When animation students Beth David and Esteban Bravo of Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida were given a college project, they decided to create something special that could send a message to both young and the older generation. The two decided to create something that they wish they could see when they were little kids. Last December, after successfully raising over $14,000 for the project, Beth and Esteban created the short film ‘In a Heartbeat’. The clip was released in Spring and instantly went viral gaining millions of views and appreciation.
“The original pitch was a story between a boy and a girl,” David said. “But it wasn’t until we made it about a same-gender crush that the idea really started to take form and resonate with Esteban and I. We realized that we had something that could potentially be really special to us.”
“There have been a few nods to the LGBTQ community in recent children’s programming … but it’s very rare that an LGBTQ character is given the spotlight,” Bravo said. “Especially in a medium like animation that is predominantly geared towards children and family.”
Both Beth and Esteban shared their experiences with each other after which they came with the idea of creating same sex characters.
Check out the viral short film ‘In a Heartbeat’ below.