A month or so ago, we did a post highlighting and celebrating the talented and beautiful black women in film. Those women were mostly screenwriters, playwrights, and or directors. This week we are highlighting our melanin men in film, prefarably behind the lenses. These are the innovative and creative photographers, videographers, and or filmmakers in the millennial generation. We follow this young men on Instagram and their YouTube channels and viewed their exquisite 2D/ 3D art, which is very impressive. These young men are @dopcablexforce (IG name) and @ShyneGrady (IG name).
@Dopcablexforce (IG name), aka Jairus Burks, is a young DP, editor and filmmaker. He was born in Washington DC (Army Brat), grew up in Germany,VA, and recently resides in Memphis Tennessee. Jairus was influenced by people he looked up to such as Roger Deakins, Alfred Hitchcock, Bradford Young, Reed Morano, and a host of other DPs and Directors. His hobbies include filming, Super heroes, basketball, family, fitness, running, community service, and computer networking. Jairus first started filming in church at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in TN. He was ushering at first and then gained interest in being a cameraman.
With the spark as a cameraman in church he started learning his craft by picking up a camera and just filming subjects. After college Jairus stopped filming and studied the skills of his craft, such as color compilation, framing perspective, balance, and other things that come into play when being a DP. He began relating these skills to the story. Educating himself was very essential in expanding his expertise in being a DP by studying books, reading film blogs, religiously drawing screen shots to films, and breaking down lighting. It’s more than just filming to Jairus, “like playing a game, there is more work done off the field or off the court than the actual game”. His first initial project was a music video he did in high school for BHS live. It was made back in the day when “Crank Dat Superman” first came out. He shot the video at school, and it aired the next Thursday, which had the whole school dancing afterwards. Today, Jairus is working on projects, such as a webseries and some shorts with prolific screenwriter/director, Nakia Stephens. He is also working on a feature with his friend Andrew Brown, in which Brown is producing. To see Jairus’s work click the link below and follow him on IG @Dopcablexforce to get film work.
@ShyneGrady, aka Christopher Williams, is a 22 year old videographer and editor from East St. Louis, Illinois. He got his brand name Shyne from a brother who is in prison that is serving a long term sentence, and Grady came from the Atlanta Hospital, Grady. He put it together and got Shyne Grady. He started filming in 2010 after he got out of prison. Shyne says that he didn’t try to learn this craft, but he saw that his mother had a camera in the house, he picked it up, and the rest is history. The last project Shyne did was a mistake blog with Johnny Cinco, which can be heard on Live Mixatpes and Trill HD, and the “Money Path” music video by rap duo, TRS. His first project was a music video that he shot in College Park, GA, located in Atlanta, with a group of guys called Hitsquad. Before Shyne touched an actual camera, he used to record fights at North Clayton High School with his cell phone, which influenced the later creative urge of filming. Shyne Grady feels that he is an expectation breaker because he feels like no one can out work him. He says “KEEP WORKING. CONSISTENCY IS KEY. STAY DOWN. GO HARD”. Check out his youtube below for Shyne Grady ‘s work!