Currently reading Audio Post Production for Television and Film by Hilary Wyatt (good read!)
Anywho. . I recently did the sound for a film over here in Belfast. The original sound I got was hideous, messy, gruesome, and the film was nearly scrapped. I went to work on it and made it respectable enough that the local board actually funded the project so I was chuffed. (put a few clips on my website).
However, although it sounded respectable. . .I'm reading this book and they're talking about Television and Film being in 48kHz (I used 44.1kHz), they're saying that the sound should have an operating level of -20dB. I'm going to be honest - I imported the guys film to Pro Tools. Imported the original sounds. . .and then operated BY EAR on fixing the film. When I completed the audio for each scene I exported the tracks (audio only - up to 20 tracks per scene) as an AIFF file (in 44.1kHz) and then sent that file to the director to line up and secure to the image.
Even though the film sounded well - should I have done things way differently as it says in this book?
I fear that if I don't go by the things in this book (which seem to be universal standards) then I'll struggle to get a job in future.
What would you have done differently?
Is Pro Tools set to SMPTE Clock by default (as they say to use this also).
I'll work in 48kHz from now on (even though most of my sound recordings have been done in 44.1) but I'm not sure what this "-20dB" starting point is.
Can someone explain ?
Thanks in advance!