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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

This was awesome! You captured everything beautifully. The lighting and colours where fantastic and true to life. The movement of the cat and the bird where wonderfully observed and it shows. I also really like the way that the colours used for the figures changes as the day goes on which really emphasises the effect that the environment has on them. And that the brush strokes are very varied depending on the texture of what you are drawing like the waves at the end had very rough brushstrokes making them seem turbulent whereas the cat was animated using smooth brush strokes showing the dampened fur. The storyline was simple but beautiful. I also like how the shaky camera view above water on the boat and tree drastically changes into smooth movements below water.
Aw man I got shivers down my spine. You animate in a unique rough and natural way which I think needs to be recognised. You should make this your career if you haven't yet. Theres no doubt. WOW.

gzilbalodis responds:

Thanks man, great words! I will make it a career someday, I'm still in school.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Truly an emotional piece of work with magnificent art. Every aspect of this animation was beautifully done. This creation effectively reflects the concept of adaptation and evolution. Bravo, for a wonderful animation.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A very beautiful animation. i really like the style and illustration's to this. Havent seen anything this unique in a while. Great job.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

It kind of reminded me of that book "Life of Pi"

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gzilbalodis responds:

Absolutely! My favourite book, it had a great influence on me.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing!Just pure hard work,sweat (i hope you didnt acctually sweat on your pc), and elbow grease! (the grease is what made it taste wonderful... just liek the five yummy lard made cookies of review im about to give you!)

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gzilbalodis responds:

I have a Mac.