Thinking about the notion of transmitting a vision or idea from the designer's mind to the computer, I thought it might be helpful to think about different ways of interacting with the computer. Traditionally we use keyboards, mice, and other input devices.. primarily controlled by the hands.
I found an article that discusses various methods of human-computer interaction. It could be very helpful in thinking about the other ways we could interact with the computer to animate or light a scene. I'm not sure exactly how helpful it would be towards our ultimate goal of speeding up the entire pipeline, but if we are thinking of alternate computer input methods (such as motion capture) I think this article is a good jumping off point for ideas.
Here's the link to download the PDF: