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


You are a very talented artist through and through. The artwork is phenomenal, the story is easy to get sucked into, and the music plays nicely into the film. Bravo, and I hope you will be putting some of the artwork in the film into the art portal. :3

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Poor cat nowhere to go exept where the boat will go CUTE was all I could think

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This was really good and I enjoyed it, it really looked and sound peaceful and was a good work of art.

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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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``Beautiful background artwork, decent story and mostly fluent, dynamic animation which , together with the sheer lenght of the movie, justifies the rather minimalistic character design.

I was especially impressed by your use of blurr, lighting and camera shake effects to transport the idea of subjective motion of both the characters and the viewer as well as the environment.

Keep going, You got some serious talent!``

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the framerate was still very low at some parts :( didnt enjoy those

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
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