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Millar begins filming Miracle Park

MarkMillar.jpgMark 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.

He has quite a bit to say about the film which comes from IGN through SuperheroHype:

"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?



If it helps sway your decision one way or another here is the trailer for our low budget superhero movie, "Night is Day", which is currently in post production - http://vimeo.com/14298694.

Our budget = about £1,000.

Although we went hand held with our HD cameras as it's the Joss Whedon way :)



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