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The Animal Project ()


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As a thirty something acting teacher attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, he struggles with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son.

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Leo
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Alice
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Jason
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Mira
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Ray
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Pippa
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Saul
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Sam
Dennie Foster ...
Uncle Issac
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Morag
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Nathan
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Matteo
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Rosie
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Pervert Man
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Shaun (uncredited)

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Ingrid Veninger

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Hannah Cheesman ... associate producer
Kate Gammal ... executive producer
Julia Grant ... executive producer
John Gundy ... associate producer
Renah Persofsky ... executive producer
Johnathan Sousa ... associate producer
Ingrid Veninger ... producer
Karen Walton ... executive producer

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Nick Storring

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Cabot McNenly

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Jonathan Eagan

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Nicole Hilliard-Forde

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Hallie Switzer

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Hallie Switzer

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Eric Apps ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer
Lana Marie Hattar ... assistant re-recording mixer
Filip Hosek ... assistant re-recording mixer
Braden Sauder ... sound mixer
Jakob Thiesen ... sound designer

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Ryan Ruskay ... colorist

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Amnon Buchbinder ... special thanks
Simon Ennis ... special thanks
Evan Georgiades ... special thanks
Peter Mettler ... special thanks
Nadia Ross ... special thanks
Jane Siberry ... special thanks
John Switzer ... very special thanks
Jacob Wren ... special thanks

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In Toronto, Leo, a single father to seventeen year old Sam, is an actor and theater director, he currently teaching an acting class/heading an acting troupe consisting of six students/friends: Alice, Jason, Mira, Pippa, Ray and Saul. After three months together as group of misfits as he calls them, Leo approaches them with an idea stemming from a dream he had: rather than mount a traditional play, they individually or in small groups would walk around the city wearing animal costumes, akin to animal mascot costumes, to see how they interact with people and in turn how people who have no idea what they are doing react to them. It is a broader representation of a video project Leo conducted with Sam when Sam was eight, Sam dressed in a rabbit costume giving away free hugs, which he could do having been in an animal costume instead of being a human with suspect motives giving away those hugs. Leo gets a somewhat cool if not hostile reaction from the six as a collective, some who just don't understand the purpose of the project or feel that the animal masks would obliterate any expression of them as actors. Consciously or unconsciously, Leo came up with the idea as a means to feel closer to Sam, the two who he feels no longer connect as humans let alone as father and son. Leo can only admit to himself that he needs help in being a better father. Thinking about it overnight and on Saul's lead, he arguably the person among the six closest to Leo, the six decide to oblige Leo's suggestion. What happens with the seven as they don their animal costumes is largely affected by whatever else is happening in their lives, and what they need out of life at this given point in time. Written by Huggo

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