After teaming up with each other for their thesis project, students Beth David and Esteban Bravo recently finalized and released their short animated film, “In a Heartbeat.” Even though the film is only four minutes long, and includes no dialogue, it’s touching the hearts of so many people, and here’s why…
With a reach of over 3 million+ views in just one day, this short animated film, “In a Heartbeat,” directed by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, is putting people in touch with their emotional side.
As part of their thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design, David and Bravo collaborated for a year to bring this project to life. The short animated film tells the story of “a closeted boy that 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,” as Bravo explained in an Instagram post. Considering that it’s “very rare that an LGBTQ character is given the spotlight, especially in a medium like animation that is predominantly geared towards children and family,” David and Bravo told NBC they wanted to create a short film representative of not only the LGBTQ community, but specifically of LGBTQ children within that community.
After participating in their school’s annual student juried exhibition, David and Bravo’s short film received the Juror’s Gold Award, which was a huge honor and overwhelming accomplishment for them both.
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But the Juror’s Gold Award isn’t the only thing David and Bravo are excited about receiving, they are overwhelmed with happiness by the response they’re getting from audiences.
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“As artists, that’s when you know you’ve made something cool — when other artists draw your art,” Bravo told MTV.
Fans are showing David and Bravo their appreciation for “In A Heartbeat” in different art forms including freehand drawings…
You can’t forget about the memes.
Even though this was only a four-minute clip, there’s no doubt that “In a Heartbeat” is giving people all the feels.
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Thank you David and Bravo for a beautiful and touching short film animation. 🙌🏾💗