For postproduction on filmmaker Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, Technicolor PostWorks New York collaborated with Gibney’s production team and editors from Jigsaw New York. Airing on HBO as a four-hour miniseries, the film tells the story of Sinatra’s life and career leading up to his famous 1971 “retirement concert” in Los Angeles. Unusually, the documentary is composed almost entirely from archival material—there are no new on-camera interviews. Rather, recordings of Sinatra himself provide the narrative thread, with the never-before-seen concert material used as a framing device.
The massive research effort for the project was led by executive producer Blair Foster, who combed through books, magazines, television shows and news broadcasts, and also reached out to Sinatra’s surviving friends, family and colleagues. The material amassed by Foster was passed on to the Jigsaw editorial team, who worked with Gibney in shaping the elements into a cohesive story.
Jigsaw prepared a conformed version of the documentary in-house before passing it on for final editorial adjustment and color grading. Technicolor PostWorks vice president of creative services Ben Murray suggested this workflow based on past experiences: Gibney and his team want the freedom to continue with editorial changes virtually to the point of delivery, so it is more efficient and economical if as many of those changes as possible can be implemented at the editorial house.