Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’s “The Lab” (Part 1: Animation)

Almost ten years ago, London’s Design Museum honored Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a design nominee for the ‘biggest contribution to design in 2002′. As part of the festivities, Rockstar produced a set of interactive kiosks giving visitors a look into how the game was created. It focused particularly on the game’s animation, sound, and city design architecture.

Now that Vice City is celebrating its 10th anniversary with mobile releases of the game, Rockstar has also decided to release the entire three-part series which have not been seen since the original museum exhibit.

Part 1 focuses on Animation and includes:

  • “Motion Capture”- a rare video showing a cutscene between Kent Paul and Tommy Vercetti going from motion-capture through to 3D model wireframe to finished product.
  • “Sketch Book” – a progression of original character sketches through to final models and now-iconic illustrations of such folks as Lance Vance, Avery Carrington, Ken Rosenberg and more.
  • “Tommy Moves”- a set of clips showing the genesis of Tommy’s animations whether jumping into a Comet sportscar, dive-kicking a biker off his chopper or running with a chainsaw

You can watch “The Lab” (Part 1: Animation) below:

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