Taking video of people playing paintball is surely not the easiest thing in the world. Many people have tried, but not many have done it well.
There are 3 DVDs of scenario paintball play that have gotten my attention over the years, and I would love to hear your comments. If you have not seen these DVDs then I suggest you watch them.
Listed in order of release date:
Spplat Attack 2002
(Now for rent on Netflix DVD)
Paintball at Challenge Park Xtreme in Joliet, IL on August 31, 2002. (Spplat Attack II was played at EMR Paintball Park on August 31, 2003, but I am unaware of a DVD of that game). SPPLAT Attack I and II were held to raise money for charity. The net proceeds were donated to William Shatner’s charities. Not much to say here other than William Shatner, Eric “Mancow” Muller and Tom Kaye all playing paintball.
Basic Painting (an introduction to scenario paintball at West Point's Spring 2009 Combat Classic)
This is by far the best scenario paintball DVD ever produced. Yes, I’m in it, but that only clouds my judgment a little. This DVD was produced by people who have played the West Point game for years, and took the time to cover it properly like no other producers could. There is hard core play, comedy (safety briefing) and other fantastic play caught on camera. It is available from http://scenariopaintballfilms.com along with Amazon and many other online paintball stores.
Soldiers of Paint (NYR)
I know this video is not out yet, but for those of us that have seen previews it at Oklahoma D-Day, it is going to be a must see video for all scenario players. Recently completed is "Soldiers of Paint," the documentary feature film about Oklahoma D-Day. This is a very high-quality and well-polished film that has the potential to raise the profile of paintball substantially, but the filmmakers need the help of the paintball community to make the film available on DVD. Check out a very positive review of the film by John Amodea, publisher of PaintballX3 magazine, and flip to page 90.
To learn how you can help get this film out to the world, while seeing an advance clip and reserving your copy of the DVD at the same time, click here.
What did you think of these DVDs? Are there others out there that I have missed? Please post your comments to let me know.
Until next time…
PLAY SAFE, PLAY OFTEN, AND PLAY WITH HONOR