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Red Dead Redemption
Stranger Side-mission

Lights, Camera, Action

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Start Cinema in the Town of Armadillo in Cholla Springs, New Austin
End Pacific Union Railroad Camp, West Elizabeth
Given by D.S. MacKenna
Location New Austin and West Elizabeth
Unlocked by Unlocks
Nigel West Dickens
mission strand:

"The Sport of Kings,
and Liars"
Stranger Location map
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Click to enlarge.

Lights, Camera, Action is a two-part Stranger side-mission featured in Red Dead Redemption.


Marston finds MacKenna daydreaming on a bed in a room behind the Cinema in Armadillo.

MacKenna is a boisterous man who talks with his hands and regales Marston with his elaborate aspirations to build a movie studio, and eventually asks for Marston's assistance in this matter.

It's said that Marston could win a land deed by playing Liar's Dice with Lyle Mouton in the saloon at Thieves' Landing. MacKenna then needs Marston to travel to Benedict Point and persuade his lead actor, Silas Spatchcock, to return to the set, and give up his wild dreams.


Part 1Edit

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Mission Segment PrerequisitesEdit

Before this Stranger appears on the world map, the player must complete:

Mission Segment ObjectivesEdit

After speaking with McKenna, the player must:

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John Marston disarming Spatchcock in a duel.

Mission Segment DetailsEdit

Make your way to Thieves' Landing to play and win a game of Liar's Dice to win the land deed. (The mission will update after you cash out). After acquiring the deed for MacKenna, he asks to put some sense into his lead actor, Spatchcock, who has convinced himself that he is a genuine gunslinger. Head over to Benedict Point to convince Spatchcock that he is not. Once you're finished with Spatchcock, head back to MacKenna in Armadillo for your reward.

Part 2Edit

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Mission Segment PrerequisitesEdit

Before this Stranger re-appears on the world map, the player must complete:

Mission Segment ObjectivesEdit

  • The player must speak with MacKenna and learn what became of his movie studio ambitions.

Mission Segment DetailsEdit

After finishing the Nuevo Paraiso chapter, you can find MacKenna again at the Pacific Union Railroad Camp. After listening to his story of how the studio failed, the mission is complete.

Tips and TricksEdit

  • The player must also wait anywhere from seven to ten days for MacKenna to appear at Pacific Union R.R. Camp. One of the fastest ways to complete this waiting period is to head to Manzanita Post or Blackwater and sleep constantly (this can also be done at a camp site), pulling up the map every time you awaken during the day to see if MacKenna is there.
  • The Liar's Dice game's ante amount is set to $200 instead of $20, making it the most profitable opportunity in the game. The ante will remain at $200 until the player leaves Lyle Mouton at the table and saves elsewhere (thereby pushing the mission into its next phase). As long as the player keeps winning, they will get an increase of $200 each game. After each game during the moment of choosing to ante or quit, the player may adjust one of the game options while still sitting at the table to initiate auto-save. This preserves the player's growing fortune. The player may also stand up, possibly initiate auto-save and sit back down to continue playing, but upon sitting down for a second round, the opponent becomes considerably more difficult. Auto-saving is only useful as a fail-safe in case the game or system is quit or turned off. Loading the auto-saved file will cause the ante to drop back to $20. This is a great opportunity to get the $1000 for the Savvy Merchant Outfit.

Video WalkthroughEdit

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Red Dead Redemption - Stranger Side Mission - Lights, Camera, Action


Aiding Strangers will contribute toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Complete a task for a Stranger.

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Silver Ps3 silver trophy
Complete 15 tasks for Strangers.

Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

During the course of completing this mission, the following Achievement/Trophy may also be acquired:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Complete a game of Liar's Dice without losing a single die.

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