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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.

Fire Temple Lava River

Link walks through the fire templeThe air was dense and smelled of sulfur as Link crossed the narrow land bridge between two slowly churning rivers of lava.

Please check back soon for our IndieGoGo Movie Campaign! We are almost there and it's gonna be really cool! Seriously, it's about a week or two away, and we've got some of the coolest people working with us!

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.

Link: Wes Johnson
Navi: Whitney Moore http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3179972/ 
Costume: Sarah Quillian Scott
Photography: Greg DeStefano http://www.gregdestefano.com
Editing: Sarah Quillian Scott and Luca Pisanu
Makeup/Special FX: Chase Birdsong
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Sarah Quillian Scott
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr

The Zelda Project Official Website: www.thezeldaproject.net
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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.

This whole Fire Temple thing has been a long time coming.  This shoot required the right level of skill and voluntary dedication by the artists who worked on it.  A lot of the editing I started myself, but since my abilities in photoshop are limited, it was hard for me to create the right kind of editing that was needed to pull off the vision I had in my head.  A number of different artists have contributed to this shoot in small ways, and managing all the assets coming together for the final piece of art was sometimes easy and sometimes really difficult!  As usual for a project like this, everything is done on a volunteer basis, and it was especially tough to find artists who had the time to dedicate to this, were willing to work on it pro-bono, and had the chops to pull off what was needed to bring this dungeon to life.

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 digital editing, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. As always, 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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Zelda Movie Trailer and Short Film

Hey Guys!  Long time no update.  We've got some news to share for those of you who don't follow us on Facebook!  We're going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon for our live action battle sequence!  We've shot some amazing footage!!  Our core team is extremely strong and talented and we're looking to expand!  That being said, we are looking for some seasoned and enthusiastic VFX artists to lend a hand in helping us complete post production for our Kickstarter "sizzle" trailer and meet anyone interested in working on our project once we're funded.

  • editors
  • 3D modelers
  • 3D animators
  • roto/paint artists
  • matte painters
  • matchmovers
  • compositors

Please contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you back!

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Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset

Spending time at the ranch was always a welcome distraction from reality.  However, he had a duty to find the Princess and liberate the people of Hyrule.  As the sun dipped below the mountains, Link lead Epona away with heavy heart, his sights set on Death Mountain. 

This photo was meant to be the last in the set, but unfortunately the final two that were supposed to go before this one are not ready.  I didn't want to be late again for you guys, so I just posted this.  Sorry they're out of order guys.  :) Expect to see more Link riding Epona in future shoots!

The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett.  Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup:  We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that.  We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses.  :D  Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.

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 (retired from the project) 
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian 
Photography: IndigoVerse 
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Sarah Quillian
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: 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
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander 

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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 Singing

It was rare that Malon had the time to ride anymore, but with Mr. Ingo back to normal, she was able to break away. Out here, she could truly feel free. With her steed wandering a few feet away, she began to pick her way through the flowers. It wasn't long before a song found its way out of her. This was the best place to sing, because here she could be anything she imagined. The wind picked up, unsettling the grass and carrying her melody far across the field.

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.

I really wanted this one to be a nighttime picture. Several of us tried with it, but the lighting on the original picture just wasn't fit for Date-To-Night conversion. Night photography was not an option, since we did not have the location available at night. So we had to settle for a daytime joyride, which I think is just as nice! Hope you guys like it!

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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Death Mountain CLOSE UP

Hey Guys! As I promised in the photo of Link and Malon overlooking Death Mountain, I am posting the detail shot. In the photo description, I included that there were two easter eggs in the painting if you knew your Hyrulean Topography!

1. Kakariko Village - While far away, some commenters were successfully able to locate it. Due to the low resolution of the photo, it wasn't easy, but if you were able to see this you successfully found the village! Now for fun, look a little closer and you can see the bridge over the river, the area where you will run up the stairs that are cut into the mountain that lead up to the village, and finally the death mountain trail running out of the village!

2. Zora's falls - On the right near Malon's fingers, you can see Zora's falls, and the area where the hidden doorway to the Zora's Domain should be!

3. There was actually a third easter egg, however only a few people noticed this! It was really fun to see if anyone noticed it ;) You can see that the Great Deku Tree grove is within the massive forest to the south east!

Hope you guys enjoy this little zoomed-in snippet of Mickael Forrett's matte painting! It was a true pleasure to collaborate and plot these little teeny visual treats for you guys!

Love, Sarah

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Link and Malon Observe Death Mountain

From where they stood on the edge of the Lon Lon Plateau, they could see the vast rolling hills of Hyrule field, and the distant Kakariko mountain range.  Malon gasped when she saw where he was pointing.  She couldn't imagine even scaling a mountain that tall, let alone a volcano that had been precariously active for years.  When her father returned from Kakariko, he had mentioned that the locals were convinced it would erupt any day now.  Yet Link intended to climb to its summit, and descend inside of it!

The concept of Link pointing out where he would go next to Malon... the summit of Death Mountain... was something I was so excited to do.  It was a heavy task for Mickael to undertake, but when he was finished the result was breathtaking.  It's very hard to depict the ring of cloud that circulates around the top of Death Mountain, but I think he achieved the realism quite well.  We spent weeks looking at clouds and examples of how they could appear in strange shapes in reality before we settled upon this.  I hope you guys love it!

NOTE: There are two easter eggs in this pic.  Can  you find Zora's falls and Kakariko village?!

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


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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.  Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup:  We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that.  We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses.  :D  Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.

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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Link Malon and Epona

Malon caught the direction of his gaze as she lead Epona out to the pasture.  "No Link..." She warned with a smirk, remembering his fondness for harassing the cuccos.  They remembered him too, as one of them raised her head to warily observe the hero.

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
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian
Photography: IndigoVerse
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Me
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: 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
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander

Contribute to the project

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.  Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup:  We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that.  We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses.  :D  Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.

Oh man.  You know you've done it!  Everyone's done it! Harassed that group of cuccos at Lon Lon Ranch and then jumped onto Epona's back and rode around in circles while they chase you but can't catch you.  So funny.  I had to put something like this in because it's too great to pass up.

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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Updated Donator List and Fire Temple Update

 

Contributor Update

 

We've been honored with the influx of people helping us out with this project.  Since the funds primarily come from our own pockets, the help that you all have given us is astronomical.  We really couldn't have been able to this without you guys.  This really is a project that shows just how dedicated fans are!  We've updated the list of contributors on our donations page.  Go check to see if your name is there!  If you do not see your name, and you have contributed to our project, please send an email to info @ thezeldaproject . net.  We will fix it right away.  Also, if you would like to be listed as a different name (gamertag, e-alias, etc) send us an email to the same address with your name and what you would like to be listed as.  

Fire Temple Update

 

  • "Where are the fire temple pics?!"
 
The Fire Temple pics have been on hold since we were having a lot of trouble with the digital art side of things.  The concept for the photos we have taken requires a heavy amount of post work, a lot of it to do with 3D modeling.  Our gorons are 100% 3D, since we felt that the only way to make a creature look like that and still maintain realism would be via digital art of some sort.  That being said, we've had three separate 3D artists come onto the project, start, do a great job, and disappear mid project.  At the point we are at right now, we need a 3D modeler still.  Luckily, we have been graced and blessed with the dedication and talent of Mickael Forrett, who is just incredible!  You can check out more of his work here!  http://vimeo.com/meo333
 
  • "When will we see the fire temple?"
 
Once we've got sufficient help working on the 3D models, we should be able to put the photos together.  Our goal right now is to make sure we have the utmost quality.  We don't want to release any photos that aren't to our visual standards, and we're sure that none of you would want that either.  The last thing we'd want to do is disappoint anyone for how long this has been taking!
 
  • "What happened to the fire temple?"
 
Nothing has happened to it.  We still have the photos, we've just been focusing on other shoots in order to at least keep the material flowing so that you guys as fans have something to look at while we spend our time trying to put together the remaining digital team for the fire temple.  In a way, the fire temple has sort of become a legend among our crew, since it seems to be a really problematic shoot!  We'll keep updating everyone once things get rolling again.  
 
  • "Why is the fire temple page hidden?"
 
There were so many comments coming in asking these above questions that we hid the page temporarily since we were slightly embarrassed that it had been sitting there without any updates for over a year now.  
 
So there you have it! Have faith everyone.  We are spending as much time as possible cold emailing artists and posting notifications everywhere we can that we need help with 3D.  Until then though, we're sort of at a stand still.  In the meantime, we are going to begin processing the photos that we can work on without the 3D models.  We should have some sort of fun teaser for everyone in a few weeks.  Mickael is working his tail off on these, so we think he deserves an epic round of internet applause from all the fans for such a great job and how much he's worked on this!
 
If you are a 3D modeler or matte painter who would like to help us out, send an email to info @ thezeldaproject.net with your reel/portfolio!  Thanks everyone!
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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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