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Hi Tumblr! Long time no see!

I’m excited to share the product of my absence!  For the past year, my thesis partner and good friend Esteban Bravo and I have been developing a computer animated short film, “In a Heartbeat,” for our senior thesis project at Ringling College of Art + Design. We are launching this Kickstarter to help cover the costs of hiring a professional composer and sound designer for our film!

“In a Heartbeat” follows an insecure middle school boy who has yet to come to terms with his sexuality. When he crosses paths with the most popular boy in school, his heart pops out of his chest to go after the boy of his dreams. Please visit the Kickstarter page for more development, information, and production artwork on the project!

We are currently mid-production, about to wrap on animation and begin lighting, rendering, and compositing the film, but we need YOUR help to make this film the best that it can be!  Any contribution helps, be it a donation or simply sharing the video and spreading the word!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! This film has been a true labor of love for us both and I am so excited to share the finished film with you this Spring!


The Heart: Headcanon

Headcanon that in the “In a Heartbeat” universe, your heart only pops out once it has found your soulmate.
That’s why Jonathan realized what was happening when Sherwin’s heart seeked out for him.
And that’s why Sherwin was so afraid of letting his heart go after Jonathan.


A huge thank you to all of our friends and family that have supported us for the past 4 years at Ringling, and the past year and a half especially while working on this film.  We’re happy to finally share with all of you our graduation film:

“Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou”

-Michelle and Mike


The thesis film that I’ve been working on with @boomalee for the past year is finally done! :) 


I’m not crying, you are crying!!

Originally posted by toqaahmed


My senior thesis animation!! :D

In a Heartbeat, Beth David & Esteban Bravo, 2017

Summary (no spoiler): A boy meets another boy. What happens when your heart goes mad?

Why you you and children should watch it: 

A lot of people already saw it, I know. But absolutely EVERY time I saw this video on FaceBook or that kind of social network, the top commentaries were people saying that children were now the new target of “homosexual creation”, that we should not expose children to that, etc, etc, etc. Exhausting. So, I’m going to explain here why you AND CHILDREN should watch this. First, this is a two students’s creation (Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida) and the technical aspects are really great: cute but not childish, simple but not basic, efficient and funny. And we should encourage creativity and students, no? Then, the music: discreet but present, it is a great choice for this kind of animated movie. I won’t speak longer about the technical parts (not because they do not deserve it but because I want to get to the center of the problem).

We get it: in this movie, a boy falls in love with another boy. SO. To the people who say we should not “expose” children to that, because “that’s not natural and you need a man and a woman to make a child” : homosexuality is a real thing, it’s as ancient as heterosexuality. And being gay does NOT immunise you from being a good parent (even if, that’s true, two boys/two girls cannot make a child). (And, just to say, “making a child” isn’t what everyone want, some people want but can’t (gay or not, one can be sterile…). If you want to protect children, do not use them as an excuse). “Yes, but I don’t want my children to see things sexual”: ok, so if you consider THIS movie is sexual in anyway, I think you will not allow your children to see any Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks movies… There is surely more sexual allusion in, I don’t know, Shrek (several characters have children and there are dirty jokes) than in In a Heartbeat. 

Yeeees, buuuuut I don’t want my children to be influenced”: so, this needs to be clear: you do NOT TURN SOMEONE GAY. With this movie, you won’t say to your child “Hey, being heterosexual is so 2000, be gay”, you will say “Listen, when you fall in love, you do not control. Absolutely not. And in this movie, you see, the little boy is judged by the others. That’s the wrong attitude: judging, not falling in love.”. I think we should teach children about respect, consent, about their right to say yes AND to say no. Not about judging others, dissimulate others. Opening the discussion will probably help children to ask, to seek for help. And children will be the people they’ll be: of course, one can guide them, help them in time of trouble etc, but you cannot control them entirely. Let them be themselves and happy: I think one should learn about respect more than about hetero/homosexuality.

It’s long, I hope it’s clear… Well, enjoy this movie!

When you should watch it: 

Right now, it’s a four-minutes animated movie. 

GIF not mine

Originally posted by yavileto


In a Heartbeat - Animated Short Film

I saw the trailers and was excited to see this… and I’m so glad I was able to… and now I share this beautiful film with others….