March 19, 2010
-- Science fiction and adventure are not usually genres tackled by indie filmmakers, but 25-year-old writer and director Chip Perro knew he could create a high-quality action movie with special effects using green screen technology and sophisticated compositing. Perro directed and filmed his superhero extravaganza in his garage with a green screen and a digital camera. His technical goal was to create the stylized look of a comic book on a movie screen. The project was carefully planned before the filming began, and the result is a movie that resembles a comic page with layered imagery and stylized ambiance. “You can do a lot in your garage,” says Perro. Mission Park includes an exploding building, car chases and a vaporized head; all the effects created by Perro and his tech-savvy father Rick Perro. Using the original green-screened acting footage, FinalCut Pro and Cinema 4D, Perro combined up to fifteen layers of background video to create a distinctive comic book look for Mission Park.
The Mission Park story is set in Boston and centers on a team of five superheroes who need to work together to protect their home turf, and the style of the movie is an important component of the project. The ability to manipulate characters and backgrounds to look like comic pages creates a tone that showcase the eccentricities of Perro’s original superhero characters. A fan of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Perro loves to work beyond the expectations of what an independent filmmaker can do, tackling projects that are considered impossible with a small budget. In every step of the production Perro considered how he wanted to tell his story and then devised a way to make it happen. Mission Park is pure superhero entertainment!
Mission Park is produced by Deborah Perro, written by Chip Perro, and directed by Chip Perro and Rick Perro. It stars: Sam Pannier, Lauren Guglielmello, Chip Perro, Casey Preston and Christopher G. Pike. Character bios and back-stories are online at www.missionparkmovie.com. The movie is in post-production, with plans for a 2010 release.
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based film production company, F. R. Perro Inc., produces original fictional works from material developed in-house. Established in 2004, the company produced a feature-length high school comedy, Remedial Attraction in 2006, and current projects include Mission Park, and High Heel Samurai, a web TV series in its second season.