The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” trailer needed a music intro with gravitas, so The Hit House obliged.
20th Century Fox’s 4th installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrives this May 19. So the trailer had to impart the ideal moxy for a wimpy kid becoming a hero. As an anchoring point the trailer used caped crusaders, galactic guardians, & amazing web slingers to pivot to the wimpy kid as a uniquely relatable hero. For the intro of 22 seconds they used The Hit House’s trailer music of “Cobalt” by composer Bill Conn, & “Aluminum Drums” by composer Scott Lee Miller.
Directed by David Bowers, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, takes place one year after the events of Dog Days. Greg Heffley (played by Jason Ian Drucker) & his brother Rodrick (played by Charlie Wright) convince their family to go on a road trip for their grandmother’s 90th birthday. In actuality, they’re using the journey as a pretext to get close to & ultimately attend a video game convention!
Not all heros have giant muscles or wear spandex, but all heroes need music, & every movie trailer glorifies its hero. When your hero needs the perfect music, whether for capes, cutlasses, or even wimpiness, count The Hit House in. On May 19 a wimp will rise in theaters everywhere & we should all bear witness.
Music is a giant part of the movie marketing business & SXSW’s 2017 “From Inception to Exodus: Music in Movie Marketing” panel went on to address this key aspect of the Hollywood machine. March 15 at the Austin Convention Center saw an abundance of useful panels, seminars, & Q&As to attend, however this one included industry insiders directly from Los Angeles with intimate knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the business.
The panel included Nick Weiss (SVP of Creative Services at Sony Pictures); Sohrab Nafici (Executive Director of Music/Legal at Warner Brothers), & Anny Colvin (Music Supervisor at JAX @ Rock Paper Scissors), while The Hit House’s owner & Executive Producer Sally House moderated.
Many thanks to all who attended & hopefully left a lot more informed on the trailer music process. A special thank you to the incredible panelists that made Sally House’s job of moderating a true pleasure. The Hit House thoroughly enjoyed its stay in Austin & looks forward to SXSW 2018!
The Hit House composer Dan Diaz’s trailer music kicks off the “Spark: A Space Tail” trailer.
To launch their trailer for a film of wild space drama & comedy, Open Road Films needed the perfect tone, so they turned to The Hit House. Composer Dan Diaz’s “Saphira” trailer music features in the first 23 seconds to set the stage for this galactic family adventure.
Written & directed by Aaron Woodley, Spark: A Space Tail is a 3D computer animated sci-fi comedy. Spark (voiced by Jace Norman) is a know-it-all teenage monkey who, along with his friends Vix a fox (voiced by Jessica Biel) & Chunk a warthog (voiced by Rob deLeeuw), lives on an abandoned planet. 13 years prior the evil General Zhong had taken control of the Planet Beta & wiped out Spark’s family. Outnumbered & outgunned, but with his scrappy crew of misfits, Spark now has to stop Zhong (voiced by Alan C. Peterson) from using the deadly space Kraken to destroy the whole universe. On his quest to save the solar system Spark embarks on a wild galactic mission that leads to the truth of his own identity. The film also features the voice acting of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, & Patrick Stewart.
Whether flying through space with monkeys, swinging through jungles on terra firma, breaking spells in enchanted castles, or sailing the high seas with pirates, remember, The Hit House has the music needs covered for your next trailer adventure. See Spark: A Space Tail go bananas in theaters on April 14!
Watch composer Dan Diaz’s own take on writing the trailer music for Spark: A Space Tail:
Hear “Saphira” on SoundCloud, from The Hit House’s “TALES” album:
Disneynature’s “Born in China” trailer features The Hit House’s song “Smaug.”
Disneynature takes on the adventure of a lifetime as it follows the never-before-seen lives of 3 animal families: majestic pandas, savvy golden monkeys, & elusive snow leopards. To highlight the grandeur of the film set in the heart of China, they chose The Hit House’s track “Smaug” by composer Martyn Corbet, from our “Epic Funny Bone The Third: Orchestral Escapades” album.
Narrated by John Krasinksi, this nature film features breathtaking imagery as it takes the viewer through endlessly varied terrains, from icy mountains to the secrets of bamboo forests, & through the air with a red-crowned crane. It never ceases to highlight intimate & varied animal family moments that have now been recorded for the first time ever.
Remember that even in the most subtle moments anywhere on our gorgeous green planet, The Hit House has the music you need to evoke the emotions you desire. Discover pristine wilds that you never knew existed with Disneynature’s Born in China in theaters April 21.
BONUS: If you see Born in China opening week Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas & snow leopards.
When the dead took command of the sea, The Hit House created a tune for Disney.
The official trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrived this week, but it needed the perfect tune to set the tone for an ominous yet lyrical opening. The Hit House’s team set sail to plumb the depths of melodies & returned with a modern take on the old-time “Drunken Sailor” sea shanty. Composer William August Hunt created the composition incorporating sound design elements from Chad J. Hughes, while the youngest members of The Hit House team, Julianne & Kiera, lent their youthful vocals to add just the right dose of innocence to an otherwise somber & foreboding piece. The composition helps highlight the mood of the trailer in the critical first 40 seconds.
Directors Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg helm this fifth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, to tell the tale of Johnny Depp the constant swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow. Death incarnate Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) leads a legion of undead ghost sailors escaping from the Devil’s Triangle with the intent of killing every pirate at sea, especially the now bedraggled Jack Sparrow. His only hope for survival is with the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which Jack must find by forging a tenuous alliance with the brilliant & beautiful astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), as well as the headstrong young Royal Navy sailor Henry (Brenton Thwaites). As the captain of the decrepit & tiny ship the “Dying Gull,” Captain Jack must outwit & ultimately defeat his most deadly & formidable enemy yet.
Hear The Hit House’s full composition, “Catch The Sparrow” below via SoundCloud. For the living or the dead, whether by land or by sea, The Hit House will always create the ideal music for your trailer. When Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales makes landfall on May 26, 2017, there will be nowhere to hide for Captain Jack Sparrow, except in theaters with you.
It’s been a year since Disney’s “The Jungle Book” trailer premiered with The Hit House’s trailer music.
Hard to believe that since The Hit House’s trailer music first debuted for Disney’s The Jungle Book there have been 5 additional spots & featurettes with The Hit House’s music, it became the #1 movie in the world, our music arrangement appeared in the actual movie, it took a world-wide box office total of 966.6 million USD, & the various spots garnered 3 Golden Trailer Award wins! The 2016 live-action epic adventure, based off of Rudyard Kipling’s original eponymous story, directed by Jon Favreau & starring Neel Sethi debuted on April 15, but for The Hit House the music began even before the first spot.
On February 7, 2016 The Jungle Book’s “Official Big Game Trailer” (see above trailer) debuted with The Hit House composers Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt’s arrangement, recording, (& whistles) of “The Bare Necessities”! Closely thereafter on February 21, the “Live The Legend” TV spot dropped with the same composers’ “The End of the Jungle” music (see below trailer).
To continue building the marketing for the imminent release, a “Legacy – Featurette” (see spot below) was released to give audiences a “behind-the-scenes” look from Favreau’s viewpoint as well as that of the various voiceover actors including Bill Murray (Baloo), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), & Scarlett Johansson (Kaa).
The Jungle Book’s opening weekend, “Roars at the Box Office, Opening at No. 1
Disney’s live-action remake of animated film brings in $103.6 million in U.S. and Canada” [The Wall Street Journal], was a smashing success. It was especially exciting for The Hit House as composers Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt were credited as “Additional Song Arrangers” for their work on “The Bare Necessities” arrangement. However, the music fun was not over as there were two more spots that included The Hit House’s music with, “The Making of The Jungle Book,” launching on April 27 & the spot, “Disney’s The Jungle Book – NOW PLAYING In Theatres in 3D!” on April 30 (see both below).
Even after the movie’s premiere & the final spots released, the trailer music journey & accolades did not end. The creative advertising teams, for whose spots The Hit House had created music, were nominated for multiple Golden Trailer Awards & won 3! Vibe Creative ended up winning “Best Original Score” for The Jungle Book, “Mowgli.” While Create Advertising Group won both “Best Original Score TV Spot” & “Best Animation/Family TV Spot” for The Jungle Book “Legend.” We were happy & blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such driven & talented creative teams, while also highly appreciative of the awards that were won.
Today you can stream Disney’s The Jungle Book on Netflix & order it on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, & DVD. Whichever way you watch it, be sure to listen for the music by The Hit House composers Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, look for their names in the credits as “Additional Song Arrangers,” & also enjoy the music on the below SoundCloud links. Remember, it’s all about the bare necessities, of which for The Hit House, music is the number one!
Greenhaus GFX’s “The Great Wall” spot included elements from The Hit House’s “Framework” sound design album.
Every movie advertising spot, like every wall, must be soundly constructed on a solid foundation. For The Great Wall spot by Greenhaus GFX, elements from the sound design album, “Framework,” by Chad Hughes were included.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, The Great Wall is a tale of epic historical fiction. Matt Damon headlines as the international star who leads a cast including Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Kenny Lin, Cheney Chen, & Andy Lau. In a thrilling repurposing of history, the wall is shown to be a temporary safeguard from brutish monsters who ravage the area every 60 years. Written by Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Max Brooks, Edward Zwick, & Marshall Herskovitz, The Great Wall premieres in the U.S. on February 17.
Next time you’re creating your trailer, remember The Hit House has a solid pre-built framework of sound design on which to build your own great wall.
Disney’s final trailer for “Beauty and The Beast” has arrived!
The world can always use another reminder that there is magnificence hidden within the malicious. That kindness will always see past the exterior. That fear will never overcome love. So The Hit House was honored to help bring the iconic story of Beauty and the Beast back to life. Under the deft direction of Team Aspect & Walt Disney Studios, The Hit House created a combination of arrangements & covers of the classic songs. The well known talents of Ariana Grande & John Legend provided the vocals.
Disney’s 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s 1991 animated classic. A young woman, Belle (Emma Watson), whose father Maurice (Kevin Kline), has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast (Dan Stevens) offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a cursed prince, physically altered by a magic spell. The beast’s only chance at salvation from the evil magic is to earn the love of a young woman & break the spell. Afflicted by the same spell as their master, the enchanted staff, Lumiere, the candelabra (Ewan McGregor), Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord (Stanley Tucci), Cogsworth, the mantel clock (Ian McKellen), & Mrs. Potts, the teapot (Emma Thompson) of the cursed castle, help Belle to see her captor for who he truly is, a tormented soul with a true heart. However, back in her village, a self-obsessed hunter Gaston (Luke Evans) & his bumbling sidekick Lefou (Josh Gad) have ulterior plans for Belle.
The Hit House could not be more proud to be an invited guest in this timeless tale of fantasy & compassion. Get your tickets now & join us on March 17 in a land where love conquers all: BeOurGuest.com
The Hit House releases a third album by Emmy-Nominated Sound Designer Chad Hughes, following the successes of Framework Layer One & Layer Two.
If the third time is the charm, our Framework: Layer Three just proves the point. Introducing the strongest layer yet, by Chad J. Hughes, you now have even more tools to build your dream spot from the bottom up.
In addition to all new hits, whooshes, stutters, rises, & signature sounds, we’ve added 3 new categories including pulses, throbs, & full length sound design cues. 123 total cues are included as simple solutions for your complex sound design problems.
Unbox the complete & multi-layered sound design cue essentials to build your empire to new heights with the ideal tools that just work. Your craft will be expedited with our solid new building blocks or full versions, each ready for lay-in to construct your masterpiece from foundation to finish.
20th Century Fox reveals the genius behind NASA’s space race with some music from The Hit House.
When John Glenn launched into orbit on February 20, 1962 the world did not know the 3 brilliant African-American women, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan & Mary Jackson who were the brains behind the success. 20th Century Fox helped enlighten us today & The Hit House is proud to have contributed the song, “Sam Osa Drums,” from our Funny Bone Ate album, to the Hidden Figures trailer from 0:21-0:30.
Based upon the eponymous book by Margot Lee Shetterly & directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell & Kimberly Quinn. This is the real-life tale of 3 ladies who helped collective society overcome incredible odds to accomplish a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race & galvanized the world.
Nominated for & winning numerous awards Hidden Figures is a true triumph over adversity & a testament to the previously unsung heroines Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan & Mary Jackson. See the movie in theaters everywhere & hear the full “Sam Osa” track by The Hit House’s Scott Lee Miller below on SoundCloud.