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  • The Force is Strong with “Beauty and the Beast”

    Hollywood Reporter Beauty And The Beast Dethrones Star Wars Trailer

    Garnering 91.8 million views, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” trailer surpassed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as most viewed trailer in 24 hours.

    Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, released its first teaser trailer on Tuesday, May 24, and promptly dethroned the reigning trailer champ, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With 88 million views in 24 hours, Star Wars, also a Disney production, was stiff competition, but as The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Talk about the power of femmes.”

    Created for Disney by Aspect, The Hit House had the privilege of working on the teaser trailer’s music. Composer William Hunt reimagined the music of “Prologue” and “Tale as Old as Time,” much to the delight of diehard fans of the original animated movie.

    Watch the trailer and read the full article here: Hollywood Reporter ‘Beauty and The Beast’ Teaser

    Beauty and The Beast graces theaters everywhere on March 17, 2017.

  • BE OUR GUEST

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer features The Hit House’s reimagined trailer music “The Rose” for Team Aspect.

    Some tales never get old and when Disney decided to create a live-action movie of their classic Beauty and the Beast , they tasked Team Aspect to create just the right teaser trailer. Aspect in turn asked The Hit House to find just the right interpretation of some timeless melodies.

    Composer William Hunt utilized all his prior experience, with trailer music such as The Jungle Book, and reimagined the songs ‘Prologue’ and ‘Tale as Old as Time’ for Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer.

    The Hit House is thrilled to be part of Beauty and the Beast’s welcoming party thanks to Aspect!

  • INTRODUCING “FRAMEWORK LAYER TWO” SOUND DESIGN ALBUM

    framework layer two Sound Design Album by Chad Hughes

    The Hit House releases a second album by Sound Designer Chad Hughes following the success of “Framework Layer One.”

    We know that the key to building a great spot is a great foundation and it’s — wait for it — Framework. You’ve heard our Framework Layer One cues in spots for X-Men Apocalypse, Ben-Hur, Bridge of Spies and more.

    Framework Layer Two is the sequel to our successful sound design release including newly-built hits, whooshes, stutters and signature sounds.

    If you need something more specialized for your next job, just hit us, we’re ready to assemble.

  • VARIETY QUOTES THE HIT HOUSE ON TRAILER MUSIC

    Variety Reports on Trailer Music and The Hit House's Views

    Executive Producer Sally House and Creative Director Scott Miller gave Variety their views on trailer music in Hollywood.

    Variety’s Jon Burlingame came to The Hit House for our opinion on the current state and future trends of trailer music. “Music for trailers has evolved from the use of score directly from the film being promoted (as in studio-produced previews for “Casablanca” or “2001”) to a highly competitive business in which composers create libraries of original music for the sole purpose of driving audiences to new movies,” he began his piece.

    “‘What we do is, we make you feel,’ [said] Hit House exec producer Sally House. ‘We make you laugh, we make you cry, we make you go call your mom. (For ‘Jungle Book‘) we knew that we had to make you feel inspired.'”

    “’They just keep pushing the limits. They don’t really want yesterday’s music, they want tomorrow’s music. You cannot think big enough,’” said creative director Scott Miller.

    Read the whole article here: “Producing Music for Trailers

    Now hear our most recent finishes: The Hit House – Theatrical Trailers

  • 3 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS FOR THE JUNGLE BOOK WITH THE HIT HOUSE’S MUSIC

    The categories of “Best Original Score,” “Best Family TV Spot,” and “Best Original Score TV Spot” for the 17th Annual Golden Trailer were swept by The Jungle Book.

    On May 4, 2016, Comedian Wayne Brady hosted the 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards, which garnered big wins for both Create Advertising Group and Vibe Creative’s work for Disney’s The Jungle Book. The Golden Trailer Awards were created in 1999 by Evelyn Watters and Monica Brady to recognize the best in worldwide motion picture and television marketing. “Trailers remain the single most important tool to open a movie,” said Watters. “One night per year, the tireless efforts and innovations of the artists who cut these two minutes of movie magic are recognized for their craft.”

    The Hit House created music for wins for Vibe in the “Best Original Score” category for “Mowgli.” The “Bare Necessities” arrangement, recording, and whistles by The Hit House composers William Hunt and Scott Miller can be prominently heard as trailer music in spots leading up to the release of and in a final scene of the actual film, as well as here on SoundCloud: Bare Necessities.

    For Create Advertising’s Jungle Book campaign The Hit House composers Scott Miller and William Hunt created the “Legend,” TV spot (see above), which won “Best Original Score TV Spot” as well as the “Best Family TV Spot.”

    The Golden Trailer Awards were an exciting night filled with growls, roars, and beautiful music experienced by all in The Hit House team. We look forward to all the wild musical adventures the next year may bring and are so happy for Vibe and Create‘s successes!

    17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Red Carpet
    Pictured (l-r) The Hit House’s: Composer William Hunt, Composer Dan Diaz, Executive Producer Sally House, Creative Director Scott Miller, VP of Music Supervision Jesse Goodwin, Sound Designer Chad Hughes.

  • THE HIT HOUSE NAMES JESSE GOODWIN AS COMPANY’S FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF MUSIC SUPERVISION

    Jesse Goodwin The Hit House's VP of Music Supervision

    Goodwin Previously Worked as Music Supervisor for Seismic Productions

    Jesse Goodwin has been a fixture of Trailer Music Supervision in Hollywood since 2003. In addition to Seismic, he also ran the music departments for several other houses including Big Picture Entertainment and Herzog & Co. He has sonically overseen countless marketing campaigns, winning two Golden Trailers for Best Music, and has freelanced on many other entertainment projects.

    Sally House, said “Well it finally happened! The success of the Hit House has not only exceeded our hopes and expectations but our capacity to manage it on our own. After a long string of tremendous victories for our company, it become clear that we would need to bring a heavy hitter on to expand the depth and range of services we provide to our clients. We’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with Jesse on so many great campaigns – and it is a real win for us now to have him aboard. He truly embodies The Hit House spirit: creative, driven, genuine and passionate about music.”

    Adds Goodwin, “I have been a client of the Hit House since their inception, for no other reason than they are amazing at what they do and made my life as a Music Supervisor much easier. I’ve always appreciated how they work and interact with people, which to me is just as important as the work they create. When the opportunity arose to become part of their ever growing company, it felt like a no brainer. I can’t imagine a better fit for me. I look forward to helping them become a full service agency with my Music Supervision experience, while also guiding the expansion of their catalog and lending a knowing ear to the production of the custom scoring they are famous for.”

    Prior to joining The Hit House, Jesse Goodwin had been the Music Supervisor since 2011 with Seismic Productions, an award winning entertainment marketing company for the entertainment industry. Goodwin is the winner of two Golden Trailer Awards: “Best Use of Music in A TV Spot” (2011) and “Best Use of Music in a Movie Trailer” (2013).

    Before his role with Seismic, Goodwin ran the music departments for several renowned entertainment marketing houses, including Big Picture Entertainment (2004–2006), Herzog & Co. (2010–2011) and Disney’s Four Wall. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2003 with an emphasis in Film and Music, Jesse has spent the last 13 years as a fixture of Trailer Music Supervision in Hollywood.

    In addition to his oversight of music in numerous, high profile movie marketing campaigns, Goodwin has also freelanced on a handful of other features, documentaries and TV shows. With a love of all things music and film related, Jesse Goodwin is constantly looking for the next great track to define a campaign and to push the boundaries of entertainment marketing to new levels.

    For more details on Jesse’s plans to rule the world read on here: Jesse Goodwin

  • NEW DARK SOULS III LAUNCH TRAILER HITS RIGHT ON GAME DAY RELEASE

    Petrol Advertising chose The Hit House to create sound design and overlay Hozier’s track for DS3’s launch premiere in the U.S.

    Dark Souls III is dropped the launch trailer with our overlay of Hozier’s track, “In the Woods Somewhere,” and our custom sound design. The brand new role playing game, set in Bandai Namco’s dungeon, a crawling universe full of fear inducing enemies and new adaptable gameplay, officially releases on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in the U.S.

    In a world filled with horrifying encounters and raw brutality, Dark Souls III required a fitting piece designed to highlight the intensity of the gameplay and stir the fangirls and boys. The Hit House composers Scott Miller and William Hunt and sound designer Chad Hughes provided an overlay of Hozier’s song along with the sound design to fit the spectral and haunting tone of the gameplay visuals.

    Watch the Dark Souls III official launch trailer, embrace the darkness, praise the sun, then order the killer RPG game here: http://www.darksouls3.com/us/.

  • 2016 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE IN!

    Golden Trailer Awards, The Jungle Book, Suicide Squad, Uncharted 4,

    Six major category nominations included music from The Hit House for Disney, Warner Bros., & Playstation.

    The 2016 Golden Trailer Awards are devoted to the entertainment industry’s most outstanding achievements in motion picture marketing. In the 17th annual competition they acknowledge the work of marketers and companies that create movie trailers, commercials and key art worldwide.

    For Disney, The Hit House worked on The Jungle Book with Vibe Creative to create “Mowgli,” the first trailer created exclusively for Disney’s annual D23 Expo. Our reimagining of “The Bare Necessities,” hear it here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSoundcloudDisneyJungleBookBareNecessities, was nominated for “Best Original Score.”

    We’re thrilled that the “Legend” TV spot by Create Advertising was nominated for not only “Best Animation/Family TV Spot,” but also “Best Original Score TV Spot.”  “The End of the Jungle,” was composed exclusively for “Legend” by Scott Miller and William Hunt: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseJungleBookTVSpot. You can also hear our reimagining of “The Bare Necessities” in Trailer Park’s “Man Cub Combo” Super Bowl trailer,  nominated for “Best Fantasy Adventure,” http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseOfficialJungleBookTrailer.

    Team Aspect blew everyone away with the Suicide Squad, “Rhapsody” trailer, and it’s nominated for the “Summer 2016 Blockbuster” category! It featured our enhancements to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and can be heard here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSuicideSquadTrailer. Suicide Squad is Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics’ tent-pole comic book movie of the year, and we can’t wait for it.

    For Sony PlayStation and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End video game, The Hit House’s reimagined The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind,” heard here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSoundCloudUncharted4TrailerMusic. The Golden Trailer Awards nominated the spot, “Man Behind The Treasure,” for “Best Video Game TV Spot” as seen here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseUncharted4PS4Trailer. The Hit House’s composer Scott Miller produced and arranged a unique cover composition of The Pixies’ classic song with stirring strings and haunting vocals, as an accompaniment to the trailer for Uncharted 4’s action-adventure third-person shooter’s heart-rending narrative of love, loss, and potential redemption. The Playstation 4 game releases on May 10, and is available for pre-order here: http://www.unchartedthegame.com/en-us/purchase.

    Competition for Golden Trailer Awards nominations was fierce as a record number of submissions were entered, up 15% from last year. Evelyn Watters, GTA Executive Director, explained, “Everyone loves trailers. They are the most important and impactful part of a film campaign and they now live well beyond the movie theaters and have become the most consistently popular content online. The Golden Trailer Awards celebrates the trailer as an art form and recognizes those who work incredibly long hours behind the scenes to create this masterful short form entertainment.”

    We’re so proud to be part of this creative industry. All the nominees are a shining example of just how hard the talented people in our industry work to make everything perfect for just the right tone and note in each trailer. We wish everyone the best on May 4th and we’ll be seeing you all at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

  • OFF TO THE ROMAN RACES!

    Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Ben-Hur remake’s official trailer includes The Hit House’s sound design elements.

    An epic tale retold for contemporary times necessitates the grandeur and opulence of past empires. What better way than to interweave a fatal fraternal fight, Jesus of Nazareth, and death defying chariot races? That is what the new Ben-Hur movie encompasses. For epic scale the trailer needed the perfect sound design, so The Hit House provided elements from the “Framework: Layer I” album by Chad Hughes. When chaos reigned in ancient Rome, we filled the silences with nuanced sound to set the stage.

    Directed by Timur Bekmanbetov and starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman, Ben-Hur weaves a lurid tale of a Judah Ben-Hur. After a Jerusalem prince’s family is brutally murdered by his own adopted brother, he rises from subsequent slavery, becomes a justice dealing avenger, and ultimately a chariot racer who seeks to vanquish an evil empire. Adapted from Union Civil War General Lew Wallace’s 1880 historical adventure novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the 2016 remake seeks to fill the gaping shoes of the 1959 Charlton Heston-starring version that won an unprecedented 11 Oscars!

    Serving the exact purpose for which it was released, The Hit House’s album, “Framework: Layer I” is an incredible collection of original hits, rises, wooshes, crashes, booms and bangs, and original field recordings written by three-time Emmy Award nominated sound designer, Chad Hughes. Certain unique elements of the album served just the right tones for Paramount and MGM, and thus can race into your next project as well.

    Ben-Hur gallops into theaters on August 12.

  • THE “ICONIC THEME SONG” FOR BUSTING GHOSTS

    Ghostbusters Official Trailer began with The Hit House’s special touch.

    30 years ago it began, this summer it ends: Ghostbusters. Entertainment Weekly said, “When Sony dropped the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie a few weeks ago, there were multiple references to the original 1984 film, including proton packs, the Ecto-1, and plenty of slime. But perhaps the most obvious callback was the trailer’s soundtrack: a simple piano version of Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic theme song.”

    Created by The Hit House’s Scott Miller the 2016 piano version brought the perfect balance between homage to the past with notes of a tantalizing future.

    Next time a spectre beckons, keep in mind, we’ll bust ghostly notes past, present, and future for you. Watch the trailer and see the movie bust ectoplasm all over theater screens this July 15.