The Pennsic War is the largest role-playing festival in the world.
Over 10,000 people from all around the world gather in the fields of Pennsylvania for a 2 week long festival filled with merchants, classes, medieval bars, and massive battles.
We arrived and were immediately getting weird looks. Nobody had ever filmed a documentary at the Pennsic War before. They’ve had news crews a couple of years prior but never a full scale documentary on the entire Pennsic War. That being said, we were so excited to be there.
The first impression we got was that we needed to change clothes. Apparently, because street clothes didn’t exist in the middle ages, you are considered naked for dressing modern. So that was an interesting start. We changed into garb ASAP.
The first thing we filmed was the massive war.
The two sides, each with over 1,000 people met in the middle. You could hear it, see it, and FEEL it. The force from over 2,000 people colliding was shocking. I was so caught up in the moment of filming, I didn’t know how close I was to the action and our media liaison team was pulling me away from the sidelines as the pull arms were wildly swinging about. All in all, I knew it would be big but I never considered what it would really be like down in the action (or at least near it). And it was fierce. Indescribable, really.
We proceeded to move through the event at a blistering pace. We only had from 9am to 5pm to film so we hustled, without pausing to think, really.
In fact, a lot of the most memorable moments came in the editing process, reliving our magical experience.
Check out the Full episode here!
And the Youtube edit here!