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Welcome to The Zelda Project

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of fans who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film.

A labor of love, this project combines all aspects of art from costuming & photography to CGI visual effects.  Our end goal is that we hope those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

Malon Greets Link & Navi

She saw him approach the gates to the ranch out of the corner of her eye. Feeling a burst of excitement, Malon gathered her skirts and ran to greet the hero and her beloved Epona. "Welcome back, Fairy Boy!" As if prompted, Navi popped out of his hat, fluttering towards her to say hello.

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).

Link Model: Anthony Beaston (retired from the project)
Malon Model: Sarah Quillian *Adella
Epona Model: Big John
Costumes: Made by Sarah Quillian *Adella
Photography: IndigoVerse *Indigo76
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Sarah Quillian
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr `night-fate
Horse Trainer: Dawn Stafford (Stafford Ranch & Stables)
Horse Owner: Jerry Rudolph
Horse Wrangler: John Sedano
On-Site Vet Tech: Marcus Eddings
Horse Make-up: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by ~AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander ~Elenath

The Zelda Project Official Website: www.thezeldaproject.net
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The Malon costume is a classic remake of my original Malon costume. The skirt, blouse, and scarf are all 100% linen of varying weaves and thicknesses. The costume has been distressed to show wear and tear, assuming that Malon would get dirty if she was working on the ranch all day! The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett.

I always wanted a photo of Malon interacting with Navi. I thought it would be cute, so I just couldn't resist the idea of this one. :)

This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!

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Malon in the Pasture

They say that Malon of Lon Lon Ranch hopes that a knight in shining armor will come and sweep her off her feet someday..

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).

Malon Model: Sarah Quillian
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian
Photography: IndigoVerse
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Makeup/Special FX: Chase Birdsong
Lighting Assistant: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by ~AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander

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The skirt, blouse, and scarf are all 100% linen of varying weaves and thicknesses. The costume has been distressed to show wear and tear, assuming that Malon would get dirty if she was working on the ranch all day! The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett. Can you pinpoint where she's standing? :D

This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!

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Returning to Lon Lon Ranch

Even though the ranch was isolated for those who lived there, it was in the perfect location for Link whenever he felt the calling of a warm meal and a good song.

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming once the cosplay segment of the project is completed!).

Link Model: Anthony Beaston "Lune"
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Sarah Quillian
Photography: IndigoVerse
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Makeup/Special FX: Chase Birdsong
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Sarah Quillian
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr
Lighting Assistant: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Horse Trainer: Dawn Stafford (Stafford Ranch & Stables)
Horse Owner: Jerry Rudolph
Horse Wrangler: John Sedano
On-Site Vet Tech: Marcus Eddings
Horse Make-up: Marcus Eddings

The boots, gloves, and belts are all real leather. The sword and shield are made with a number of different materials including high density foam, fiberglass, and resin. The matte painting of the ranch was a beautiful job done by Mickael Forrett to bring Lon Lon into reality. Epona also is wearing make-up. Big John didn't have the dark spots on his legs, so we painted them with horse show touch up paint to give his legs that gradient effect. Stay tuned for our BTS video for more about the ranch shoot!

Lon Lon Ranch was my favorite place to go when I played Ocarina of Time. Throughout the years as the game held up to it's replay value, it still was where I liked to take Link to hang around. Something about it held a really warm and special place in my heart, and I imagined that despite it's isolation, it's central location in Hyrule Field made it a perfect place for Link to stop and eat, hang out, and sleep in a cozy bed.

This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!

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Contributor Update and Lon Lon Ranch

Happy Friday Zelda Fans!

It's been a while since we have updated.  If you follow us on our Facebook page, we post small updates roughly once a week over there.  Not all of our updates on Facebook are always related to the project, but we do maintain an active presence and enjoy all of your feedback!  That being said, we have updated the list of people who have contributed to the project over on our donations page. We just wanted to give you guys a huge ENORMOUS thank you! Without your help we surely would have had to wrap this project.  When we began working on it, we had no idea how much it would cost to achieve what we wanted.  We still struggle now, but hopefully that will be coming to an end soon!

Lon Lon Ranch/Hyrule Field Update:

A few weeks ago, we had hinted that you all would finally be past the long wait for more photos.  Without further delay, we'd like to announce that we are finally beginning the release of our Lon Lon Ranch photos! We will begin with our first photo on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.  Sometime this weekend, we'll have a short little BTS montage of the Lon Lon Ranch shoot as a sort of teaser.  Be watching on Facebook, Twitter, Deviant Art, and Youtube for the video.  Check back here on Wednesday for the first Lon Lon Ranch/Hyrule Field photo! Thank you all for your endless patience! We hope that it was worth the wait. 

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More Zelda Progress

More Princess Zelda.  That's all I've been working on for the past week.  Finally finished the gown (except for the zipper) and over shirt.  I've taken some creative liberties with the dress itself, namely in the trim, and with the draping of the bodice.  I think it makes it look rather Roman, which is very pretty with the armor combination.  Here's a photo for fun!

All that we have left to do now is the embroidery on the tabard, and the wig!  It won't be long now till we can plan out our next shoot.

In the meantime, Lon Lon Ranch is coming along nicely.  I've thanked you guys for your patience a hundred times and I'll thank you again!  I know it's taking forever.  As the ring leader of this project, it weighs on me more than anyone else to get these photos to you guys since you've been waiting for so long.  Just believe me when I say that I'm on top of it and you have nothing to worry about!

Early next week I'll be doing a site update with a fresh list of donators, as well as a cast/crew update.  :)

~Sarah

Producer/Costume Designer

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Princess Zelda Update

 

Princess Zelda fittingJust a little update from the front lines!! I've done a fitting with Joellen today for her Zelda costume.  We had originally planned her shoot for last weekend, but unfortunately the armor took Aaron longer than he had expected, and there are parts of the costume that I need the armor in hand to make, so we had to delay the shoot until the costume is finished.  Thankfully now the armor is finished and we tried it on today.  It looks beautiful with the dress, which is about 75% completed.  I can't wait for this to come together.  Tuesday, Joellen and I are going to downtown LA to shop for the final trim and bead pieces for the gown, and I should be putting it all together and finishing it up this coming week.  I'm very excited and feeling so inspired!  Take a look at the pictures and feast your eyes on Aaron's lovely craft work mixed with my unfinished gown and Joellen's candid beauty!

In other news, we're still working steadily on the photos for Lon Lon Ranch.  Fire Temple will be worked on once the Lon Lon Ranch photos are finished.  We have a limited art crew working for free in their free time, and busy people have limited free time.  We all appreciate how much patience our fans have, and we promise it will be worth the wait.  As much as we'd like to simply release the photos now, we want to present the best possible imagery and for this it takes time and detail.

Your support is continually appreciated, and we never thought we'd get this far.  Much love to you all!  If you are from Montreal or planning to be there August 3-5, please stop by my Zelda Project & Personal Q&A panel at Otakuthon 2012! www.otakuthon.com

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

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Otakuthon August 3-5

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to make an announcement that I am going to be a guest of honor at Otakuthon in Montreal, Quebec.  It is my first time on the east coast of Canada!  I have only been to Canada once, and that was Vancouver for a day. 

I'll be hosting a Q&A Panel, where I hope many of you will attend with your questions for the project.  I would love to meet our Canadian fans.

Please check out their website at www.otakuthon.com for more information.

-Sarah Quillian

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Lon Lon Ranch & Fire Temple Update

Updates on Photoshoots:

The Lon Lon Ranch shoot is still in post.  Juan, our matte painter, has been working very steadily on the photos, but he is a professional who works full time in the motion picture industry and so he is only able to work on our photos in his spare time.  We are very grateful to have his talents on our team, and when he is finally finished with the photos, I guarantee that they will not disappoint you.  It is unfortunate that we cannot dedicate more time to working on them, but we all appreciate everyone's patience with us while we work.

The Fire Temple shoot was completed at 50% in Valley of Fire State Park, NV this past weekend.  We shot for roughly six hours.  However, we were unable to get some of the shots we wanted from this location, so we will be completing the other 50% of the shoot at another location.  This shoot will be renamed, at some point, to "Death Mountain" because Death Mountain encompasses Goron City and the Fire Temple, which we will be making as the theme. 

Princess Zelda is right now on time to be shot on May 26th in Redland's CA, followed by the same weekend the second half of "Death Mountain" shoot.  The costume is about 60% complete.  Hopefully we will be able to complete it in time!  Many factors must fall into place for it to be perfect, but I guarantee you that we are all working hard.

Announcements

I wanted to touch upon some questions that have been asked recently in regards to the project, and changes that have been made in the cast and crew.

  • As some of you have asked, Anthony (Lune) has been recast.  He is no longer able to dedicate his time to the project, and attend shoots, so he has been replaced with another actor/model and gamer, Wes Johnson.  Wes is extremely enthusiastic and a blast to work with, and not to mention beautiful.  I was blown away by his performance at the Death Mountain shoot, and I am certain that no one will be unhappy about the change!
  • The Zelda Project is a two part project.  There is a film portion of our project, and a photo portion.  At the moment, we are still working on the photos.  We will be releasing several more sets of themed photos before we move on to the film.  We appreciate everyone's patience and support~!
  • The fact that we are not currently shooting the film portion of the project does not, however, mean we aren't working on it.  We have been steadily working on the script, as well as putting together the crew for the film (department heads are our main focus at the moment).
  • A change has been made to the nature of what the film project will cover.  Our original idea had been to do a trailer, and we had held to that idea even after IGN released their trailer, but we have come up with a number of better ideas that we believe you will like even more.  More information on that will come later, once the script has been fleshed out, and we are closer to actually going into production for it. 
  • Now that our hiatus is over, we are currently once again accepting donations.  We are in talks right now as to what sort of gift we will be giving to future donators, so if you have any suggestions as to what kind of gift you would like in return for your support of the project, please feel free to offer suggestions!


Lastly: I know I've said it before, but we wouldn't be here without the support of our fans.  We are fans creating art for fans.  We have a vision, and we are sharing it with you, for the love of Legend of Zelda.  We are all working professionals, so this is not our job, but rather... our love!  This is done in our spare time as a hobby.  Your continued support and enthusiasm towards what we are doing is what drives us to be bigger and better every day.  From the bottom of our hearts, we wanted to say that we love you all so much, and I personally cannot thank our fans enough for being so awesome!

-Sarah Quillian
Director/Costume Designer

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The Zelda Project is for entertainment purposes only and is in no way affiliated with Nintendo Co., Ltd., Legend of Zelda, or any of its respected licensees. The content is for the exclusive use of the end user, and may not be sold, rented, or used for any commercial enterprise. We make no claim to any characters, storylines, prop designs, names, logos, or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise protected by federal, state, international, or other intellectual property law. This work is produced solely for the personal, uncompensated enjoyment of ourselves and other Zelda fans.


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