combat

This looks like it will be interesting:

From the description:

Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera — his unit’s official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps’ recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. COMBAT OBSCURA is a groundbreaking look at daily life in a war zone as told by the Marines themselves. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective.

You can check out the website for more info.  Coming to theaters, streaming, and bluray on March 15th.

I really liked Generation Kill (which was based on a true story), and this looks similar so I’m sure it will be good.

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Talon Defense x Ditch Medicine running this class:

What is this tennis ball grip maneuver? Oh ok.. “the tennis ball simulates an injury”. 🤔 I’ll take their word for it.  Oh shit right after that they actually duct taped the ball to the dude’s hand.

2:25 – Pokey stick malfunctions section of the video.  The dudes all still have taped hands.

5:44 – Somebody threw the camera man the fake blood spritzer.  This is gonna get real in a second.  Yup… blood everywhere all over the guy’s arm while he wraps it up.  After that a guy gets “hit” in the leg so he stops the bleeding on that too.

A whole load of other stuff, yelling, and maneuvers happen which I don’t know enough about to critique so I’m not going to bother.  Looks like chaos.  Figured you guys might want to watch it if nothing else, since it’s so intense.  I hope they have showers or a lake or something at that training facility.  I wouldn’t want to drive home with dried fake blood and dirt all over me and mess up my chinchilla seats (that last part was a joke).

Thoughts?

Gat tip: Thomas

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VICE with another documentary:

The Army Cadet Force has over 46,000 cadets from the ages of 12 to 18, training in 1700 detachments all over the country. The super low-cost club evenings and training camps equip teenagers with discipline and skills in anything from orienteering and military knowledge to weaponry, first aid, and sports.

Training-UK-Cadets-For-CombatNote, I have no witty comments about this documentary because I am waiting until tomorrow to watch it.  Right now I only have one thing to say…. “ooooooh dat camouflage pattern”.

If I shouldn’t waste my time, please let me know in the comments.

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Everything seems to be going swimmingly up until 3:19:

3:19 – Sandwich rifle in your knee pit before you crouch down, then continually muzzle sweet your buddy’s head while you’re trying to help him.

Combat-Medic-Rifle-Sit-DownIs there a legit reason to do the above maneuver?  It just seems to me that in addition to the muzzle direction problem, it would make everything 100x more awkward and uncomfortable.  This is an AR-15 for god sake, not some jam-o-matic that’s doing to cry foul when it gets some dust from the ground on it if he were to put it to his side or in front of him.  Plus, if he ever needed to get to his rifle it’s an awkward spot to have it for that too.  Actually he grabs it at 4:09 just before he’s about to take the injured guy away and looks like he passes it across his calves a couple times.  Ross (the instructor) is a former US Navy Combat Media with several combat tours.

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Gat tip: no uno

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OMG “Guided Chaos” guys look:

The script would read “Opening scene, we see the shooter on an indoor range which looks a lot like John Wayne Gacy’s basement”.

0:26 – Balance training always comes in handy.  Personally I train on log roll though…. having it spin you around and dunk you is some bullshit, be prepared.

0:39 – Awwwwwww shit the old “No-Look/Switch Hand /Moving/Point Shoot” such a classic.  You can tell him and his buddies made this shit up just to be like “HELL YEA WE OPERATE HARD BRO!”

1:00 – PURE CHAOS guys… pure uncut chaos.  MY MIND WAS LIKE *KABOOM*

1:09 – I wonder what being a “Guided Chaos Jostler” pays?  Do they have another opening?  Is there an application / interview?  “Where have you jostled in the past?”  “Are you comfortable jostling in all types of environments, disruptive ones even?”  “Ever run into any issues in a jostle? If so how did you solve them?”  “Where or who do you see yourself jostling in 10 years?”

1:29 – He trains like he’s on the school yard, and those five dummies are bullies who want to give him an atomic wedgie.

Guided-Chaos-Adaptive-Defense1:44 – He’s in full flashback mode here.  His mom warned him about this type of training brining up old thoughts of the past.  Hear his primal UHHHhhgggggggg uHhhHHGGGGGGAaAAHHhhhhhh.

Get some more Guided Chaos over at their website Attack Proof, and find out where you can train with them.  I know your mom and his mom will be besties.  After your 2nd training session they’ll even collaborate and your mom might make cookies and his might make little triangle cut sandwiches with the crust removed.

Thoughts?  I bet he’s asked his mom so many times if he could get the Guided Chaos logo tattooed on his lower back.  She keeps saying no.

Hat tip: Caleb

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Unbelievable pictures:

As in the ruins of Beirut, Sarajevo or Stalingrad, the conflict in Syria is a sniper’s war. Men stalk their fellow man down telescopic sights on suburban streets, hunting a glimpse of flesh, an eyeball peering from a crack, using decoys to draw their prey into giving themselves away. During weeks spent tracking the fluid frontline of the battle, veteran war photographer Goran Tomasevic provided daily evidence of an escalating conflict that the UN estimates has killed over 100,000 people. Tomasevic photographed with exceptional proximity as combatants mounted complex attacks, managed logistics, treated their wounded, buried their dead – and died before his eyes.

He talks about minimizing the risk, but I really don’t see how that’s even possible most of the time where he is.  Twenty years in the field though obviously means he knows what he’s doing.  I would have figured that in unorganized wars fought between some of those countries, with little to no set rules of engagement, they wouldn’t have any respect at all for photographers.  It’s nice to see there is still some honor obviously, and they are not just shooting everyone in sight.  It’s interesting when you think about how the simple cropping of a picture, or a caption put on it can affect someones thoughts. As a photographer of this type I would always be worried about how my pictures were being used.

Goran-Tomasevic-Combat-PhotographerMore information about Goran Tomasevic and his work on his Reuters page.  Interesting that the first picture on that page was the one of the U.S. Marine ducking down behind a wall as a piece of it explodes into his face from enemy gunfire.  I remember what a stir that picture caused when it came out.  Incredible shot.

Question: What would you rather photograph…. Hot Shots calendar girls, or combat?  Best of both worlds and the Hot Shots girls IN combat maybe? haha you wish.

Hat tip: Marc

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