What reference movie do you have for mastering? I'm more concerned with dynamic range and loudness. Which movies have the best of both worlds?

I think the last Superman movie was too loud, I didn't liked. But Gravity was amanzingly quiet! Have very soft passages but everything is audible. You can hear the room tones in all 5.1 speakers

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    The title of your question is a bit misleading. There is no mastering that concerns levels in films per se. That is a common misconception from music folks that have never mixed feature films. So neither a Gravity or Superman was "mastered" level wise. – ErikG Mar 24 '14 at 6:18

I like Millenium, the girl with the dragon tatoo. Very elegant and perfect balance in terms of loudness. Music and sound get along very well in a brilliant way. Brilliant.

  • I've seen that one!! Ithought it was pretty good too!! – Tig Picado Nov 22 '13 at 0:26

I really liked Prometheus, the hectic parts just had the right impact!

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    Would you mind articulation/clarifying please? i'm sure details will help benefit the community. Thanks! – Stavrosound Jan 4 '14 at 7:20
  • I really liked the overall balance between Loud and hectic parts and quiet parts. Also the . The movie just felt right from Minute one, which is hard to achieve with a Sci-Fi theme IMo. – Tobias Schmidt Jan 4 '14 at 15:28

The ship and battle scenes from Master & Commander are good references for dynamic range.


Ninja Assassin had a lot of dynamic range, probably a little too much. The gun battles were incredibly loud in comparison to the dialog. I might have made the movie a little more exciting, but I bet a lot of people were riding levels at home with that movie.

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