Production company hopes Spider-Man fan film will encourage growth in the local film scene

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M’Guphynn Media, a Fort McMurray-based production company, says its latest Marvel fan film shows how the film industry is growing at all levels locally and across Alberta.

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The fan film is called Miles behind and follows Miles Morales, one of the many different versions of Spider-Man inside the Spider-Verse. Morales saves Peter (not Parker) from an assault. But the situation quickly spirals out of control, and Morales must calmly defuse a tense situation before it turns violent.

The production crew is entirely from Fort McMurray but was shot in Calgary to simulate New York. Matt Salem, marketing director for M’Guphynn Media, said the local movie scene is small but vibrant and growing. More and more people are working on their own projects and planning to film larger projects in the region.

“Alberta as a whole is emerging as the next link for filmmaking in Canada. Because as we know, a lot of people shoot in Vancouver. It’s called Hollywood North, ”said Salem. “But over the past few years, a new tax credit has been rolled out for many larger film projects coming here.”

Salem said he was helping a production company locate filming locations in the area for a big upcoming project in Fort McMurray. He could not give any details.

Matt Salem and some of the crew behind Miles Behind, a Calgary-based Spider-Man fan film shot by Fort McMurray-based M’Guphynn Media.

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development and Tourism (FMWBEDT) said in a previous interview that it hopes to start attracting film and television productions to the area. The group has listed the filming locations in specialist publications, such as the winter road, the Athabasca sand dunes, the boreal forest, the empty warehouses and the old terminal.

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A film based on a Stephen King novel will be set in Fort McMurray, but FMWBEDT could not offer more details. All the group could confirm was that the production company is Native-owned, stars a well-known actress who is American and Native, and that she was going to be filmed in the Northwest Territories.

In January 2020, the provincial government introduced the Alberta Film and Television Tax Credit. This program covers 22 percent, or 30 percent for Alberta productions, of eligible expenses for production and labor costs.

It was announced last August that the Alberta Film and Television Tax Credit has brought in nearly $ 1 billion to the province, creating approximately 9,000 direct and indirect jobs in the province since January 2020. .

The big budget HBO series The last of us recently filmed in Fort MacLeod, where scenes from Interstellar and Ghostbusters: the afterlife were shot. The HBO series is the largest production to be shot in Canada.

HBO said the province’s enhanced film and television production incentive made it a particularly attractive destination for the company.

Salem said the team plans to produce more films in Fort McMurray in order to defend the community.

“I really hope this helps get more people – not just within our community, but in Alberta in general – to film here and work in film,” he said.

Miles behind can be viewed on the M’Guphynn Media YouTube channel.

-With files from Vince McDermott

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