Anthony brings a honed style of storytelling that transports viewers beyond geography to convey the feel of a place and it’s people. This is often achieved whilst keeping pace with the athletes he works with. The founder of b4apres Media, he independently directed and produced the documentaries AZADI:Freedom and STAND which have both won numerous awards internationally while screening in over 30 countries. In 2013 Anthony joined Switchback Entertainment as a producer and editor on the feature length documentary SNOWMAN. Anthony is also a published freelance writer and photographer.
Anthony will be discussing the challenges, both mental and physical, faced by the team while filming at the upcoming Vancouver International MountainFestival (VIMF). Get a behind the scene glimpse at what it takes to get the camera out when it’s -20°C.
Adventure Film Making Show | Wed Feb 17 @7:30pm | The RIO Theatre
In one phrase, sum up what you do for a living?
I convince amazingly talented athletes and artists to let me come on incredible adventures to all corners of the globe to film them.
What is the most exotic destination your travels have taken you?
Travelling to the high Arctic to Svalbard last march to see the total solar eclipse that was only going to last two and a half minutes probably has to be the most exotic. Reuben Krabbe, a photographer, had the idea to get a photo of a skier silhouetted against the eclipse and so we went. It was the a ridiculous idea, but it took the whole team to a place both physically and mentally that none of us had ever been. The eclipse was like being on another planet for 2 minutes and the stress and the anticipation leading up to it just made the experience that much more gratifying.
Is there a certain body of work that you are most proud of?
I am really proud of all of them. The 4 significant films that I have made or been a part of, for me, represent periods of learning and experiences that I treasure more than the success or awards that the films might have garnered. Working with passionate and talented people as part of a team is what I am the proudest of.
What’s it like working with Mike Douglas and the Salomon Freeski crew?
One word. Awesome.
It’s interesting because I grew up in Australia, I was removed from skiing and the whole Salomon 1080 ski revolution. Mike wasn’t one of my heroes growing up, but he has become a good friend. Sometimes though you remember he is a legend and he has seen so much and been so successful, and it is a real privilege to work with him. Mike saw my first film AZADI:Freedom and offered me a job shooting with Salomon Freeski TV. I owe Mike a lot because a lot of the transition to becoming a full-time filmmaker started there. As for the Salomon team, they are all good friends. We travel together, trust each other in the mountains and get to do amazing things together.
Where do you call home?
I am based in Whistler. I have been back in Whistler for 4 years now after vagabonding for years.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing today, you’d be…
I have always been drawn to stories. I might be pursuing journalism or something else that has stories or topics that I don’t know about but want to learn about. In lieu of that, probably still hanging Christmas lights in Calgary each Fall to pay for winters travelling and exploring the world.
Where are you headed next?
I am hoping to fulfill a long-held goal of going to Greenland with Salomon Freeski. Fingers crossed.
Last but not least, any advice for those looking to make a living out of their passion?
Hmmm… Just do that thing that you love. Be serious about it and be critical of yourself, but the most important thing is to do it. The rest will fall into place.
Anthony will be discussing the challenges, both mental and physical, faced by the team while filming at the upcoming Vancouver International MountainFestival (VIMF).
“It was a ridiculous idea from the start. Travel to the edge of the earth to see one of the planet’s rarest events- a total solar eclipse in the Arctic. Faced with the likely reality of bad weather obscuring the sun and having to battle frigid, arctic temperatures and winds, the odds did not favor success. Despite this the Salomon Freeski TV team and set out on an expedition to realize photographer, Reuben Krabbe’s grand vision to capture a single unique image- one of skiing during a solar eclipse. ”
Director Anthony Bonello will join us to talk about the challenges the team faced both physically and mentally while preparing for the eclipse as well as sharing some of the some behind the scenes insights into what it takes to get the camera out when it is -20°C. The film “Eclipse” recently won Best “Snow Film” at the 2015 Banff Mtn Film Festival and “Best Visual” at the 2015 Kendal Mtn Film Festival.