Aqua HD

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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


Very nice and artistic film. I didn't really understand the end...

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your animation style is amazing. simple yet intricate. rough but refined. All around good story and animation and the music went well with it all

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i loved this. the animation was gorgeous. the music was too, it really went well with the film.

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I really liked the artwork, it was a great piece of animation. I only have 2 critiques. My attention was in the piece for the first 5 minutes, then at the 5 minute mark I was snapped out of it with the question of "Where is this going?". Second, at the end of the piece I'm left with the thought of "That was nice, but what was it about? What was the message?". You list in your comments that it is about overcoming fear, but the last few minutes don't leave me with a sense of that being the moral of the story.

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Beautifully classy animation, wonderfully touching story, amazingally complimentary music. I generally loved this short film. bye god, you did a great job.

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
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