Train Drive

An experimental but soothing drive across San Andreas by train.

  • Jordy Veenstra
  • Kevin McLeod
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Machinima, Game Art
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 28, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Roma Jazz Festival
    November 6, 2021
    Exclusive Screening
  • Milan Machinima Festival VRAL
    June 10, 2020
    Solo Exhibition
Director Biography - Jordy Veenstra

Jordy Veenstra (1993) is an experimental filmmaker, machinimator and post-production professional. Starting with Photography, binge watching 'Back To The Future' and creating home video's at an early age, Veenstra moved on to machinima in early 2007 after discovering videogames such as 'The Sims 2', 'Garry's Mod' and 'Quake III Arena' and understanding their potential for expressive cinematic storytelling. His first so-called weekend-projects served primarily as personal assignments to improve his creative insight. Many of these, alongside tutorials, gameplays, reviews and short skits were uploaded to a YouTube channel called 'maximummovies' (2006-2010), which in its prime reached thousands of subscribers and viewers.

To date, Veenstra's work has been featured in film festivals, game art exhibitions and machinima festivals in numerous countries, such as the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom and Russia. Besides his fulltime dedication to art, Veenstra works as a Video-Editor, Motion Graphics Designer and Animator in a Creative Agency and is a part-time entrepreneur. In the little spare time he has left he is currently working on his first book, which focuses on his own framework for the cinematic enhancement of machinima films, called 'the practice of distortion'.

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Director Statement

Train Drive is a visual experiment created while in production for Regression 2. The purpose of Train Drive was to experiment with weather, time, mods, camera angles and locations near the railroad tracks in order to shape an expectation of what Regression 2 was going to look like. I ended up with a 26-minute video with soothing, gorgeous long-takers.

While reviewing the film, it felt really relaxing and calming to the eye, and I would watch it every so often after a stressful day. From a editing point of view, both Train Drive and Regression 2 are similar in style, yet both films contain completely different atmospheres. Therefore I decided to give Train Drive some post-production love and release it alongside Regression 2.