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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 really did enjoy this and you managed to draw a really adorable cat haha by the end I was screaming RUN KITTY! haha
I also enjoyed your attention to shadows and the use of colors

BEAUTIFUL!! :D This is just too amazing for words.

great piece man! honestly cant think of one thing wrong with it. love the way you sent your message.
btw, have you heard of the wild cats in the maldive islands? they're known for swimming out in the ocean and catching fish, people pay a lot of money to go see them do it! this really reminded me of it. =) again, beautiful work

gzilbalodis responds:

Might have been useful before I made this as research. Thanks, I'll look into it.

Wow, This is some very unique artwork. I love it! I agree with the others I am glad you will be continuing with this sort of work. It is just amazing! I rarely ever & I mean I may have written 1 or 2 reviews in the past...but this is just phenomenal. Keep up the great work!

(O_O)WOW that really got me hooked knowing that u r making more is awsome!

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Jun 11, 2012
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