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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.

My Blog: http://gzilbalodis.tumblr.com/

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

Reviews


TheFinjaminTheFinjamin

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Epic. The story was told amazingly with no words, the animation was beautiful along with the music. The story was downed in emotion, and it almost brought a tear to my eye.


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XSANXSAN

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was a very creative story! I can imagine what it took to make this! You used the software to its fullest abilities in this, and I think that you will make even GREATER short films in the future. Honestly, I grew teary-eyed at your work, this was beautiful. In the beginning where the cat is on top of the tree holding for dear life, I felt like it was going to be about the amazon rainforest because of so much water; I remember seeing little bunnies on trees like that >.<

Anyways, this was so awesome! Please take your time with the next one, I want to see the hard efforts you'll make ! (:



ninjakoyuki565ninjakoyuki565

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Simple. Very good I was entertained.



dragonflamesmediadragonflamesmedia

Rated 5 / 5 stars

what a peaceful yet inticing piece. By relying on the song, you kept the audience captivated, as it potrayed the curriosity and playfulness of a cat. Well done. I wis there was a sequal


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darman92darman92

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Simply a beautiful and poetic flash. Haven't seen one like this in awhile. I love the simplicity. Keep up the good work!