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Old 05-01-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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Cult of the Damned is the first drama in Warcraft III cinematics. It tells the story of an outcast of society and the troubles he faces as he reconsiders his future. Stephen lives in the fictional city of Atraymath in Lordaeron. CotD is five parts or acts long, just like one of Shakespeare's tragedic dramas. It took a year and a half to create and release all five parts.

The first ideas for the story began back early spring of 2003. I was playing one of those "movie-maker" maps on Battle.net. I thought, wouldn't it be cool to make a horror type movie about a family trying to escape from the cult of the undead, and the sheer fear and danger they would face. For several weeks this idea ruminated in my head as I worked to complete my cinematic Encaliel for a contest at Wc3Campaigns. Encaliel was not very well-received; it received second place out of three entries. However, summer was approaching and I was ready to take on a bigger and better project. The real inspiration for Cult of the Damned came from Romeo and Juliet in my 9th grade English class. I decided to apply the plot structures of Shakespeare and turn my idea into a tragic drama.

I began the actual work for Cult of the Damned several weeks before summer started. I wanted to write a story and then make the cinematic. I wrote up through the third scene of Act One before I abandoned it and jumped right into creating the terrain. My plan was to complete all five acts over the summer and release them together. I quickly made progress on Act One, using the knowledge of the World Editor that I had acquired with Encaliel. At some point, I realized that this project was not just going to be a quick little step to better my cinematic making skills. Terraining and testing began to involve more and more time, as I sought higher results. I began Act Two right after the completion of Act One. I had attained hosting at the bustling modding communities of Warcraft III Campaigns and Warcraft III ModForge. Warcraft III modding and cinematics were in their golden age and I was part of it.

As I made more progress on Act Two and gained a fair amount of publicity and popularity, I turned my sights against DaemonKillar, creator of Creatures of the Night. Since parts one and two of his series revealed the possibilities of cinematic making with Warcraft III, it had been my goal to compete with him and create cinematics equal or better to his. However, as I neared the completion of Act Two, my inspiration and drive in the project felt like they were grinding to a halt. I nearly gave up on the project there, but I managed to complete Act Two. Diverting from my original plans, I released Acts One and Two together. I received a lot of positive and ecstatic feedback from the community, and quickly started on Act Three.

Then things began to fall apart. I lost hosting at Warcraft III Campaigns after a battle over my dual-site hosting. Some people were beginning to leave the community and I really did not have a concrete plan for the rest of the story for CotD. The first several scenes of Act Three were very hard for me to complete. It was nearly winter, over half a year since I began the project. I was half-way through Act Three, the cathedral scene, and I was ready to quit. Cinematic making was turning into a long, difficult and tedious task, it had almost lost its fun factor since Act Two. For some reason, I finally realized something: this is what I wanted to do in life, express myself through movie-making. So I threw "cinematic-making" aside and set my self free to make a movie. I never really lost inspiration again throughout the rest of the project. I had low points and high points, but the end of Act Three and Acts Four and Five were completely different and better from their predecessors. I released the last three acts separately. Each was greatly lauded by the dwindling community.

On November 22, 2004, I released Act Five and brought the map-making portion of the Cult of the Damned project to an end. I have only mentioned a small portion of everything that went into the project. A lot of credit must go to the dedicated fans and beta testers of CotD and all my fellow map-makers that helped me along the way. Cult of the Damned has shaped my goals for my career and has been an experience that will be with me and influence me for the rest of my life.

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Part 1 (Runtime: 10 min)
Part 2 (Runtime: 11 min)
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Part 4 (Runtime: 13 min)
Part 5 (Runtime: 15 min)

It's truly a pleasure to bring this classic cinematic series back to Wc3Campaigns one more time.

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Old 05-01-2006, 04:09 PM   #2
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Truely remarkable. Perfect imo.
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Old 05-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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Wonderful, thanks so much Zurg for allowing us to host these for you once again!!
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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OHHHHH MY GODNESSS!!!!!! I always wanted to see that cinematics, I'm anxious to see them.
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Can't wait untill I have time to watch 'em.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:31 PM   #6
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Zurg you brought a whole new meaning to cinematics, you saw a new road, a road no one could have imagined without this series. You, without a doubt, get 5 stars (since you see this as a movie not a cini :P)

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Old 05-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #7
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Some of those screenies are wonderful, they have the atmosphere of a painting.

*Sigh* 10+ mb per chapter... it will take a whole day to download one.
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:38 AM   #8
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Ahhhhhh...
CotD.
Almost perfect, except for some occasionally dodgy voice acting (though it's still the best in any fanmade cinematic yet).
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:01 AM   #9
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I give you golden stars for a job well done, as has been said before numerous times you HAVE sewn a new path for all those that wish to follow, well done!
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:41 PM   #10
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Finally! Thanks Zurg! Gonna watch them right away (again)!
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Old 05-04-2006, 04:35 AM   #11
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great drama! after seeing this, i think we can make a film with we =P
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:11 PM   #12
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Zurg you must know tat i look at you as a light tat i follow in the movie making path. Your Cotd is sure the best cinematic of all time, i have not seen any cinematic tat is better. You are just too good.
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Could you use that instead of tat? It's anoying and makes your post hard to read :P.
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Old 05-05-2006, 01:46 AM   #14
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I loved this series even if some parts were a little slow. And the long download hurt a bit, but its all good. <3

btw if it wasnt for cotd i would of never found wc3 campaigns.
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w00t! just downloaded them now, and lucky me, i have a good connection, took me about 10 seconds each! yay! going to watch them now! yay!
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