In November of 2016, Esteban Bravo and Beth David, then animation students at Ringling College of Art and Design, launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund their senior thesis project, a 3D short about a young boy whose anthropomorphized heart threatens to reveal his crush on a male classmate. Within just three hours, their project had been completely funded. By the time all was said and done, they had raised $14,191 — almost five times their original goal.

In its original conception as an idea proposed by another friend, the story of In A Heartbeat concerned a boy and a girl. But when Bravo and David took the project on together, they decided to take things in a different direction. “We thought it might be a much more personal story if we decided to make it about a same-gender crush,” David recounts. “After doing that, the story itself evolved really naturally; it came from a place that was a lot more honest and genuine for both of us. It’s the sort of story we wish we had when we were younger.”

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