GR Pick: Fan-Made GTA IV Film 'Mastermind'

GR Pick Grand Theft Auto Mastermind Machinima

For some, the world of Grand Theft Auto is one filled with blood, guns, violence, and crime. While it may be true that Liberty City is the worst place you could ever hope to live - what exists below the surface is far more interesting. The world that Rockstar Games created with Grand Theft Auto IV, and used with their follow-up episodes The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony is certainly one of the first titles that comes to mind when large-scale open world environments are discussed.

Many believe that Rockstar's latest title Red Dead Redemption took that idea to a whole new level, perhaps we shouldn't be so hasty in overlooking what was at work in GTA IV. Obviously, Ezequiel Guerisoli is one of those who saw Liberty City as not just a sandbox of mayhem, but a film set. We've already seen fan-made films that range from incredibly entertaining to cinematic in scope, but this video-- the first in a series entitled 'Mastermind'-- is in a league of its own.

A dark, mysterious, tense exploration of the city's streets with a splash of Inception for taste makes this series a suspenseful and intriguing piece of film-making. Clocking in at 14:27, the video is certainly an extensive sample of machinima based on a videogame, but after watching the first episode entitled 'The Axis,' it may leave you hungry for more.

There is no way to describe what the story is about, so you'll have to take a look for yourself. Trust us, you won't regret it:


If you're confused, don't worry - you're not alone. It's always a great thing to see a short film that has a vision, and a complex storyline. Especially when that storyline or vision isn't easily understood on the first viewing. We're all hoping that Ezequiel will continue the series, so be sure to comment on the video.

It was one thing to see modern documentary masterpiece 'Jersey Shore' get a videogame treatment. Honestly, our minds were blown. Now we see a game that we all remember as a violent montage of crime and debauchery used to create a real dramatic narrative? Let's hope this isn't the last we see of 'Mastermind.'

You can find more details and videos at Ezequiel Guerisoli's site here.

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