I’m sure if you love the Zelda series you heard the work from Theophany in the past. They produced outstanding Zelda fan-albums for a number of titles in the series. But one of their most haunting and breathtaking productions was called ‘Times End’ which was a very ambitious album that covers the haunting and beautfiully dark music of Majora’s Mask. It is some of my favorite music of all time and hearing that they released a sequel album got me excited!
Let’s first start with the CGI short that released alongside the Album the other day; Terrible Fate. This short was produced by studio EmberLab and below is the official description of the video (the video itself is above this text).
A tribute to the legendary game, this short showcases Skull Kid’s dark origin story. Our take on how the Zelda Universe could be realized in film. A labor of love for all those involved, this is a gift to the fans. http://www.facebook.com/emberlab
Director: Mike Grier
Story Adaptation: Josh Grier
Animation Director: Hunter Schmidt
Mask Seller: Masashi Odate
Skull Kid: Joe Zieja
Cinematographer: Boa Simon
1st Assistant Camera: Jenny Hou
Lighting & Rendering: James Beck
Music & Sound: Theophany
Skull Kid Design: Nate Hallinan & Art of Vic
Skull Kid Model: Anders Ehrenborg
Majora’s Mask Model: Cordell Felix
Mask Seller Model: Carlos Ortega and Pedro Conti
Rigging: Chris Lesage
Animation: Jakob Christensen
Pre-Vis: Julie Griener, Rachel Beltran, Jacqueline Yee, Aharonit Elior, Taylor Reynolds’
With some breathtaking animation work, detailed background and honoring the Zelda art style perfectly, this short is some really impressive CGI. Captures the mood of Majora’s Mask and makes me really want to see a Majora’s Mask film in the future.
But the showpiece to Times End II is the album itself, which you can see at the following link. You can also find the first album at this link as well. It is some really beautiful music and I plan on listening to this again and again just like I did with the original album.
Source: Terrible Fate Official Website