Millar begins filming Miracle Park
Mark Millar has seemingly begun filming his Scottish superhero film called Miracle Park and some pictures of the on-set filming have been revealed online. Not only that but he has revealed a little more about the story and what to expect.
Apparently principal photography will be completed by the end of October and post-production will complete in January when a teaser trailer will first be seen.
Mark Millar is writing and directing the film Miracle Park that he says will be a unique take on the superhero genre.
"Set in contemporary Scotland, this dark, unique superhero story focuses on a group of animal rights activists who break into a low-level research laboratory to find a mile-long underground base owned and facilitated by the US government.
Described as The X-Men meets Trainspotting, Miracle Park breaks all the taboos of superhero cinema and offers a completely new take on the genre.
The movie is shot entirely on a hand-held camera, establishing a tone more consistent with Paranormal Activity or The Last Exorcism than a traditional superhero release.
Miracle Park is chilling, violent and a totally new experience in cinema. Miracle Park starts where other superhero movies draw the line.
Principal photography finishes at the end of October and Millar expects to be in post-production until January when the teaser trailer will be released."
There are set photos over at IGN which do look like a very low budget film. Now that isn't necessarily a bad thing and very small budget films can be very good, indeed I've reviewed quite a few right here on Filmstalker, but they have to be clever about it and try not to be anything too big. That's why I'm concerned about a superhero film being made on a low budget.
Mind you it might not actually be a low budget, but looking at these shots from the filming of Miracle Park you might just think that.
I'm a little heartened by the comments “breaks all the taboos” and “offers a completely new take”, but the “shot entirely on hand-held camera” does bother me as it does with any film production these days.
I don't know, this could be a mixed bag. Millar certainly is a creative and clever writer, but can he translate that to his directing début, and can he make a strong superhero film on hand-helds and lower budget?