ScenarioPaintballFilms produced a video several years ago at one of West Point’s Combat Classic Games; the video, going under the title of Basic Painting, was pretty darned good, garnered a fair amount of attention and was eventually picked up by RAP4 who used it as a premium for their customers. 68Caliber reviewed the video back in 2009, finding it to be stunning and a worthy entry in the (unfortunately non-existent) Academy Awards for Best Paintball Video of All Time.
Well, now they’re going to have to invent an award – or something – because the video has been re-edited, re-formatted and is now viewable on HULU. This is, as best we can tell, the first time that any paintball video has been featured on the online broadcaster’s website.
And it is well worth the watch (despite the commercials). The editing is crisp and contributes greatly to creating a relentless, action-filled flow. The videography is fantastic, appropriately ranging over the full panoply of shots; the musical track well-supports the video and the script, well, the script puts on the best combination of education-via-entertainment I’ve ever seen on tape. (Then) Master Sergeant Chris “Doobie” DuBois is an excellent host and takes viewers along for an exciting, fact-filled tour of the behind-the-scenes events at a major scenario game (West Point Combat Classic) and is a STAR; other hosts like Eric Engler put on a a great show, capturing the excitement of the moment and passing it right through the camera lens to the viewer.
The game itself is well and informatively presented with live-actions shots of major action, historical background for the scenario (WWII) and various graphical aides such as maps of the terrain illustrating how the various forces are moving across the field and positioning themselves.
This new iteration of the original video is stellar, superb, excellent and top-knotch; not only is it a great video for paintballers to watch, but its form and formatting – not to mention the high quality of the production values – serve as a template for anyone wanting to know “how to do a paintball video right”
And you sure can’t beat a big FIRST on HULU for getting the word out about the game; The West Point Combat Classic video should certainly spur interest in playing paintball. West Point better watch out – their next game is gonna be SWAMPED!