Scene from the fan movie

If you’ve ever browsed through Zelda videos on YouTube, you may have come across the highly popular “Dark Sage,” a fan production made a few years ago by Coloniser.  He’s also a member of the Zelda Universe forums, and we’re glad to report that his latest work, a CGI film called “Dark Sage:  Finale,” is now entering final production.  If you’re interested in learning more about this, hit the jump to view the new trailer, as well as the original “Dark Sage,” which already has 1.5 million views on YouTube.


As far as fan animations go, the graphics of these videos render Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf into uniquely beautiful CGI forms, and, according to Coloniser, the movie should be completed by the end of 2012.  Whether you’ve been following “Dark Sage” for years or this is the first time you’ve heard of it, leave a comment giving your thoughts on the newest trailer!

Source:  YouTube
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  • mcdude910

    Honestly, I understand that a lot of work went into this, but the character models are a little far from… "uniquely beautiful…" I'll give you unique, but try looking at 0:25 without cringing a bit. I'm not sure how the creator thought that may have looked like Link. I don't know; my opinion.

    • Coloniser

      Heh, you REALLY don't understand just how much work has gone into this project, mcdude910. But phewf, thanks for the damning critque. It's moments like that this that being an artist really sucks!!

      • glue

        you're such a turtle.

      • LS

        You need to chill out. I’m a designer, it’s my full-time job. If you want to get anywhere in the art or design world you need to learn to accept critiques. Without them it’s very difficult to improve and, as much as this is pretty good fan work, you have LOADS of room for improvement. Don’t get overly attached to your work, otherwise you think everyone else’s opinions are wrong and yours is right, which ends up making you and your work look bad.

        • Coloniser

          Nah, LS, I think you misunderstood my comment! I wasn't disagreeing with Mcdude, but an artist, it is hard to hear such harsh criticism of work. I've had a lot over my years of working on DS, but silly ones like this that aren't constructive at all are disapointing. But meh, each to their own! 🙂

      • GagaSaga

        wow I agree

    • Craig

      It's an amazing effort in general but spelling mistakes and phrasing mistakes (being foreign and all) are bad… He needs someone to go over the text who is from England. Also, Link is not Japanese, he is intended to look white European, which is the problem with his face model.

  • Gerudude

    It's quite wonderfull. I hope Nintendo takes notice of this, when it is finished.
    They should definitely work with you, Coloniser.

    • Coloniser

      Thank you, Gerudude! It's comments like this that make me feel great to be artist, and makes all the late nights and long weekends worth it! 🙂

  • awdfsaefeaef

    Zelda looks ..Deadish, Link looks like a retard .. And Phi .. Wtf.. Awful. At least Ganon and Stalfos look good.

  • neos

    i watched these and im sorry but there just bad. the characters dont look good the movement is to computerized and details are just wrong. the faces look nothing like they should. but i do like designes for some buildings but thts about it.

  • Ukyo

    I feel like I'm watching an episode of Reboot.

  • Ale Bottle

    Why is everyone thumbing down Coloniser's comment? He's just agreeing with what the people said, or actually replying. I think we have a troll in our midst!

  • CJ!

    I've seen the one on youtube before. it's been forever so I don't remember all of it. just link runs into a castle and is in the chamber of the sages, fights gannon, then is at an alter in the woods where the master sword becomes enveloped in vines or something like that. but for a fan made it looked good and I'm lookin forward to seeing the rest.

  • SageofShadow

    I have to say, I love the wall behind the intro, with the skyward sword hylian on it, very well made, it looked literally etched into the wall. Can not wait for its release!

  • hyRULES

    looks like alot of work went into this, so kudos!
    Why did link throw his shield over the bridge into what is probably a bottomless pit?
    did'nt he think he might need it for battle?

    • Coloniser

      I get this a lot. It was meant to be a homage to the Spaceworld 2000 video. Don't worry, there'll be more sword action in the next movie! 😉

  • hyRULES

    Also, have to say i think fi looks so much better than she did in the actual game.

    • Coloniser

      I've had a few people say this and it surprises me…Fi was a rush job and I'm not as proud of her as I am Link or Ganondorf. But thanks! 🙂

  • fiercedeityfan

    dark link looks awesome

  • EraZ3712

    1. Link’s face looks a bit fat, and Ganondorf’s face looks so cute~~~

    2. The sword combat from the second video link definitely took some moves from the Star Wars series. I noticed several moves which I clearly remember seeing in Star Wars (the back->front sword block for one).

    3. Very nice animations, especially the creation of Hyrule sequence.

    Excited to see how the movie will turn out! ^^

    • Coloniser

      1. Agreed. I'm thinking it might be the lighting, but I'm going to look into it.
      2. I get this A LOT! My brother (the choreographer) has taken the comments onboard and developed a much better battle sequence for the next movie.
      3. Thank you!! 🙂

  • Darkstar

    I saw his first 2 videos and they were awesome! I'm glad he finally showed a preview of the finale, I've been waiting for 2.5 years since the encore. Good work Coloniser!

    • Coloniser

      Wow! Thanks for your patience!! 😀

  • Chris

    Had to stop watching. Super gross.

  • cookie monster

    I like it when fans make videos like these. I watch some in the past and sometimes I feel that when it comes to story telling and epicness, the fan can truly capture the moment better than Nintendo can.
    I think this is great.
    In my opinion I think the character models are not particularly pretty, and I would of liked the fight with Ganan and Link to be longer.
    Aside from that, I enjoyed watching it.
    It captured an interesting story waiting to be unraveled. I can't wait to see what comes next.
    Great Job Coloniser.

  • X-factor

    Looks amazing! only one complaint, there's something going on with Link's left eye. Beyond that one flaw that I can see the designs look incredible! When dark Link faded on to the screen, the way he looked and just who he was made me think "Oh, S***!" Awesome Dark Link 🙂

  • ZeldaLover

    its alright for a fan thing!

  • chacha

    So off-topic, but a bif fat FFFFUUUU @ the ads.

    • Coloniser

      Haha, AGREED!!

  • rickyspelbos

    Wow, if they ever decide to do a Zelda movie, they should use CG animation. WOW.
    No offense intended, but the only thing I don't like is the close-up of Link's face, he reminds me of something evil out of LotR, but the rest of it… wow. Very good job! Keep on doing this please! 😀

    • Coloniser

      Thanks. I intend to…! 😉

  • hjghgfy46

    This.. Is pretty bad…

  • Anon

    Link looks like he has down syndrome

    • Amethyst

      Wow. Just. Wow. That’s rude.

      I have to say, the sword fighting between Link and Ganon seemed to go very smoothly and I was impressed. I like it.

      • hjghgfy46

        Well he does lol

  • brian torres

    princess zelda needs work on the face just a little bitt not to be rude

  • brian torres

    i so agree with u

  • kauku

    I don’t really mind how link looks, I think its interesting how he was designed, Zelda however, looks like she’s been trapped in a dungeon and link forgot to save her.

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  • ErinRain

    I thought it was pretty good, but the character designs (mainly on link and zelda) needs a little work, link is a little more feminine then most males, and zelda kinda looks drained, but other than that pretty good.

  • I salute you,your the best nevermind those assholes who talkshit about your work…your one of a kind and your work looks so great.keep up!

  • please continue doing this work,…well wait for its completion.