Link stepped off the trail leading to the summit of Death Mountain to gaze out on the valley of Hyrule below. Kakariko could be seen at the base of the mountain, and far beyond it, the smoldering glow of Ganondorf's domain cut through the perpetual stormy clouds like a fiery haze.
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 www.imdb.com/name/nm3179972/ Costume: Sarah Quillian Scott Adella Photography: Indigo Verse Indigo76 Matte Painting: Adella and Luca Pisanu skater-xl Matte Painting Concept: Saad Alayyoubi Makeup/Special FX: Chase Birdsong Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Adella Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky Navi Effects: Julia Starr night-fate
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/Death Mountain thing has been a long time coming. The Death Mountain portion of these shots were taken in Valley of Fire, NV. The Fire Temple interior shots were from the Mojave Lava Tubes. Both shoots were pretty intense, and I have to say this was definitely the most difficult of shoots to do, especially the editing. A lot of the editing I started myself, including the majority of this one, but since my abilities in photoshop are limited, and sometimes you just can't see your own shortcomings, Luca stepped in to polish up this piece so that it could look more believable. A number of different artists, including Saad who designed the original concept for this piece that was leaked onto Kotaku about 6 months ago, 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!