Filmworkers Club Helps Tell the Colorful Story of Booker T. Washington

Filmworkers Club provided post production services for a moving 8-minute documentary film on Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Oscar Oboza handled final color correction for the piece which highlights the school program, history and illustrious alumni. Conceived by Dallas communications and marketing firm R&D Thinktank, the film will be used as part of the school fundraising efforts.

Interview segments with Booker T. Washington alumni Norah Jones, Edie Brickell, Roy Hargrove and others are woven together with scenes of current students engaged in painting, dance, music and other fine art activities. The narrative tells some of the history of the school?‚àö√ë‚àö√Üit is the successor to Dallas’s first school for African Americans?‚àö√ë‚àö√Üits role in the community and the impact it has had on students’s lives.

Oboza worked with R&D Thinktank creative director Doug Rucker in setting the film final color values and drew a sharp contrast between the interview segments and the scenes of school life. ‘We used the Norah Jones segment to set the tone for the interviews,’ Oboza recalled. ‘The composition is very much like portraiture; the colors are stylized and we used vignettes to give it a cinematic look.’

In the school segments, color values are pushed in the opposite direction. ‘We made it very colorful and bright to capture the energy of the school,’ Oboza said.

Oboza added that he was very pleased with the way color helps shape the film mood and how it complements the work of the director and cinematographer. ‘We were in tune with each other,’ he said. ‘We let the footage breathe on its own.’

The film was created by R&D Thinktank, Doug Rucker, owner/creative director. It was produced by John Gilliland for Directorz, Dallas. Editorial was performed by Doug Bryan of Post Op.

About Filmworkers Club

Filmworkers Club, is located at 3400 Carlisle Street, Suite 105, Dallas, TX 75204. For more information, contact Executive Producer Rachael Turnage at (214) 754-9333 or visit Filmworkers Club also has locations in Chicago and Nashville.

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