Track Template for a Typical Small Film’s Dialogue
It’s impossible to create a track setup that works for all small- to medium-size films, but when you’re setting up your workspace you have to start somewhere. I suggest you build a template with the tracks shown in the following table. Keep it on a USB keychain or a CD that you can take from job to job, and save it in the lowest version of Pro Tools (or other workstation) that’s available in your market so you can open it anywhere you work.
I prefer to use letters in naming the tracks I take to the dialogue premix (e.g., dialogue, PFX, X, ADR) and numbers in naming the tracks that don’t interest the mixer but just make my life easier (e.g., work and junk tracks, etc.).