Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two seniors at Ringling College of Art and Design studying Computer Animation have made a short film in their thesis project which is winning hearts of people all over the internet. “In a Heartbeat”, a short film about a closeted young boy follows his heart and chases the boy of his dreams.
In the film the boy’s heart pops out of his chest to express his feelings. Esteban quite rightly says that there hasn’t been a movie, or even a big animated film in which the main character is gay and the subject of being gay is addressed. That motivated the duo to make an animation film about a subject that deserved attention.
In that way a little bit more understanding and awareness of the experience of being gay could be explored by the now ready web audience the director feels.
The makers did not want their audience to be restricted by a language bar or resort to subtitles where a little to lot goes away in translation.
As a solution, the young filmmakers made he characters emote their thoughts and ideas through pantomine a technique by which the story can be universally understood.