31 July 2023

Telling stories through music and color on The Chitlin’ Circuit

Getting the exactly right look to her work depends on seeing exactly what she’s filming. That’s why Tiayrra Bradley chose the Atomos Shinobi 7 battery-powered 7-inch monitor.

By Atomos

Tiayrra Bradley describes herself as “multi-hyphenate” – an artist with multiple skills, each connected with a hyphen. She’s the driving force behind A Brilliant Dummy, a persona through which she combines her skills for The Chitlin’ Circuit, a virtual music platform inspired by emerging jazz, blues, hip-hop and other genres. She has created a space to amplify black voices and an educational resource for artists to learn about the business aspects of a career in music. The look and feel of her works is specific and strong, and each represents an intersection of Tiayrra’s experiences with photography, film and music production, as well as art direction and set design.

“Custom LUTs mean everyone on-set can see what the finished shot will look like in real-time”.

The Chitlin’ Circuit tells stories through music and color. For Tiayrra and her team, it’s essential to have the right gear to film black skin in a low-light setting. She has chosen a Shinobi 7 as her primary monitor on The Chitlin Circuit set. Featuring camera controls, focus peaking, picture zoom, zebra, false color, waveform, RGB parade, and vectorscopes, the multiple Shinobis Tiayrra and her crew deploy on set allow them to craft and refine each shot. With built-in custom LUTs, everyone on set can see what the finished shot will look like in real time: it’s a real confidence boost. With dual batteries, Shinobi 7 can move around freely with continuous power even on the longest shoot days.

Shinobi 7 builds on the original Shinobi’s foundations with a bigger and brighter 7-inch touchscreen monitor. With a calibrated peak brightness of 2200nits, Shinobi 7 can be used comfortably outside in the middle of a sunny day or in the more intimate environment of The Chitlin’ Circuit set. Mounted on-camera or used as a tethered director’s monitor, the Shinobi 7’s lightweight design fits almost anywhere. The 7-inch monitor supports almost all cameras with HDMI outputs up to 4K at 60fps, and 3G SDI sources up to 2K at 60fps.

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