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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 cried.

This can be related to in many situations, and I can't think of a better way to convey it. Cat vs. Water is the ultimate fear, and this was made beautifully. Great fluid movement. Please, make more. :)


The Bird problly saved the kitty :3 Cause they are friends and the bird taught the kitty how to fish so it swooped down and picked up he kitty and the wave passed over :D

I can certianly see why this took such a long time to make. I had no idea you had created something so wonderful. What really strikes me as awesome about this is how you have shown such strong lines. You really showed us how an outline of a character can tell you a lot about him. I love the music and how fluid it moves the story along. Given the story's theme, it kind of moves fluidly literally.

I couldn't help but think that the cat looked like a rabbit in some parts. It's still a wonderful cartoon and something everyone should see. While it had no dialogue, I could still get into the story. Congrations on your success. You made something great!

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
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