I've been working on @Shaun's challenge since Sunday night, and I came up with a vision of the material and ideas I am proud of. In theory it all makes sense, and I know that when the mix time comes (tomorrow, it's all scheduled and stuff...) I will probably need to go back to cutting things in to puff it up.
I was wondering if, when you guys are editing, you know for a fact that what you're cutting is rock solid and you're confident that the mixer is not going to send it back from the final. I am aware that the edit should be at least usable, ideally working very well, but I already find it hard to get to an acceptable density of sound, meaning it's dull most of the time. This is precisely where experience makes the difference and I was hoping that some of this know-how would be shareable, verbally.
Do you guys have any devices or tricks or is it really all about getting the feel of it? I could roughly automate my edit so I can try stuff, but I'm too stressed to spend time automating because I know mixing will take up long enough.