On Sunday, I released a project that I've been working on for a year. There isn't a lot of information on the Facebook page or on the website, so I thought I'd fill in some of the backstory over the course of a couple blog posts.
A year ago, I was living in Pennsylvania working for a video production company. I was looking for a side project, and some friends started telling me about one of their hobbies. I'd played airsoft before, but not for almost a decade. Back when I played, there weren't games of this scale or intensity. It sounded interesting, but not compelling enough for others to pay attention. Then I started doing a little research.
The more I found out, the more I wanted to film it. There were so many applications to a film like this. My research showed people were using it as a PTSD therapy; once I realized that, it opened up avenues that I hadn't considered. If I could get some eyes on this, it might make people realize that airsoft is more than just a hobby.
If you've played sports, you know that there are benefits that hide below the surface. Football will make you better at hitting people; basketball will make you better at getting a ball through a hole; hockey will make you better at fighting. All three will make you a harder worker and a better competitor.
In the documentary, one of the recurring themes is the character of these airsoft players. You'll see how easy it is to cave into physical, mental, and emotional pressures, and you'll see which people rise above the hardship. If it was easy, everyone would do it; the way you get better is to practice. When you're young, you play sports. When you grow up, you play war.
Operation Blacksheep at Shelby is a documentary that follows a group of men and a woman as they travel to Mississippi to play war. We learn from them and with them and watch how much they can grow in only 24 hours. SevenPine and I teamed up to make a movie that we think is unique in it's space. We'd love for you to watch it and to share it.