Recently uploaded to YouTube, the animated short film "In a Heartbeat" has been getting a lot of attention. Generating over five million views to date and listed as number two on YouTube's trending tab. Created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo and produced at Ringling College of Art and Design, the short film helps boost the notion that LGBTQ content is appropriate for kids, despite YouTube being alleged of censoring LGBTQ content with their restriction feature for being non-family friendly. Giving an innocent and inspiring story to a community that seems to be constantly "overly sexualized".
The film begins and we are greeted with beautiful long-shot of a red brick school building. With Sherwin, a young red haired boy dashing into the scene, panicked and jumping into the bushes. With the viewers discovering moments later that Sherwin has feelings for a boy that attends his school, Jonathan, who is the most popular kid in school.The rest of the short film plays out Sherwin's journey in chasing down the boy of his dreams.
The overall animation is clean and smooth, with stunning mix of high-res and blurred scenery. The main story is portrayed perfectly only using cartoon exaggerated expressions and emotions. With background music that helped shape the mood of the scenes and emotions of the audience, but didn't distract from the main story. Giving "In a Heartbeat" a 4.9 of 5 rating from Fotisi.