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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


To do that in flash i cant even begin to imagine the work you'd put in to it. Dedication is a virtue.

gzilbalodis responds:

I actually used many different software. See the description.

The EXACT same thing happened to me on the way in to work this morning, it's uncanny.

no idea what to say, but i know damn well it earns more then 4 stars

awesome! Really digged the story and visuals, keep up the beautiful work :3

I'm curious if the framerate is suppose to be like that. It's not that it really bothered me, I'm just wondering if it's my computer or the animation itself.

But truthfully, this was still great.

gzilbalodis responds:

The framerate varies from 24fps to 12fps. I used that for both to save time inbetweening and to emphasize something important. When the framerate slows down you take notice and the moment feels stronger. This has been used often in live action filmmaking. See Slumdog Millionaire, Saving Private Ryan or Gladiator for example.

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Jun 11, 2012
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