A short, animated film from an animation intern working at Blue Sky Animation and another student who is now an employee of Jib-Jab and on her way to work as an an animator at Sony on a big Hollywood movie is getting a lot of attention online for its subject matter — LGBT love. Views for the film have grown by over 3M since.
The animated short, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design, follows a young man who fears being outed when his heart takes matters into its own hands and pops out of his chest to chase after his crush.
It was a labor of love that took about one and a half years, a Kickstarter campaign and a journey to Los Angeles, where they did a live recording of the score. They knew people were captivated by the film’s concept when donations surpassed their $3,000 goal, eventually reaching $14,000.
Perhaps one secret to the charm of “In a Heartbeat” is its simplicity: The story is told without words, just music and animation.
Directors: Esteban Bravo, Beth David
Writers: Esteban Bravo, Beth David
Stars: Nicholas J. Ainsworth, Kelly Donohue