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


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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impressive. I watched your film many years ago, and everytime I see, i drop a tear,,,, Wonderful fork, keep the hard work!.

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The cat should have eaten the bird.

...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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Its one of my favorite videos for last 2-3 years, great animation, simple story, nice music and seems it created with the soul.
Definitely 5/5

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Nice to hear. Thanks!

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
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