Mike’s alma mater, Loyola University, published an interview with Mike in their latest alumni magazine. Check out the article and find out what inspired us to make “Soldiers of Paint” and how we got it made.
Here is a sampling:
How does Soldiers of Paint stand out as a documentary? What makes it so different?
It was important to us to make a documentary that was unlike anything else out there. We had a good feeling that the intense battle action of 5,000 paintball warriors storming an 800-acre field was going to be great material for a movie, but we also knew we needed interesting “characters” and a compelling story. We also wanted to deliver the highest production value that we could obtain while working with a tight budget.
We were inspired by great documentaries that tell compelling stories about interesting little-known events and communities, like Murderball, American Movie, and King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.
With the final product we feel we achieved all of that: We were fortunate to document the closest battle in the history of the event (it comes down to a nail-biting finish—no spoilers here though!). We were also fortunate to meet and work with a truly fascinating cast of “characters” who make this event happen every year. These everyday people (who come from all over the world) make up this tight knit OK D-Day community—a community that we think audiences of all types will find funny, engaging, and perhaps inspirational.
We also have a highly polished product: We filmed in HD, mixed the audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound, created high quality graphics and map animations, and—with the help of our music supervisor, Devon Leger—assembled a fantastic selection of music for the soundtrack.
What is the audience for this piece?
OK D-Day is considered the Super Bowl of scenario paintball, so naturally we were interested in making this movie for the fans of paintball. But we also wanted to make a movie that fans of film would enjoy. We were inspired by great documentaries that tell compelling stories about interesting little-known events and communities, like Murderball, American Movie, and King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.
We were also hopeful that since the event deals with themes like World War II and honoring veterans of all wars that the film would appeal to history buffs, military service members, and fans of war movies like Saving Private Ryan.