what is the right level to normalize dialogue, it is a short movie very low budget, the target is some indy film festival, somebdoy just told me to stay with dynamic range between -18 and -6db, but what about the -27 i read often here about dialogue? seems really to be so low.
"with dynamic between -18 and -6" doesn't mean anything. Dynamic what? Dynamic range?
Maybe your peaks would hit between -18 and -6, but an RMS or LeqA (which is what -27 is referring to) should not be getting anywhere near that. If you think that sounds too quiet, then it's likely you need to properly calibrate your system: http://www.dynamicinterference.com/blog/2010/09/quick-and-dirty-monitor-calibration/