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Jun 11, 2012 | 3:44 PM EDT
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A cat wakes up surrounded by water and must learn to survive.

This has been my passion project for the last year an a half. It started as vague ideas of a cat, ocean and overcoming fear. Then through numerous battles with the script it shaped up to something similar you can see now. After seven drafts I felt that it was ready to start storyboarding, but the film kept evolving all the way until the sound mix was done. I kept learning about filmmaking everyday, going through all of the different processes.
I chose the cat as the main character mainly to save time with exposition, because people know that generally cats are afraid of water. So I could just jump right into action. Plus cat is a fairly small creature and the ocean seems even bigger to him. And of course cats are much easier to draw than humans.
The music is by my friend Bertrams Pauls Purviskis who helped a great deal to tell the story the way it was intended. Music had a lot of to convey in very little time and it came out much better than I could have ever expected.
I have been delaying the release for quite some time, because as I learned by making it, a lot of mistakes made earlier when I did not have the experience had to be remade from scratch. I am glad it is finally done and I can show it to the world.

Software: Photoshop, Toon Boom Animate Pro, After Effects, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Brushes app
Hardware: iMac, Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos 4, iPod touch
Other: Also made a clay model of the cat and miniatures of the boat and the tree



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very good. Loved everything about it, especially the ending, the subtle hint of the cat accepting and taking on the inevitable.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very awesome animation. "Give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime."


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is the first video that I have seen in the 5 years I have been visiting Newgrounds that left me wanting to post a comment. This was simply put the most moving piece of art that I have ever had the honor of viewing. Quite simply put, this changed my life. You have talent so far beyond other animators that I almost have a hard time believing it. This video is perfect and you should be famous. There is nothing negative I can possible think of to say.

I hope the cat lived.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

LOVED the music.


Rated 5 / 5 stars