Building a criminal empire is no small feat; building a silver screen masterpiece that documents the endeavor ain't easy either. Shout out to every filmmaker from the Social Club community who submitted their creative criminal antics to the #CEO Rockstar Editor contest. After watching every single entry there can be only one winner: a huge congratulations to Social Club member Bill_BENEDICT for his grand jury prize winning entry, “SELLIN' DOPE.” Along with inalienable bragging rights, Bill will be receiving the customized Director's Chair, the super rare GTAV Varsity Jacket complete with Director's patch and the coveted Rockstar Editor trophy.
So kick back on your Office couch, pour yourself an Executive-style liquid lunch, and enjoy these #CEO winner, runner-up and honorable mention entries.
SELLIN' DOPE by Bill_BENEDICT
The lifestyle of a successful Los Santos CEO is a fast paced cocktail of glamour and danger - details Bill_BENEDICT delivers with gusto in his prize-winning vid featuring luxurious Yachts and choppers, fast cars, beautiful women, tense glimpses of Buy missions with drop point flares burning, and stacks endlessly accumulating in the CEO's Office. However, it is not just the content of this video that made it the judges' favorite, but the fantastic visual style, employing impeccable composition, innovative camera tricks and lighting effects to make exceptional use of the Rockstar Editor tool. Bill also exhibits a keen understanding of how to edit to a soundtrack, matching the style and pacing of his clip to the titular song.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND by ChronicBuzz187
A radical departure in style from Bill_BENEDICT's entry, ChronicBuzz187 is more Terrence Malick than Tarantino. Atmospheric lingering vignetted shots (including a masterful sequence depicting a Brickade Sell mission), a nuanced narrative about a CEO with a target on his back, and a hypnotizing soundtrack courtesy of The Hics. Be sure to watch through to the end for a brooding finale that ruminates on the true cost of a life of crime.
HY LIFE by -tdr81
An arresting opening POV shot makes for a clever framing device in -tdr81's whirlwind story of the trials and tribulations of a Southern San Andreas criminal Organization mastermind. While -tdr81’s CEO is out living the good life, his henchmen meet a myriad of missteps in their attempts to move high-priced Contraband. In the end however, the CEO takes extreme measures to make sure the job gets done.
Don’t miss a few fantastic honorable mentions that are definitely worth a watch.
BE A CEO by --EVOLUT7ON--
Watch as --EVOLUT7ON--’s villainess makes her dreams of being the ultimate consigliere a reality, stylishly stealing and hacking her way to fortune and just as fiercely fighting her way to freedom.
GTA - THE CEO by ThePhantomMoose
In order to pull off the successful acquisition and distribution of Contraband, painstaking planning is necessary. ThePhantomMoose takes us for a walk in the shoes of a CEO who knows how to run his empire, and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in the process.
#CEO CASH KINGS LS IN FINANCE AND FELONY by DmC213
Cash Kings LS Leader DmC213 rounds up his Executive staff for the ultimate takeover of the Los Santos underworld. With all the mischief and mayhem the Crew cause on the city streets, it can be hard to stay under the radar of the LSPD - leading to a climactic standoff.