Shoot footage straight on with room to crop in post if need be. The very first frame should be our hero frame. This frame will be the frame that the design is based around and will take us into to animation.  
I like the crop here. This will give me enough to work with. Basic lighting is fine for this, just as long as there is enough light on EZ. The lighting for this GCJR bit was great. If we can achieve that with minimal work that would be awesome. Remove any microphones in the way. Record the audio. If there is a great spot for EZ to play in front of with amps and musical gear behind him, that might be a nice touch to bring into the overall design.  
Thanks for your help on this!