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article imageVideo game cinema: Fan creates short 'Grand Theft Auto' film

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By Abigail Prendergast     Nov 19, 2012 in Entertainment
Writer and director, Gevorg Karensky, has produced a short film based on the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series. "Grand Theft Auto: Rise," can be seen on YouTube as can the video documenting how the movie was made.
Amidst the anticipation surrounding the release of Rockstar Games' comeback of their hit video series, Grand Theft Auto V, writer and director, Gevorg Karensky has produced his live action take on the franchise.
According to Laughing Squid, Grand Theft Auto: Rise is a short live action movie based on 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV.
Starring GTA character, Niko Bellic, the plot is that the anti-protagonist goes through a variety of ordeals in the hopes of getting his hands on a particular cell phone.
The actual movie and making-of documentary can both be found on YouTube. The following synopsis is featured on Karensky's website:
"Grand Theft Auto: RISE is about the birth of an underground hero. He is not the hero that we are used to seeing. He is submerged in his own internal darkness. He is a protagonist. People will fall, things will break, he will be left standing alone in a tunnel with no light at the end."
The Grand Theft Auto series debuted on the original Sony Playstation in 1997. Initially having a bird's-eye view of the world map, the game was brought into full 3D with Grand Theft Auto III, which came out in 2001 for the Playstation 2. The franchise has long witnessed both critical and commercial success, and just as much controversy.
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