Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” features The Hit House’s trailer music by composer William August Hunt to revive a racing dream.
Produced by Pixar & released by Disney Cars 3, the third movie in the Cars franchise, needed a fitting song to revive character Lightning McQueen’s broken career. The Hit House was happy to provide the track, “Ruth,” by composer William August Hunt as the ideal sweeping, orchestral, & heroic sound to rejuvenate the ailing status of the movie’s star car. Hear “Ruth” from 0:37-1:17 & 1:52-end of the new Cars 3 trailer.
Directed by Brian Fee, this 3D computer-animated comedic & dramatic tale of redemption centers on the legendary race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). As tragedy strikes in an epic race & winning newcomer Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer) forces Lighting McQueen into retirement the racing world is sent into a talespin. However, as the embodiment of the racing spirit Lighting McQueen will not call it quits. With the assistance of rookie Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) & inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, Lighting claws his way back to a final raec on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage, the Florida 500.
Whether you’re already on track to win or need some music to launch a comeback, remember The Hit House has just the right music to speed your ascent to the podium. On June 16, seize the chance, live the dream, & race to theaters to watch Cars 3.
Hear “Ruth” by composer William August Hunt on SoundCloud:
Savor the flavor of PlayQ’s “Taste Buds” mobile game with The Hit House’s music & sound design in the trailer & the game itself!
In a music world of sweet, sour, salty, & savory we at The Hit House like to consider ourselves the Fifth taste. The umami of custom music. We got the tasty tunes that keep ya salivating & coming back for seconds.
So when the MasterChefs of mobile gaming, Play Q, asked us to create the music & sound design for their newest game: Taste Buds, our composers William August Hunt & Scott Lee Miller, whipped up the yummy riffs while sound design maven, Chad J. Hughes, baked up every audible element. Even those scrumptious little voices were provided by our VO team. Final delivery to feast? A full spectrum Vegas Buffet of everything audio for the entire game & its marketing campaign.
Play Q, Inc.’s Taste Buds are a team of 6 cute, fun-loving monsters, each the champion of one of the essential tastes. Together, they are here to defend the deliciousness of their flavors. But all is not well in Flavoria! The mysterious Happy Monster Company has arrived, led by the dastardly Orson, a truly tasteless monster determined to rid the world of flavor. Only YOU can help the Taste Buds save their food & friends before it’s too late! Play for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. With beautifully vivid HD graphics, 3D maps full of surprises, a smorgasbord of levels, 6 unique & tasty modes, you can eat superfood to activate Taste Bud special abilities, unlock new regions & conquer special challenges. Bursting with fresh, sustainable, house-made, farm-to-table FUN it lands today!
“We’ll all love her forever.” -George Lucas
The 2017 Star Wars official fan convention in Orlando, Florida opened with fanfare & joy as it celebrated the franchise’s 40th year. However it also reflected a somber note of loving memory as George Lucas (creator of Star Wars) & Billie Lourd (actor & daughter of Carrie Fisher) paid special tribute to the Carrie Fisher. The iconic role of Princess Leia was one which Fisher had just recently reprised in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Hit House is deeply honored to have been able to provide music to help remember such a titan of not only the movie industry, but conqueror of the hearts of all those she met. She was, as George Lucas described her, “[A] princess. She was a senator. She had to hold her own against two big lugs [referring to Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford], but she was the boss. It was her war. When Carrie came in, she was that character. Very strong. Very smart. Very funny. Very bold. Very tough. It wasn’t really much of a question. There weren’t really many people like her. One in a billion.”
In the above Star Wars Tribute to Carrie, you can hear our track “Azurite” (at 2:12-2:42) by composer Scott Lee Miller from the SPHERES: LUCID album & “Ruby” (at 2:46-4:45) by composer Martyn Corbet, from our SPHERES: VERGE albums (also available here on iTunes)
The whole team at The Hit House truly feels that thus far this has been the highlight of our trailer & commercial music career. Nothing has made us happier than to share our music with Star Wars, stand with David Bowie, & honor the epic life & loving memory of Carrie Fisher.
Hear “Azurite” on SoundCloud:
Hear “Ruby” on SoundCloud:
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.