I use reverbs all the time on dialogue, no matter what the project. There may be the occasional voiceover that gets away completely dry, but everything else gets a little bit (or a lot) of reverb. I use reverbs as a kind of glue, that ties the dialogue tracks together. Most of the time it sounds realistic, often a bit larger than real life and sometimes a lot larger than life. The film itself kind of dictates what is appropriate...
I use all kinds of reverbs, and often I use Altiverb or TL-Space if I want that realistic feeling of convolution reverbs.
I have been the supervising sound editor on 10 feature films and on 5 of them I have also been the sound mixer on set. I have recorded tons of dialogue and lots and lots of ambient atmospheres to get as much sound as possible from the set. But I have not yet recorded any IR's.
To me it is very important to be able to work quickly on set and almost instantly adapt to changes. I don't want to be the guy who slows down the production, and I think it is a lot more fun to be a little busy on set than just to be waiting all of the time. I also try to make the recording gear as small and light as possible. The boomer is working with a wireless transmitter and I am running everything on batteries most of the time as I generally wear my recording equipment.
After a 2 year break from being on set, I am probably going to record one or two feature films this fall. And I would like to try recording som IR's.
I am wondering what the general experience is with recording IR's. Especially feature film experience, where you are recording for 6-7 weeks with changing locations. Is anybody using starter guns? Or do you use speakers? How often do you do IR's?
And I would also like to know about the post production side of IR's. Are they useful to you? Do you end up using them, or do you end up using another kind of reverb, because film often creates its own space, which isn't necessarily realistic? Again, actual feature film experience is what i am searching for...
Thanks in advance!