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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

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i don't have any words for this except ... epic



Now thats what I call a story.



Absolutely great. From all the generic, mediocre films put on Newgrounds this on really sticks out for two main reasons: the animation which is unique and wonderful and the touching story. You can really see that you put a lot of effort into this movie. I also like the fact that this film is 7 1/2 minutes long, which is about twice as long than most movies on this site, because that really lets you just get sucked in by the atmosphere and plot, while also letting you grow attached to the characters, as little as there are. All in all it's one of the best I've seen on Newgrounds so far. Keep 'em coming!


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That was an excellent movie. I didn't know what to expect when it started, but by the end, I was very moved. The cat and seagull were great characters, and the music was perfect. Even without any voice acting, the story was conveyed very well. Overall, this is a beautiful piece of art.


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Views
102,025
Votes
4,915
Score
4.37 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 11, 2012
3:44 PM EDT
Genre
Action
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  • Frontpaged June 12, 2012
  • Daily 2nd Place June 13, 2012
  • Weekly 4th Place June 13, 2012