Written, directed and edited by Matt MacDonald, Not Normal is one of the most sophisticated and polished GTA V machinima of the year. A story of obsession and alienation with a twist, Not Normal is a (relatively) large machinima production featuring an original soundtrack by Simon Stevens and sound design by Eric Marks. The production process is illustrated in a compelling "behind the scenes" video, which also functions as a high level tutorial for making machinima:
Created with Grand Theft Auto V, the machinima was shot in anamorphic 21:9 and subsequently edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017. MacDonald used approximately thirty mods. Voice overs by Jon Bailey, Anthony Falleroni, Matt MacDonald, Tamar Meyouhas, and Paige Williams.
MacDonald was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his MFA in Film & Television Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts. His work has screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide (including the Palm Springs International ShortFest and San Diego Comic-Con), been highlighted multiple times as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and featured by the likes of Mashable, Kotaku, io9, Bloody Disgusting, Rolling Stone, and HBO’s Project Greenlight. As a writer, director, and editor, Matt has worked with Microsoft, Playboy, Activision/Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros Digital and many others. Among his shorts are The Invention of Videogames (2012) and GoldenBox (2013). MacDonald lives and works in Los Angeles, California.