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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


One the most impressive animations on Newgrounds. I love films that can tell so much story without a single word of dialogue.

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Absolutely unequivocally impressive. Thank you so much for all the work that went into this piece. One of the greatest animations I can recall, truly stunning. This is what makes newgrounds special. Once again, thank you.

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gzilbalodis responds:

Thanks for the nice review!

The animation is impressive. I haven't seen anyone in the portal with such a particular style. Though I think the music deserves a way better recording (i'd love to hear real instruments instead of VST's for instance). Soundffx are beautiful, and done properly.
I would love to see more of this. Is there more? :)

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This move reminds me of the visuals from life of pi

Loved the music and the animation, definetly you worked hard on it, great job

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
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