After releasing a trailer that received over 1.5 million views in May, the student film In A Heartbeat was released a few days ago and immediately won the hearts of the internet.
“In a Heartbeat” has now been viewed more than 2.8 million times and counting!
With a quality worthy of Pixar, Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two Computer Animation students at Ringling College of Art and Design more than quadrupled their original crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. The internet cannot get enough though and are demanding a full feature length movie!
David and Bravo said the response to their film has been “mind-blowing”. Speaking to MTV News, David said she couldn’t believe how many people had seen the video in such a short period.
“There’s fan art, and people are cosplaying it”, David said. “they’re sending us GIFs and edits. That’s crazy! We’re blown away, and it’s so exciting.”
Fan Art: “That’s when you know you’ve made something cool – when other artists draw your art”
“As artists, that’s when you know you’ve made something cool – when other artists draw your art”, Bravo added. They even created parody film posters:
Parody film posters:
The film is about a closeted boy named Sherwin, who’s heart literally escapes from his chest in pursuit of his crush. At the risk of his feelings being discovered by both his crush and the outside world, Sherwin must chase his heart and stop it before everything is revealed.
The film is just 4mins and has no dialogue; Which can be seen as a strength – you don’t need to understand English to understand the message of this movie: Love is Love.
“It was very important for both of us”, David said. “It resonated with us very personally. We always say to each other that it’s the kind of thing we wish we had when we were kids, something positive we wish we could have seen on screen”.
Third Culture is all about acceptance and tolerance for other people. At a time when still many people are afraid of being who they are, and trying to control feelings that are out of their control; a no-dialogue animation might help cause more positive change. Perhaps its not minds that need to be persuaded, but hearts that need to be moved.
You can watch the full short film here: