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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

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REDWOLF7REDWOLF7

Rated 5 / 5 stars

my friend you have great potential!
this was a great piece of art...


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stratosph3r3stratosph3r3

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is absolutely amazing! The music is fluid with the animation and the meaning behind the story is portrayed really well i love this!!



walawalowalawalo

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I really love your drawing style. The images were beautiful, and the animation fluent. The story was very simple and yet really captivates the audience, there was a nice rythm to it. i must also say that the music really adds to the story, it is a great add on. Overall a very nice short film, interesting to watch with amazing art. Good work!


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JimmyTheCaterpillarJimmyTheCaterpillar

Rated 5 / 5 stars

AMAZING.



Pulsar013Pulsar013

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic man - deserves nothing less than a 5


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