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Anthony C. Ferrante talks directing ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’

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A Sharknado has stuck again and director Anthony C. Ferrante was again at the helm. Best known as the director of the 2013 “Sharknado,” Ferrante and his films have become overnight sensations. According to this young director, this SyFi Channel flick is meant to be escapist entertainment. According to Ferrante, “right now, with all the wrong in the world, he is glad that this film can offer a momentary escape for two hours of pure popcorn.” 'Sharknado 2: The Second One’ re-airs Sat Aug 2 on Syfy and a theatrical screening is set for Aug 21.

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Q. What can you tell my readers about filming “Sharknado 2: The Second One?” Any epic bloopers?

A. We shot in the middle of the worst winters in New York history and I loved it. It was an 18 day shoot and very fast. We hit all the major landmarks, but we still were a small little movie even though we were doing some pretty big things. The cast was fantastic and we had fun doing it. On a budget this small and schedule this short, there wasn't much time for epic bloopers or pranks, unfortunately. Though, honestly, I could have sat with Judd Hirsch all day listening to the stories from his amazing career. It was amazing some of the people we had on the film and it felt like Christmas every day we went on set. "Hey, we're shooting Times Square." Or guess what, "it's CitiField." We had actors like Robert Hays and Robert Klein popping up. I got to work with Vivica A. Fox and many, many others. Plus, working with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid again was sheer pleasure. Ian in particular is such an amazing action hero - watching him take command of Fin in both movies and kick-ass the entire way was a major highlight for me.

Q. You have accomplished so much creativity at such a young age. Director, writer, actor, and everything in between. Do you have a favorite part of filmmaking?

A. I love directing because it allows me to do all the other things I love to do - writing, creating and working on music. It's all inclusive for me. I tend to get involved with many aspects of the process, because I love it so much. I knew when I was 11 that I wanted to make films, but didn't know quite how to do it and I learned everything I could along the way. Though I will say, the least favorite thing for me is being an actor - I usually do it for friends on their films occasionally and I've made a couple of cameos in my own movies.

Q. Your fans would love to know if you have any hidden talents.

A. My band Quint, with Robbie Rist contributed several songs to both “Sharknado” movies including the theme song "(The Ballad of) Sharknado" - I'm singing on the song. We just released our second EP "Great White Skies" which is out on iTunes now.

Q. I'm going to end with what's become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be?

A. "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood because it's such a swagger song, but for purely selfish purposes "One Swing Away (Batter Up!)" which we wrote and put in Sharknado 2.

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