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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 4 / 5 stars

You have some stunning visuals in there, everything's looking super beautiful and I love how you really succeeded in making the water/ocean feel extremely "water-ish", which probably is one of the hardest things in animation.

Only thing that bothered me is, that in the end it turns out to be a looping film. For me personally, loops always take a way alot from the film illustrating a "special event/adventure" that should only happen once to stay unique.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

just beautiful!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think you've made something really special here.
The music complimented the storyline amazingly, and your artwork was so unique!
If you'd had dialogue I think it would have only hindered the overall essence of your work.
I really enjoyed this :)

gzilbalodis responds:

Yes, I think there is too much dialogue in a lot of movies. I prefer more visual storytelling.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Haven't seen this style of animation before. Nicely done! The story is also just wonderful.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

excellent work.

one thing i especially noticed was the lighting and flare effect shift when the cat was up high in the air (with the bird)

very cool looking.