Los Angeles Filmmakers Show Us What 'Grand Theft Auto' Would Look Like in Real Life

In the growing wake of low-budget, special effect action minis whose audience has become larger and larger on YouTube, Sam and Niko's "Real GTA" steps the game up once more with a perfect assimilation of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game into real, Los Angeles life. Complete with sound effects recreated as similarly as possible within the actual game, the same Los Angeles street scenes, and smashing special effects (like the famous wads of cash exploding out of recently killed bystanders), "Real GTA" reminds us both how ridiculous and subsequently fun it is.

In true YouTube VFX-packed action fashion, the duo also included a full behind-the-scenes video for those interested in dissecting the clips and general tools used to make the film.

And if that's not enough, for those interested in supporting the Samandniko YouTube Channel, you can support their Patreon campaigns as outlined in their video below, which can also get you access to all of the finished files, raw files, stock footage, and After Effects files used to make the film. That's so much footage that even some Fstoppers founders might get a bit queasy at the thought (some might remember Fstoppers began as a blog championing BTS footage).

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Patrick Shipstad's picture

Brilliantly done! And as always.. many props for making such a great BTS video at the same time. I hope they can get funded for doing even bigger, extended projects. Great great work!

Daniel Rodriguez's picture

Good stuff. GTA got me through many nights during chemo. Now photography takes up all my time.

Jeremie Montessuis's picture

Brilliant !

Igor Butskhrikidze's picture

hehe nicely done

Spy Black's picture

...and then.................................................there's this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgox84KE7iY

Adam Ottke's picture

How had I not seen this before? Wow! That's pretty amazing...

Eitan Kan's picture

Looks great

Hans Rosemond's picture

Anyone wanna sell me an old PC so I can play GTA 5? Now I'm jonesin!

Superb! My only quibble is about the cameraman's reflection in the car's rear window, but that probably couldn't have been helped, and it didn't at all deter from the wonderful nostalgia and perfect replication of angles and animation from the game. The seamless transition from walking camera to driving camera was awesome.