I looked for a previous thread about this and I'm surprised that I didn't find anything—if I missed it let me know.
As a relative newcomer to freelance film sound design, I often find myself holding the title of supervising sound editor, dialog editor, foley recordist, SFX designer ... yadda yadda. I'm sure many of you have been in situations where you are the lone-wolf post-sound figure, it seems to be the thing to do for newer directors and indies where the budget can't cover a sound team.
Even when I'm working alone, I like to provide a mix that has comparable attention to detail as a team of dubbing editors would have provided—it's a somewhat unrealistic-but-motivational goal, even with a time limit.
I'm currently working on a 70-minute comedy which is fairly dialog-heavy with a couple large FX sequences. My organization is:
- a dialog session where each scene is a different set of tracks into a bus
- an atmospherics session
- a different session for each hard FX sequence (6 sessions)
- a session for the narrator's voiceovers
... we don't have time to create a foley mix for this draft of the film. Now that the dialog is mostly edited, I've been jumping from one session to another just adding detail. I find myself exhausted after a couple hours and moving somewhat slowly.
I'm curious if any of you have advice or stories about this type of situation, from keeping your editing sessions consistent to keeping yourself sane. Do you organize your workflow and files in the same way that you would have a team do the same? How do you keep yourself productive while still maintaining creative clarity and grounded perspective on what's important/what's not? I'm thirsty for some different approaches.