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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

Just wow! I was almost crying.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is absolutely beautiful. I love every aspect of this movie, for instance: the cat getting saved and given a second chance, the cat adapting to it's environment and, I think the most beautiful of all, the moment the cat thinks "Why am I even running?", and gives in to the water at the end.
The best thing of all is that it's a cat! I find it beautiful to see how a cat could adapt to his environment and think in a human-like way. It really put things into perspective.
After all, we're ALL animals anyway.

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I'm very glad that you got that!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was beautiful and had me in tears just thinking about this actually existing!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

One of the most passionate and most beautifully portrayed animations I have ever seen. Inspirational in every essence of the word. 6 out of 6.