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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

Great art for the back grounds, the style of the characters made me laugh a bit, kinda like a kid drew them. Nice story though, didn't quite understand the end, but it hit me with a ray of emotions and curiousity. Keep it up.

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gzilbalodis responds:

I am a kid so that makes sense.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

brilliant good graphics and nice i like it


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Man, this made me want to write a sermon and use this video as an illustration, man this was great. The animation was so moving. (You wouldn't mind that would you?)


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

i just did not like it, sorry


Rated 5 / 5 stars

The backgrounds were amazing. I still chuckle at how simple the characters are drawn in comparison.

A great little thing, but I don't quite get the ending. I guess it's a cliffhanger? :P