I've heard/read lots of different things about where dialogue should be hitting in terms of dbfs for a feature film. (I am mixing 5.1 in a small studio, room calibrated to 79. I know film standard on a stage is 85, but this is a small room and my speakers are close to my listening position).
I would be ever so grateful if anyone could answer even one of the following questions, or point me toward resources. I'm sure most of these are very stupid questions, so I've tried to format them as yes/no so you don't have to spend too much time "learnin" a humble beginner like myself:
1.) My dialogue is hitting around -20 to -12dbfs, with louder screams at -10dbfs (according to my master fader in pro tools). I have heard that dialogue should hit around -27Leq(A), which I am monitoring with SurroundScope on my master fader. -27Leq(A) looks like it's about -16dbfs, which is roughly the average level of my dialogue as I've mixed it so far. Is this the right approach, or am I missing something?
2.) When I calibrate (-20dbfs to 79spl) this pink noise/1k tone should be present but not uncomfortably loud, correct? I am trying to gauge if 79spl is appropriate for this room size.
3.) I have played dvds as reference through my system, and they are way louder than my mix. Should I be worried?
4.) I have been told to put a brick wall limiter on around -10dbfs to catch any peaks, but that seems like a lot of headroom. Currently I have my brick wall at about -3. Am I letting my mix get to hot? (This is an action movie, but I don't want to make people go deaf.) Should -3 on my master fader be uncomfortably loud?
Thanks all in advance for helping me out with this stuff. With dialogue in my mix between -20 to -10dbfs, and louder fx likes car revving and punches peaking as high as -3db, I am concerned that I may be mixing at too low of a monitoring level. I just want to make sure that I'm not missing something crucial, and the fact that dvds played through my system require me to turn down the volume from my reference level is making me nervous.
If someone could give me some numbers for where fx, dialogue, music swells, etc should be sitting, I would really appreciate it.
Sorry for the long post, and THANK YOU.