View Full Version : Battle Legends Episode 1 A Cel-Shaded Short Film

09-18-2011, 09:39 AM
Hello there, my name is Leo Tierney and I have recently completed a short CG film that may interest you all called Battle Legends!

'Battle Legends' is an original story of two young gamers who, against their will, are transported back to a fantastical time with orcs, paladins and dragons, only equipped with their brains and skills to help them survive. It then chronicles their tales as they attempt to get back home or stay.

In this short film I tried to recreate the original feel of 90s anime cartoons that some of us grew up with, but instead of using hand drawn images I created everything with 3d cel shades to give the illusion of 2d images.

I have designed a poster to help promote the film which can be found here -

UPDATE - Battle Legends Episode One is now available on the Machinima Youtube Channel and is available for viewing here -


Enjoy the film!

09-18-2011, 01:03 PM
I really, really enjoyed it. I like the style of graphics, something that's a little different from modern TV shows today. The voice acting was quite bad at many parts, but was pretty good at others. The plot seems to be decent so far. Are you designing this alone?

09-21-2011, 12:14 PM
Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'll try and have the voice acting improved for the next episodes :p And yes I am creating this alone, I sometimes bounce ideas off of other people, but the writing, modelling, animating, etc is done by me. Except the music which is created by Scott Morgan.

09-21-2011, 04:40 PM
I figured you were designing it alone; so far you are doing a good job. How long have you been working on Battle Legends?

09-27-2011, 11:13 AM
Thanks! :D
I first came up with the idea about 2 years ago and spent a year, on and off, working out ideas and coming up with rough scripts for the entire series. I then spent another year, in between my full time job, working on Episode One.

10-13-2011, 10:21 AM
I just thought that I should let everyone know that Battle Legends Episode One has been taken onboard by Machinima! And is now available on the Machinima Youtube Channel at - Battle Legends: Episode One (Machinima) - YouTube (http://youtu.be/wMC6CcOvVvU)

10-17-2011, 10:58 PM
What did you use to create this? I like the story and the characters, except for the monsters because they rest of them looks alike :)

10-18-2011, 09:48 AM
I'm happy you enjoyed the film, thanks for commenting! :)
The programs I used to create this were Lightwave3D, Adobe After Effects, Adobe PremierePro and CubaseSX.
Thanks again!

10-18-2011, 11:54 PM
Is it possible to create this in Autodesk Maya? You're welcome!

Pure Lucidity
10-19-2011, 02:44 AM
wow your video is freaking amazing LOL i want to see what happens next XD

11-01-2011, 03:29 AM
Sorry for the late reply, yes I'm sure its possible to create cel shaded work in Maya, you'll have to look into it.
I'm glad you like it, Pure Lucidity! I'm currently working on Episode Two and will let you all know when it is released!