Now this brings a whole new meaning to the word "adaptation". Gamer and amateur filmmaker Mathieu Weschler, who has worked on a number of French commercials, wrote a script and spent the last two years working on his own feature-length film that takes place within the world of Grand Theft Auto IV. The large and widespread terrains that have made GTA games famous were the platform for Weschler's own movie called "The Trashmaster". Here's how Weschler describes his film :
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 favourite strip club are mysteriously killed, the trashmaster finds himself hot on the trail of a particularly twisted serial killer.Before you judge this as having its popularity limited to sites like YouTube and Vimeo, know that The Trashmater will be screening at the San Fransisco Independant Film Festival in February. Weschler also hired an American actor to lend his voice to the characters in this film. It's pretty cool because when you watch the movie, that's a single person you're hearing doing all those different voices. Of course, like any good film, lots of editing was required to make this work, and I have to admit that the end result is pretty amazing. It's clear that a lot of effort and hard work was put into this small production set within a massive virtual world. If you want to watch The Trashmaster, and I really think you should, it's embedded below in its entirety. It's also available at Rockstar Games official website. It's a full 88-minutes, so you might want to schedule it for one of those free spots on your timetable. I'm almost halfway through and up to now, all I can say is Mathieu deserves some serious kudos for his efforts. Plus, he even stayed true to GTA's (in)famous legacy of having strippers, kidnappers, hijackers, and violence in almost everything they do.