Millions upon millions of people across the world have had their paws all over the Rockstar game Grand Theft Auto IV for an extended amount of time. I guess it was only a matter of time before ONE person out of the hordes who have bought or rented the game attempted to create a feature length out of the game. That’s precisely what Mathieu Weschler has accomplished with two years of his time; creating an 88 minute film comprised of footage from the Rockstar product.
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.
I haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch THE TRASHMASTER but I fully intend to once I have some time. I owned GTA IV at one point in time but didn’t even put a fraction of the time that the rest of the gamer population likely has so I can’t comment on just how great of an accomplishment this is. Videogames as of late have a real cinematic flair to them and this will probably just continue the debate as to whether videogames can be considered art or not; personally I find any form of creation artistic so I’m fully on board in saying this can be considered art on some level.