“I loved working with the team at Roundtable. Their passion for my project really came across in their work. They have a great team of knowledgeable creatives and I look forward to working with them on my next project.” – Nick Broomfield
Roundtable Films are really proud to have completed final post-production on acclaimed Director Nick Broomfield’s latest film, Whitney: Can I Be Me, a documentary about one of the greatest voices of all time, which is released in UK cinemas from Friday June 16th, distributed by Dogwoof.
Despite being the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess”, the most awarded female artist ever, with more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and millions of dollars, Whitney Houston still wasn’t free to be herself and died tragically at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings, Whitney: Can I Be Me tells the late artist’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.
Roundtable Films has provided digital archive restoration using Digital Vision’s DVO plug-ins on never before seen footage of Whitney Houston, as well as completing full grade and finishing on the film. Working with Nick again was a great experience as he knows what he wants but he also loves the creative input from the team.
In the words of our Technical Director Jack Jones: “Nick and his Producer and Editor Marc Hoeferlin put great faith in our creative skills and let us try out some different tricks and techniques, particularly when it came to the restoration. With all of the never before seen footage, it really is quite a remarkable film. I’m so happy for Nick and the whole team that the film has had such a positive response from all who have seen it so far.”
The film presented some technical challenges that the team here at Roundtable relished. Given its mixed quality and frame rates, the archive needed lots of work by the talented creative team – including colourists Jack Jones and Claire Winter and online editor Andrés Del Caño – who used Alchemist XF for frame rate conversions and their Nucoda Grade suite with archive restoration tools in order to make the footage cinema-worthy.
Our Colourist Claire Winter claimed to have emerged a Whitney fan after working on the film: “It was wonderful working with Nick and Marc on the film’s colour grade and so satisfying to see the huge wealth of archive footage brought to life in grade and restoration.”
After earning rave reviews last week at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where the film had its UK premier with a special event involving a Q&A with the filmmaker and a live tribute performance by Michelle John as well as the BBC discussion with Louis Theroux, the film is now in cinemas nationwide and will be shown on BBC and Showtime after completing its theatrical run.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the official website www.whitneyhoustonfilm.com