Soon after realizing he is not a ship and could never swim to the island, he discovers what he actually is - a bird-lantern. instead of swimming, he starts lifting up. Cutting pace is , again, suggested by music.
I'll use this single post to upload all the animations for my latest animated short - Ivan the Bird.
I'm moving into the third act and this is the point in the story where Ivan sinks instead of floating to the Island. After understanding that he grows into sadness. The very last shots move to the point of discovery , that he is in fact a sky-lantern: