I'm preparing deliverables for a feature film. The distributor has asked for 3 separate stereo tracks to be used for creating a 5.1 surround mix.
I have access to the original full stereo mix, including all stems.
I have already created a full stereo mix and also a separated filled M & E mix for foreign.
Now I need to create 1) stereo dialogue only track 2) Stereo Music only track and 3) Stereo Sound Fx only track.
Seems straightforward enough. But I haven't done this before. I am wondering how to properly prepare the tracks, particularly the Dialogue only track. I imagine it should have subtle fades before and after each line of dialogue so that it will blend as seamlessly as possible with the Sound Effects only track (which currently contains all the ambience as well with fills where dialogue was pulled)
There are certain effects that I'm not sure belong on the Dialogue track, such as screams which would be hard to re-create in a dub session. Is Dialogue only in these situations really just dialogue? Or should the dialogue only track contain as much as possible generated by the human mouth? I.e. -- Heavy breathing, grunts, groans, various non-dialogue, non-voice specific.
For those of you who have prepared and designed separate sound tracks like this in preparation for a 5.1 surround mix, any other suggestions or ideas about preparing each track would be greatly appreciated.
For example, when Dialogue Only track is brought in and ambience is in the background of the original dialogue, is it best to pull the ambience on the Sound Effects Only track down to blend them more seamlessly with the dialogue track as would be done in a combined M & E stereo mix? Or do you leave the ambience constant on the Sound Effects tracks because surround makes these fades more noticeable?
Finally, for those of you who have followed the process to creating the completed 5.1 surround mix, in general terms please tell me based on your experience what matters most for each step. As an example, perhaps how much of each track (D, E, M) you send to each specific speaker in terms of a percent for each, if any.
All suggestions for the prep and reasons for each will be much appreciated.