One of the most difficult aspects of short film-making is conveying the message in a short span of time. Taking just roughly 4 minutes, the animated In A Heartbeat presents a unique take on gay boys.
Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two seniors at Ringling College of Art and Design studying Computer Animation have made this short film in their thesis project about a closeted young boy follows his heart and chases the boy of his dreams.
What’s WOW? The entire concept of the film deserves applause. The film’s message is best conveyed in an animated and no-dialogue format. The music is really the hero of In A Heartbeat and manages to excite, scare and move the audiences without any dialogues or subtitles. The animation of the heart is so endearing and lovely.
What’s Blah? There’s hardly anything that we didn’t like about the short film. If anything, we are wondering what happened to the apple. Any guesses?
Parting Shot: The film has done a commendable job of showcasing the fear of the LGBT community. One feels so connected with the two boys and that is something difficult to achieve in an animation. Kudos to Beth and Esteban!
Director and Producer: Beth David & Esteban Bravo
Duration: 4.05 mins
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