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Director creates a full-length film with Grand Theft Auto IV

01.11.2011

Gamer/Amateur filmmaker Mathieu Weschler must love him some "Grand Theft Auto." The French commercials director wrote a script and spent over two years using the "Grand Theft Auto IV" engine to bring his movie to life. Yes, the movie is created within the world of the game and then edited together to fit the script.

The film is called THE TRASHMASTERS and this is how Weschler describes it:

"The "trashmaster" divides his time between collecting garbage and cleaning up other forms of trash fouling up New York City's streets: dealers, small-time criminals... When the dancers in his favorite strip club are mysteriously killed, the trashmaster finds himself hot on the trail of a particularly twisted serial killer."

Weschler hired an American actor to dub over all the dialogue in the film so that's one actor playing all the voices you hear. Lest you think this was just some paltry internet machinima project, THE TRASHMASTER will be screening at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in February.

I've embedded the video below but know in advance, it's a full 88-minutes so you're going to need some time to watch the entire thing. I'm about halfway through now though and I'm impressed at the amount of work that went into this and how professional it looks. Take a look below.

Source: Rockstar Games

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2:54PM on 01/12/2011

YES

I have been telling anyone who will listen for years about this. Not this project, but what this guy is doing. For future directors and editors to practice their craft, they no longer have to spend thousands trying to make short films with crappy effects. The gaming industry spends billions making these games with amazing graphics and open ended environments. Not only that but they come with built in audiences. You dont have to buy cameras, your POV in the game is the camera. You then shoot
I have been telling anyone who will listen for years about this. Not this project, but what this guy is doing. For future directors and editors to practice their craft, they no longer have to spend thousands trying to make short films with crappy effects. The gaming industry spends billions making these games with amazing graphics and open ended environments. Not only that but they come with built in audiences. You dont have to buy cameras, your POV in the game is the camera. You then shoot thousands of angles and then the real fun begins, editing it all. Anyways, props to this guy for spending 2 years on this project. I will watch it later, watched the 1st 10min, great stuff.
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9:28AM on 01/12/2011
I just sat here for an hour and a half(give or take) and watched the whole thing. Holy freekin' shit, the commitment that went into making this was amazing. No film maker can complain about not making a film now this guy has done this, and the best thing about it is that it's a pretty watchable film. The action scenes are edited together like a high octane Michael Bay film. Sure, it's not perfect, but it is something i'll be talking to my friends about because there are a hell of a lot worse
I just sat here for an hour and a half(give or take) and watched the whole thing. Holy freekin' shit, the commitment that went into making this was amazing. No film maker can complain about not making a film now this guy has done this, and the best thing about it is that it's a pretty watchable film. The action scenes are edited together like a high octane Michael Bay film. Sure, it's not perfect, but it is something i'll be talking to my friends about because there are a hell of a lot worse films you could waste 88 minutes watching.

The film was probably put together over many hours of multiplayer and single player, using a HDPVR and Theatre Mode. It's an achievement that deserves recognition.
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2:59PM on 01/12/2011
thank you for commenting on how it was done - always wondered that!
thank you for commenting on how it was done - always wondered that!
9:09AM on 01/12/2011
Kudos to someone having the gumption to do this but how the hell do you even use the engine to make something like this? Just play the game and try to record the scenes you want or is there a way to hack this and use the editor? Like the GTA-looking Mario video posted awhile back that was so awesome.
Kudos to someone having the gumption to do this but how the hell do you even use the engine to make something like this? Just play the game and try to record the scenes you want or is there a way to hack this and use the editor? Like the GTA-looking Mario video posted awhile back that was so awesome.
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4:28PM on 01/11/2011

Normally I wouldn't have...

But I watched the first 10 minutes... It's actually kind of awesome. Now in three years will someone have a film made with Red Dead Redemption?
But I watched the first 10 minutes... It's actually kind of awesome. Now in three years will someone have a film made with Red Dead Redemption?
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7:18PM on 01/11/2011
There's already a short film done with Redemption...forget the director who did it, but it's not half bad.
There's already a short film done with Redemption...forget the director who did it, but it's not half bad.
7:50PM on 01/11/2011
It was John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) who directed the Red Dead Redemption short.
It was John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) who directed the Red Dead Redemption short.
1:30PM on 01/11/2011

Meh....

Should have came out like a year ago, when GTA was HOTT...
Should have came out like a year ago, when GTA was HOTT...
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12:57PM on 01/11/2011
Don't have time yet but I LOVE GTA IV.
Don't have time yet but I LOVE GTA IV.
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12:47PM on 01/11/2011
neat...but I think I will never watch this.
neat...but I think I will never watch this.
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