Complete History of Paintball Documentary

Just last month we celebrated the 38th anniversary of the first ever game of paintball that took place on June 27th, 1981 in Henniker, New Hampshire. The game’s history is rich, its story is incredible and those that took this game from nothing to a billion dollar industry each have a story to tell. Many of the game’s early movers and shakers are now in the 70s and 80s and sadly we’ve lost a handful already. It’s time to document the REAL history of this great game and to honor those that forged the way for us all.

About Me

My name is John Amodea, editor and owner of Paintball.Media Magazine and Paintball Historian with 34 full time years in the game and industry of paintball. I have been producing monthly paintball magazines since 1991; I’ve played on the professional paintball circuit; I’ve owned a paintball store and paintball field; I’ve written more published articles on the game of paintball than anyone in the world; I’ve shot more than a million paintball photographs spanning 34 years; and I’ve forged relationships and friendships with paintball players and members of the industry around the world.

As a collector of paintball history I own or have access to every paintball magazine ever printed (thousands of issues); I have nearly 400 hours of 1980s and 1990s paintball footage as well as hundreds of hours of 2000s footage in my possession; I have thousands of interviews I’ve conducted with players and members of the industry since 1991; And since the start of 2019 I have been traveling around the U.S. shooting video interviews with key figures in the game’s 38 year history.

The truth is, I am the only person that has the assets, resources, personal relationships, experience and knowledge, and the team around me to do this and do it right.

This project has been ongoing for nearly two years as of this writing. We’ve shot 57 video interviews to date, converted hundreds of hours of video tape to digital footage, traveled the U.S. (and Europe as we speak) to uncover every important fact, statistic and shred of evidence of this game’s history.

What’s Left To Complete the Film – Film Launch Date (Spring 2020)

To finish the film we still have 10 weeks of travel and 35 interviews to conduct; we’ve hired a video editor to start the process of turning thousands of hours of assets into a two-hour feature documentary film; we have some editing hardware and software to buy; and we will need some funding to travel to distribution meetings this fall.

The total budget for the film is $70,000. We’ve raised about 20% of that through our current magazine advertising supporters and a few donors and the rest of what we’ve spent to date has come from my personal savings. To finish the project in a manner that is fitting to this game we still need to raise $30,000 (as best we can tell at this point).

We appreciate anything you are able to contribute.

What Contributors Get

 $10: Thanks for your support! We will personally thank you on our Facebook page!

$25: We’ll put your name in the final credits of the film and post a personal thank you on our Facebook page.

$100: All $100 donors will receive all of the above plus a download link for the film’s original music soundtrack and a 24 hour access link to watch the film at least 1 week before it is released to the public!

$250: All $250 donors will receive all of the above plus the companion “Follow Guide” text which contains all of the film’s references, additional stories and “paintball history fact sheet” and a thank you with your name and photo in our magazine.

$1000: All $1000 donors will get all of the above plus their company or team logo in the film’s final credits.

$3750: All $3750 donors will get their company or team logo in the OPENING CREDITS of the film. Plus all of the above.

$4750: Get all of the above AND get listed as an Executive Producer of the film.

*If you donate anonymously we will not be able to provide any of the above.

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  • Ronnie Grubb
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs


John Amodea
Occoquan, VA

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