A dumb mistake
So, I go to animate Aiden’s interaction with the phone and finally realize I hadn’t even put it in the scene in the first place. BLAH!
Given that the phone is a small object and it only appears in a small set of frames, I think I can just cheat and add it in post production. I’ll render the phone itself in the scene, then render a “matte” version of it, then put it in ulead video studio… anti-aliasing will have to be off and I’ll have to manually add any motion blurring effects, but I figure it won’t matter given it will literally only be 30-50 pixels high on the screen.