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Making Music For (& Money from) Hollywood Movie Trailers

Reported by JontySkrufff on September 7, 2010

Rudy Chung from leading LA music synching agency Hit The Ground Running (HTGR) chatted to Skrufff this week about the growing opportunities for dance music producers to make money from movie trailers revealing artists can earn tens of thousands of dollars for producing mini soundtracks for movie trailers.

“We’re being approached by more and more film companies to source artists from the electronic music community because they want music of a type that a normal Hollywood composer is not able to do,” said Rudy.

“The Hollywood guys can do the classic string sounds and orchestral pieces but to achieve that dark haunting electronic, organic, modern sound is something that really is something for someone from the electronic community to tackle,” he said.

Rudy and his agency partner Jason Alexander have been responsible for sourcing music for TV series including CSI New York and CSI Miami as well as major studio films Flicka and Goal, though Rudy said budgets for straightforward synching have recently been shrinking. The duo launched their spin-off film trailer music sourcing company Pusher last year and will be actively seeking talent at Amsterdam Dance Event in October, he said.

“With the way budgets are starting to be cut in Hollywood these days we’re focusing more more and more towards the independent world for great music,” said Rudy,

“As far our trailer music company Pusher is concerned, we are looking for the right people to possibly represent. We're not aggressively looking for lots of signings we're very particular and like to handpick the artists that we're using and working with. So if it' s a composer who also produces dubstep tracks or someone writing very ambient music with the right scope and fit for us then we'll be very interested in talking to them. We're always looking for great artists, great managers, independent labels and publishers to start and build long term relationships with,” he added.

Jonty Skrufff