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  • WELCOME TO OUR JUNGLE

    Disney’s 2016 The Jungle Book movie trailer features The Hit House’s arrangement (and whistles) of “The Bare Necessities.”

    The roll-out for the hotly anticipated release of Disney’s live-action epic adventure The Jungle Book began at the D23 Expo last year and continued with a Super Bowl 50 spot seen by millions. This critical marketing juncture needed just the right tone of light-hearted music to balance out an otherwise dark tale. So Disney tapped The Hit House to reimagine the timeless 1967 classic by Terry Gilkyson and originally sung by Phil Harris as Baloo. “The Bare Necessities” is arranged, performed, recorded, and whistled by Scott Miller and William Hunt.

    The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau and based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 eponymous collection of short stories, the movie is a modern day retelling as a live-action epic adventure about Mowgli’s (played by Neel Sethi) quest to survive in a jungle fraught with danger. An orphan raised by wolves, Mowgli is hunted by the tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), who is bent on revenge due to prior violent encounters with man. Forced to flee the only place he’s known, Mowgli departs the jungle with the help of panther and strict teacher Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley), and the happy-go-lucky bear Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray). Through his journey of self-discovery and flight from danger Mowgli runs into varied jungle denizens with their own agendas, from Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), a hypnotic and seductive python, to King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken), a slick con-man of an orangutan who attempts to get Mowgli to teach him the secret of fire. The mother wolf Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito) are also included in the premiere cast of voice actors.

    Unlike the slick seductive python Kaa, Disney decided to trust The Hit House with their eminently recognizable tune and allowed our composers to do the work. The result? A revamped tune for 2016 that everyone will be whistling along to.

    Watch The Jungle Book trailer, forget about your worries, your strife, and whistle along to the tune with us!

  • WHEN GODS CLASH THE EARTH MOVES

    Lionsgate’s Gods of Egypt Official TV Spot features The Hit House’s “Tectonic.”

    The upcoming American action-adventure fantasy film Gods of Egypt, directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot and The Crow) stars Gerard Butler (300) as the merciless Egyptian god of darkness Set who has usurped Egypt’s throne from the powerful god Horus, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones). At stake is the survival of mankind which lies in the hands of a mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites), who must ally with Horus to save his love Zaya (Courtney Eaton) and also the ancient world. At one time peaceful and prosperous, the ancient empire has been plunged into chaos and conflict. A vast array of Set’s henchmen consisting of gods, beasts, and demons are dead-set on preventing the triumphant return of Horus to the throne. Played out on an epic backdrop of the heavens and the afterlife, the unlikely duo of Bek and Horus must pass tests of honor and courage in order to thwart the dark plans of their nemesis Set and regain those they love. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Elodie Yung (Hathor, goddess of love), Bryan Brown (Anubis, god of the underworld), Chadwick Boseman (Thoth, god of wisdom), and Geoffrey Rush (Ra, god of the sun).

    Take a listen to The Hit House’s composition “Tectonic” from the RE:ACTION EARTH* album.

    The entire RE:ACTION EARTH album is also available on iTunes.

  • WHAT EVERYONE’S FLOCKING ABOUT

    From app to silver screen Sony Pictures presents The Angry Birds movie.

    Why are they so angry? You’ll soon find out! Sony Pictures created a movie about enraged avians starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos, and Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla). But only one bird soars above the rest, namely Mighty Eagle!

    TRANSIT needed a fitting entrance for Mighty Eagle in this trailer and thus chose the song “Plumed Pharaoh.” Composed by William Hunt, the majesty enters at 2:00. Next time you need a glorious orchestral entrance, fly no further, but land with The Hit House.

    Watch The Angry Birds trailer, then see it perch in theaters on May 20!

  • BETWEEN HOPE &”DREAD” LIVE THE FINEST HOURS

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    Walt Disney Pictures features “Dread” by The Hit House in The Finest Hours IMAX Trailer.

    The unforgettable true tale of the U.S. Coast Guard’s heroic February 18, 1952 mission attempting to save 30 sailors on a sinking vessel in the midst of a massive storm is directed by Craig Gillespie and in theaters now. It stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana.

    Delve into the heart of heroism in with Disney’s historical disaster drama, accompanied by William Hunt’s song “Dread” at (0:31-1:15) in this spot. Originally from the OVER RE:ACTION album the song is also available for purchase on iTunes.

    But first, watch The Finest Hours trailer, then go see it in theaters!

  • WE DISCOVERED OUR SUPERPOWER!

    Invisibility! When Aspect asked The Hit House to enhance a special song for Warner Bros’ DC Comics’ campaign for Suicide Squad, the most important thing was not to leave a trace.

    When darkness must be used to fight darkness, sometimes the silence of the night is the last thing you’ll hear. Aspect was tasked with creating the newest trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics’ tent-pole comic book movie of the year, Suicide Squad. For this key event leading up to the theatrical release, they asked The Hit House to enhance a perennial favorite, namely, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to help fit the dialogue and trailer.

    The Suicide Squad is activated when evil in the DC Comics universe has become so bad that even Superman cannot contain it alone. Thus mere mortals must fight back with the only trump card they have, namely their own brand of bad. The dirty half-dozen squad is activated by Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, who presumes to have control of the ensemble of miscreants set to fight the true darkness. Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad stars Adam Beach as Slipknot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, and Karen Fukuhara as Katana.

    This colorful group of heroes (?!) sauntering out to save the world deserves the accompaniment of music that not only reflects our own zeitgeist, but also captures the audience’s capricious attention. Thus, The Hit House’s Creative Director, Scott Miller, led our intrepid team on the herculean, yet enviable, task of enhancing “Bohemian Rhapsody”, without leaving a trace. When you need to get the best original music or enhancement of classics for movie trailers, unleash our squad to vanquish your demons.

    Suicide Squad invades theaters on August 5, 2016. Until it’s up to your imagination how they save the world… our superhero Scott Miller’s enhancements of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” should give you a good start.

  • The Hit House Delivers a Solid Left Hook

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    TV Spot for the Hit Film “Creed” Features a Re-Imagining of a Classic Theme.

    We train hard every day so that we’re ready to hit the ring and deliver whenever action calls, and recently had the opportunity to hit the mats with one of the greats: Rocky Balboa and his new movie “Creed”. Dan Diaz had the honor of creating a new arrangement of the classic “Theme From Rocky” entitled “The Left Hook”. Featuring piano with subtle, moving string accompaniment, the new cue energizes the spot in a dramatic but understated fashion perfect for this modern new chapter in a classic story.

    In Creed, Adonis Johnson (played by Michael B. Jordan) didn’t know his famous father, boxing champ Apollo Creed, who passed before Adonis was born. Boxing, however, is in his blood, so he finds Rocky Balboa (played by none other than Sylvester Stallone) and convinces the retired champion to be his boxing trainer. Seeing so much of Apollo in him, Rocky agrees to mentor Adonis, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any he’s faced in the ring. Adonis soon gets a title shot due to Rocky’s help, but does he have the heart of a true fighter and the perseverance to see the fight through to the end?

    Find out by checking out this now hit film, but, before that, check out the TV spot below featuring “The Left Hook” for the first 20 seconds!”

    CREED TV SPOT

  • True leaders aren’t born; they’re grown

    4-H Has The Hit House create custom music to exemplify their core values in new Brand Essence Video.

    When 4-H, the venerable global network of youth organizations whose mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development” needed the perfect song for a new Brand Essence video, they knew exactly who to call: The Hit House. With the goal of translating the core values and feelings of the non-profit into sound, Dan Diaz composed “Friendship”, a feel-good but emotionally-substantial piece featuring an acoustic band feel and the playfully-sweet sound of children singing. It proved to be just what they were looking for to help continue their mission to “Make the Best Better” and “Learn to Do By Doing”, a goal The Hit House was very pleased to be a part of.

  • Prehysterical Adventures with Dreamworks, Netflix, and The Hit House

    “Dawn of the Croods” trailer features The Hit House’s sound design.

    We dug deep and went prehistoric with our sound design Dreamworks Animation’s Dawn of the Croods trailer. Premiering December 24, 2015 on Netflix it is based on the 2013 animated film, The Croods. The new series is animated in Toon Boom Harmony software by Vancouver’s Bardel Entertainment.

    The familiar Croods Eep, Grug, Thunk, Sandy, Ugga and Gran are back from their 2013 animated film, The Croods, to embark on this new animated family sitcom. Viewers will see them meet new friends, outrun fantastical creatures and deal with a shenanigan filled array of “firsts,” the likes of which the world has not yet seen. School doldrums, slumber parties, hiccups, and elections are all fair game for new discovery by the Croods and their ilk.

    The voice cast for the new Netflix series includes Dan Milano, Cree Summer and Stephanie Lemelin, as well as Saturday Night Live alums Chris Parnell, Ana Gasteyer and Laraine Newman. It is executive produced by Brendan Hay of Robot Chicken and The Simpsons fame.

    Even at the beginning of time there was sound design to progress the plot.

    Hear The Hit House’s additions then hit play on Netflix on December 24 to watch the antics begin!

  • UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

    Where is your mind, your game, your song?

    Sony PlayStation’s “Uncharted 4” chose The Hit House to produce the perfect video game commercial music.

    The imminent March 18, 2016 release of Sony PlayStation’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End video game needs marketing, and what better way than through insight into the character of Nathan Drake himself? Scott Miller composed and arranged a unique cover of The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” song. A wistful homage with stirring strings and the haunting vocals of one of our favorite artists, Ruby Friedman, the reimagined melody is the perfect accompaniment to the action-adventure third-person shooter’s heart-rending narrative of love, loss, and potential redemption.

    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, developed by Naughty Dog for Sony Playstation, is the fourth installment of the Uncharted franchise. It unveils the ultimate chase sequence as protagonists Drake and Sully race agains time to help Drake’s brother, Sam, evade Shoreline mercenaries. Set several years after his last hair-raising adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is through no fault of his own, forced back into the world of thieves. This time the stakes are much more personal as he embarks on a globe-trotting journey in hot pursuit of a historical conspiracy that lies behind a fabled pirate’s treasure. Nathan’s greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

    With such an epic hero’s quest to be unfurled, setting the correct musical tone was imperative.

    The only question that remains is, next time you need music, where will your mind be? Even in uncharted waters, The Hit House is a sure bet.

    Watch the trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, hear our music, then pre-order your game here! #uncharted

  • Stings and Hits With Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone cements his legacy and The Hit House delivers the final sting.

    One of the most iconic movie roles of all time is being reprised by Sylvester Stallone who returns as Rocky Balboa in Creed. A dynastic movie empire such as the Rocky’s needed the subtle yet memorable touch of a final ring to symbolize all that had come before, while simultaneously leaving the viewer wanting more. The challenge for The Hit House was to create, for Creed’s official trailer, the perfect sting which hearkened back to the final bell of a boxing round, memories of past fights, and a bell tolling for those who had passed, both remembered and forgotten.

    In Creed, Adonis Johnson (played by Michael B. Jordan) didn’t know his famous father, boxing champ Apollo Creed, who passed before Adonis was born. Boxing, however, is in his blood, so he finds Rocky Balboa (played by none other than Sylvester Stallone) and convinces the retired champion to be his boxing trainer. Seeing so much of Apollo in him, Rocky agrees to mentor Adonis, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any he’s faced in the ring. Adonis soon gets a title shot due to Rocky’s help, but does he have the heart of a true fighter and the perseverance to see the fight through to the end?

    Above all else Creed preaches that, “Your legacy is more than your name.” Here at The Hit House we believe that a sting is more than a solitary tone. It is the ideal compliment to hit the viewer right in the gut, heart, or brain to leave a lasting impression and a want to see more.

    Rocky said, “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” Lucky for you, we deliver hard hits, but also move forward!

    See Creed, in theaters now, but first, watch the official trailer and listen for our final sting of piano and soft strings at 2:33: