GTA 5: Director Mode [Definitive Guide]

Here is your complete guide on how to use the director mode in GTA 5 and what makes it special.

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Director Mode GTA 5

If you get bored of one gameplay mode, you can always pick a director mode to start your own cinematic experience in GTA V. GTA 5 trusts its players and gives them complete freedom over how they choose to play the game. One of the most distinctive ways players can enjoy GTA 5 is by using the in-game Director Mode.

Key Takeaways

  • Director Mode is a gameplay mode available in GTA 5 where players have complete control over the game mechanics.
  • There are three main methods to open the Director Mode in GTA 5.
  • You can open the Director Mode from the main menu, using the interactive menu or activating cheat codes.
  • Director Mode is jam-packed with features such as playing any character from the game, using different camera angles, and having complete control over the game environment.
  • You can even record these video clips in GTA 5, automatically saved in the game files.
  • Complete cheats are available for the players to use, and you can quickly turn them on or off.

One of the primary reasons for the game’s success is the freedom and creative control given to the players. The ever-growing and consistent fan base is hard to maintain when the game is already out for a decade.

However, new players frequently join via the next-gen consoles, and the old players keep returning. This is possible due to additional features that are available in the game. Director mode is one feature that grants the player freedom and a new clever way to enjoy the game.

Director Mode gives the players much creative freedom, allowing them to reenact fantastic scenarios they have in mind and record them just like a movie. If you are a beginner in Director Mode and are still struggling with it, we got just the right thing for you.

Cal45 from Youtube has created a straightforward video guide for beginners on properly using the Director Mode in GTA 5. Make sure to check it out below:


Gameplay Mode or Director Mode was launched on the PC version of the GTA 5 on the release. Yet, this mode did not become part of the game’s console version until two years later during a Freemode Update. Director Mode is an entirely new and exciting way to play the game.

This is mainly for the players that love making skits and short films in the game. This places the player in the director’s chair, where you can direct characters, customize the world around you and record from different angles.

Moreover, it is one of the game’s most amazing tools, allowing you to let your creative juices flow fully. You can create your own custom scenes, or on the other hand, you can re-create your favorite movie scenes. The artistic choices are endless.

How To Open The Director Mode

There are three ways you can access the director mode in-game. However, you must remember that you cannot access the Director Mode in GTA 5 if you are inside a vehicle or wanted, are currently part of a mission, or are in the middle of a cut scene.

Main Menu

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Rockstar Editor in Main Menu

You can access the Director Mode through the main menu. First, open the main menu while in the game; next up, slide right until you get to the option ‘Rockstar Editor.’

Rockstar Editor is your tool game developers provide to record and create clips in the game. You can record your story missions, gameplay, and even online missions. This tool allows you to edit the videos your record, where you can crop a video, select camera angles, and add filters.

Once you have entered Rockstar Editor, you will see the Director Mode. Now you can select the Director Mode, and it will take you to the casting trailer.

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Director Mode Option

Interaction Menu

Interaction Menu in GTA 5
Interaction Menu

This is an easier method of entering into the Director Mode. First of all, open the Interaction Menu on your game. You can do this by pressing the ‘touchpad’ on your PS4 controller or the ‘view button‘ on your Xbox controller. On your PC, you need to press the ‘M‘ key on your keyboard to access this menu.

You will see Interaction Menu in the top left corner of your screen. Then head down to the Director Mode and select the option to enter the mode.

Cheat Code

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Cheat Code for Director Mode

It goes without saying that there is even a cheat code in GTA 5 to enable the Director Mode. This is a secret way to access the Director Mode. If you are playing on a console, you can pull up your in-game cell phone and type in the number 1-999-57-825368. If you are playing the game on PC, you can simply type in the cheat code JRTALENT.

Features In Director Mode

Director Mode differs from Story Mode in many ways, although they share the same gameplay mechanics. As mentioned above, the Director Mode has more features and restrictions than the Story Mode. Here are some notable features of the Director Mode:

  • You can’t access Barbershops or Clothing Stores while in Director Mode
  • Los Santos Custom is off-limits, and you cannot enter it while you are in director mode 
  • There are no Random Events while playing in director mode, and you can’t even play Minigames
  • Hunting is also not permitted in the Director Mode
  • You can’t enter buildings that are specific to missions
  • You have very limited access to your mobile phone features, and only the Snapmatic camera app works on the Phone
  • You have to kill NPCs to get weapons, as no weapons are lying around the map
  • You can’t hire Prostitutes, but they still show up at their usual spots
  • If you have the invincibility cheat on and the actor gets busted by the cops or knocked out, you go back to the casting trailer menu.
  • Like the GTA 5 Ghost of Mount Gordo and Thelma and Louise scene, the easter eggs still appear.
  • You can only use the first-person view if you play as one of the protagonists or one of the GTA Online characters.
  • Some actors have special abilities, such as the Blaine Country Sheriff. If you play as the Blaine County Sheriff, law enforcement officers won’t attack you unless you run into them or have the NOOSE chasing you with a very high wanted level.
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Casting Trailer in Director Mode

A vital benefit of the Director Mode is your ability to select different characters and control their actions. As soon as you launch the Director Mode, you will be taken to the casting trailer.

The first thing you would need to do is to pick an actor. There is a wide range of actors that you can select that cater to your vision. There are seventeen different character classes, so you are never out of options.

The game also allows you to pick the gender of your character. You can even decide to be an animal if you want. However, you must remember to unlock some of these characters.

Although, you can unlock most of these actors from the casting list by playing the in-game campaign and missions. If you want to open animals in your actor casting list, you need to open them through the Peyote Missions in story mode.

You can pick from the following Actor types:

  • Animals
  • Beach bums
  • Costumes
  • Downtown
  • Emergency Services
  • Gangs
  • Heist Characters
  • Laborers
  • Military
  • Online Characters
  • Professionals
  • Special Characters
  • Sports
  • Story Characters
  • Transport
  • Uptown
  • Vagrants
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Picking the Gender of Your Actor

These character classes add colossal variety to your character selections. You can even add your custom characters. Furthermore, once you have selected a few actors from the character class, you can easily switch between them by creating a shortlist.

Moreover, the characters you have recently selected are also available for a quick switch. You can control these characters like you would your character in the game. These characters also come with their own line of dialogue and actions. You can change the dialogue for your personality and special actions for your characters.

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Setting up Camera Angle in Director Mode

One of the most remarkable aspects of this Director Mode is your ability to control the camera. When you start recording, the game records what you currently see on your screen and part of the world around you.

Think of it as a bubble around your scene. Inside this bubble is everything the game records. This bubble is red colored to indicate your boundary. You can move your camera around the bubble and place it at any angle. You do not need to worry about this while recording, as this process comes in later in the editor, where you can change your camera angles. However, remember that you can only keep your camera within this bubble, as the editor will not allow you to leave the bubble.

This camera control gives the players an amazing amount of freedom to shoot a scene from many angles. You can zoom in and out of a scene, which is great for close-ups.

You not only have control over your characters, but you can also control the environment. You can change the weather for your scene or between times of the day. Even shooting on location will not be a problem here, as the game lets you change location without effort.

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Weather Option in Director Mode

The game allows the players to change the weather and toggle between weathers. If your scene needs a bit of dramatic thunderous rain, you can change the weather with an easy button press.

Furthermore, you must head to the Director Mode menu to control the weather. This menu is similar to the interaction menu and appears on the top left of the screen. Next, click on the settings option to change the weather setting here.

You can toggle between several weather options. However, these options vary between the platform and the game version you are playing. As a result, sometimes even special weathers are available such as Christmas.

These are some of the commonly available weather options:

  • clear skies
  • sunny
  • cloudy
  • overcast
  • rain
  • thunderstorm
  • snow
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Changing Location in Director Mode

Not only can you control the weather, the time of the day, and your current location. You do not need to worry about losing the sunlight for your shots as you control the time in the game. It does not just take you to a time of the day but allows you to fine-tune to the exact time of the day you want.

This means you can move the Sun or Moon’s location in the sky in real-time and place it in the exact place for your scene. On top of that, the Time of Day settings can also be easily accessed. To access the time of day setting, head to the setting option in Director Mode Menu, and here you will see the time of day option.

Moreover, you can easily change between locations. The game allows you to take your characters to specific locations on the Map with a single key press. The built-in list of locations contains most of the critical locations in the game. You can teleport to the selected location, and it does not affect your other settings.

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Recording in Director Mode

The game also allows the players to record and share these creations online. You can record gameplay clips, and the game automatically saves them in game files. You will see a red circle on the bottom left corner of your screen, indicating you are recording.

However, you must remember that the length to record these clips is only 40 seconds, after which the game creates a recording file. Moreover, this does not mean that the game stops recording once 40 seconds time limit is reached; instead, it creates another file and keeps on recording. So you must remember that you would get many 40-second clips that you would need to edit and splice together in the post.

Director Mode is a place to let your creativity flow. You can use it to create any cool action sequence you have in mind and even recreate some of your favorite action scenes from your favorite movies.

InFun8 GTA” from Youtube has created the iconic car harpoon scene from Fast and Furious 8, and his attention to detail is awesome. This video gives you a gist of how powerful and fun the Director Mode can be. Check out this video here:

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Activating Cheats in Director Mode

In the Director Mode of GTA 5, you can turn different cheats on and off using a single key press. If you do not want the police interfering while creating your masterpiece, you can toggle the wanted status to disable.

You can also toggle it to high if you want all five stars and create a clip with the full force of GTA’s police force. You can even control the Pedestrian Density and Vehicle Density of the game. You can even select the Garage Option, which allows you to spawn many different vehicles.

Furthermore, most of the cheats in GTA 5 are also available here. You do not need to dial a phone number or type in your cheat code while in Director Mode; you can turn them on with a button. The cheat codes from the game are available here, such as the popular explosive bullets and invincibility.

Final Take

GTA 5’s Director Mode is an awe-inspiring tool that is often overlooked. It provides a massive array of imaginative choices to a player. Consequently, a player can use this creative freedom to make unique and insane clips. You, as a player, have complete freedom to create anything you want and let your inner artist out.

It is so impressive that this feature is free if you already have the game. Additionally, the Director Mode is very intuitive and easy to learn and would only take a player a few hours to master completely. As a result, you do not need to download visual effects or video editing software and spend countless hours learning the ropes. If you are an aspiring artist or want to show off some incredible gameplay moments to the rest of the world, then GTA 5’s Director Mode will help you take your vision to the rest of the world.

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