I have seen them all. i think your right, the first is an m40a1 i believe. the second, he takes a shot with some sort of modern type weapon, then uses an old Mauser the rest of the movie. In the 3rd i think hes back to an m40 style again. on a side note, the 1st is the best, the 2nd and 3rd are not that good, but the 2nd is better than the 3rd.
i THINK i saw parts of the 3rd one at MEPS when i went
it was playing on the tv and i overherd a few Marines saying it was Sniper III and it was a movie about a sniper so i guess it was
didnt seem that great so i went to get food
Makes me wonder...If hollywood ever did a big budget film about a sniper team, and got it at least halfassed right...I think a lot of people would like it. What kinda guy doesn't think snipers are cool?
Challenge is in making it legit lol...How about a movie where the first half hour is the team crawling...the next half hour is the team lying down at night...and the next half hour is the team very slowly getting ready to shoot...rifle fires. Credits roll.
It can be done though, a good, entertaining and more realistic sniper movie...and I think people would like it.
It all comes down to the director's perspective on it. The best way to get him a good perspective on it is to force him and his actors to go balls-down in the mud and do what snipers do, on a more "limited" basis since if you beat the Hell out of them they'll be afraid to do the movie.
It works for a shitload of game design teams and it worked (Saving Pte. Ryan is an example) for film crews.
I think that a large multicharacter'ed realistic military operation set in a real country using an existing military going head-on with another military that involves a fictional scenario can give you the best storyline for this.
Another thing that would be innovative is to have the camera follow around - say the Russians, for example - some of the "enemy" troops so that the audience would think they're "The good guys" for this movie. Then Bang-Thud, platoon leader goes down. Troops scatter, only subtitle I'd ever want to see is "Sniper!" and then camera cuts to the sniper team, ideally just as the sniper pulls the bolt back.
Realism makes a good film, makes a good game. You just have to be catering to a "smaller" group rather than the unwashed masses. If you're making the film for the guy who's trying to kick his skateboard over a jump, then it will "fail" in our eyes, but if you make it so that we think it's bloody well orgasmic, it will be "I don't get it" in theirs.
Unfortunately, due to the need to come out of it even or ideally on top, from a profit perspective, most movies are made for the guy outside.
The only sniper film that i have seen is "The German Sniper 1944". It´s about the german sniper training on 1944. You can find it on emule or here http://www.ihffilm.com/379.html . Here are some pics from the film: