March 2, 2016

How to Make Your Movie Sound Like 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Thinking about a score for that dark, aggressive film you've been working on?

The Colossal Trailer Music division of SPM Music Group delivers exactly what its name promises: scores that could make even your micro-budget action or horror short feel like a tent-pole blockbuster. The Los Angeles-based music production company has found its niche providing music to trailers for movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Crimson Peak, The Boy, Netflix's Daredevil, and most recently, A24's horror revelation The Witch. 

Their newest collection, Eclipticon, features over 6,000 tracks. It could give your Kickstarter trailer that last boost it needs to grab the attention of prospective donors, or catapult that weird little project you're working on into the stratosphere of legitimacy. 

“A collection of aggressive and destructive hybrid orchestral and grimy sound design tracks with industrial heavy synth elements, triumphant choir, intense and heroic string and brass arrangements, dirty and sinister soundscapes, with edgy, dark undertones."

On the site, you can also check out tracks from collections like Severed, Headless Body in a Topless Bar, Creepy Creepers from Creeperville, and Schizo. Now, it is a licensing site, so the tracks aren't free. But if you're willing to shell out some cash, it provides "information and samples of music and sound that can be licensed from the representative companies, right owners and right administrators for professional production uses."      

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$500 is no bad at all. I know I tried doing some old songs from Ben Kweller back in the day and the label wanted $15K.

March 2, 2016 at 6:32PM

Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor

THIS JUST MADE MY NIGHT!! Great job guys! The guy who posted this deserves a raise!

March 3, 2016 at 1:01AM


I agree that sound was a huge element which helped this movie achieve success! Christopher Nolan is a genius and he knows how to use everything to make movie a masterpiece. Great article!

March 3, 2016 at 1:59AM