Core Music Agency: Composer Paul Intson Scores “The Nut Job”, 3D Animated Feature Opening January 17

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Open Road Films Family Comedy Set to Open in Over 3,000 Screens Across North America

Sometimes it becomes a very complex classical score, and at other times the music develops a late 1959 midnight kind of cool beat.

Core Music Agency client Paul Intson will have his latest feature film score work arrive in theaters this Friday with the release of THE NUT JOB. An animated comedy-adventure suited for all families, THE NUT JOB features the voices of Will Arnett (star of the hit CBS TV series “The Millers”, as well as “Arrested Development”), Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy” franchise), Liam Neeson (“Taken”, “Batman Begins”) and Katherine Heigl (“The Big Wedding”, “Knocked Up”). Open Road Films will release the movie in the United States and Entertainment One in Canada on over 3,000 screens and in RealD 3D.

Directed and co-written by Peter Lepeniotis, who worked as an animator on such Disney animated films as “Toy Story 2”, “Fantasia 2000” and “Dinosaur”, THE NUT JOB follows the exploits of Surly (Arnett), a feisty squirrel who must leave his park homeland and find the means to survive in the big city. With winter fast approaching and his food supply running low, Surly stumbles on the one thing that may save his life and the rest of his animal friends when the snow finally comes – Maury’s Nut Store.

Intson recorded the score for THE NUT JOB using the talents of two ensembles, a 62-piece orchestra and a Toronto-based 13-piece big band for select moments within the film. “The score has the tone of a 50's soundstage,” said composer Intson, “but I feel it was also a culmination of my education thus far with the harmonica led orchestral lullabies, the jiving big band through to the furious chases and epic heroic motifs. There’s lots of very emotionally interesting harmonic choices, sometimes it becomes a very complex classical score, and at other times the music develops a late 1959 midnight kind of cool beat.”

“Paul was a great choice to work on this project,” comments Ari Wise, President and Principal of Core Music Agency which represents the composer. “Director Peter Lepeniotis really encouraged Paul to follow his instincts and create something new and fresh that communicated the story sonically. It was a great collaboration between the two and I believe audiences will hear that when they watch the movie up on the big screen.”

“It’s enormously liberating when a director has spotted a sensibility and style in you he feels is his vision for his project,” adds Intson. “Such was the case with Peter and me. Our sessions started out like a train of runaway ideas. We quickly recognized the potential strength in a particular path and explored it like adventurers. I always felt the sessions could go on longer; we always both walked away fired up. I was lucky.”

About Core Music Agency:

The right music is at the heart of every great story. Core Music Agency is a fully licensed and bonded talent company, representing a diverse roster of composers, songwriters and music producers who create original music for film, television, advertising and interactive media. Founded in 2007, Core quickly became the largest agency of its kind in Canada, representing composers from coast to coast in North America, and bands and songwriters in cities all over the world. Additionally, Core represents a growing catalogue of pre-cleared popular, experimental and specialty music from respected labels and independent artists for sync licensing.

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