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Jun 11, 2012 | 3:44 PM EDT
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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



Rated 5 / 5 stars

beautiful, absolutely stunning animations and overall a great movie


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Why do so many great animations come from Poland?

gzilbalodis responds:

I'm not from Poland. I'm from Latvia.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Everything was beautiful, I was very surprised to see a masterpiece like this.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I rewatched it, because I wanted to make it clea to me if the cat can survive, maybe trough the bird in the background?
It leaves us like that ... with hope and with the feeling of beeing doomed because of beeing outchanced. Rich and stunning emotions, that people need to know.

Lessons and experiences, empathy and joy, that is what you gave. Stunning

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great Cat Lord, the paranoia! That was awesome, but i got too carried away with the story, I found myself filling my lungs and keeping from breathing every time he got off the boat! The graphics were just amazing, so simple yet effective, and I totally loved the lights in the very beginning. I don't know how to go on without spoiling, so i'll just cut the transmissions and congratulate with you for this great work!
P.s. I forgot to mention the soundtrack, really enjoyable and fitting with the quietness... and the action! Total respect Sir