I am new here. I would like to have some opinions on the followoing issue. I have just done the sound design for a short film here in London. I work freelance and have my own little facilities. But nothing big enough to do a proper theather mix. Just a stereo workplace. The director decided to book a mixing session in comercial post production facility.
Now, since I am only startig my career this was the first time that I was not responsible for the final mix. I didn't even had any influence on it. Now I got back the final mix and was a bit shocked. It sounds like a TV series now. The dialouge is heavily at the front, all sound design elements have been pushed back. I feel like most of the sound design got lost. Now of course I also had the dialogue in the front and tried not to put anything too distrackting in the ambience. But it is a war scene, were soldiers in a camp go mad while they are being attacked. I played a lot with dynamic so that for example gun shots peak out a little bit, so that they sound more dramatic. This is all gone. The sound is now flat in order to make it louder. I feel like the tention is taken out of the film.
Is this normal? Did you ever felt like your sound design got lost in the mix? I would like to have some opinions on this. Thanks