Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is one of the better loved installments in the Zelda franchise, and has inspired (and continues to inspire) a whole new generation of fan creators. Today’s offering is Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate, and it tells the story of how Skull Kid came to be the vessel of the horribly power Mask that brings about the end of the world. The title echoes an iconic line of dialog from the game. The story is told partly from the perspective of a collector of masks, the recurring character known simply as The Happy Mask Salesman, who has had the misfortune to find Majora’s Mask during one of his quests.
This beautiful film, winner of the 2015 Dracon Con Independent Short Film Festival and the “Best Sci-Fi” category in the 2015 Hollyshorts Film Festival, was the brainchild of Emberlab, a small commercial production company that produces world class advertising spots for companies around the world. Executing other people’s ideation may pay the bills, but it doesn’t necessarily feed the soul. Doing projects like this one for the sheer joy of it sharpens the skills of the artists, enhances the reputation of the participating production shops, and delights us all.
The look and feel of the Zelda universe is lovingly recreated in this short, and the full power of a fully skilled, feature-animation capable production house is brought to the task of bringing these fascinating – and horrifying – characters to life. It’s a labor of love, and it shows in every frame.
Director: Mike Grier
Story Adaptation: Josh Grier
Animation Director: Hunter Schmidt
Mask Seller: Masashi Odate
Skull Kid: Joe Zieja
Cinematographer: Boa Simon
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 Oretga and Pedro Conti
Rigging: Chris Lesage
Animation: Jakob Christensen
Pre-Vis: Julie Griener, Rachel Beltran, Jacqueline Yee, Aharonit Elior, Taylor Reynolds