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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.

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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 4.5 / 5 stars

I can certianly see why this took such a long time to make. I had no idea you had created something so wonderful. What really strikes me as awesome about this is how you have shown such strong lines. You really showed us how an outline of a character can tell you a lot about him. I love the music and how fluid it moves the story along. Given the story's theme, it kind of moves fluidly literally.

I couldn't help but think that the cat looked like a rabbit in some parts. It's still a wonderful cartoon and something everyone should see. While it had no dialogue, I could still get into the story. Congrations on your success. You made something great!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


Wait. . . what happens to the cat? Did the wave die down or did the cat give up running?


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Despite the non-ending, which in itself was kind of an ending... after reading your description and realizing part of the idea is the conquering of fear.

Amazing, I couldn't tear myself away. Thank you for all your hard work. And congratulations.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is a masterpiece. If it was longer it would be even better.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice, very creative, I enjoyed watching it !! Really good work , the movements fo the cat , of the surroundings, great! Thanks for letting us watch it , every second was worth it :):)

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