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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


Simply a beautiful and poetic flash. Haven't seen one like this in awhile. I love the simplicity. Keep up the good work!

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

gzilbalodis responds:

not yet

Really incredible work here! The art style is beautiful and deep, and the music is simply perfect and astounding.
The story reminds me very much of a short story by H. P. Lovecraft where a man finds himself in an impossibly endless black sea. I forget the name of the story, but for some reason, this seemed very reminiscing of that, which I really liked :)
Very well done.

gzilbalodis responds:

I haven't read that, but I'll remember to somdeay.

This is absolutely amazing in every way.

Is there any way to get the music from it?

Amazing music, amazing effects. Just incredible.... Wow :')

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Jun 11, 2012
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