Logline: A young woman becomes obsessed with the perfect alter ego living inside
of her computer, and must embrace her insecurities in order to free herself from the ego’s
overbearing pull.

Synopsis: A young woman's insecurities rise as she browses through flawless images of women on her computer. Upon taking a selfie within an application called "true_self.exe", she sees her selfie transform into her perfect, idealized alter ego. This ego pulls the young woman into a hypnotic trance, in which she has a psychological experience which forces her to come face to face with her own insecurities.

  • Victoria Cruell
  • Nga Weng Chio
  • Ethan Zeitman
    Sound Designer and Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Psychological, Thriller, Mental Health
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Southern California
Director - Victoria Cruell