In a Heartbeat is a new gay animated short film created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two Computer Animation majors at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Last year, Bravo and David launched a Kickstarter to raise $3,000 for their thesis project.
“This film is not only a culmination of our four years of education and hard work at the college, but also an expression of a subject that has not been explored in computer animation,” David and Bravo wrote. “It’s a film that deals with a real and personal topic in a very sweet and lighthearted way and we are so excited to be able to share it with you!”
$14,000 and six months later, they have released the first trailer for In a Heartbeat.
And it is adorable.
“A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams,” the description for the trailer reads.
“Our film follows Sherwin, an insecure middle school boy was has yet to come to terms with his sexuality, explains Bravo in the video for their Kickstarter. “When he crosses paths with Jonathon, the most popular boy in school, Sherwin’s heart pops out of his chest to go after the boy of his dreams.”
David continues, “Now, he must chase after his heart before it reveals his true feelings to Jonathon and the entire school.”
“Being gay is a subject that hasn’t been wildly explored in computer animation,” the animators explain. “Nine out of ten LGBT youths have reported instances of bullying based on their orientations and identities in the past year.”
“We want to put out a message of love and self-acceptance to all the kids and young people who struggle to identify with LGBT+, just like Sherwin does.”
The creators of the gay animated short film add, “The heart wants what the heart wants, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”