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Inspirations for the effects names in Rockstar Editor


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I haven't been able to find any answers on the web, so I thought I'd make my first thread in a while.


The effects filters in the Rockstar Editor are, like most things in Rockstar games, clever references to pop culture. However, some of these are a liiiittle bit more abstract than the usual. I've idly wondered what some of them meant for 3 years now, so it's time to put our heads together and settle this.


Here are the ones I'm reasonably certain of so far. Note that not all of these are movie references; some just reference parts of the game itself.


Albuquerque - No Country for Old Men (Albuquerque was a location in the film)

Gonzo - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Cathode - CRT TV screen. Not a movie reference as far as I can tell.

Touch of Evil - "Touch of Evil" is a classic black and white film noir by Orson Welles from 1958. I'm surprised they used the name of the film itself, as most of these have a few degrees of abstraction.

Normandy - Saving Private Ryan

Emulsion - a technique involving black and white film - likely not a specific movie reference.

Inferno - This may not be referencing a specific film either, as the orange filter for outdoor scenes is one of the most cliche and overused in Hollywood at this point. But if anyone has any ideas of a specific reference, I'm open to hear it.

Purple Haze - Again, not a specific film, but probably a reference to codeine cough syrup, sometimes called "purple drank", which is a sedative.

Sentinel - The Matrix. This one used to be called Morpheus, but they changed it a few months after release.

Kabukicho - Enter the Void. This movie takes place in the Kabukicho neighborhood of Tokyo. The distinctive way it portrays a DMT high and a vision of the afterlife were the inspirations for Michael's drug sequence (which uses this same filter).

Glacial -

Night Moves -

Nueva Esperanza - literally "new hope," this probably refers to the Nuevo Cine Mexicano, or New Mexican Cinema, a movement of independent Mexican film that began in the 1990's. Its most well-known proponents are the directors Alejandro Inarriatu, Alfonso Cuaron, and Guillermo Del Toro. "New hope" might specifically refer to the plot of Cuaron's "Children of Men."

Hey Girl - Drive (2011). Reference to the "Hey Girl" Ryan Gosling meme.

Nostalgia -

Graveyard Shift - [edit: possibly a reference to a level in Manhunt. thanks TheSadisticOwl]

Tel Aviv -

Headroom - Max Headroom. Cyberpunk TV series from the 80's about an AI media personality. Its trippy screen effects inspired a notorious real incident of on-air signal hijacking.

High Country -

Thermopylae - 300

Aisle Seven - Closed-circuit security cameras common in convenience stores

Game Over Man - despite referencing a line from Aliens, this is more likely a reference to the greenish cathode ray screens of early computers.

Divinity - This filter accompanies the first GTA Online cutscene with Cris Formage (I think).

Chop - The filter used when you assume Chop's POV in the story mode mission "Chop."

Killer Clowns - Filter from the Trevor version of the "Grass Roots" mission. Again, not likely a movie reference, but I'll entertain any theories.


I'm most interested in "Tel Aviv," "Graveyard Shift," and "Night Moves," which seem to refer to something more specific, but I can't put my finger on it. ("Night Moves" the song has been in about a million different movies so it's hard to say).


Any thoughts?

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My thought is that you know much more about relating editor effects to their referenced material more than anyone I've ever met. I learned alot from your first post.

I have no idea about the others sorry.

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24 minutes ago, DAMND said:

I'm most interested in "Tel Aviv,"...


Any thoughts?

The filter is constantly under meaningless conflict over something somebody randomly wrote thousands of years ago. 


Or, it’s just Kosher. 


Who knows.

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High Country - Reference to the yellow-brownish pictures taken during the mid 1800's - more specifically, in the Wild West.

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Graveyard Shift could be a reference to the level in Manhunt. I know Manhunt had graphics somewhat similar to that filter.

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Willy A. Jeep

I concur with @REXX's judgement for "High Country". It certainly resembles tintypes commonly associated with the Wild West. Many pictures of famous outlaws are tintypes, after all.


On "Purple Haze", the most obvious connection would be the Jimi Hendrix song, which many have interpreted as being about the experience of using psychoactive drugs.

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I never read filters' names, but when i saw Headroom name for the first time, i've lost my mind. Can't recover since.

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Smooth Longsack

Purple Haze was a popular psychedelic common in the 60s and 70s. It's the inspiration for the Jimi Hendrix hit song, purple haze. 

Tel Aviv is a city in Israel. It's also known as "the white city" and is considered the first modern Hebrew city. Iraq's SCUD missile attacks on tel aviv, as well as the gassing of the Kurds, helped sway U.S. popular opinion on decision to invade Iraq.

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Yellow Dog with Cone

You know, I never paid attention to the ingame filters until this now, nice post!

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Hey Girl - Drive (2011). Reference to the "Hey Girl" Ryan Gosling meme. I'm never using another filter ever again :pp



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I mean yes, of course I know the Jimi Hendrix song. But the original Purple Haze was a weed strain. There's already a filter in the game for smoking weed, and the R* editor filter is distinct from that. It has a slowly-swaying camera effect and it exaggerates light significantly, which reminds me much more of codeine than of weed. Purple drank/lean is also a way bigger part of modern rap and drug culture than some weed strain from the 60's.

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