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The Idea in 10 words:
Professionally produced airsoft documentary showing the positive side of airsoft.
Quote from our manifesto:
“There is an unseen sport revolution happening all across Britain. In quiet fields, unused warehouses, deserted military villages, snowy Welsh mountains and even empty shopping centres large groups of people seek each other out. Tired of the usual, more prosaic, sports they come looking for something different. Something that gets their heart beating, their lungs pumping like bellows and their natural competitive instincts taken for a thorough workout.
Dressed in military fatigues and with home-honed collections of sometimes startlingly expensive equipment, these people gather in their special places to shoot at each other with little white plastic balls.
They are playing airsoft, one of the quickest growing sports in the UK if not the world.”
…continue at airsoftfilm.com/about
So, if you love airsoft, if you care about the positive message getting out there, or even if you just want to see some awesome footage, then come visit us at airsoftfilm.com and donate to our documentary!
Regarding the potential for bias: Well, yes I am an airsofter and this is an airsoft documentary. However, I will be highlighting some of the common (and mistaken) things I hear about airsoft. For example, I am going to interview some ex and serving military personnel (I know loads through Tier 1) about how, actually, airsoft is not disrespectful to the armed forces.
Having been in airsoft, both as player and organiser, for so long I have seen first-hand most of the good and bad sides of the sport. We are determined to make sure that the true nature of the sport is shown in both aspects. What we will do different from Channels 4’s “Guns are Cool” is not make up our minds before we arrive.
Good: I’ve personally seen over £3k raised at charity airsoft events. I have met husbands and wives who play together and, at the risk of sounding melodramatic, I have seen soldiers catharsis their grief over lost comrades through airsoft. There IS a good side to airsoft.
Bad: I have also witnessed first-hand someone attack someone else in an airsoft game, I have banned many a person from my old site and worst of all – I, yes even I, have witnessed someone not take their hits! Terrible!
The way I see it is that this film is all of ours. I am reaching out to the community for support and help because I don’t want this to be about me, or about the games and sites I go to. I want it to be about us and funded by us. What that will mean is that when people question our sport, when they scoff at it and mock it, when they missunderstand the positives, you will be able to point them at this film. If airsoft should be threatened with a ban in the future, after some knee jerk reaction in the press, or nonsense about tax, you can point them at this film. If your wife, your mother or your non-airsofting friends roll their eyes and say, “isn’t it all just violence and guns?” you can point them at this film.
I want it to be a gift to us all that explains, “why I love airsoft”.
Basho has made airsoft films for 5 years. His films are well-known in the sport and have evolved over the years into professional productions for event organisers. He uses Sony Vegas Professional to edit his works. His real life occupation is as a specialist project manager in the financial industry and so he has lots of experience in producing projects of this size. He is also a published travel writer who has visited Hong Kong and Japan: the birthplace of airsoft. He spends his time either on the field with his cameras attached or working as a senior marshal for clients such as Tier 1 Military Simulations and Fire Fight Combat Simulations.
Big D. Big D’s passion for Airsoft began in 2006 and since then he has been involved in almost all aspects of it from playing, marshalling, training and organising. With a huge involvement and knowledge this allows him to compliment Airsoft with his speciality, cinematography. A credited, award-winning cinematographer with experience in both film and TV allows his skills in both camera and lighting help compliment the documentary visually.
This is your chance to get your feelings for airsoft heard! Use the “Love Airsoft?” contact form above, or tweet us with the hashtag #loveairsoft, and we will post your comment up or even perhaps include it in our film (with a credit!).
Has airsoft done something for you? Made some great friends? Have a regular blast against one team and laughed about it afterwards? Changed your life for the better? We want your stories of the positive side of airsoft for this site and our film!
My team ran a charity “pistols and shotguns” day raising £1816.68 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Many people gave up their time and gave across their money for the event, including the Electrowerkz site owner’s, marshals, medics and players.
Electrowerkz back in 2006
The Event Poster
Airsoft did that. It brought those players together and they did something special. Together.
Then, the next year, we did it again for Clic Sargent (kids with cancer) charity and raised £2500!
If you have a story like that then send it in!
This film is a compilation of clips and unseen footage from the games I attended run by Tier 1 Military Simulation.
Before 2011 I had not played much milsim, now… well I recently laid in a puddle from 1am, freezing cold and surrounded by poisonous mushrooms, for 8 hours to spring an ambush!
I fell asleep and started snoring.
Moments later I was awoken by a wet weight crashing down on my back. Team commander Trip had thrown a log at me, missed, hit a tree and it had collapsed a rotten limb across my sprawled form. Had the opposition walked past at that particular moment then they would have heard the rest of the concealed team completely failing to stop laughing.