At 17, Pantages was the youngest member of the Vancouver Theatresports League improv troupe alongside Colin Mochrie, Jay Brazeau, Garry Chalk, Chris Rosatti, Phil Savath and some of the fastest minds in show biz. He moved to Los Angeles at 19 to study acting under Peggy Feury & Bill Traylor at The Loft Studio where his classmates included Sean Penn, Eric Stoltz, Crispin Glover, Meg Ryan, Angelica Huston, Matthew Broderick and Lillian Tomlin. The Loft incorporated a full time, intensive, study of method acting and scene study. Pantages went on to act in several TV series and feature films including 21 Jumpstreet, Wise Guy, Stakeout and The X Files. Recently, Tony portrayed Canadian photographer Lincoln Clarkes in Rachel Talalay's film, On The Farm.
Tony worked as the assistant to John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man) in the early nineties; reading screenplays, acting as secretary, cook, man friday, and chauffeur for the oscar winning director. Pantages was also a part of the art collective Mit Out Picture creating scores for documentary films and most notably, the German Pavilion at Expo 86.
Pantages directs and shoots award-winning music videos for the likes of Sarah McLachlan, INXS, Our Lady Peace, Junkhouse, The Philosopher Kings, 54-40, Moist, Spirit of the West, Colin James, Jacksoul and The Tenors and commercials for brands such as Canadian Airlines, Lee Jeans and Playland. He created PASSAGES (the first 360 degree panoramic movie experience in Canada) for the Storyeum Museum in Vancouver. An abridged single screen version was an official selection of the Vancouver International Film festival. Pantages created BEYOND THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, a behind-the-scenes documentary for Syfy's mini series Tin Man and then BUILDING SANCTUARY for their popular series Sanctuary.
Pantages is known for writing, directing and producing the 2013 Canadian thriller 3 DAYS IN HAVANA, starring his co-directing/writing/producing partner Gil Bellows. The film enjoyed a held over national theatrical release in Canada and garnered nominations for Best Picture and Supporting Actor and won the Leo Award for Best Cinematography. 3 DAYS IN HAVANA is currently in release in the United States.
Tony recently produced writer/director/actor Ben Ratner's well-received short film, Ganjy.
Pantages describes his camera style as twin brothers with different passions; a “least lens resistant” style for conceptual work eschewing post production effects for those he can attain while operating the camera and using it’s mechanisms to achieve dilating lens and in-camera flash effects. For narrative work, he incorporates a much more formal style punctuated by extreme angles and off-speed camera work. He has been strongly influenced by the camera work of Gregg Toland, Sven Nykvist, Vadim Yusov and Tarsem.
A pioneer of the EDM visuals scene, Pantages has performed live visual mixes alongside the world’s top DJ’s including Deadmau5, Tiesto, Carl Cox, John Digweed and Sasha, creating large-scale, immersive, visual experiences at major music festivals around the world including Coachella, Ultra, Winter Music Conference, Acasoundfest (Mexico), Virgin Festivals, Squamish, Pemberton and DXB (Dubai).
His video installations include NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS (SD 45-1 Show, West Vancouver Museum, 2014) and POLAR BEAR, NATIVE TO VANCOUVER, (10 Second Series, InTransit BC, 2010).
His recent photography works include album cover shots for bands The Brothers and Street Pharmacy and print campaigns for Melanie Auld Jewelry.
Tony is also called upon by software developers and gaming companies like Electronic Arts to consult on projects and act as a creative and visual director.
Pantages lectures at film schools and has interviewed Oliver Stone for The Vancouver Biennale and Roger Corman and Jay Duplass for The Vancouver International Film Festival and recently hosted the BC Spotlight gala on behalf of VIFF.