Interesting ideas mate.
I think the first page looks good.
Hmm, what would the animated gif be like, if you put it in there, for the fading? Any perticular ideas that you've got?
I think the grey is fine, but it does look a bit too homogenous, but also as if the red buttons don't quite mesh. How about breaking it up a bit, with some red fields trough the gray under-sheath, and then remove the red outline on the red buttons, and make it gray instead?
That's some things that I can think of, straight off the bat so to speak.