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So Someone's Made A Feature-Length Film in GRAND THEFT AUTO IV?!

Nordling here. 

We can get into all the controversy about violence in video games and such, considering everything that's happened in the past few days, or to tke a different tack, you can debate the entire "Are video games art" question if you wish. But I think this is pretty freaking cool regardless.

Looks like French filmmaker Mathiew Weschler took the GRAND THEFT AUTO !V game and engine, and with two years of work, created a feature-length film out of it. Called THE TRASHMASTER, the plot involves a guy trying to clean the streets of Liberty City going after a serial killer after said killer dispatches some dancers from a strip club. It's 88 minutes long, and pretty freaking awesome, in my opinion:

The trashmaster (nouvelle version nouvelle voix-off !)
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So what do you all think? Worth the time it took to make this, or not?

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  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Post 0


    So someone has made a Feature Length film in GRAND THEFT AUTO IV?!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Cdiesel77

    My first and my last. now my life is complete

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    So it's some machinima thing?

    by Johnno

    I'll wait for the remake in LittleBigPlanet 2...

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Cdiesel77

    seems pretty cool i have to check it out

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    "Post 0"

    by MattmanReturns

    Gah, this is gonna start the decade debate all over again... but the first post is the FIRST fucking post.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Gimme Shelter

    by alan_poon

    Getting a bit tiresome now eh? I mean there are other songs out there ya know.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Is it unprofessional or 'cool'...

    by Toruk_Makto

    that the AICN editor’s articles are often riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors? I cannot decide.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    As for the flick, very interesting idea...

    by Toruk_Makto

    That engine needs a litte more work though.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    It certainly has it's moments

    by DirkD13"

    Some of the action beats kick total arse! The shot of a bad guy running over a bunch of cars whilst the camera tracks through said cars, each playing a different radio station, was freakin' terrific. Using some of the Die Hard score doesn't hurt either.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    We've seen Machinma movies before. But this has some

    by V'Shael

    advantages over what we've seen before. For one thing, the game space is so much bigger than any other movie/series we've seen before. And the fact that so many areas have clear analogs to New York make it seem more "movie" like.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    and doesn't sue his a$$. Though admittedly, I don't know which projeqts gl lets slide (other than family guy or robot chiqen) and what parameters others cross that he doesn't like.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'm getting crotchety in my old age

    by VarianceMFFilms

    But when something runs a :15 ad everytime I click ahead a minute, I lose patience. This might be Godfather 2 meets 2001 but I'll never know.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    So how's something like this made?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I know GTA is open world, are they basically playing the game to get the visuals and looping dialogue an music over it?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Got bored after the 5th sweeping shot of the city.

    by gabbygall

    ..and then it just got boring period. Good effort and all that but not my cup of tea.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Probably machinima style...

    by Mistahtibbs

    Kinda like the game is active but they control the camera and they have a bunch of their friends controlling the characters. Then get their shots, add dialogue, foley, etc.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    There is a reason why people don't make movies out of 2 year old engines

    by SpazMatic1074

    Because it makes the movie look like it's 2 years old. The graphics in GTAIV already suck. Plus they shouldn't have used Nico's likeness. People are already invested in Nico as a character. They should have taken a random person and used that instead. Plus too much advertising. I couldn't consider wasting 1 1/2 watching that, as artful as it might be.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    why not...

    by justmyluck

    ...create a first-post HeadGeek compliment generator. The subject is tagged as metadata and randomly enters the first post as: "_____, this is so cool!" "I felt like a true geek when I heard about _____." "I can't wait for this! What do you think about _____?!?!" "The music for ______ reminds me of Steiner{}Korngold{}Waxman{}Hermann." "_____ reminds me of why I'm still a geek at ##+VALUE(DOB)/365." The compliment generator could also randomly pick an prior Cartuna animated GIF which links to a click-pay Amazon product related to metadata tag ______. Would it be much different? And imagine the valuable time saved.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    whats more annoying

    by Arthur_Digby_Sellers

    someone shouting "first" or the owner of the site being the first poster on almost every post? i vote for the latter, so how about you give it a rest harry you stupid fuck!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by CountOrlok

    The engine wasn't 2 years old when he started work on the project - more than 2 years ago. As for using Nico as the protagonist, can you name another in-game character you can choose to get all of the shots required?

  • They should have hired Ted Williams eh? eh?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    The voiceover sucks, but...

    by SK229

    the rest of it shows genuine visual talent. I actually thought it was better 'directed' and paced as well as innovative in the cutting style and the sound was ESPECIALLY amazing. I don't know, I watched it expecting total, epic fail and was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    I was working with machinema about a decade ago

    by King_Knut

    One of our shorts beat Disney to an award at SIGGraph 2001 - Horses for Courses. It's pretty poor, but the point is that machinema has been around for over a decade. Red Vs. Blue, anyone? This is not new.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST


    by Shubniggorath

    Rockstar Games makes the tool used to make GTA4 and RDR machanimas, I believe.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I like it.

    by ivehadsex

    I've seen stuff like this before but this is the first one to ever hold my attention for more than 20 seconds. I'm about halfway through. Going to watch the whole thing.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    The Voiceover : "REDRUM! REDRUM!"

    by maxbrown

    I feel like more than just the site structure got broken in the last few weeks. The post frequency and quality seems to be worse than ever. This GTA4 post may have been news worthy 2 years ago, but now we're just Youtube-trawling.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Needs more lens flare.

    by Royston Lodge

    I kid! I kid! Actually, it's a solid attempt. Methinks any criticisms I might have can be blamed on the GTA4 engine rather than on the filmmaker. Personally, I tend to really like the looks of Half-Life 2 machinima. Apropos of nothing, I seem to recall that the people behind Blender were working on an open-source game engine. Seems to me that would be the perfect sort of platform for filmmakers who want to try making original machinima, free from the restrictions inherent in using someone else's game world, like having the words "Liberty City" pop up all over your movie, etc...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Okay, this was pretty awesome!

    by Johnno

    Watched the whole thing. Dialogue was corny and voice acting horrible... But everything else, camera work, direction, overall story, action scenes, it's bloody excellent! Could use a fewer sweeping shots of the city, and pointless time spent showing us strippers, but man considering it all, this was a lot of work to put together, and the fact that it came out so well is also a testament to the amazing work and attention to detail that Rockstar Games put into Grand Theft Auto IV! Seeing it like this has given me a whole lot of respect to what they've created with Liberty City! Despite that I'm not into open world games...<br><br>Also it really gives me pause for thought... imagine if in the future, virtual filmaking as we've seen in games and Avatar etc. goes the extra mile where companies devote themselves to building entire virtual cities and extras for filmmakers to go into and spend as much time as they like doing whatever they like without having to block roads and city sections in public and spend time getting their camera angles right and put their actors and actresses right into these populated sets? It's like this is a taste of what will inevitably be when technology gets that far ahead and practical to accomplish in photrealistic real time. Excellent job on the movie! I'm highly impressed!

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    this uses that great Moby music

    by Smack_Teddy

    That makes Southland Tales with some shots