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TZP: Returning to Lon Lon Ranch

By Adella
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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 soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).

Link Model: Anthony "Lune"
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian Adella
Photography: IndigoVerse Indigo76
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Makeup/Special FX: Chase Birdsong
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Me
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr night-fate
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
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander Elenath

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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. 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!

Related Images:

TZP: Malon in the Pasture by Adella TZP: Link and Malon by Adella TZP: Link Malon Epona and Cuccos by Adella TZP: Link and Malon observe Death Mountain by Adella TZP: Malon Singing by Adella TZP: Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset by AdellaTZP: Goodbye Epona by Adella
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skorpeyon's avatar

Just a head's up, someone decided to use your work in a very click-bait-y article here without giving any credit where it's due, sadly.

JohnK222's avatar
:wow: Wowzer! No wonder you got that DD! This is awesome! :-)
Jenny1990ey's avatar
Mes 20 photos intimes et 1 vidéo ici kayfuyte!
Spirit-Lover-Forever's avatar
I can't tell if that's a real horse, or it's art
Adella's avatar
majid143R's avatar
Sometime I wish our would resembled theirs. No, not even sometimes - ALL the time.
BvanT's avatar
This is such an awesome project!
Breath-taking. Awesome work!!! Keep it up, pal
jhroberts's avatar
can we get a 1920 x 1080 of this ?
mompop26isback's avatar
I, as well, always thought Lon Lon Ranch was a very welcoming place. But, I think Kakariko Village is my favorite place for Link to hang out, enjoy a warm meal, and find a cozy place to sleep. Lon Lon Ranch was an amazing place, though, no doubt about that. 
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AlexRose1214's avatar
of all the lame adaptations why hasn't this been a huge Hollywood movie?
probably because link never talked :/
but still. cool pic, my new background
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Derf0007's avatar
This is awesome!
TheInfiniteGlow's avatar
These are amazing! 
roiikkata's avatar
lol its hyrule field
yamamoto87's avatar
hi there,

your photos are so awesome.
this one inspired me for a picture in my school project.
feel free to check it out ;)

keep on doing.

Mega-Matt-X's avatar
Where am I, is this heaven? Awesome pic.
This wonderful!!!
Phramer's avatar
This photo almost brought a tear to my eye for a couple reasons. Number one being when me and my older brother first started bonding instead of fighting. Video games was a big part of us spending time together, and we both really got into orcarina of time at that time. Second being I used to have a horse that look just like that. His name was Thor, and he was my best friend for years until he died. I know you didn't have any of that in mind when you made it but all the same thank you. Thank you so much.
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