Freddie Mercury LOVE ME LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW
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Animators Esteban Bravo and Beth David said of making this short film, “We wanted to tell a story that was relevant to Freddie's life, but not explicitly about him. The AIDS crisis of the 1980s is a huge part of LGBT+ history, and it's something that we knew needed to be handled with care. It's a fine line to walk between shedding light on a subject, and perpetuating a stigma, and we were cautious not to lean into tropes and stereotypes that might hurt the modern understanding of the AIDS virus, rather than help it.
In researching the HIV/AIDS virus and the way it affects the body's immune system, we were inspired to take a look at the story through a more microscopic lens. It is a love story between two white blood cells, one of which has become infected by the virus. This perspective gave us a more direct visual representation of our conflict, which allowed us to explore the more nuanced struggles the characters face in their relationship with each other, their perceptions of themselves, and society's perception, bias, and neglect of them.
The LGBT+ community fought for years for the right to proper research and healthcare, and because of that fight, millions of lives have been saved. We wanted to celebrate that victory. Through perseverance, strength, and love, our characters not only survive, but live long, healthy lives together.”
The track 'Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow' is taken from the ‘Never Boring’ box set out 11th October.
Music Video Credits
Commissioner - Universal Music Group
Beth David & Esteban Bravo
Friends Electric & Woodblock
Belinda Blacklock, Ilija Brunck, Jona Brunck, Stefan Michel
Storyboard & Animatic
Esteban Bravo, Beth David
Benedikt Hummel, Janina Putzker
Animation & Clean-Up Artists
Janina Putzker, Kim-Quy Nguyen, Heidi Yilun Chen, Sonia Melnyk, Laura Staab, Elena Walf, Sabine Koops, Nora Marie Back, Isabelle Piolat, Kim Liersch
Samuel Rassy, Carlotta Biesenbach, Nora Marie Back, Elena Walf, Sonia Melnyk
Sarah Eim, Thorsten Löffler, Tobias Stärk