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  • COCO WINS AT GOLDEN GLOBES

    The 75th Annual Golden Globes awarded Disney Pixar’s “Coco” a win in 2018!

    Winning an 8th Golden Globe for Pixar, Disney Pixar’s Coco took home the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture – Animated” in January 7’s award ceremony. The multi-generational rousing tale shows the journey of aspiring musician Miguel, who when confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Starring Gael García Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Anthony Gonzalez, & Benjamin Bratt, Coco opened in U.S. theaters on November 22.

    The Hit House was happy to contribute trailer music to the Coco campaign, with the track “Eustace,” from our “Tales” album, heard in this Official U.S. Trailer below.

  • DON’T FORCE IT

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with The Hit House's work on music arrangements for the campaign.

    Hit House Studios Left in Rubble After Several Composers Swear Allegiance to the Dark Chord.

    After years of training, The Hit House was finally tasked by the rebellion to lend their skills to The Last Jedi campaign. Instantly, a rift began to form. Our wise sage, Scott Lee Miller, swore an oath to the Major chords long ago; bringing light and hope to the noble campaign. However… under the massive responsibility of scoring… his disciples soon strayed.

    “At first it was one A Minor coming from Master William Hunt’s studio,” Scott told us while standing amidst the debris, his speech struggled after the battle. “Play not with such dark tones, thought I.”

    One taste was all it took, as Hunt recruited Dan Diaz and the two traveled farther down the path away from light. For months the walls shook. TV spot after TV Spot went to air. One beautiful and grand, one gritty and unsettling. The sheer variance in tone uprooted the foundations of the once calm place of business.

    Then, on December 15th, 2017, the war ceased. With a beautiful cacophony layering a magnitude of varied pieces of advertising, the roof finally gave in. The three composers agreed to a temporary truce until Episode 9, and began to rebuild.

    Who won? Watch all The Hit House’s work on The Last Jedi and you decide.

  • 24TH ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMS

    “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “Wonder Woman,” “Godless,” & “Victoria & Abdul” Screen Actors Guilds Award nominees had The Hit House Trailer Music in their Campaigns.

    On December 13, the Screen Actor’s Guild announced their nominations for the 24th Annual SAG Awards. We were pleased to learn that 4 of the contenders used The Hit House’s trailer music in their campaigns. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman, was nominated for “Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.” HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7, was nominated in 3 categories, namely, “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage,” “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,” & “Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.” Originally airing July 16, the highly anticipated Season 7 is still available to stream on HBO Now. Focus Features’ Victoria & Abdul was nominated for Judi Dench’s portrayal of Queen Victoria the category of, “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.” The biopic of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria & a young Indian clerk opened in the U.S. on September 22, & is still playing in select theaters. Netflix’s Godless, was nominated for Jeff Daniel’s performance in the category of, “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.” Godless is now streaming live on Netflix.

    All the talented nominees, across all categories deserve a huge hand & acknowledgment of their hard work & dedication to their selected art form. However, on January 21, 2018, you know for whom The Hit House will be rooting to take home those wonderful SAG Awards! Keep in mind, when you’re searching for that perfect original song, reimagining, or cover for your campaign, The Hit House has you covered.

    Hear The Hit House’s original song, “Hunt You Down” by Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, featuring vocals by Ruby Friedman (0:29-1:48), in this Official U.S. Trailer for Netflix’s Godless:

    Hear The Hit House’s track, “Propellant,” in this Official Trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7:

    Hear The Hit House composer William August Hunt’s track “Incandescence,” from our “Kinetic Re:Action” album, in this Wonder Woman spot:

    Hear The Hit House’s music in this Official U.S. Trailer for Victoria & Abdul:

  • 75th Golden Globe Award Noms

    “Coco,” “Game of Thrones” Season 7, & “Victoria & Abdul” Golden Globe Awards nominees had The Hit House Trailer Music in their Campaigns.

    When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association released their nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 3 of the contenders used The Hit House’s trailer music in their campaigns. Disney/Pixar’s Coco was nominated in the categories of, “Best Motion Picture – Animated” & “Best Original Song – Motion Picture.” Released on November 22, & still currently in theaters, Coco has dominated the box office for 3 consecutive weekends & taken in over $280M. HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7, was nominated for, “Best Television Series – Drama.” Originally airing July 16, the highly anticipated Season 7 is still available to stream on HBO Now. Focus Features’ Victoria & Abdul was nominated for Judi Dench’s portrayal of Queen Victoria the category of,”Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.” The biopic of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria & a young Indian clerk opened in the U.S. on September 22, & is still playing in select theaters.

    Congrats to all the incredible nominees, across all categories… But, come January 7, 2018, you know for whom The Hit House will be rooting to take home those wonderful Golden Globes! Until then, when your campaign needs that perfect original song, reimagining, or cover, The Hit House has your back!

    Hear The Hit House’s music in this Official U.S. Trailer for Coco:

    Hear The Hit House’s track, “Propellant,” in this Official Trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7:

    Hear The Hit House’s music in this Official U.S. Trailer for Victoria & Abdul:

  • THE JUNGLES AWAIT

    New adventures of “Jumanji” get wild with trailer music from The Hit House.

    Columbia Pictures created a second installment in the Jumanji film franchise with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which picks up 21 years from where the original film left off. Based off of the 1981 eponymous children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle opened on December 20, 2017 & has crushed box office records with $822M worldwide, making it the 9th highest-grossing film in 2017. Looking to add a certain “je ne sais quoi” spirit of adventure to this French TV spot, The Hit House’s track “Incandescence,” by William August Hunt, from our “KINETIC RE:ACTION” trailer music album, plays from 0:10-20.

    Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, tells the tale of 4 teenagers whose world is literally sucked inside-out as during detention at school they literally become trapped in the world of Jumanji. After finding an old video game console at their high school they unexpectedly discover themselves in the jungle setting of the video game with the bodies of avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, & Karen Gillan. As they progress in the most dangerous adventure of their lives, they find themselves not so much playing the game, as the game playing them, with the stakes being a loss meaning they’ll be stuck in the game forever!

    Next time your campaign is in the tall grass, surrounded by predators & without a way out, look to The Hit House. We’ll light the beacon, sound the clarion call, deliver the music & make sure we all safely get out of the weeds & together make your trailer a winning one for everyone!

  • CHOOSE THE LIGHT

    Destiny is fulfilled with The Hit House’s work on the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” campaign.

    The epic saga continues on December 15, with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures & Lucasfilm Ltd’s release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Certain projects take on such a grand scale & their stories have played such a part of our collective lives, that when we have the ability to contribute our talents to them, it is a dream come true. The Star Wars franchise is the summit of these, & The Hit House team is honored & awed to contribute to this incredible story-telling universe.

    Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars the late great Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, & Adam Driver as Kylo Renn. In this second film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Luke Skywalker guides Rey in her newly found powers as she struggles to control their previously unseen strength. While Rey is on her quest of mastery, the Resistance prepares to battle the First Order.

    If you’re trying to find us before December 15, or in the weeks thereafter, look no farther; we’ll be camped out in front of the movie theater waiting for the doors to open, & then in the theater watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, on repeat.

  • WALK ALL OVER YOU

    Paramount Network’s new “WACO” miniseries trailer by Concept Arts used The Hit House’s reimagining of Nancy Sinatra’s music.

    Starting in 2018 Spike TV is rebranding itself as Paramount Network, & with it comes a mass of exciting new programming. One of the new offerings is a 6-part miniseries titled, WACO. Concept Arts created the Revelations trailer for it & chose The Hit House’s custom reimagining of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” as the the ideal music. Composer William August Hunt had the privilege of recreating the music of this iconic piece, while Tori Letzler contributed her vocals from 0:37-2:00 in the trailer. As Slashfilm noted, “there’s actually a morbidly clever reasoning behind the use of the song [“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”] here: during the standoff, the FBI blasted the Nancy Sinatra version of that song on repeat, day and night, in an attempt to drive Koresh out of the compound.”

    Directed by John Erick Dowdle & Dennie Gordon, WACO is based on the shocking true story of David Koresh, who in 1993 led his sect of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. After a UPS truck driver found grenades en route to the Branch Davidian compound, he alerted the authorities who in February 1993 executed a raid on the property. For 51 days the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF) was in a stalemate with leader David Koresh & his followers. Ultimately, the incident ended in tragedy after a failed FBI assault led to a fire that killed 76 people.

    The end times arrive on January 24 with WACO, only on the Paramount Network. But if you have a campaign before then, that needs original trailer music, or the perfect reimagining of a classic song… Call us, to make sure someone else isn’t gettin’ all our best.

    Hear the These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ reimagining by William August Hunt, with Tori Letzler’s vocals on SoundCloud:

  • A GODLESS NO MAN’S LAND

    Netflix’s New Limited Series “Godless” features The Hit House’s “Hunt You Down” Trailer Music.

    When Netflix created its first limited series, they turned to Create Advertising to make the trailer. In turn, Create contacted The Hit House to see what music we could deliver, & it turns out we had just the song to fit their needs. Written by Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, with impassioned vocals by Ruby Friedman of The Ruby Friedman Orchestra, Hunt You Down is a soulful ballad of darkness to come. For the Godless trailer, it proved to be the perfect fit at 0:29-1:48.

    Created & directed by Scott Frank, Godless is a Western set in the 1800s about a larger than life criminal Frank Griffin (played by Jeff Daniels) & his band of criminals who are seeking revenge against his former accomplice Roy Good (played by Jack O’Connell) who betrayed the gang. Fleeing from the gang, Roy finds sanctuary with the woman governed mining town of La Belle, New Mexico, with the widow Alice Fletcher (played by Michelle Dockery). Almost all the men had previously died in a terrible mining accident, so when the remaining people of La Belle hear that Griffin is on his way to exact his pounds of flesh from Roy, they decide that together they must stand to ward off the evil of the outsider & his band of n’er-do-wells.

    All 7 episodes of Godless arrive November 22, only on Netflix. Whether with God or without, when your next campaign travels the path of righteousness or plumbs the depths of the abyss, but above all needs the right music, call us & we shall embark on that journey of darkness or light with you.

    Hear the full version of Hunt You Down by composers Scott Lee Miller & William August Hunt, with Ruby Friedman’s vocals on SoundCloud:

    Watch a live performance of Hunt You Down with composers Scott Lee Miller on acoustic guitar, William August Hunt on cello, & Ruby Friedman’s vocals at Mint LA:

  • RAGNAROK YOUR WORLD

    Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures chose The Hit House’s trailer music for the “Thor: Ragnarok” campaign.

    In order to build anticipation for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie, Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures chose “Incandescence” for a spot 10 days from the film’s official release. Composed by The Hit House’s William August Hunt for our KINETIC RE:ACTION music album, this track includes elements of uptempo action with a healthy helping of adventurous orchestral synth, guitar & strings to elevate the hype.

    Directed by Taika Waititi as a sequel to the 2013 Thor: The Dark World & 2011 Thor movies, this film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, with Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, & Anthony Hopkins. In the third film of the series, Thor finds himself captive on the opposite end of the universe, pitted against his former ally & fellow Avenger the Hulk, but without his trusty hammer! In a desperate race for the survival of his Asgardian homeworld, he must battle his way home in time to save Asgard & its citizens from the ruthless & threatening goddess of death, Hela.

    Thor: Ragnarok, the must-see movie of the year arrives on November 3. Already acclaimed as “Spectacular” & the “Boldest Marvel film yet,” get your tickets now on Fandango: fandan.co/2y9whuN Keep in mind, when your universe is in danger, when you must highlight the excitement of your plight, when no one else can rescue you, The Hit House is here to deliver that perfect action track your campaign craves.

    Hear “Incandescence” from The Hit House’s KINETIC RE:ACTION album here on SoundCloud:

  • Fear has been flipped upside down…

    The Hit House’s “FRAMEWORK LAYER 4” Horror Sound Design for Advertising arrives for Halloween.

    How do you build the perfect haunted house? And no, we aren’t just talking about a place with spotty Wi-Fi and no AC. We mean something so scary that no matter how hard you try, a little moisture escapes into your…

    For The Hit House’s 6-time Emmy Nominated sound designer Chad J. Hughes, it began with a clear vision about the dynamics of industry needs. “It’s always a challenge creating something that is useful for trailer editors. In this collection we cover horror in a way never heard before. There is a spectrum of offerings from subtle uncomfortable, to huge bombastic design, and everything in between,” said Hughes.

    Categories of sound design in FRAMEWORK LAYER 4 include “Atmospheres,” “Creatures,” “Horror Hits,” “Pulses,” “Signature Sounds,” and “Whooshes.” On cutting through a busy mix, Hughes said, “During the design process I was mindful of how dynamic trailer mixes are in the horror genre. The choice of frequency content was custom tailored to cut through these types of mixes and deliver something that is crisp, terrifying, and that will make you cringe!” This ethos of making it easy for our clients extends through all The Hit House’s music and sound design offerings. Hughes highlighted his intent of making it seamless for the editors’ needs, “We design with fidelity in mind. The end result is something that can be dropped right into a mix and doesn’t tie the mixers hands with overbearing reverbs printed into the cue. It’s something that is tasteful and clean. It just works.”

    Additionally, this new horror sound design album’s offerings include even more bespoke elements. “We have introduced several Foley and Design categories that allow the editor to maximize impact and detail in ways never heard before,” said Hughes. These are divided into groups for “Body and Combat,” “Human and Animal,” “Mechanical/Structural,” and “Weapon.” An additional consideration for this album was layering. Hughes said, “Have you ever listened to a cue and thought ‘I’d love this if that one little sound wasn’t in there…’? We found some cues would be useful if broken into two parts. So we gave editors the option of selecting which part of the design they prefer, or choosing the fully layered mixed version of the cue. Adding a level of control never offered before.”

    With FRAMEWORK LAYER 4, we hacked and carved away at terror to give you the organs and tissue to create the monster for yourself. Our in-house unlicensed sound surgeon, “Dr. Hughes,” meticulously created this exhaustive and expansive blood bag of sonic guts to play with from the practical, to the ambient to the comple…WAIT WHAT WAS THAT!??!?!

    You may want to lay down some plastic sheeting before listening.