When Instagram Meets Fiction

When Instagram Meets Fiction | Design Made Happy

Marie Antoinette (2006), Marie Antoinette

What would Marie Antoinette post? If you’re wondering what the last queen of France, widely known for her unparalleled vanity, would post in Instagram – a platform that showcases the best of our angles, head on (see what we did there?) to INSTAFICTION! A growing selection of fictional Instagram feeds curated by our beloved fictional characters from all sorts of media (mainly movies, TV series, anime and cartoons) regularly posted at Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Instafiction is created by Mac Andre Arbodela (a.k.a @asshulz at Facebook and Twitter), a 20-year-old Development Communication student of UP Los Baños who dabbles in the creative milieu of UP Film Circle, The Graphic Literature Guild, and art collective Magpies; he also curates #MondayMovieJams  and regularly grace the (internet) world with his wittiness at http://asshulz.com. He found the perfect co-admin in Chari Cabria (a.k.a @psychofied / @glitterpenisu), a 21-year-old art student who contribute tweets about movies she takes forever to finish because of her short-attention span and screen capping life-habit.

It all started when Andre was captivated by Serial Experiments Lain, a 1998 avant-garde anime known for its philosophical-conspiracy themes, where he accumulated tons of screenshots after being engrossed with its hauntingly poetic cinematic style which he described in an email interview: “Its style is slow, and it shows a lot of stills of skies, trains, buildings, people, food…it was so beautiful, it felt like I was walking around the Japanese suburbs in real life!” After thinking (in his own words): “Oh my god these pictures are so #aesthetic, they’d make for a great Instagram feed!” He went about and did it. Arranging his 9 best stills, he posted it on Twitter and was instantly liked by his followers. Urged by his friends Chari and Gab (who made Sailor Moon and Submarine feeds), he made a Tumblr account and started inspiring with Instafiction.

When Instagram Meets Fiction | Design Made Happy

Serial Experiments Lain (1998), Lain Iwakura

A way to give praise and a noble reason to binge-watch, the aesthetically-pleasing unaltered stills are cropped into squares and presented in a 3×3 grid showcasing the beautiful and striking color palettes of each story, giving an enticing insight of its summary with all the vivid prose of its cinematography.

Writing about the ‘grams’ character-driven perspective and its own brand of ‘authenticity’, Andre commented that “it’s so much fun connecting to them, living their lives and imagining what their feeds would look like if Instagram were a ‘thing’ in their world… When you talk about Instagram, #filters are a BIG DEAL. But we feel like it’s important to preserve the film’s original color palette so we never add unnecessary post-processing to the IG feeds.”

From just a hobby borne out of being a fiction stan to being noticed and loved by directors/producers of featured films, INSTAFICTION is becoming a trend of appreciation for beloved characters by avid followers (3,000 followers in less than 2 weeks!), sharing countless positive feedback of the medium with real Instagrammers sharing the tweets as “#goals.”

When Instagram Meets Fiction | Design Made Happy

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1992-1997), Luna & Artemis

The lovely feeds does not only feature those of western media but also highlight stills of awe-inspiring cinematic scenes from local Filipino movies (check out Ang Nawawala, Sleepless and Sana Dati). With that said, go and contribute! Just read the guidelines and submit your fictional husband’s feed!

Also, check out the creator’s tips on how to fully capture your #fictionalgoals (A great way to start the New Year!): 

  1. Get to know your fictional character. Figure out the things & people that matter to them and include them in the IG feed!
  2. Include self-portraits, but not too many! Even better if your character is looking straight at the camera so it would look like a #selfie!
  3. Try to tell a story in the IG feed. Bottom row is for the past, and top row is for the present.
  4. Stay consistent with your color palette.
  5. Avoid revealing too much in your IG feeds. Always leave room for imagination!

The team promises more IG feeds and wishes for more submissions! (Hey, spread the love, will ya?) They are looking in on expanding Instafiction with different characters’ point of views, even those series/movies previously done (we’re betting Sherlock’s feed would feature John as much as he was featured in his!) and, wait for it— video games! So better start dusting your Final Fantasy (9 tiles aren’t enough to fangirl Cloud again!) and show us what your favorite character sees.

When Instagram Meets Fiction | Design Made Happy

Love Actually (2003), Jamie

When Instagram Meets Fiction | Design Made Happy

One Day (2011), Emma

Lost on how to pick visually stunning stills? Refresh your memory for design at our Instagram page: @designmadehappy! We’re looking forward to it!

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