After many edits, re-renders (taking on average 24 hours each time) and lots of work printing labels, cutting box inserts to size and generally fussing to create the best product possible – it’s ready!
The Jawbreaker and Blackheart DVD double set is shipping with 1 day’s notice!
– my latest film, shot entirely on location at CopeHill Down. The main feature is 37 minutes of the best milsim ever undertaken in the UK! I had an inside track on the “serial” events, a first person perspective on the role play and took part in all the big actions – including the capture of the objective for the US team. All cut together with music and professionally coloured, this is a great film of how deep milsim can go.
Slideshow of Jawbreaker images, the End-X Brief and two promo’s (Jawbreaker and Tier 1 – Year 1)
– this film was shot by myself and Chris at the amazing Stanta FIBUA site, which has lots of Afghan compound-like houses and where the troops practice before heading out to the Middle-East. The final cut on the DVD is my version of our two editions. It features an incredible morning serial by the US team and retreat straight into the waiting Taliban forces. 29 minutes of action!
Slideshow of Blackheart images, the End-X Brief (included at the end of the main film) and two promo’s (mine and Chris’).
Housed in an attractive two-disk DVD box with a custom label and DVD insert.
2-disk DVD box set with FREE POSTAGE =
Digital download version =
£15.99£7.00 for DVD quality!
Well, things are moving a pace here! Whats happening recently? Read on:
We have 150Gb of footage now, and we have barely started!
We are at Tier 1 filming this weekend and I am head marshaling:
I am putting together some sponsorship’s after getting some interesting contacts. I am even sorting out a kickstarter (which requires a US “friend” to host the account as its US only).
I have been searching for some music and look/feel items and boy have I found some!
If you know of some epic music we should consider for this film (that is licence-able) let me know!
So much to look forwards too!
So we have had a very exciting few weeks sorting out our protocols for sharing data between the members of airsoftfilm.com.
In just a few weeks of starting this project we have already collected 60Gb of video data from 5 different cameras! We will need to upgrade our storage to be able to handle the amount of video data we will eventually end up with, which I expect to be something like 15Tb by the end.
The first cuts of the footage we have already accumulated are being approved by the MOD for release as we speak and I have already uploaded a 3 minute preview to both Vimeo and YouTube (currently set to private). Once the MOD approves the footage we will set it all to public and you can enjoy our latest work. I think it is one of our very best, featuring awesome slow motion, Woodkid’s “Iron” soundtrack (recently featured in the Assassins Creed adverts) and some very hot FPS footage of Basho nailing tons of opfor! (of course 😉 )
Until then, I can only link the original music video:
So, let’s talk about why we are here. Let’s talk about, “Why we love airsoft?”
We invited you to fill out our online form detailing what airsoft means to you. We were overwhelmed with entries (numbering in the couple of dozen!) and there follows a slathering of our favourites.
One of the most common “objections” to airsoft, and Milsim in particular, is the erroneous idea that it is somehow insulting to the armed forces. Nothing could be further from the truth as Billy writes:
“Over the years I have kept up with airsoft even though I joined the army and got to do it for real. I am pleased that you are doing a pro-airsoft video and I would happily give a “not an insult to soldiers” perspective.”
Thanks Billy, we will definitely contact you regarding that and perhaps you would be willing to appear on the upcoming podcast as a guest?
It is often the form of airsoft known as Milsim, military simulation, which is only one end of a spectrum of different game styles. As Mike writes:
“More recently I have started to experience a different style of Airsoft called Military Simulation (Mil-Sim) which uses Airsoft technology to stage realistic planned 48hour operations with detailed orders and set objectives. This has really got me hooked as although it is tough going the rewards after completing a truly challenging event is one of the best buzz’s going.”
The team atmosphere is strong in Milsim:
“It is a team sport on the most part that bonds individuals together in a surprisingly quick way. In Mil-Sim events when you have to rely on the guys in your squad 100% to help you achieve the set objectives and goals. Strangers bounding over a hot mug of coffee brewed up at 3am after a long yomp with bergens packed to bursting has a funny effect. Sharing hardship whilst trying to achieve a common goal makes you start working as a cohesive unit quickly as no one wants to be the weak link in the chain that gives the opposition the advantage.”
But airsoft is much more than just serving soldiers and Milsim players, for some it is simply about getting out of the house. Tyler writes that:
“It allows me to hang out with my friends on the weekends and do something fun besides Video Games.”
This is my main gain from it too. Through airsoft I have met and been challenged by all sorts of people that I would never have normally got to meet. Airsoft draws people from all sorts of walks of life. My team, the DAs, contains bank workers from the city, policemen, history teachers, bricklayers, couriers and the unemployed. From that group there are massive divergences’ of wealth, education and world outlook (not to mention about 6 different religions), but we are all brothers and I would do anything for them. Airsoft is that great leveller that enables all men, and women (we have had many female members), to be equals on the field and side by side.
Thanks to airsoft I have met my best friend, enjoyed baptisms, new babies, weddings, birthdays and parties. I have eaten in the Tower of London Officers Mess, sat with 18 men in a spa’s steam room and camped in uncountable forests, bombed out houses and water logged ditches surrounded by mushrooms. Truly airsoft is doing something different on the weekends!
“Being a gun enthusiast and a Christian, this sport is my way enjoying a gun without really hurting people…”
I absolutely agree here, airsoft is safe and despite appearances it is non-violent. In my entire time as both a player and marshal of both CQB and Milsim events for almost 10 years (well over 200 events) I have only ever seen one person lay their hands on another in anger. Thankfully, that person chose me to assault and – thanks to my head camera – justice got served. Compare that to any other sport and airsoft is clearly a gentlemen’s game. From a religious stand point airsoft is a safe way to let off some steam and connect with those around you. Repressed anger is never a good thing and being able to achieve catharsis is one of the greatest elements to be found in our sport.
As Kiran writes:
“I personally love airsoft as it is a brilliant stress relief and has taught me MANY life lessons without the real life consequences. Because it is all a game I can laugh our failures off whilst still learning from it”
But is it all a male sport? Sure, it’s dominated by men, but women do play too. One female player, Michelle, took the time to tell us why:
“There is something that happens right before that first game of the day starts where I am so nervous and excited my hands shake as all that jumble of what if scenarios bounce around my head, should I flank? Should I support our team in the middle? Should I ambush? Then right when it starts all that jumble and nervousness disappears and my mind just seems to focus on everything moving toward one path.”
That’s the big one. Airsoft is great fun. It encourages an excitement that has to be felt to be understood. No other sport I have played brings on so much excitement in so many people.
“I have seen families play together with laughs and smiles, long lasting friendships that start just by playing together, or even the stories during lunch breaks, also things like two opposing teams laughing it up with each other post game. You just don’t see that in other sports, lose or win, everyone seems to enjoy the experience, and I think that most of all, is why I love airsoft.”
To all those we featured in this post, please have our heartfelt thanks and we will be in contact for an appearance in the podcast and perhaps the film itself!
If you love airsoft, then please take a moment to fill out our form above and tell your friends about this site and what we are trying to do here. We really need your help to move that number up to the magic amount.
We need you and your friends and their friends to come work with us, to tell the story of airsoft the way we can tell it, that shows it is a unifying force for good in the country and once and for all explain, “why we love airsoft”!
Please consider a donation today, the free rewards are awesome!
The filming for our documentary started over Christmas with a visit by a cameraman to Sweden for some snow based milsim, hopefully the footage will be of use for the final film.
Next, last weekend, I was head marshal for Tier 1 airsoft at their game Operation Black Heart, which went really well.
I got some excellent 60fps head camera footage and some great shots of the team based combat on sunday morning.
I also got a new member for the team, welcome onboard Chris! Chris is not an airsofter, but he knows much about filming. We are going to work together to release DVDs of the Tier 1 events based on our dual shooting of footage for each side. This footage will, in parts, make it into the final documentary film. It promises to be very special and I will be releasing a promo for it over Easter.
We asked you to tell us why you loved airsoft, and boy have you told us! I have had an inbox full of emails from people eager to let the world know just why this sport means so much to them. It’s taken a while to sort through them and pick the best ones to feature, but that post will be coming in the next week. Also stacking up is the footage form all correctly filled in and posted to us. Thanks to all those who have pointed us their way. We will be reviewing these entries, featuring them here in a post, and collecting the very best for inclusion in the film. Watch this space in the coming weeks.
Donations. I get a lot of emails offering to help, asking if they can join in, but really the best way to help is to donate. We have a month and a half to raise the money for the production of this film. If you want to help please stick a tenner in the box! You’ll get a gift as a thank you. Why donate? Read our manifesto!
Gift designs. Coming soon, as soon as I can get my wife to make them, the gift designs will be released. Cesca is a top Branding Consultant who has worked for companies such as Interbrand and Wolff Olins. She designed the TUI logo and the Morrisons re-brand amongst many other designs for household names. These stickers and T-shirts will rock hard!
The next event. We are negotiating with two companies to come and cover their events, so if you have an event you want covered contact us!
Until then, shoot you later,