Full-Length Machinima Thriller Developed in GTA IV Engine

Full-Length Machinima Thriller Developed in GTA IV Engine

A filmmaker spent two years creating a 90-minute film shot entirely using the Grand Theft Auto IV engine.

French filmmaker Mathieu Weschler has created what might be the first full-length feature film developed solely using the Grand Theft Auto IV engine. Weschler's 90-minute The Trashmaster still features the model of Niko Bellic, but in a very different role.

In The Trashmaster, Niko is a garbage man that cleans his city of more than discarded banana peels and stale bagels. As the "trashmaster," Niko also spends his time as a vigilante hunting down criminals whenever they happen to cross his path as he's pumping gas.

Weschler's two years of development time on the film shows. It's not just a nice piece of machinima, but also a solid action/crime thriller that features a variety of camera angles and techniques. I'm not saying it's the next Pulp Fiction or Goodfellas, but The Trashmaster is an impressive feat of film making.

The Trashmaster follows Niko as he attempts to track down a serial killer that's murdering the dancers from his favorite strip club. It may become the toughest situation the "trashmaster" has to deal with yet. Now if Weschler would just make a full length version of Brothers Mario too.

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Must... Resist...

NIKO! MY COUSIN!

I'll definitely take a look at this sometime. My first reaction was wondering why anyone would spend so much time on something like that, then I looked at my dozens of games, and then NIKO MY COUSIN!

That's... Really quite impressive. I'll have to give it a look sometime.

thats kinda awesome, though the voice-acting is pretty meh, I actually was enjoying a few part for the cinematography

Tom Goldman:
Weschler's two years of development time on the film shows. It's not just a nice piece of machinima, but also a solid action/crime thriller that features a variety of camera angles and techniques. I'm not saying it's the next Pulp Fiction or Goodfellas, but The Trashmaster is an impressive feat of film making.

While not expecting it to be the next 'Goodfellas' or 'Pulp Fiction' I hope it is more than just another 'Death Wish' which it worryingly sounds like, doing justice to the narrative of GTA IV. Either way it sounds like an interesting idea and a new approach to independent cinema, hopefully inspiring copycat features to be made.

Damn it, everytime I have a good idea, i read about it that someone else already did it - I hate this so much - I was just thinking of putting together something like this - boom here it is - I once had the idea to organize a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp - with say paintball weapons, contestants would collect hidden artifacts, in exchange they would get food, ammo - so I totally had this in my head as a great idea - few weeks later, I read somewhere that in Russia they are doing this every summer ... is there not a single original idea left in this world?

It's certainly a new take on the character. He becomes a vigilante to make it safe to enjoy big american titties. Truly an inspiration to us all. -wipes away a tear-

Inuprince:
Damn it, everytime I have a good idea, i read about it that someone else already did it - I hate this so much - I was just thinking of putting together something like this - boom here it is - I once had the idea to organize a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp - with say paintball weapons, contestants would collect hidden artifacts, in exchange they would get food, ammo - so I totally had this in my head as a great idea - few weeks later, I read somewhere that in Russia they are doing this every summer ... is there not a single original idea left in this world?

Short answer; no.

Long answer; In a world of near enough seven billion people chances are there is going to be some overlap in thinking. Especially with something like gaming culture which has a fairly consistent structure from country to country.

Tom Goldman:

Weschler's two years of development time on the film shows. It's not just a nice piece of machinima, but also a solid action/crime thriller that features a variety of camera angles and techniques. I'm not saying it's the next Pulp Fiction or Goodfellas, but The Trashmaster is an impressive feat of film making.

It's still very Michael Mann-esque.

I cannot imagine having that much free time, just... wow. Title is pretty lame though!

Inuprince:
Damn it, everytime I have a good idea, i read about it that someone else already did it - I hate this so much - I was just thinking of putting together something like this - boom here it is - I once had the idea to organize a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp - with say paintball weapons, contestants would collect hidden artifacts, in exchange they would get food, ammo - so I totally had this in my head as a great idea - few weeks later, I read somewhere that in Russia they are doing this every summer ... is there not a single original idea left in this world?

At the risk of coming across as harsh it sounds like the difference between these two people and you is that they had the self motivation to actually implemented their ideas and produce something.

Watched it and it was pretty good. Compared to the last RE movie it had a coherent story. I like the audio (not the voice acting) in which a sax player is shown playing the theme to Hardboiled, near the climax the themes of Perfect Blue is used very well and the songs were not half bad. i can honestly say it's better than anything I could have done.

tigermilk:

Inuprince:
Damn it, everytime I have a good idea, i read about it that someone else already did it - I hate this so much - I was just thinking of putting together something like this - boom here it is - I once had the idea to organize a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp - with say paintball weapons, contestants would collect hidden artifacts, in exchange they would get food, ammo - so I totally had this in my head as a great idea - few weeks later, I read somewhere that in Russia they are doing this every summer ... is there not a single original idea left in this world?

At the risk of coming across as harsh it sounds like the difference between these two people and you is that they had the self motivation to actually implemented their ideas and produce something.

Yes, this is a little harsh, but consideting that you don't know the facts I won't turn angry I would like to explain, my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp idea was when I was 17 ( I'm 19 and a half just today ), so this would require some funding, planning, free time etc. and as a university student that is quite a no no.
As for the GTA IV film, this idea was born about 2 weeks ago, I had started thinking about plot details, ( I even convinced my sister to do female voice-overs ) the only technical problem currently is my PC that needs to be upgraded a little bit to run the game better ( if everything goes right it will happen in March), I currently play it on the 360 - and at least I could plan it in my free time while playing... but man this is a letdown, that someone did it first. I mean I could still do my own, but I think even if I succeed, people will think, I copied this guy, I stole his idea, and compare the two, or who knows how many other people will want to do their own, after seeing this film.

Its very cool but not the first full length machinima film "Gmod war of the servers" is 1 hour 30 made by dudes who now work at bioware as cinematic directors :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppUl_CBuyz8

And another hour of my life trown away

I started watching this thinking I would find it interesting but end up losing interest and skipping through it for a minute or so, but I ended up watching the whole thing. It was very well done, as is attested to by the fact that it held my attention so long. The story and shooting were excellent, though voice acting needed some work. Overall though it felt like it could easily be transformed into an actual movie if given real cameras and actors.

It's only a shame to think that someone spent so long working on this, but it'll never be a blockbuster hit and make money. At least it'll hopefully be widely and positively received.

It also had a really good soundtrack.

This is an amazing film, holy crap.

Lynchian synth music, Scorsese-esque introspection, cityscapes right out of a Michael Mann movie.
Truly awful voice acting aside, this is a pretty powerful little piece of cinema!

I like the idea, but the film wasn't that great. There is lots of really well shot bits, really impressive, but the voice acting was pretty bad, some of the scenes were kinda bad and I could go on with the faults...

But there was some sort of magic there, and it got alot better towards the end. The Subway chase was particularly good. I probably won't watch it again, but I'm glad I did watch it.

I hope he (or someone else) makes more films like this.

Inuprince:

tigermilk:

Inuprince:
Damn it, everytime I have a good idea, i read about it that someone else already did it - I hate this so much - I was just thinking of putting together something like this - boom here it is - I once had the idea to organize a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp - with say paintball weapons, contestants would collect hidden artifacts, in exchange they would get food, ammo - so I totally had this in my head as a great idea - few weeks later, I read somewhere that in Russia they are doing this every summer ... is there not a single original idea left in this world?

At the risk of coming across as harsh it sounds like the difference between these two people and you is that they had the self motivation to actually implemented their ideas and produce something.

Yes, this is a little harsh, but consideting that you don't know the facts I won't turn angry I would like to explain, my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp idea was when I was 17 ( I'm 19 and a half just today ), so this would require some funding, planning, free time etc. and as a university student that is quite a no no.
As for the GTA IV film, this idea was born about 2 weeks ago, I had started thinking about plot details, ( I even convinced my sister to do female voice-overs ) the only technical problem currently is my PC that needs to be upgraded a little bit to run the game better ( if everything goes right it will happen in March), I currently play it on the 360 - and at least I could plan it in my free time while playing... but man this is a letdown, that someone did it first. I mean I could still do my own, but I think even if I succeed, people will think, I copied this guy, I stole his idea, and compare the two, or who knows how many other people will want to do their own, after seeing this film.

Fuck the people who say you copied the other person. I see no reason why there can't be more than one story/film/narrative that draws upon GTA IV. To be honest if the one that the OP mentions is just a two dimensional revenge fantasy then all the more reason to do sometihng better.

Apologies if my other post sounded harsh, I too don't get off my arse and get things doen (hence the fact I have an essay deadline looming). In my opinion cinema is full of brilliant films that improve our lives and expand both the medium and our minds that are either wholly unoriginal or very clearly indebted to other films.

If you do make the film and are worried about a lack or originality or being derivative jsut pass it off as 'post-modern'. Also perhaps starting by maing a short film (as opposed to the 90 minute magnum opus allready produced) will help it feel significantly different.

As for other people now wanting to copy the person who made the film, how many of them will actually do it?

If you do make a film post it on here I would love to watch it (hopefully by then I won't have a Masters Degree film essay due in and won't be taking it out on strangers!).

i hope its not anything like the RDR one. all it was was random scenes stitched together. it literally made no sense was a waste of time and was not even original at all.

Purely amazing. Period

Not very impressive. Just a really long machinima. Bad voice over and all.

Despite the so-so voice acting, it is a very polished, and very well made movie. The amount of time and effort put into it is easy to see from many of the scenes. Very cool :)

Aww, I thought this was going to be a that Mario thing but finished. Ah well.

It was pretty good, yea the voice acting was not top notch but it was better tan some i have heard in games. Kudaos to the guy that made it, some good music to imagine the lawyers will be up in arms over some of the music he used tho, imagine it it were on utube the soundtrack would have already been yanked.

Don't have the rig this guy had, but was inspired to do a short film based in the GTA 4 environment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSJB0MaoYZY

Cheers!

BitBlitStudios:
Don't have the rig this guy had, but was inspired to do a short film based in the GTA 4 environment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSJB0MaoYZY

Cheers!

Thats really cool, consider me subbed. I hope you do some more (using GTA IV).

EDIT: I would have loved to see some scenes of really busy streets, juxtaposed with night, rain and neons sort of a Blade Runner feel.

 

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