You know when you’re in the middle of a vicious killing spree in Grand Theft Auto, and you pause for a second and are like, Damn, I wish I could be this uncaringly badass in real life? Of course you have. Everyone has. If you haven’t, you’re an idiot, and I hate you.
Gevorg Karensky sure did. In his short film, Grand Theft Auto: RISE, the director attempted to capture the “underground hero” story made popular by the eponymous (but unaffiliated) videogame. To say this is a well-produced short is a vast understatement. The film extrapolates its own storyline based of the essential characteristics of the Rockstar franchise: the seedy nightlife, the glare of neon on wet pavement, the wanton violence. Karensky even incorporates the HUD and phone sound effects into the film, closing the loop even more.
Karensky, if you make a Kickstarter to raise a budget for a feature-length film, The Crosby Press is good for your first $100 USD. Do it.