will bring in the side views, as having the actors turn toward the active speaker might be a nice improvement, at least, and it would be a nice setup to try side view speaking animations as well.
Nodding could be somewhat simulated with ‘bobbing’ of the front face view, if I put the top of the bodies in there too, which is another possibility… (all this might take a while before I can show a demo though).