The Death of Us

Our subject walks into a classroom in his natural state and personal style. Eventually two conformative individuals enter the classroom and gives the subject a makeover. When his makeover is complete, the two individuals smile in approval and only then is our subject deemed acceptable. The story is set in a classroom to express that conformity is taught; if something can be learned, then it has the ability to be unlearned. The theme of this short is psychological. My intention is to spark a conversation on how we feel the need to change ourselves in order to be accepted into certain spaces, and if we can truly live happily with ourselves when we conform.

  • Taja Copeland
  • Taja Copeland
  • Taja Copeland
  • Daniel Ariyibi
    Key Cast
  • Kenya Chase-Mercer
    Key Cast
  • Gregory Dendy
    Key Cast
  • David Warfield
  • Kahlil Zellner
  • Nashawn Callands
    Best Boy
  • Shaunyce K. Lee
    Script Supervisor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Morgan State University
  • Submerged Film Festival
    United States
    May 2, 2022
    Underground Studios Film Festival
    Judges Choice Award
Director Biography - Taja Copeland

Taja Copeland is a student filmmaker at Morgan State University. She is a director, writer, and cinematographer. She formed her own film club at Morgan State called Underground Studios, which grew to have over 50 members their first year. Underground Studios then had their first Annual film festival, 'Submerged', where Taja's film, "The Death of Us", won the Judges Choice Award. Taja continues to make short films with substantial meaning.

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Director Statement

I am interested in entertaining the world with my creative direction while also influencing people to think more about existentialism and how we choose to live our lives; whether it's a thriller, a comedy, or a drama, I want people to finish watching my films with a new perspective on life.