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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 5 / 5 stars

This would mean alot to those affected by tsunamis. I was personally involved in several tsunami incidents over the past 3 years and this definitely hit home. Thank you for making this.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

OMG! That was awsome! How did you do that? Did you draw all that? What kinds of software did you use? That was amazing! Perfect 5/5 XD

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I tried to explain that in the description.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow, it makes one think so deeply. This is one impressive flash. The video has quality, in a form, beyond others.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

...and in seven minutes, you created a more touching, emotional and powerful story about a cat and an ocean than Life of Pi did in 401 pages of novel and 127 minutes of cinematography. I congratulate you. Absolutely beautiful.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Everything was beautiful, I was very surprised to see a masterpiece like this.