Interview with Filmmaker Anthony Gordon (12 SHADES OF GREY)

12 SHADES OF GREY was awarded BEST FILM at the June 2022 SCIENCE & NATURE Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

There has been a global misconception towards the Great White Shark. As a result of my Aliquam Dive series and working with renown Valerie Taylor, it allowed me a platform to tell send a message through the film. Coupled with my love of storytelling and the oceans, the platform was set, and the rest is not history.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

From concept to delivery was 4 weeks. Yeah, it sounds crazy thought sometimes these things just come together. Following an invitation from the Explorers Club ANZ I found myself aboard the MV Rodney Fox in South Australia with a group of total strangers … all set to meet the Great White face to face for the first time. I shot each day and compiled daily on bard then completed the film a week after the journey.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Total Emersion.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Public perception. The day the film was complete a swimmer got taken by a Great White literally a few miles from my studio. It was the first such incident in Sydney since 1976 … it happened the same day as the film was set to be released. So, despite the theme being about changing perceptions, well lets say the timing was both perfect and controversial.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Quite simply astonished and heart-warming. In this post Coivd world its super rare to see your audience and in many cases forget that people are watching. So, thank you.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

From when I was 5yo … Have been doing this for many years … I am now 53 and still making films full time.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

This is a tough one … hahahaha a mix of Shawshank and Top Gun … though I usually watch films once as well as documentaries to get inspiration.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I think you have done well. Possible providing more content for us to share on socials to promote your festival and highlight the screenings etc.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?


10. What is your favorite meal?

Schnitzel and Brussel sprouts hahahah

11. What is next for you? A new film?

Constantly making films Though my Aliquam II dive series has got global exposure and I am now partnering with Harvard University, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Longbeach CA to continue making films about kids first scuba experiences. That said I have quite a few adventure films currently underway so who knows what will make a world of difference next?


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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