I am a soon to be graduate from BA Film.
For my final year I have decided to work as a sound designer (my second year I did this as I have a musical background and seen the opportunity to blend these together).
So one film I am sound designing for I am coming to quite tense moments with my director (evidently they have the final say).
I have been mixing in a calibrated room - sitting dialogue between -24db to -20db with peaks around -16db.
I then built my design of sound effects and atmos etc around this foundation.
To be honest, I am very happy with the mix. But my director says it is too quiet.
After much discussion (including me telling them to turn up their speakers) - I did a louder mix with dialogue hitting -12db average - peaks at -6db.. leaving anything above for sound effects that were louder, such as a gun shot.
They are still very unhappy.
At this point I must vouch that all my other projects have gone swimmingly - hence my confusion.
I have attempted to explain dynamics and translation to theatrical releases and music mixing being different - as they seem to want it all near the red. Which I know I am still learning, but I know the red is not the place to be.
Am I completely off target or is my director just not with it and I'm losing a battle?!
Please help, kind regards to any responses.