You can be anyone you want to be on social media. What you choose to portray to the world may be completely different than who you really are. You can filter all the bad parts out of your life and make the world envious of the life you lead. Case in point, I’ve had numerous people comment on how much fun I had in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo. They had seen all of the photos I had posted at parties and sightseeing, and my check-ins at various landmarks and bars. It really was a great time, but it was more work and exhaustion than fun and drinking.
What I didn’t post was the 20 hour days – working the trade show, running from meeting to meeting, writing, editing and then going back to the apartment we were staying in to work some more before getting ready to go to a networking event, and then falling into a lumpy pull out couch to grab as much sleep – usually three hours – before getting up and doing it again. I only showed you the fun parts.
How much do you filter your life on social media? What filters do you slap on that photo before you Instagram it? In the following short film released just in time for Halloween, director Matthew Rycroft gives us a creepy glimpse behind that Instagram photo. ‘HASHTAG NOFILTER’ is a creepy two-minute-short about a man in a basement creating a life on Instagram that is the complete opposite of reality. Posting under the account of a carefree girl named jennywanderlust, the man cuts out pictures and creates images to post along with cliche captions. The ominous, sing-song music paired with the shadowy lighting and the man in a wife beater tank top and sinister smile, makes this the perfect goosebumpy tale to start Halloween. Boo!
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