MTSU Student’s Art Used in ‘Us’ Trailer


While the world’s watching Jordan Peele‘s newest creation, “Us,” from behind splayed fingers and popcorn boxes, MTSU junior Phillip Mayberry will be savoring the feeling of seeing his own art in one of the film’s trailers.

MTSU junior Phillip Mayberry of Nashville and Union City, Tennessee, is a graphic design major whose artwork was one of five pieces featured in a trailer for Academy Award-winning writer-director Jordan Peele’s new film, “Us.” The movie opens March 22 nationwide. You can see more of Mayberry’s work at
Phillip Mayberry

Mayberry, a graphic design major from Union City, Tennessee, who now lives in Nashville, was one of thousands of fans around the world who answered an ongoing challenge, via Chocolate City Comics, Instagram and Universal Studios, to create artwork inspired by the new horror movie.

The result is a photorealistic image of Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o‘s dual roles in “Us,” a split-screen treatment that’s as beautiful and puzzling — and horrifying — as the characters.

Mayberry’s girlfriend, who’s also his publicist, told the Department of Art and Design student about the opportunity, and over New Year’s weekend, after a three-day fast, inspiration came to him.

Four hours later, it was done.

“I figured I’d take part in it, not thinking that anything would come out of it,” Mayberry explains, “but I put my best creative juices together and came up with what I came up with.

“It kinda picked up a little notoriety on Instagram, and Universal reached out to me and talked about being on the marketing campaign.”

Next thing he knew, Nyong’o was mentioning him and four other artists on her own Instagram feed and linking to a new trailer.

“Ever since we shared the first glimpse of @UsMovie, the fan art creations have been phenomenal,” she posted.

“To pay tribute to your creations, we collaborated with @pmayxart [Mayberry], @thekalecartel, @jijennings70, @murobhasart & @detail7 and featured their work in this new spot for the movie. I cannot wait for you to see @JordanPeele’s masterpiece on March 22, but in the meantime keep the art coming. 🖌🎨✏️🎥 I am here for it!! ✂️ #UsMovie #WatchYourself”

You can watch the video below. Mayberry’s artwork is the first featured.

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