Wednesday, 2 August 2017

'In a Heartbeat' the LGBT animated short that everyone is talking about

An LGBT animated short film went viral after its release this week, praised for its portrayal of a young boy experiencing his first crush.

Directed by Beth David and Esteban Bravo the short was released on Monday, and immediately people were wanting more than just the four minute offering.

The video now has over 3 million views on YouTube, leading David to call it "mind blowing" in an interview with MTV.

She added: "There's fan art, and people are cosplaying it. They're sending us GIFs. That's crazy! We're blown away and it's so exciting."

'In a Heartbeat' follows the story of Sherwin, a young boy who is yet to come out.

His heart literally comes out of his chest and chases Jonathan, the boy he has a crush on.

The story revolves around Sherwin tracking down his heart before it can reveal to Jonathan how he feels about him.

The short has absolutely no dialogue, but it's no necessary! It's a truly heartfelt piece of animation. You can watch it here:

The LGBT animation was created by David and Bravo for their senior year thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

They started pre-production in January 2016, so it's been well over a year in the making.

A Kickstarter Campaign was launched for it late last year, which resulted in $14,000 in donations, despite their initial goal only being $3,000.

The money was used to hire Arturo Cardelus, who has created the original score for the film, they also hired sound designer Nick Ainsworth.

All young people should see this video, as it shows that gay relationships do happen and they're completely natural.

Education is the key! When I was growing up I didn't feel represented at all, and I think seeing something like this, would have made me feel better and actually feel represented, rather than "weird" or "strange".

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