When a boy is outed by his heart in animated short In a Heartbeat

When a boy is outed by his heart in animated short In a Heartbeat

0 comments 📅01 August 2017, 15:14

“Being gay is a subject that hasn’t been widely explored in computer animation,” says Esteban Bravo, one half of the duo behind the short film In a Heartbeat.

“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+,” adds co-creator Beth David.

In a Heartbeat had already gained attention when it began as a Kickstarter project back in November 2016 and was Bravo and David’s thesis film at Ringling College of Art and Design. They reached their goal of $3,000 within three hours and the campaign ended up with over $14,000. The finished short was uploaded on YouTube on 31 July and within 24 hours it has managed to go viral.

The synopsis reads, “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 short is a not so simple boy meets boy story. Boy has a crush, boy’s heart escapes from body to meet crush, boy’s heart gets… well, let’s not spoil it. But it’s an uplifting four minutes of animation that plays out with no dialogue whatsoever.

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