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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


Very nice, very creative, I enjoyed watching it !! Really good work , the movements fo the cat , of the surroundings, great! Thanks for letting us watch it , every second was worth it :):)

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this a awsome,cool,amazeing video.

After watching this three times and spilling teardrops in-between and during each viewing, I can finally say I have composed myself to write a proper review, which this piece of art deserves.
Not much content ever drives me to write a review, which marks how incredible this 7 and half minute movie really is.

The artistic style of this is interesting, the detail of the background and the relative simplicity of the cat provide good contrast, much in the way how some of the movie is fluid, yet on other parts there is an intentional choppyness added. The way the characters were animated is superb, even though they are simplistic, they portray an immense amount of emotions.

Music is very well done. I would say the music is half of the story for this epic. Incredible is, that just like the animation, the music was simplistic, but it portrayed an incredible amount of emotion. It is a sign that the animation and music were a hundred percent in sync. I don't think the music or the animation could have carried their message without each other very well.

This movie is like a 3-hour movie epic, portraying love, trust, hope, adventure, tragedy and sadness, yet manages to do all that in mere seven and half minutes.

It really deserves a 5 out of 5 rating.

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gzilbalodis responds:

Glad you liked it! We worked very hard to incorporate the music fully in the story. Even when I was making the storyboards, I knew that I don't have to explain everything visualy and I can rely on the music to show the audience the story.

This is a masterpiece. If it was longer it would be even better.

The backgrounds were amazing. I still chuckle at how simple the characters are drawn in comparison.

A great little thing, but I don't quite get the ending. I guess it's a cliffhanger? :P

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4.37 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2012
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