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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

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I am blown away by this... I logged in just to give you a 5. The emotion you have captured in this animation is incredible, especially with such a simple and unique style. The time you put into this animation definitely shows.



...so good...



a nice short movie, with a good idea behind it.
the animation was not always as smooth, but it all mingled and worked as a whole.



A good job, and I give it 4.5 Stars (My stars don't seem to be working?) I love your style, despite the blurryness, a tad sad that the Cat's arms are only a line often though. The only problem is that the transitions are not subtle at all, and the music comes to a crashing halt, instead of welling down.


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Views
102,040
Votes
4,916
Score
4.37 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
Genre
Action
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