Originally Posted by philper
Are you talking about "undipped" type stems for narration/dialog/verite-ambiance etc? I have done shows where those 3 stems (at least, more like all stems) had to play as though they were the "whole movie", "unconscious" of each other AND at legal levels re dialog. Is this what your client is getting to?
Otherwise: I'd be very sure to fully explain the situation in an email (or letter even) to YOUR client, and then do exactly what the QC people are asking for. If you've already pushed back once (or twice) and been told that what you gave them isn't what they want then as long as you explain what you are doing to the people who write your checks then I say you are absolved. I'd probably put a text file with that explanation in with your new stems if you are delivering on a drive--a little message in a bottle to the poor mixer who might have to use your work.
We talked to our client before talking to the network. They also tried talking to the network. Our client knows that we didn't do anything wrong, but it's still frustrating because they want to satisfy the network even if it's wrong.
This situation is simply stems to be used for foreign language versions and whatever else they see fit to use them for. So, in our opinion, those should be mix level stems.
To clarify - I am not the mixer on this series, I am a sound editor. But, as I supervise the audio department here I am involved with this situation. The mixer is great and has not done anything wrong here. We've battled with this network in the past over simple things and we've almost always lost. Their specs seem simple enough, but there seem to be a lot of unwritten rules.