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  • SOLVING CRIME WITH PAPA

    FOX’s “Prodigal Son” Rolls out Preview with The Hit House’s Trailerization

    “A rolling stone gathers no moss” & “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” are two classic aphorisms which may encapsulate FOX’s new drama Prodigal Son as a fresh take on the procedural crime genre, with a darkly comedic & provocative tone. The preview trailer certainly takes no prisoners as it aggressively & entertainingly shows the complicated background of the lead characters of Prodigal Son. As the perfect music for illustrating the fraught complexity of hunting sociopaths while having one of the most notorious as a father, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone by the Undisputed Truth (made famous by The Tempations), was the only choice for trailer music. To trailerize this well known song, The Hit House was tasked & composer William August Hunt stepped up to deftly shape the iconic song from its original to trailer form.

    Produced by Emmy-nominated Greg Berlanti & Sarah Schechter, Prodigal Son stars Tom Payne as Malcom Bright, a young criminal psychologist & profiler who learned how to hunt serial killers from his father Michael Sheen playing Dr. Martin Whitly. The reason Dr. Whitly knows the criminal mind is that he himself has killed at least 23 people during the 1990s while he was embarking on a serial killing spree that earned him the moniker “The Surgeon.” Now working as a consultant for the NYPD, Malcolm is forced to ask for his father’s assistance while working on a copycat serial killer case, while simultaneously navigating the complex family dynamics of having a convicted & incarcerated serial killer father, a sarcastic New York mother played by Bellamy Young, & his TV journalist sister played by Halston Sage. Prodigal Son also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, & Keiko Agena.

    On Monday, September 23, when Prodigal Son premieres on FOX, The Hit House will have popcorn ready, all the lights on, & all communication muted so the first episode has our full & undivided attention. Should you have any trailer or commercial needs prior to or after 8/9c, we will be available, but during the show, sociopath papas & their prodigal sons are the only ones for whom we’re there.

  • A NEW TAKE ON LADY AND THE TRAMP

    Disney Plus Reveals Its Soon-To-Be-Streaming Live-Action “Lady and the Tramp” with The Hit House’s Contribution & Lydia René’s Vocals

    During its annual D23 Expo, Disney made the big reveal of their new upcoming Disney+ subscription on-demand streaming service. Amongst its offerings of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, & National Geographic lineup is also an all-new live-action version of the classic Lady and the Tramp. To deliver the perfect amount of sentimentality & the lilting romance of a childhood classic, Disney gave The Hit House the opportunity to create some trailer music magic in “Pulchra Nocte” with the help of Lydia René’s vocals.

    Directed by Charlie Bean, 2019’s Lady and the Tramp follows the adventures of the streetsmart Schnauzer Tramp (voiced by Justin Theroux) who romances the upper-middle-class American Cocker Spaniel Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson). The two dogs have the time of their lives as they romp through the city & their nascent romance blossoms, which of course includes the iconic spaghetti scene from Disney’s 1955 eponymous animated classic. Disney+’s new Lady and the Tramp also boasts an ensemble voice cast of Sam Elliott as Trusty, a Bloodhound, Ashley Jensen as Jock, a Scottish Terrier, Janelle Monáe as Peg, a Pekingese, & Benedict Wong as Bull, a Bulldog. On the human on-screen side, Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, Yvette Nicole Brown, Adrian Martinez, Arturo Castro, Ken Jeong, & F. Murray Abraham round out the live-action actors.

    One of The Hit House’s favorite animated films, we are simply enchanted with this update on the timeless classic of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp & incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Lydia René on this dream project. Now we simply can’t wait for Disney+ to start streaming on November 12. That said, please reach out sooner, rather than later for your trailer music needs, as once Disney+ arrives we’ll definitely be binge watching Lady and the Tramp, as well as the rest of their incredible selection of streaming offerings!

    Hear The Hit House’s “Pulchra Nocte” on SoundCloud, from Disney Plus’s Lady and the Tramp Official Trailer:

  • INSPIRING SPACE EXPLORATION: ASTRONEER LUNAR UPDATE

    System Era’s “Astroneer” Video Game Lunar Trailer, with The Hit House’s Trailer Music, Announced An In-Game Event Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s Historic Apollo 11 Mission!

    What better way to celebrate the brave pioneers that inspired a generation of space explorers, & arguably the Astroneer Video Game, than with an In-Game Tribute Event? System Era knew that given Astroneer is all about the 25th Century’s Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Gamers explore the frontiers of outer space, a tribute to the heroes of Apollo 11 was a must. To combine an homage to the past along with a thrilling exploration of the digital present, set in a galactic future, System Era needed the ideal tone for its launch trailer, so The Hit House delivered the perfect one with composer Jeffrey Hepker’s track The Blue Jay, from our DAWN Rising Album. This was a particularly exciting project as The Hit House was able to contribute to Astroneer’s Release Trailer earlier this year.

    Astroneer is a video game created on the Unreal Engine 4 for PC’s Steam & also Xbox One. In it the aerospace industry’s dominant conglomerate Exo Dynamics, opens flights for citizens of earth to allow them to explore new frontiers, develop undiscovered worlds, & seek their fortunes. The players, as Astroneers, explore distant planets & terraform them while avoiding dangerous flora, conquering treacherous terrain, & discovering the secrets of mysterious structures, all in order to become the wealthiest voyagers amongst the stars.

    When 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong confirmed the Apollo Lunar Module landing on the moon with, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed,” the earth’s collective imagination was stirred to dream of adventures not only beyond our mere terrestrial realm, but also of stories of & lives lived amongst the stars. To this multitude of stories & plots the players of Astroneer can add their mark. By the same token, when next you’re looking to leave your imprimatur upon a video game or movie trailer & you simply need the perfect sound design, trailer music, or music supervision, no need to search among the stars, for The Hit House is already here on terra firma waiting for your call. We’re waiting to join your mission with the ideal solution from our vast libraries or with a custom creation to vault your project through the universe & beyond.

  • GETTING CHILLS, FROM “FROZEN 2”

    Too Much For This World, Yet We Want More, Disney’s “Frozen 2” Official Trailer Is Here!

    Questions are asked & answers are teased in Disney’s new Frozen 2 Official Trailer. Why was Elsa born with magical powers & what will be revealed in the upcoming movie? For now, we know that our souls are even more stirred (if that’s even possible) by the Official Trailer & The Hit House is truly privileged to be able to contribute to such an epic campaign. That’s right, we used the “e word.”

    Frozen 2, directed by the Academy Award-winning team of Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck promises to be a film like nothing we’ve ever seen, in the best way possible. As Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, & Sven (voiced by Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad respectively), embark upon a harrowing journey to support Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), the audience is again transported to a fantastical realm to experience the magic firsthand. The original Frozen showed Elsa’s concern that the world could not handle her powers, but now she hopes her powers are enough to save her kingdom.

    From wistful & longing, resolute & stirring, to momentous & breathtaking, riveting & magical, the Official Frozen 2 Trailer evoked all the emotions in us. But now we have just one objective, hold firm until November 22, when Disney’s Frozen 2 arrives in U.S. theaters. The trailer already gave us an amazing taste of the upcoming adventure, so now we can’t wait to have full experience!

  • OLYMPIC GLORY AWAITS, ON NINTENDO SWITCH

    Gold Medals Arrive On Nintendo Switch’s “Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games” Tokyo 2020 with The Hit House Composer David Andronico’s Trailer Music

    When Nintendo launched the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 trailer at E3 2019, they needed to convey all the action, all the hype, & all the glory of the real games, in video game format. But, they also needed just the right music to build that aura, so The Hit House composer David Andronico stepped up & wrote the custom trailer music “Rings.”

    SEGA created a Nintendo Switch exclusive letting players compete with up to 4 people locally & up to 8 online, with all the glory of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but as any one of the incredible cast of characters: Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, & Dr. Eggman. Not only is the list of characters incredible in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, so are the sports! These include all-new Olympic sports of Surfing – Shortboard, Karate – Kumite, Sport Climing, & Skateboarding – Park, as well as the classic events including, but not limited to Gymnastics – Floor Exercise, Swimming – 100m Freestyle, Equestrian – Jumping, Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m, 110m Hurdles, Football, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Javelin Throw, Rugby Sevens, & Fencing!

    You can pre-order Nintendo’s Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, for your Nintendo Switch, arriving this November 2019! We can’t wait to play, but until then The Hit House will be madly writing all the music, creating all the sound design, & doing all the music supervision, because once this game drops, you can guarantee we’ll only stop playing it for essential breaks, like coffee, coffee, eyedrops, & maybe some occasional shut-eye. So call us now for your new projects, because come November we’ll be very busy with our newest passion… mashing buttons & winning gold medals! Better yet, join us & prepare to be dominated on the field of Olympic battle! Maybe we’ll even let you win, once.

  • LEAD THE ELITE SQUAD, TOM CLANCY’S ELITE SQUAD

    When Ubisoft Premiered the Game Announcement Trailer for “Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad” at E3 2019, They Rallied the Specialists, & Called The Hit House

    In an at times hostile environment whose players demand only the best, namely E3 2019, Ubisoft launched the Game Announcement Trailer for Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. For such a high stakes event, they knew only the perfect trailer music would do. Music which would not only illustrate the subtly menacing, momentous, & aggressive nature of their newest military role-playing game, but also serve to highlight the talents of the game’s characters while surpassing the audience’s high expectations. So they called The Hit House & we fielded our elite operator William August Hunt, Codename “Lord of the Strings” to complete the mission. With sophisticated tech, a highly tuned sense for music, & laser focused creativity Mr. Hunt completed “Master Force,” to fulfill the contract.

    Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, will allow you to assemble & lead in real-time 5vs5 battles with the most iconic characters from Tom Clancy’s video game franchise. Both heroes & villains from from Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, The Division, & Splinter Cell are available & ready for combat duty. Hundreds of different weapons & gear types, are in your arsenal for you to train, equip, & upgrade your squad as you prepare to challenge other players in the PvP Arena & in Guild Wars. Additionally, you can enter the storyline of campaign mode to take out the enemy & save the world.

    When chaos strikes & you have that special project, rally the specialists, pick up the phone, greenlight The Hit House & you know our elite squad will execute. We’re talking hits, no matter the magnitude, no matter the timeframe, our massively effective team will get the job done. Who said anything about music? Music production, it’s a front, & now you’ve read too much… But we’ll give you a pass, this once. Just make sure you pre-register now on Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad official website: www.elitesquadgame.com to unlock the exclusive Ghost Recon Breakpoint character Cole D. Walker in-game. We’ll know if you don’t, & would be, what’s the word, “unhappy,” because we want you to lead our elite squad. Laze the target, sit back & relax, as our team takes it out.

    For your ears only, all the action of “Master Force,” by The Hit House operator William August Hunt, on SoundCloud:

  • “GHOSTWIRE: TOKYO,” NEVER FEAR, ONLY ATTACK

    Bethesda Softworks Teased “GhostWire: Tokyo” at E3 2019, with The Hit House’s Trailer Music & Sound Design

    Shinji Mikami’s studio, Tango Gameworks & Bethesda Softworks debuted a thrillingly enigmatic & sinister teaser trailer for GhostWire: Tokyo, at 2019’s E3. To accomplish just the right tone with simultaneously both stunning & haunting visuals, they turned to The Hit House. Always at the ready, Scott Lee Miller composed a custom trailer music composition “Kaidan,” while 5 time Emmy nominated sound designer Chad J. Hughes, crafted the sound design. The resulting contribution to Bethesda Softworks’ Official GhostWire: Tokyo E3 Teaser Trailer stands for itself, in all its ghostly glory.

    GhostWire: Tokyo will be Tango Gameworks’ first new project since The Evil Within 2, for which The Hit House also had the pleasure of contributing to the E3 Announcement Trailer. It also included Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt work with their cover song arrangement & performance of Duran Duran’s Ordinary World along with sound design by Chad J. Hughes. This newest Ghostwire: Tokyo trailer shows a world where people disappear from moment to moment in public areas, while menacing spirits stalk the eerily empty streets. Then, from the shadows emerges a bow-wielding hero who actively engages the creatures with both arrows & some sort of sorcery. The only thing that will be more fun than creating the music & sound design for this project was, will be getting to immerse ourselves in this actual realm of possibly trans-dimensional phantasmagoria. To stay on top of new developments on timing of GhostWire: Tokyo’s release, sign-up at GhostWire.com. Until the game drops, we’ll still be here, ready, willing & able to create any & all custom music & sound design requests your next project, spooky or otherwise, may need. Once the game drops, well, we’ll surely be occupied thwarting evil spirits’ malintents.

  • MAYBE ALWAYS BE MY…

    Netflix’s “Always Be My Maybe” Trailer with Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” Trailerized by The Hit House.

    When writers Ali Wong, Michael Golamco, & Randall Park’s new Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe needed just the right song to lend the right amount of romantic pop to the trailer, they found The Hit House composer Dan Diaz, ready willing & more than able to trailerize Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby.

    Directed by Nahnatchka Khan, Always Be My Maybe stars Ali Wong & Randall Park as long lost childhood friends who reconnect after 15 years through a chance encounter. When both their romantic lives not having ended up where they expected them to, they slowly start following for each other again… at least one falls back in love. But then, enter Keanu Reeves as a new hot fling who just may throw a wrench into what could have been a fairytale ending, or will he?

    Always Be My Maybe has its theatrical release on May 29, in select theaters including the 11 cities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Houston, Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, Dallas & Washington DC. Thereafter it arrives on Netflix on May 31. You can bet The Hit House will be both at the theater AND planted firmly in front of the TV for both releases! Until then, when you’re looking for the ideal music or trailerization for your next project, you know where to find us, because we’ll always be your… source for all music & sound design both trailer & commercial. And just maybe, if you ask very nicely, your baby, figuratively speaking of course.

  • YOU CAN CRAWL, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE

    Nothing Brings Fear of Unknown Horror, Like the Right Sound Design Elements.

    Paramount Pictures introduced their new disaster-horror-film, Crawl with The Hit House’s sound design elements. Crafted by Chad J. Hughes & his Framework album creations, & Scott Lee Miller’s work on our Drones album, the perfect elements helped to add nailbiting tension, thrilling horror, & pulse-pounding fear to an already fright inducing trailer.

    Directed by Alexandre Aja, who also directed The Hills Have Eyes, Crawl was written by Michael Rasmussen & Shawn Rasmussen. When a Category 5 hurricane threatens Florida & causes mass evacuations, a young woman, Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario) is trapped in a flooded house with her father Dave Keller (Barry Pepper), as alligators surround them & make the storm only a secondary existential crisis. Crawl also stars Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, & Jose Palma.

    When your next project calls for elements of rising tension & outright terror in sound design, remember to get in touch with The Hit House, because we’ve got you covered. Regardless of how high the water floods, & how many monsters are invading our backyards, we know we’ll have the ideal music & sound design for you. Until your call, we’ll be ready, & excited for Crawl to hit theaters on July 12.

  • LOVE, COURAGE, & FELLOWSHIP: TOLKIEN

    Before the Fellowship of the Ring, there was J.R.R. Tolkien & an Alliance of Friends

    To tell the story of the legendary author, Fox Searchlight needed the ideal music to lend an epic ambiance. The Hit House’s trailer music helped set the tone for illustrating more than just a friendship, but a Tolkien spot that shows the alliance he forged from school friends, through love, & World War I.

    Directed by Dome Karukoski, & written by David Gleeson & Stephen Beresford, Tolkien is based on the life on J.R.R. Tolkien. Starring Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien & Lily Collins as his love Edith Bratt, the movie shows how his younger years were formed & how his experiences served as a basis of inspiration for his famous novels. Love & camaraderie, valor in the face of the existential doom of World War I, & redemption through friendship are all aspects of Tolkien’s life that are explored. Tolkien also stars, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris, & Derek Jacobi.

    When next you need music to give your alliance of fire that extra dramatic kick, look no further. As Tolkien returned for his friends in the face of evil, we will be there for you with just the right music. We are your fellowship for any trailer music & commercial music you may need. When not working, we’ll be watching Tolkien arriving in theaters on May 10.