This may be a really stupid question, but here goes....
I'm fairly new to sound design for film. That is films that are going to be in theaters. I'm a little confused as to the relationship between the sound designer, and the re-mixer.
Does anyone design sounds in 5.1 ?? Or is it always in stereo?
I was working on a film where the camera does a transition between scenes that starts above water, dives in, crawls through a 'water maze' and comes out in a swimming pool. I created a really cool pallet of sounds where there are some different sounds in the surround speakers than the front speakers that change and so on, plus used a phasing technique / automation to give the water a real sense of movement. It sounds great, but when you smash it to stereo it doesn't come across. I asked sound designer David Sonnenschein a similar question about different sounds and techniques and he said to be open to the possibility that the mixer will do a better job than me, and to use his strengths (which I agree with).
Is it mainly about giving all the sounds on separate tracks over to the re-mixer, and have good communication with him about your ideas and how he can make them better?
Also - if some of you are making sounds in 5.1 are you printing the LFE for the re-mixer? Do you label each clip with a name, and where-ish it should be? (i.e. : front, rear, lfe, sides, etc)
Sorry for the long winded inquiry. I'm obviously a little confused and most books / articles I've read haven't touched on this part of the process. THANKS!!!