Welcome To Los Santos, the genre-spanning collection of original music that debuted with GTAV on PC and is coming consoles next month as part of the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two, will be available on vinyl next week - but you can enter for the chance to win a copy before it releases. Enter by this Tuesday, June 30th at the Rockstar Games Social Club for the chance to win one of five Welcome to Los Santos vinyls at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events.
Featuring a diverse array of artists from across the musical spectrum – including Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands) – the music of Welcome to Los Santos first launched compliments of the ‘The Lab’ in-game radio station hosted by Doctor No and the Chemical Bro (aka Oh No and The Alchemist) in GTAV for PC, and will be added to all four console platforms next month as part of the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two.
The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.
This edition of Crew Noticeboard features pitches from a special ops team, a band of war-torn brothers and a Crew inspired by the syndicate from a popular television show - as well as Crews specifically looking to take down big scores in Heists and improve their standing on the GTA Online leaderboards. So whether you're new on the streets or are well-accustomed to the world of GTA Online and looking for some new comrades, you're sure to find them here or by perusing one of our previous editions of the Noticeboard.
Gilded guns, unabashedly gaudy fashions, gull-winged sports cars taking flight, and hedonistic Los Santos citizens celebrating their ILL-GOTTEN GAINS and greedily sopping up special opportunities to reap bonus GTA$, RP and more - it was all part of last week's GTA Online Event Weekend. Read on for the official winners of the Event Weekend's #illgottengains1 Snapmatic contest, highlights from our action-packed Event stream with the Funhaus boys and surprise guest Lui Calibre, and more. Make sure to stay tuned for info on the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update Part Two coming soon!
GTA ONLINE SESSIONS: ILL-GOTTEN GAINS PART ONE FEATURING FUNHAUS + LUI CALIBRE + LAZLOW
To kick off the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 1 Event Weekend we were joined on the official Rockstar Broadcast Event livestream by Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag and Sean “Spoole” Poole – collectively known as FUNHAUS. Rockstar Broadcast veteran Lui Calibre happened to be visiting the FUNHAUS offices that day and joined in the festivities as a special surprise guest to put Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast Team to the test. Check out the vid above to see some choice highlights.
Bookmark and give these featured Ill-Gotten Gains themed Jobs and challenges a try for yourself:
All About the D (PC): Can you squeeze the Buckingham Swift Deluxe heli through the “D” in the landmark VINEWOOD sign?
Tomb of Osiris (PC): Jump behind the wheel of the Pegassi Osiris and test your ramp jump launch accuracy skills in this treacherous challenge inspired by Race Impossible? (Xbox 360 & Xbox One) by GRChoke.
Grenade Tennis 2 by john90wood (PS4): This favorite country club pastime gets an explosive makeover. Show your competition no love on the court by volleying grenades and Molotovs over a divider towards them.
Holes of Glory by mkRixxx (Xbox One): A perfect chance to check out the Luxury Engravings on your sniper rifle in First Person while looking down the scope to target enemies through narrow gaps.
Luxe Derby (PC): Inspired by MaxTorque87's Sky Derby Muscle Cars, this remake gives everyone a chance to swap pastel paint on a sky platform and instantly depreciate the value of each others' Albany Virgo, Benefactor Stirling GT and Enus Windsor.
Rich Man’s Playthings by -Piggs- (PC): A First Person Team Deathmatch taking place on the swank lawns and opulent grottos of the Richman Mansion. Luxury Engravings recommended attire.
COLLECTIBLE DESIGNER T-SHIRTS: BONUS ENEMA T-SHIRT AVAILABLE IN CRATE DROPS NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME
If you missed out on collecting the weekend-exclusive quartet of designer tees, not to worry – we’ve got an additional bonus tee available starting today bearing the name of one of Portola Drive's luxury retailers (pictured above). The Enema 0 t-shirt will be available in all Crate Drops for a limited time only - so jump in your Osiris or Swift Deluxe to race there first.
You may also notice another new addition in the GTA Online menus while you’re heading into the game - we've made it easy to launch a Playlist full of the popular Adversary Modes - with the new Featured Playlist option on GTAV’s launch screens. There will be an updated collection of fan-favorite Adversary Modes every week, so you’ll have plenty of chances to put our Adversary Mode Game Tips into practice.
#illgottengains1 SNAPMATIC WINNERS
Photographers were quick off the mark in taking imaginative Snaps inspired by and featuring content from the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part One. Having scoured Social Club for the best, we're pleased to present our favorite selections here, each of whom receives GTA$1M. We've also included a few honorable mentions - great work to all for doing such a bang up job showing off all their spoils, including rides, weapon skins and everything in between.
Snapmatic Art's quaid86 may have been around the world on the new Luxor Deluxe but by the looks of that eponymous "Red Carpet" of blood, he's the one doing the player hating. Extra style points for rocking the fresh leather fur.
Hell bent in leather. missnxkolette knows it's all in the details as she perfectly captures her pistol's Yusuf Amir Luxury Finish - getting the light to shine on her ".50" piece just right.
We recently recognized zebfar's talent for cinematic adaptations and now we are proud to welcome zeb to the illustrious hall of Snapmatic contest winners for this brilliant entry, "Gulls." Using the magic of the Creator, zebfar captured this flock of seagulls Stirlings in repose atop Mount Gordo.
We're right in the midst of contacting and verifying winners of the Social Club Event Sweepstakes gear giveaway - don't forget to check your inbox for an email from Rockstar. We've had one response so far, and still have four more prizes to award. If you don't respond within 24 hours, we'll be forced to select new potential winners, so keep an eye out... or you'll potentially miss out.
Stay tuned for details on ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 2 and its corresponding Event Weekend in the near future.
You've done the crime - and reaped stacks upon stacks of dirty cash much to the chagrin of San Andreas' reeling financial institutions. So, what to do with your newfound wealth? Sensible low-risk investments and a quiet retirement? Live out the rest of your years comfortably but inconspicuously with an understated and respectable lifestyle?
...We didn't think so. To the victor go the spoils - and for those whose Online Heists profits are burning a raging hole in their pockets, get ready to properly ball out and become the envy of all your Snapmatic followers by flaunting your hard-earned gull-wing doored supercars, ostentatious designer vehicle wraps, solid gold aircraft and so much more.
The Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part One for Grand Theft Auto Online is available today across all five platforms. In addition to four new high-end automobiles (the Pegassi Osiris, Albany Virgo, Benefactor Stirling GT and Enus Windsor), you can also rule the skies in a pair of new extravagant, Deluxe aircraft.
And not only have the racks at swank Rockford Hills clothiers been updated with new designer outfits, necklaces, earrings and watches - the rack at your local Ammu-Nation's got a new Personal Defense Weapon, the Combat PDW.
The newest generation of Los Santos residents can also adorn select weaponry and attachments with Luxury Engravings, while luxury aircraft will afford new generation residents the opportunity to drink champagne and smoke cigars while flying high in the Los Santos skies.
Also part of today’s automatic update, we’ve added the First Person Vehicle Hood Cam that's already on PC to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, along with a host of other new features and updates including redesigned, easier-to-use vehicle websites; a new ‘Friends In Session’ option within the On Call phone menu to auto-invite all your friends to a job you are on call for, and a lot more. For the complete list, check out the official notes at the Rockstar Support site. We've also added the latest GTA Online illustration featured in this past Friday's announcement and our official event weekend flyer to the collection of GTAV digital artwork in a range of desktop wallpapers, smartphone and tablet backgrounds, avatars and more.
To get the update, just start up GTAV from your online-connected console and follow the update prompts on screen.
With the bank balances of Los Santos' finest criminals now firmly in the black - it's time to grab some R&R with the Ill-Gotten Gains Event Weekend: Part One, running from this Friday, June 12th through June 14th. There's a full host of in-game bonuses to get your grubby little mitts on, as well as a Social Club Sweepstakes, livestreams and much more.
DOUBLE CASH ADVERSARY MODES EVENT PLAYLIST
For the gluttonous, the miserly and everyone in-between – grab even more GTA$ this weekend when playing the Adversary Modes that were released alongside GTA Online Heists. If you haven’t yet had a chance to play these three new Modes – which require mastering tactics such as mowing over cyclists in a truck, executing sawn-off shotgun drive-bys and defending against onrushing hunters out for your head – the Double Cash rewards for all who play make it a great time to start. Don't forget to brush up on our Adversary Modes Game Tips posts to max out your winnings.
To jump straight into Double Cash Adversary Modes, simply hit the Event button during the GTAV boot screens and you'll find yourself in a lobby with other cynical mercenaries straining under the weight of their loot. If Double $$ isn't enough of an incentive, be sure to stick around 'til the end of the Playlist and you'll be rewarded with an explosive armory completion bonus including Sticky Bombs, Molotovs, Proximity Mines and Body Armor so you can blast your way to the front of the line during your next shopping spree at Ponsonby's.
DOUBLE RP RACES ON LAND, SEA AND AIR
With six new vehicles to choose from you'll want to select your new ride carefully, whether it's the mighty Pegassi Osiris, the Benefactor Stirling with gull wing doors, or the sumptuous Luxor Deluxe. Take each one for a test drive with 2X RP in all Races all weekend.
25% DISCOUNT ON HIGH-END PROPERTIES
If your accountant is finding it difficult to get creative with the source of your new earnings, it may be time to clean that dough by treating yourself to the spoils of war. Accessorize your hefty bank balance with stylish living quarters as well as garages fit for a kingpin. With a cool 25% off High-End Apartments and Garages, now's the time to upgrade to the next level of living, or increase your garage capacity so you can squeeze in a few more cars.
HIGH-FREQUENCY CRATE DROPS WITH EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRTS
In the great banquet of life, hanging around the top table there will always be bottom feeders waiting for scraps; thankfully the smugglers have got those choosy beggars covered with bounties delivered from on high throughout the weekend. Keep an eye out around the luxurious hangouts of Los Santos great and good such as the racetrack, yacht club and Rockford Hills areas for an increased frequency of Crate Drops containing GTA$10K and exclusive in-game t-shirts featuring knock off versions of Portola Drive's finest luxury retailers, as pictured below. The throwaway fashion industry dictates these t-shirts are only available this weekend in GTA Online, so be sure to keep your greedy eyes on the skies.
A fair few of your millions may have been earned through the blood, sweat and grease of completing a Heist, but there's also a tidy GTA$1Million going that you could claim with by snapping your iFruit's camera and tagging your photo on Social Club with "illgottengains1". Get camera trigger-happy and enter our Snapmatic contest to add some heavy k's to your in-game wallet. As usual we're looking for the greatest photographs of you living the high life with Ill-Gotten Gains Update content, whether you're parked up rocking one of the liveries on the Winsor Enus, or decked out wearing your cash on your sleeve in the fur and finery of the new wardrobe options. Official rules.
SOCIAL CLUB SWEEPSTAKES LIVE NOW
Luxe out your life with the Social Club Event Sweepstakes, live now on the Social Club Events Page. Enter for your chance to win a lavish set of GTAV goods, including the GTA V Chrome Zippo, Grotti Polo, Epsilon Pendant, a copy of the Welcome To Los Santos album, as well as a GTA V t-shirt and stickers.
EVENT WEEKEND LIVE STREAM
If the thought of all this shopping simply tuckers you out, pull up a pew and kick back with the Official Rockstar Games Event Weekend Live Stream. On June 12th at 5pm ET the Rockstar Broadcast Studio team will be joined by special guests Funhaus to play brand new Jobs from the Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part One along with custom meta-games featuring the new content. We'll also be showcasing your best Snapmatics from the first few days of the update, and inviting viewers to join the lobbies to play alongside our guests.
If you have yet to submit your entry in our initial GTAV PC Rockstar Editor contest to create the official music video for "Leave" by Wavves, time is running out... the deadline to post your submission is this coming Monday, June 8th.
The grand prize winner will score the custom Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard and G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse pictured below, each one laser-engraved with your personal Social Club ID and the Rockstar Editor logo, along with a deluxe prize pack of GTAV gear and a $100 gift card for the Rockstar Warehouse. Two runners-up will each receive a $100 Rockstar Warehouse gift card plus a deluxe prize pack of official GTAV gear, and every Social Club member worldwide who uploads any video to Social Club during the contest period will unlock The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain in-game t-shirt.
Try manual focus pulls between objects at different distances for an intense cinematic effect.
Dive into some real world cinema studies for great examples of how to effectively do this. John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) created a short film based on Red Dead Redemption several years back which uses key techniques such as establishing shots, montage, flashback, zooms, and pans. Take the time to critically assess the work of your favorite directors and consider what the aesthetic choices they've made are and more importantly, why they've made them. For real life directors who are famous for work in the arena of music videos, may we recommend checking out the back catalogue of Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, Greg Bunkalla and Gangrene's own Jason Goldwatch. Some specific recommendations to this point below:
A beginning, a middle and an end is the core structure to any narrative, so don't just launch into the action! Even in a short three or four minute film, a three-act structure is essential to making a story coherent. Running, Man is an excellent example of this: In act one, Trevor shows purpose and direction looking over Blaine County from Mt. Chiliad. In act two, we have the core action of Trevor running and growing the beard. Act three is the pay off: Trevor's journey reaches a satisfactory conclusion, he looks across the ocean and turns back to keep running as the music kicks back in.
Establishing shots are essential to setting the scene in your first act; a strong opening image can also imply the themes and action to come in a story. For some inspiration, check out El Serpe's remake of the House Of Cards opening titles. This remake is an excellent series of establishing shots that showcase all of the horror and the beauty of Los Santos.
Use fades to show the passage of time. Instantly cutting from a character at one location, to the same character at another location can be jarring and imply that they warped or that there are two cloned characters. It's much better to show the character walking off-camera, followed by a fade-out, then a fade-in at a new location with the character there. (That said, John Hillcoat actually eschews fades in his opening establishing shots of John Marston crossing the deserts of West Elizabeth. However, notice how in three consecutive shots, Marston is in the same part of the frame and travelling left to right across the frame. In this way we see that he is on one continuous journey across a great distance.)
The GTAV player cam has a deliberately wide field-of-view to aid gameplay, so the player can see more of what is happening around them. However, films often tend to use much tighter shots, whether to give a sense of more speed in action scenes like car chases (since objects are crossing the frame more quickly) or more intensity in close-up shots of actors' faces. Keep this in mind when framing your shots in free cam and use the Zoom feature to get the ideal field-of-view.
The Rule of Thirds – an important technique not just in films but in all forms of visual art. Placing objects/actors of interest within one third of the image in line with imaginary intersections increases the attention drawn to them rather than just centering the view on them. Scenes tend to look cooler using this technique. Previously featured and mentioned in the initial Rockstar Editor Tips Series, Boris the Blade's Super Clown uses this technique well.
If you have any more tips for using the Rockstar Editor please feel free to share them in the comments section below. Alternatively, if you've made a video that illustrates any of these tips, or any of your own, you can also share those with the community below. And best of luck to everyone entering the contest to create the Official Music Video for “Leave” by Wavves. You've got until June 8th to submit your cinematic masterpiece for a shot at the custom G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard and G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse, plus a prize pack of GTAV gear and a $100 Rockstar Warehouse gift card.
Social Club Founder Crews Celebrate Three Year Anniversary
Where does the Bullet Time go? It seems only yesterday we were here writing up the first Crew Cut: Enlistment Roundup for our newly revamped and restructured Social Club Crew system. As players gathered Founder Crews in anticipation of Max Payne 3's debut in May of 2012, many guessed and speculated at how this new system to bring together your friends and community peers online would play out and how that would affect gameplay going forward as we moved to future titles such as Grand Theft Auto V. Let's check in on some well-established Crews from that era that still play actively today.
Still mercilessly shoot-dodging through the back alleys of São Paulo to this very day, OneEightSeven led by xmrnutts187x have continued to press forward in the rankings and have even surpassed larger Crews on the MP3 leaderboard to the number one spot for XBOX 360 independent Crews with a lean group of less than 200 members. Referring to themselves as the "Most Hated Crew in Max Payne 3" their TDM stats in GTAV aren't too shabby either, with 938 wins over 490 losses, and an active leader who holds down an impressive K/D ratio of 2.76. True to their motto, they've effectively "taken over".
Led by the very determined LXG_No_Mercy, Lethal XBOX Gaming has worked like a well-oiled machine throughout the years and is no stranger to our past Weekend Events. In the earlier days, they franchised out their tag to multiple sub Crews but have since focused their efforts back to their central Crew and a smaller elite group dubbed the LXG Deathsquad. On the GTAV front, they appear to excel at Team Deathmatches, Rally Races and are still known to roll out in force when needed.
Unlike some veteran Crews who've retired from the public eye, this irie collective of rude bois (and gals) have gone above and beyond to keep themselves relevant on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and have even participated in a GTAV Crew Battle on our Twitch livestream against the LS Mafia Family. Proclaiming themselves the "Most High" residents of Los Santos you might want to think twice before bum rushing Smoke On The Water for anything more than a refill.
Inspecting the goods in the Del Perro Pier parking lot.
The Bullshifters hold regular themed events which are advertised on their Social Club Crew wall as well as at GTA Forums. The sessions are recorded for posterity by Crew LieutenantPetti The Yetti, so we checked out the footage from their firsttwo Events to see what these guys get up to. The first hosted meet was a Muscle Car show and Cannonball Run. They met at Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay and cruised down to the Del Perro Pier parking lot, a popular locale for many Car Club gatherings. After inspecting and respecting each other's rides, the Crew played leader Ed's original Race "Cannonball Run": a Race from Del Perro to the abandoned Blaine County Motel in Sandy Shores with no set routes or checkpoints, just a start line and a finish line allowing individual racers to determine their own route.
Heading out to the jet-black asphalt of the LSI tarmac the Crew finished up with some classic drag racingco-ordinated and captured byPetti, who even goes so far as to follow racers up and down the runway in a helicopter so he can get the best footage of the race itself. To the Crew, he has been integral in shaping how they cover their Crew events.
"Now, the drag racing has really become a staple for us. It's probably the meat and potatoes of the whole... well, meet." - Ed.Venture
The second meet's centerpiece was a Custom Race for Sports and Sports Classics simply dubbed Bullshift Meet 2 GT. The Race is a winding trek starts near the Vinewood Casino and runs towards the RON Alternates Wind Farm, before looping through Sandy Shores and back down to the streets of Los Santos.
On Creator Jobs, these consummate cruisers prefer clear weather conditions and traffic off so that the line-up can simply enjoy the great open stretches going up to Blaine County and Paleto Bay with little hassle.
Concluding the actual car show at the Vinewood Casino, the Crew drove in formation up to the runway at Sandy Shores for more drag racing, as well as more custom Creator Jobs and some drifting in the Del Perro parking lot and on the winding dirt roads behind the Vinewood sign.
Crew Representativesare considered the "heart and soul" of the Crew and the main ingredient when it comes to fun during Events.
In addition to Petti The Yetti, some other notable members include the "indispensable" Slosten, another clean racer who gets what the Crew is about and comes up with some seriously amazing custom cars and promotional shots. Then there's the one and only uNi.GTANet who gives the Crew a leg up on social media and is another one who will trail vehicles during the drags in his trademark Dinka Jester. Keeping things in the family, lobby coordinator and brother-in-law to Ed,Deathdimekeeps sessions running smoothly while his sister (and Ed's wife) Milfrahgets in on the automotive fun as well.
For the Bullshifters' 3rd event, they were joined by inbetweendays and exqlusive who took several great screen shots and gtuned who put together this completely kick-ass event video in GTAV PC's Rockstar Editor.
With an Open Crew invite stance, outsiders are welcome to join these meet-ups but the upper tiers of the Bullshifters Hierarchy do take careful note of who is helpful and who is disruptive to determine priority placement for the next session. Definitely check these guys out if you're looking to hang out and show off your favorite customized whip for the next round.
Right out of the gate, these industrious PC Crews have shown they have what it takes to consistently bring the heat to their enemies' doors and perform well together under the pressure of a Team Deathmatch. We specifically looked for Crews who run lean on their roster, while avoiding 1-10 person powerhouses whose results would have skewed the data. Shout out in particular to eXXXitium who took the top spot in three of the four categories, with most wins, highest win percentage and most average wins per Crew member. White Skeleton Unit are the most active and persistent in TDMs, with 423 under their belt collectively. Team Magnum Dong deserve an honorable mention for the most memorable name, while eenvyuss and uL - Urban Legends are also showing strong in PC Team Deathmatches.
OCPC - THE WALKING PEDS
Prolific Crew Leader Socketz reached out to us recently to let us know his RoboCop inspired Crew Consumer Products (aka OmniCorp) have recently updated their official Crew website and have been actively making short films in GTA Online. Known for their past efforts in Max Payne 3 and some truly superbemblemart, film projects are now taking the creative lead amongst OCPC with presentations such as Fear the Undead Part 1 & Part 2 and the excellent action-packed short dubbed The Great Escape which displays fully that this squad still has a poignant flair for the dramatic.
CREW EVENTS CALENDAR
If you're looking to gather a group of like-minded individuals for a GTA Online play-session, we've gathered together forthcoming Crew Events from some well-established Crews together in one easy to digest calendar:
If your Crew is organizing a play-session, tournament or meet-up, whether in-game or IRL, let us know via email@example.com or in the comments below and we might add it to future versions of this calendar.
Similarly, if you feel your Crew deserves the spotlight in the Crew Cut, send us a detailed profile of your Crew via firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, including descriptions of Crew events, member profiles, Snapmatics, high-quality screenshots, videos, websites and any detail you feel is relevant will aid us in telling your story and putting you and your compatriots out there in future articles. We'll be keeping an eye out for ya.
The Rockstar Warehouse is the official online retail destination to shop for Rockstar games, fine apparel, limited-edition collectible merchandise, soundtrack releases, posters and more. Currently in stock: