Ingrid Veninger’s ‘The Animal Project’ at TIFF


I recently did a bit (and I do, well ultimately, mean a bit) of music for a really lovely film by Ingrid Veninger entitled the Animal Project.

Like her other work (Only, Modra and i am a good person/ i am a bad person)  it’s great in the way that it captures an everyday sort of detail.   The characters are all very complex and tangible, so much so that I had the weirdest sensation when I met all the actors for the first time.  There are huge giant arcs in the story but the plotline that it does unfold is very true and intelligent.  I really lucked out working on this as my first feature film score.

It’s tough to describe it exactly.  Jennie Punter on Variety‘s blog  say its “about an unorthodox acting teacher (Aaron Poole) pushing young thesps out of their comfort zone”   The film is funny, at times sad, heartening, and easy to identify with dealing with struggles and inhibitions and ambitions that are common to many of us.

Musically, congruent with the film’s naturalistic tone, there’s hardly a big score that goes along with it.  The process was interesting — we tried numerous types of things with different scenes, and in some of those cases the decision was ultimately no music at all.

Enough about the damn music though.  The film is quite special in my opinion and it looks like others felt that way as well as it’s been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival this year!

Public show times are as follows:
September 11th, 2013 — 7:30PM at Isabel Bader Theatre
September 12th, 2013 — 5:00PM at Scotiabank 13 (Scotiabank Theatre)
September 14th, 2013 — 7:45PM at Cinema 4 (TIFF Bell Lightbox)

Here are some teasers for the film with with music written and performed by me.


About Nick Storring

Nick Storring is a Toronto based composer, cellist and electronic musician with a wide palette of interests. Awarded the Canadian Music Centre's 2011 Emerging Composer Award, his broken-violin-based electronic piece Artifacts (I) also won first place in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play competition for emerging Canadian electroacoustic composers. His chamber music has been performed by the Quatuor Bozzini, Arraymusic, the Madawaska String Quartet, the Esprit Orchestra, and Thin Edge New Music Collective. He also regularly creates incidental music for theatre, film and intermedia projects, including for the MT Space's Last 15 Seconds which toured through Canada and the Middle East, ambient gaming installation "Tentacles" which was presented at MoMA in 2011, and Ingrid Veninger's feature film "The Animal Project" an official selection at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Apart from making regular solo appearances, he also plays in Picastro (Polyvinyl Records), I Have Eaten The City and improvising cello duo The Knot with Tilman Lewis. He has collaborated live and in the studio with Nadja, Sandro Perri, Daniel Johnston, Araz Salek, Laura Barrett, Rhys Chatham, Wyrd Visions, Andrew Timar, Castlemusic, Eddie Prevost, Diane Labrosse, and Damo Suzuki (of Can).
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One Response to Ingrid Veninger’s ‘The Animal Project’ at TIFF

  1. Hi Nick, Great job on the film scoring! It’s nice to hear organic sounds mixed with electronic synthesis.

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