There aren’t many gay-themed computer animated LGBT-themed short films, and so In A Heartbeat is something a bit special. Many others have agreed, as after it launched a Kickstarter in the hope of raising $3,000 in the hope of finishing the short off, in ended up smashing that target and instead getting over $14,000 worth of pledges.
Esteban Bravo and Beth David from the Ringling College of Art are the filmmakers behind the project, which will be three to four minutes long when complete. In the short, ‘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.’
Bravo says, “Being gay is a subject that hasn’t been widely explored in computer animation. Nine out of ten LGBT youths have reported incidences of bullying based on their orientations and identities.”
David adds, “We want to put out a message of love and self acceptance to all the kids and young people who struggle to identify as LGBT+ just like Sherwin does.”
Bravo continue, “The heart wants what the heart wants, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Take a look at the cute trailer below. In A Heartbeat is expected to be released online for free sometime this summer.