Disney’s Spellbinding New “Godmothered” & Its TV Spot with The Hit House’s Upbeat Contributions
We’re all looking for our “happily ever after” & Disney consistently delivers. Now once again, Godmothered brings the bippity boppity boom of fun we all so desperately need. To that end The Hit House was lucky to contribute our song “Hogwash” by composer Michael Vincent Rubino, from our “Fun Re:Percussions” Album to this new spot.
Directed by Sharon Maguire & written by Kari Granlund & Melissa Stack, Disney’s Godmothered is a PG Christmas comedy in which Eleanor (played by Jillian Bell), a new fairy godmother, who’s still learning her craft, tries to prove that her near defunct profession still matters. After finding the past wishes from a desperate young girl, she locates the now 40-year-old Mackenzie (played by Isla Fisher) in Boston & attempts to giver her a not-so-recently-requested happiness makeover. A series of hilarious & illuminating misadventures occur as the as yet untested fairy godmother-in-training does her best to save her profession by reintroducing Mackenzie to the belief that “happily ever after” still exists. Despite being a widowed & utterly overworked single mom, Mackenzie now has Eleanor in her corner, who does her best to prove that happiness exists after all, in every situation & or each person individually.
Spell or no spell, we’re absolutely convinced that happily ever after does exist, especially when it comes to the gorgeous tales of happiness that Disney always creates. The Hit House’s “ever after” consists of constantly creating more music & sound design that can help give just the right tone to your project. That, truly makes us happy. Of course, now streaming Godmothered on Disney Plus is the perfect cherry on top our happiness sundae. We know you’ll feel the same.
Oculus Introduces “Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond” Multiplayer Mode with The Hit House Remix of Irma Thomas’s “Time Is on My Side”
A game of action, a game of gravitas, an immersive multiplayer game in a historic virtual environment deserves the perfect tone to present its incredible gameplay. Thus Oculus Gaming from Facebook released its multiplayer gameplay trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond with the Irma Thomas 1965 R&B cover of “Time Is on My Side” remix by The Hit House composer David Andronico. When the perfect music choices meet the ideal pairing of new technology with historical themes it’s always a pleasure for us to contribute to the project. The final result of this project left us amped up & ready to play.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond was developed by Respawn Entertainment on the Unreal 4 Engine as a first-person historical shooter set in World War II & will be released for the Oculus Rift & Steam VR on December 11. In the plot of the game the player takes the role of an agent of the OSS (Office of Strategic services, an early pre-cursor to today’s CIA) and also of a French Resistance fighter. In order to lend true authenticity & get the historical facts correct, a series of short documentaries with actual brave veteran heroes of World War II was created as an informational & congratulatory Gallery to view as the game progresses. From Tunisia to Omaha Beach, infiltrating secret Nazi V-2 Rocket facilities & sneaking onto a German U-Boath submarines, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond has it all. Players incredibly get to participate in some of the most high stakes historic sabotage of Nazis operations, which actually occurred in the course of the war. There are of course also the multiplayer matches which pit opponents against each other in wild & raucous fast-paced first person shooter action scenarios. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond on the Oculus Gaming platform is a captivating experience that not only is entertaining, but directly puts the player into the existential historical drama that was the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
Sure, sabotaging the plans of Nazis is immensely fulfilling, but the ability to do so in virtual reality over & over again takes it to a whole other level. As such, The Hit House is happy to have been able to contribute to Oculus’s Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’s multiplayer trailer & can’t wait to play the actual game. When we can respawn forever, time is truly on our side. Similarly, when you’re next looking for that perfect song for your campaign, save some time & stress by simply reaching out to us, as we’ll either already have it for you in our expansive music library, or gladly create or remix the ideal track. Because just like time, The Hit House is on your side… Unless of course we see you in Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond multiplayer mode, then naturally it’s game on!
HBO’s Season 1 Recap of “His Dark Materials” with The Hit House’s Music
How to best convey the vast magnitude & riveting drama of crossing between worlds & seasons for HBO’s His Dark Materials series? The stunning visual cinematography & superb acting performances were already there, but the music to tie the character’s emotional hills & valleys to the ever evolving plot was still needed… So The Hit House was grateful for the opportunity to have our composers David Andronico & William August Hunt contribute their work “Adelaid” & “Alinas” from our “TALES V” album. Ultimately the ebb & flow of the orchestral score helped enhance the visual & story elements from Season 1 to prepare the fans for Season 2 of His Dark Materials.
Season 2 of HBO’s His Dark Materials arrived in 2020 upon the heels of a critically lauded & fan adored Season 1. Crafted from the trilogy of books by author Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials tells the tale of the young orphan Lyra Belacqua (played by Dafne Keen), a resourceful & courageous girl who discovers twisted plots of power & darkness by devious entities across multiple dimensions. It all begins with Lyra’s adventure to find her missing friend, which results in her uncovering secrets involving her previously unknown family, magical “Dust,” an array of other-worldly tools with powerful capabilities, & an eclectic blend of evil, questionable, & good characters that sometimes assist & other times hinder her journey. Witches, daemons, & other trans-dimensional beings abound in a reality that is at once both mesmerizing & terrifying. The series also stars smashing ensemble & individual performances by Ruth Wilson, Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, James Cosmo, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Lucian Msamati, Gary Lewis, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruta Gedmintas, Amir Wilson, Nina Sosanya, Jade Anouka, Sean Gilder, Simone Kirby, & Andrew Scott.
Magical worlds deserve ethereal tales & Philip Pullman’s written concepts certainly delivered as does HBO’s adaptation of His Dark Materials. Similarly, other worldly series deserve the requisite music to enhance the viewer’s experience of the journey. The Hit House is excited to watch the rest of the His Dark Materials Season 2, & is honored to have been able to contribute David & Will’s music to the Season 1 recap. Going on journeys to different worlds through visual storytelling is what we love, & getting to create music for it is simply something else. There are infinitely more stories to tell & tracks to create, so when your next adventure strikes, be sure to give us a shout. Surely we’ll be able to collaborate & contribute to enhancing & easing that glorious journey you’re on.
The Hit House is proud to sponsor the ACLU SoCal’s 2020 Bill of Rights Awards Virtual Gala
Words matter, but so do actions. Living in an election year that is also fraught with the tragedy of the COVID-19 Pandemic & the resulting deaths of now over 200,000 Americans (1 million worldwide), as well as the continued police brutality & racially motivated violence against black people, The Hit House knows that standing up for our collective constitutional rights is now more important than ever before in recent memory. While we continuously seek to learn about the hardships that those less fortunate endure & also then contribute both our time & donations to their alleviation on an on going basis, we are grateful to be in the position to assist publicly an organization that defends & preserves the rights guaranteed by the Constitution & U.S. laws for all. For over 100 years the ACLU has litigated & lobbied on behalf of those whose civil liberties are at risk. As their motto states, their reason is, “Because Freedom Can’t Protect Itself.” This fully aligns with The Hit House’s beliefs in Criminal Law Reform, Disability Rights, Free Speech, HIV anti-discrimination, Human Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, Juvenile Justice, Racial Justice, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+ Rights, National Security consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, & human rights, Prisoners’ Rights, individuals’ Privacy & Technology Rights, Religious Liberty, Reproductive Freedom, Smart Justice, & of course Women’s Rights. All these & more are continuously & tirelessly advocated on behalf of by the ACLU, & for that we are happy to lend what support we can by sponsoring the ACLU SoCal’s Gala.
The 2020 ACLU SoCal’s 2020 Bill of Rights Awards Virtual Gala will be hosted by Billy Porter & will feature a star-studded lineup including Judd Apatow, David Byrne, Jane Fonda, Jason George, Khizr Khan, Norman Lear, Tom Morello, Rita Moreno, Martin Sheen, Aaron Sorkin, Barbra Streisand, Justin Tranter, Lily Tomlin, Diane Warren, Sam Waterston, & more in a tribute to the social justice & civil rights work of the ACLU of Southern California. There will also be entertainment by Charlie Puth, Phillipa Soo & Steven Pasquale, Deborah Joy Winans, The Chicks, & Shea Diamond (in order of appearance). It will also include special presentations from the upcoming films of HBO’s American Utopia & Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Lastly, there will be a very special tribute to the late great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by spoken-word poet Alyesha Wise.
Join us in support of our collective civil rights & RSVP for Free: http://aclusocal.org/borawards
Please also be sure to register to vote & know your voting rights: https://www.aclusocal.org/en/vote-for-our-future
The Hit House contributes Again to Disney’s “Mulan,” with a new TV Spot
With Disney’s Mulan premiering on Disney+ on September 4, 2020, the ideal music was needed to prime the audience for its arrival. After having contributed to Disney’s Mulan Teaser Trailer it was a wonderful opportunity for The Hit House to be able to contribute to a final TV Spot announcing the Mulan premiere on Disney+. In our new collective reality where movie premieres may (for the time being) no longer occur in cinemas, but rather on streaming platforms, informing the audience is critical. It is exciting to be able to contribute to a new wave of marketing that aims to redirect the audience from anticipation in theaters to the benefits of enjoying a movie opening from the comfort of their own home whether on a TV, hand-held mobile devices, or tablet screen.
Originally scheduled to open in theaters on March 27, Disney’s Mulan found a new premiere home on Disney+ with Premier Access. The 2020 big-budget, live-action remake of the 1998 animated feature is directed by Niki Caro & tells the tale of a legendary warrior who is so much more than just that. As a loyal, brave, & true daughter, leader, girl, soldier, sister, woman, & fighter, Mulan embodies the essence of a phoenix that constantly rises to new challenges. For Mulan her path is chosen as she seeks to bring honor to her family while earning her nation’s respect by helping the Imperial Army to defend from Northern invaders. Disguising herself as a male warrior, she fulfills her family’s obligation to have a man from each family serve in the Emperor’s military, & thereby not only saves her father, but possibly also her whole country! The film stars Yifei Liu as Mulan, along with Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, & Jet Li.
Our affinity for Disney’s classics is great, but when an animated version is remade as live-action for today’s circumstances, we are even more enthralled. Even if we hadn’t been able to contribute to the Official Teaser Trailer or this TV spot we would have still been amped for the opening, but to also be able to participate in our own way, well that makes it all the more meaningful. Right now we all need heroines & heroes in our lives, so to see a young woman take on the mantle & battle the forces that would seek to destroy her & her nation takes on a whole new meaning in our current times. It was The Hit House‘s distinct honor to contribute to Mulan, but know also that for your next trailer or other project, we’re available to provide that perfect piece from our vast library, find or craft one bespoke for your project. Until we get your call, email, telegram or carrier pigeon, we’ll be here, watching, mesmerized by Mulan’s strength & determination, & of course watching it all on Disney+’s Premier Access.
Inc. 5000’s Annual “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” List this Year includes The Hit House
From The Hit House’s humble beginnings of creating music in a Southern California garage in 2005 to now having had over 1.69 billion views/listens of our music, sound design, & music supervision on our clients’ official YouTube channels alone, it’s been a long journey to Inc. 5000’s annual list of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.” What started as a 2 person endeavor by founders Sally House (Executive Producer/CEO) & Scott Lee Miller (Creative Director) has expanded out to include a tightly interconnected team of composers, sound designers, vocalists, & music supervisors that have worked remotely in a distributed fashion from Los Angeles to NYC & London to Seattle & beyond.
Even pre-COVID The Hit House realized that to garner the requisite talent & to more effectively serve our clients, a cross-timezone group of experienced creatives could deliver a competitive advantage, not only from a near round-the-clock collaboration standpoint, but also from that of a quality of lifestyle perspective for our team. Working from home & avoiding the stress of commuting, improved not only quality of life, but also saved time & money. In the same vein The Hit House’s clients come from all over the world as the variety of content in our playlists of our trailer music, commercial music, & video game music can attest. From the largest films in China to blockbusters in the United States, the Official Trailers to which we’ve contributed have broken records in the competitive 24 hour viewing cycle to the tune of hundreds of millions of views, which then of course translates to tickets sold, streaming premieres downloaded, & video games purchased. The appreciation of the fans for the auditory content, extended as well to the peers of our industry as our clients gave us the opportunity to participate in & win a myriad of Clio Key Art Awards as well as Golden Trailer Awards (both of which set the bar for standards of excellence in the advertising & trailer music world). To create this wonderful dream was never easy, but through our extensive music & sound design library we are able to minimize pain points for our clients & always either have the perfect sounds & tracks on hand, or be able to craft a custom creation that ideally suits their needs.
The Hit House is honored & grateful to have been ranked among America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in Inc. 5000, but this accolade jointly belongs to our terrific team, luminous composers, generous collaborators, & of course our enchanting clients, who, without hyperbole, are more like family. We are truly blessed to create music, sound design, & music supervision on a daily basis with people we hold in such high esteem. Plaudits of course go as well to all our fans who listen to, love, & support the sounds we make!
To find out our latest & greatest, we’d love to have you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Spotify, Twitter, & YouTube. & of course, when you next need that ideal song, sound design element, or seek music supervision help, just give us a shout. We’re available & can’t wait to embark on that next project with you.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” Streams July 3 on Disney+, & The Hit House got to contribute by scoring the arrangement for the Official Trailer!
It all began with Lin-Manuel Miranda reading Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was then inspired to bring Hamilton’s story to life in the form of a musical. On January 20, 2015 Hamilton previewed off-Broadway to a sold-out audience & officially opened on February 17 to critical acclaim. The rest is history as it rocketed to a record-setting 16 nominations in the 2016 Tony Awards, winning 11, including Best Musical, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, & a multitude of other prestigious awards. To state that it was an privilege for The Hit House & composer William August Hunt to score the arrangement for the Disney+ Hamilton Official Trailer would be an understatement. As if that wasn’t enough of an honor, Alex Lacamoire, the Music Director, Orchestrator, & Conductor for the Broadway production, as well as co-arranger of the score, graciously tweeted out, “The task of arranging the music bed for our #HamilFilm trailer was left to the specialists. Massive shoutout to @HitHouseMusic c/o @yebomustang [Sally House] and #WilliamAugustHunt for their epic scoring! (That key change, tho!) 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.@disneyplus @HamiltonMusical.” Subsequently, Lin-Manuel Miranda himself retweeted Alex’s tweet with, “#ThatKeyChangeTho“. Sure, it may seem innocuous for some, but for us fangirls & fanboys at The Hit House, well we’re not admitting to tears of gratitude & joy being shed… but tissues were definitively damp.
Hamilton, for the uninitiated, is a two act musical with the music, lyrics, & book created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Its music is inspired by hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, & traditional show tunes to tell the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, along with other historical figures such as U.S. Presidents George Washington, James Madison, & Thomas Jefferson, as well as Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Peggy Schuyler, & Philip Hamilton. The cast of the show are predominantly non-white actors portraying the Founding Fathers. The show which will stream July 3, 2020 on Disney+ was filmed in June 2016 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. It features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, & Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, & Ephraim Sykes.
In these fraught times, Hamilton the musical gives us hope that passion will spark action & a brighter more just future. The Hit House is beyond grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to this incredible event & we can’t wait to stream it on Disney+ on July 3! Hamilton will doubtlessly inspire future leaders, feed conversations, & hopefully foment real-world change in the present & not just as a beautiful musical legacy.
Hulu’s Official Trailer for “The Great” incorporates The Hit House’s Music
The newest miniseries by Hulu, The Great is a wild satirical ride through the anti-historical adventures of Catherine the Great. Seismic Productions created the trailer to reflect this series steeped in comedy & drama. Thus a quirky, upbeat, & fun, while simultaneously zany, fanciful, & adventurous serving of trailer music was required. Luckily The Hit House composer William August Hunt’s “Drogon” from our Epic “Funny Bone 3: Orchestral Escapades” Album ideally fit the tone that helped to elevate the trailer to energetic new levels of mirth.
The Great is based on Executive Producer Tony McNamara’s play from the Sydney Theater Company’s eponymous 2008 production. With occasional historical facts peppered in, the series traces the ascent of Catherine, an 18th century Austrian royal plucked from the obscurity of rural living, to the throne of Russia. Having only idealism & romance in her heart she arrives in Russia to wed Emperor Peter, who shows himself to be the exact opposite of what her dreams of love & wedded bliss had been. The court & its denizens are filled with wild eccentricities that often become outright evil. Thus she is transformed, from a creature of sunshine to an expert at scheming & hatching plots to simply survive. Catherine’s story progresses as she decides to take on not only her husband the Emperor of Russia, but also the resolute church, the staunch military, & the crafty courtiers all of which seek to waylay her progress. However, through her tenacity & cunning the time for her reign is all but written & luckily we get to watch the wild ride! The Great stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi & Belinda Bromilow.
It was her time & she seized her greatness with aplomb, absolutely confounding her nay-sayers & for that Catherine amply deserves the title of “The Great.” Hulu has truly created a gem fit to adorn a royal crown in this wacky, uproariously funny, & absolutely binge-worthy comedic drama. We’re grateful Seismic Productions came to us for the music & happy that we could provide it for the latter half of this official trailer. On May 15, The Great arrives in 10 episodes, only on Hulu, & you can bet we’ll be binging it all night & throughout the weekend. Until then, we’ll continue to be the loyal vassals, creating music for all manner of trailers & commercials, but bear in mind, if you also need music for an occasional coup d’état, well, we’ll be happy to support & we may just have something up our sleeves, & definitely in our library as it were.