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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.

Lon Lon Ranch Underway!

Hey everyone! We just wanted to announce that our photoshoot for Lon Lon Ranch went extremely well, and the photos are undergoing post.  Please be patient while we work on the photos.  We want to produce the nicest quality photos that we can for everyone's visual enjoyment.  We will keep you posted with more information soon!

In the meantime, please have a look at this teaser photo of Malon handing Link a bottle of Lon Lon Milk!

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Searching for 3D Artists

Hey everyone! We thought we would update with some crew positions we are looking for. We are doing really well as far as help in the physical departments of Make-Up, Hair, Costume, and Prop, but we are in definite need of artists on the back end who can assist in the post editing and composite process. Please have a look at what we need and email us if you are interested in helping out! Cheers!

  • An Environment Artist(s) who can model and texture realistic environment art based on a level from the game.
  • An Environment Artist(s) who can model and texture realistic environment art based on zones from the game (medieval/fantasy house and stable, Hyrule Castle).
  • A 3D Modeler to create creatures
  • A texture artist(s) who is able to help out with textures here and there.
  • A render artist who is able to effectively take the textured models and render them to match existing photos for photo compositing.



We are looking for people who can start immediately!

Please email us for more information: info @ thezeldaproject.net (remove spaces)

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Twilight Princess Zelda Armor How-To!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Many cosplayers have difficulty making the costume of Princess Zelda, because of how expensive the armor can be, or how daunting and difficult it may seem.  Recently, Joellen Elam (TZP Make-Up Artist as well as model for Princess Zelda) put together a tutorial online for an inexpensive solution for cosplayers wanting to make Princess Zelda's armor from Twilight Princess.  You can download her patterns for a small fee, and then with minimal supplies from your local craft store, you can have beautiful shoulder pauldrons, a crown, and other accessories in no time--hand made by you!  Have a look at the tutorial and get your crafty on!  When you are finished, send in your pictures to us so that we can share the Zelda love!

How-To: Princess Zelda's Armor - By Joellen Elam

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Re-Sculpting of Ears (Link)

Hi everyone! I haven't updated the site in a while but that's alright. Hopefully most of you are keeping up to date with our more frequent activity on Facebook and Twitter! We've been working slowly from coast to coast on some of the costumes that we had tried to shoot last year and things simply happened that held us back. The ears that we had made for Link originally worked out fine for the photoshoot that we did for the Lost Woods, but we wanted them to be at a different angle, so we are re-sculpting the ears and casting them again. Hopefully this time around we will get some pictures of the casting process so that we can update the how-to page so those of you can try out our methods for your own costume adventures! In the mean time, here is a fun WIP of the ears that our new prosthetics sculptor Pior Oberson is making. www.PiorOberson.com Have a look and check out the sculpts! At the point that we are at, we have decided to scrap the shoot that we did of the Fire Temple in 2011 and re-shoot it with all new photos with these new ears. More ears (Malon and Zelda) to come soon.

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Starting up our engines!

Hi everyone.  I have some updates that I'm sure you'll be very excited about.  We've started to get Still Photo things in motion again.  There is talk of a pick-up shoot of the Fire Temple, as well as Princess Zelda.  For the Fire Temple all we need now is to organize ourselves some time during the week to go out to the desert and shoot, so I will keep you posted as to when that will be.  Now, granted, it may be the same story over again about releasing the photos... because even still after all this time it's still a waiting game with artists.  I would love to push my agenda for everyone so you can see these images I have in my head, but unfortunately artists are working for free and I cannot ask them to meet my deadlines.  Now, we're also working on a new shoot in the meantime.  We're dying to get you all something--anything.  You've waited so long.  Today began production for Princess Zelda.  It's officially under way.  Wish us luck.  I'll keep you posted if anything comes up that slows us down.


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Updates and Honesty

Hey Everyone,

It's been a while since I've updated, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on anything.  I wanted to give everyone an update on what's been happening.

Honestly, I feel extremely disappointed that it's been over a year already since we released our first photos and the constant snags in the road for our photo shoots have kept us from releasing anything since then.  This little project is a dream of mine and I'm a tenacious person that even when it seems that there's some greater force trying to tell me to quit, I refuse to.  As most people knew already, Anthony (Link) was my boyfriend.  Before we became a couple, we started working on this project together.  He had agreed to be the model, because he always liked the idea of cosplaying, and we ended up falling for one another over the process of working on the project.  Well, things don't always work out, and the relationship ultimately didn't.  The stress of the project had a great deal to do with the ending of the relationship, I believe, but there were many other factors there too.

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Aonuma's Sentiments Towards a Zelda Movie

It's been a long time since I've updated the site.  I apologize for that.  Everyone has a personal life, and in the last few months, the foundations of mine got rocked out from under me.  I'm in a period of transition in my life, but that does not mean that I have abandoned this project.  There were a lot of rumors floating around the internet due to some impulsive things I said on my private facebook, but let me assure you... none of the negative is true.  The positive thing, that we are working on the teaser trailer, is very true.  At the moment, I am working with several artists to prepare a presentation to a large sponsor who may be the key to funding the teaser trailer.  The way I see it in my mind, is very similar to the words Eiji Aonuma used in his recent interview with Nintendo Power.  "Sweeping and Grand" Couldn't better describe what I had in mind.  But in order to create that sort of look, money is needed.  Thus, my hunt for a sponsor.  Thankfully, I've found one such sponsor that may be the answer to all of our needs.

Currently, a team of 3 artists are working with me to prepare visuals from the Advent of Darkness trailer script for our presentation to this sponsor.  I cannot mention the name, but I can assure you that if all goes well, we will be quite on our way.  Please lend us your enthusiasm and support once again!  We've appreciated all that we've had, and we have not forgotten the still photography.  All good things come to those who wait, and to those who work hard.  I have been plugging away steadily at this for over a year, and dreamed it for many years before starting it.  Obstacles have constantly been thrown in my way, but I've hurdled over them, and now I feel it is time for the final hurdle.


If you had more time and an unlimited budget, what else would you do to try to celebrate Zelda’s 25th anniversary?

If what we’re really talking about is a sort of a “sky is the limit” approach to things, I always thought it would be really cool to have a real Zelda movie, something really grand and sweeping. But, of course, I have neither the time nor the wherewithal for all that, and even if I did have the money to make such a movie, I don’t know if it would turn out well. But there are those days when I fantasize about how cool it would be if something like that would happen sometime in the future.

Perhaps it won't be a fantasy forever!


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The Making of the Hylian Shield

Hello everyone,

We've had many of you inquiring about the making of the Master Sword & the Hylian Shield. To answer some of your questions, we've provided a small behind the scenes on the making of the Hylian Shied, unfortunately Mr. Granofsky constructed the Master Sword out of state so we could not film his process for that prop. In this video he shows off his skill and experience as he brings the shield to life. The entire process consumed 50 hours over the course of 2-3 weeks for the original. A second more lighter shield was cast from a mold of the original shield which took an additional 10 hours and then another 15 hours to sand & paint.

"Thank you for your continued support!"
~TZP Staff.

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