Okay, I finished the short feature film work.
My first discovery was that a short film is only short by it’s duration, but certainly not the work it requires !
Pfiuu ! It took me six days (and big parts of the nights as well) to complete the work.
I ended up with 80 tracks because I’ve been cautious not to create too many. I could easily have gone much higher on the track count side !
I had to redo nearly everything in the studio including some of the on location recorded dialogs.
I thought I had a big post production sound library (well, mostly sound ideas BBC collection and my own lib done on my Tascam recorder), but it wasn’t enough ! Footsteps, train, subways… Specific sounds were needed (like close up on a guy walking with flipflops on a stone pavement with one foot dragging at times…) and nothing would fit. I had english subways ambiance that of course wouldn’t fit the french subway (public announce…). Etc.
Boom sound was almost unusable, since the dialogs were buried in the subway heater noise.
HF mics were so different and badly position (one was muffled by the actor’s coat) that they wouldn’t match.
I tried everything I could to denoise with Nuendo’s tools, eq, expander… Nothing would really cut it. We ended up burying the dialogs in different ambiances but It was changing the film’s character which was supposed to be pretty minimalist and quiet…
So I asked a seasoned film mixer and he told me Izotope RX2. I got a demo and wow ! Thanks god those guy exist !!! I’ll buy it for sure. It saved the film !
I had the occasion to use the ADR feature and it was really helpful since the talent had never done voice over.
The director had crazy demands like part of dialog would be heard from a guy’s perspective in his head or by the somebody else’s perspective (a blind man with a clearer subjective audition)… And so on.
It’s been the part that I found really time consuming cause I choose to route all the needed audio tracks to groups and use eq snapshots.
I could’nt find a way to insert eq presets to precise (at the frame level) spots ! How do you do that ?
I had to do it on the go with my controller and then adjust it manually, then copy it…
I realised I don’t master the different automation modes and man, you can’t mix films without mastering automation modes.
Finally, I’m pretty happy with my first venture into feature film mixing and Nuendo was a great and stable tool. Working 18 hours a day with HD video (on the rec booth and the control room) + my three screens, recording voices + adding some sampler on the go, 80 active tracks (many had stacked recording lanes of up to 12 takes). Not a single crash.
The new mixer that can show only what is used, and that alone is Bravo !
The LOUDNESS TRACK is great but would greatly benefit from being able to save the the measures so you can compare before/after.
Well, here’s my humble experience on my short film mixing (I had done docos before). It gave me the desire of doing more (and work on my weak points). I’d say that it is an overall more challenging experience than music for me. So much things you have to pay attention to !
My 45.23 cents.