Usage of photorealism isn't unusual on NG, but the way you use it has to be one of the most unique ways I've seen it used! It's hard to animate fluidly with the limitations of using actual people with realistic-looking limbs/skin and some slight edits, but the writing and surreal vibe it gives off makes up for the more limited animation. The style you went with compliments it, in a weird way. Also a fan of this being tagged as "tri-state-cartwheel-champion", looks like Sal had her work cut out for her!
I'm new to this series (got here off of the daily awards), so I have a lot of catching up to do.