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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

._. lil kitty


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. this is truly an incredible animation. the imagery and music tell the story even better thatn words can, while still keeping it simple. the end was depressing (to me, cuz im a softie). 5 stars


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I loved it! This obviously took a really long time to make because of the style of animatings, and with all of the crazy, shaky camera views. I also enjoyed the plot, and the fact that it's really long. I enjoy long newgrounds films rather than short ones. The only thing that I didn't like about it was the loading bar. Normally I enjoy the pre-loader rather than the constant loader because it lags a lot less, and it's not as glitchy. This has got to be my favourite animation, and it took a lot of hard work and time, so I think you deserve 5 stars.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

simply amazing stuff man luvd the art and th special fx do u have n e other movies or stuff 4 me 2 watch?

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not yet


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I know this is a review and im suposed to write about technical stuff but, i dont know how to do animations, much less like this, then i will just say this.. Beautiful, Touching, Inspiring.

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