By Doug Gritzmacher
Creative Director, Z-Channel Films, Denver, Colorado
My feature documentary film “Soldiers of Paint” is now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo.com.
The film is about 4,000 people who re-stage D-Day, or the Invasion of Normandy, over 800 acres in rural Oklahoma. It’s Germans vs Allies and either can win. The game unfolds over landmarks modeled after the real Normandy Beach, including Utah, Sword, and Omaha beaches, as well as the French town of Colleville.
I’m a female and I really don’t have any interest in playing paintball, but I LOVED this film. It was fun and engaging throughout the entire film. This isn’t your normal re-enactment and this isn’t your normal paintball war. The passion the people have for the sport and this annual event is intense. The documentary did a great job of telling the characters stories and made you want more. You can’t help but fall in love with the people and root for them—even the Germans. I found it amazing how this event brings so many people together from all over the country and the world. It is funny, fast-paced, suspenseful, touching, and all around fun to watch—so what are you waiting for? Stop reading reviews and get it!
Included are six deleted scenes. These are scenes we couldn’t find a place for in the final cut. My personal favorite is the scene when Dewayne visit’s his grandfather’s grave. Dewayne founded the Oklahoma D-Day game in honor of his grandfather who landed on Normandy Beach as a combat engineer. Those are the guys who landed first and placed protection for everyone who came after them. Yet he survived. As Dewayne describes it, his closest scrap with death was when a bullet went through his coat as he dove into a window.
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