Interview with Script Magazine

We just did a really GREAT interview with Cheryl Laughlin for Script Magazine!

The article discusses the Myths About Westerns and Why We Actually Love Them.

The interview is with Nick Trivundza and Cat Stewart discussing the aspects of writing a western film for modern audiences. 

Here’s one of our favorite parts:

“We invented the fictional town of Crow’s Landing, so it could be everything we ever wanted a Western town to be,” Nick notes. “For audiences, it’s somewhere old but new: it’s a place where people from all walks of life are colliding out West. It’s a melting pot of diversity and people looking for new beginnings.”

And Cat reminds us why we like these characters in the first place, “Characters in the old West were the original anti-heroes. There’s a real catharsis in seeing a really bad guy (or girl) finally get what’s coming to him.”

Check out the full article right here:

New Awards!

SO excited to announce that this last Spring has brought in a ton of awards for some of the super great work we’ve been doing here with advertising agency MTA. 

Awards include 2 Silver Pollie Awards and 5 Bronze Telly Awards! 

The agency took home another 3 Telly awards as well. Congrats and high fives all around!

Check out some of the award winning work below!

Private Tour of a Ghost Town

The day after the Premiere of The West and the Ruthless (which was phenomenal :) we met up with Producer Rob Jensen and headed out to Mescal, which seems to be out in the middle of nowhere as your drive through the deserts of Arizona. Rob was one of the producers on The West and the Ruthless and heads up the production at Old Tucson Studios.

When we were shooting the film, he had also mentioned how amazing their other backlot was, Mescal. It’s the legendary site of the OK Corral shootout from Tombstone. 

The location scout was like having a private tour of a ghost town. it was amazing. Here’s a few snapshots below.  

The West and the Ruthless, Premiere and Party!

What an incredible Premiere we had for The West and the Ruthless! Thank you for everyone who came out to support the film (I cannot believe how packed the theater was, holy crap!) and for all of you who rooted for us from further away!! 

The audience reaction was full of so much enthusiasm and excitement! I could feel them going through each of the emotional arcs throughout the film which was just so amazing. I am so proud of everyone who worked so hard and so much to help accomplish this dream Nick and I have had for so long! It was definitely up there as one of the best moments in my life and will cherish that memory for a very long time! :D

The West and the Ruthless Heads to Cannes

Our feature film The West and the Ruthless will be heading to Cannes this May! The film was acquired for World Wide Distribution by Tall Tree Entertainment in January as part of their 2017 line up. International sales kicked off during the Berlin Film Festival at EFM and will now continue during the Marche Du Film at the Festival de Cannes. 

The film, Directed by Nick + Lexie Trivundza and produced in Association with Old Tucson Studios stars Danny Brown, Dan Fowlks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapaniemi, Alexander Harris, Benedict Mazurek, Will Roberts, Zoe Sloane with Matt Boone, and Katelyn Ann Clark. 

If you haven’t seen the trailer or posters, you can check everything out at the Official Site:

The West and the Ruthless, Panel Discussion

Join us April 21st at 7:30PM for a Panel Discussion following The West and the Ruthless! We'll chat about the making of the film and also have a Q&A. The Panel will take place as part of AIFF and we couldn’t be more excited!

Tickets will be on sale soon! For more information check out the Official Site:

Also, with the Premiere quickly approaching, we just had the chance to proof the posters heading out from the print shop on their way to the festival. They look incredible! 

Brand New Interview with Zocalo Magazine!

The April Issue of Zocalo Magazine is out! SUPER excited for this issue since it includes an interview we just did and some Behind the Scenes on The West and the Ruthless! 

Here's one of my favorite parts:

Zocalo Magazine: You co-directed the film with your wife, Lexie. How did the two of you end up working together?

NT: Lexie and I met in the advertising world where she was producing and I was directing for advertising agencies. The romantic and creative partnership sort of happened instantaneously. We kept getting paired up on the same projects. So, one thing lead to another, yada yada yada, now we’re married and decided to direct our first feature film together, a Western. Our daughter - who was a year and a half at the time of the shoot - makes a cameo in the film.


Please make sure to buy a copy today! OR read it online over at:

Or DOWNLOAD it for your iPad, Tablet, Desktop:

The West and the Ruthless, Tons of Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that The West and the Ruthless just took home a ton of awards! The Genre Celebration Festival (a celebration of genre films including Westerns, Sci-Fi, Horror, Noir, and more) has officially sent us the award announcements! 

The film was awarded Best Western Film, Best Actress (for Danny Brown as Mary Laclede) and Best Visual FX. The film was also nominated for Best Actor (for Alexander Harris as Grant Morgan) and Best Cinematography!

Genre Celebration Festival Screenings will be happening later this year in Shanghai! 

The West and the Ruthless, World Premiere at the Arizona International Film Festival!

We are so excited to announce the World Premiere of The West and the Ruthless! The Premiere will be held during the Arizona International Film Festival this April! 

After shooting the film in Tucson, we couldn’t think of a better place to hold the World Premiere! The Arizona International Film Festival is the longest running Film Festival in Arizona and will be held April 19th - 30th. 

The Premeire will take place April 21st, Friday, at 7:30PM. 

The West and the Ruthless was Directed By Nick + Lexie Trivundza and Produced in Association with Old Tucson Studios. The film stars (in alphabetical order) Danny Brown, Dan Fowlks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapeniemi, Alexander Harris, Benedict Mazurek, Will Roberts, and Zoe Sloane with Matt Boone and Katelyn Ann Clark.

The West and the Ruthless, Clip 04: “The Crow's Landing Shoot Out”

A western isn’t a western unless it has a great shoot out - and The West and the Ruthless has a pretty F'ing Great one. Sorry about the F bomb there, but we’re cool with it if you are. If you're not, then we'll just say it's pretty great. 

This clip features Danny Brown, Zoe Sloane, Dan Fowlks, Paul Haapaniemi, Benedict Mazurek, Rebecca Gomberg and Katelyn Ann Clark. In a scene that includes a bloody shoot out and a woman giving birth. 

The West and the Ruthless, Beautiful Coloring

With the West and the Ruthless off to Berlin last week we had the chance to jump in and do some amazing last minute coloring and VFX work! Down below are just a few examples from the final film. 

The first shot below of Rebeca Gomberg as Scarlet is actually a set extension. The original shot only went to the windows beside her. The back of the train is all a recreation. 

Here's a few more of the beautiful new details. 

The West and the Ruthless, International Posters!

As The West and the Ruthless prepares to head off, we wanted to show off the international posters! We released the first one last week with the news that the film had been acquired for world wide distribution and the second one a few days ago with the Berlin announcement. 

Take a look at the full set below! They’re badass! 

The West and the Ruthless Heads to Berlin!

Tall Tree Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights to the Western Action / Drama, The West and the Ruthless. It will launch international sales in Berlin at the European Film Market taking place during the Berlin International Film Festival!

The West and the Ruthless, Official Logline:

In the dusty streets of Crow's Landing, outlaws, wealthy plantation owners, runaway slaves, a half Cherokee girl, a pair of brothel owners and a woman days away from giving birth all end up in a bloody shoot out and running for their lives.

The film was directed by Nick + Lexie Trivundza and produced in association with Old Tucson Studios (Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, 3:10 to Yuma, The Magnificent 7).

The West and the Ruthless, International Poster 2

The West and the Ruthless Acquired for World Wide Distribution!

The West and the Ruthless has just been acquired for World Wide Distribution with Tall Tree Entertainment and will be added to their 2017 Slate of Films along with their producing partner GSP Studios! 

The West and the Ruthless, directed by Nick + Lexie Trivundza, was filmed on location this last summer in association with Old Tucson Studios (Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, 3:10 to Yuma, The Magnificent Seven). The film stars in alphabetical order: Danny Brown, Dan Fowlks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapeniemi, Alexander Harris, Benedict Mazurek, Will Roberts, and Zoe Sloane with Matt Boone and Katelyn Ann Clark. 

GSP’s current slate includes That Good Night with two-time Oscar nominated John Hurt and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mad to be Normal starring David Tennant (Dr. Who, Broadchurch), and Diamond Geezers with Brian Cox and Tom Courtenay. Tall Tree Entertainment is currently releasing If I Were You with Oscar Winning Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) with Joseph Kell, and Aiden Quinn, as well as the upcoming TV Series Harrigan. 

The West and the Ruthless, International Poster 1

The West and the Ruthless, Director & Producer Round Up

We asked a few of the directors and producers we’ve worked with over the years to check out The West and the Ruthless. It was just incredible to get their feedback and hear and what they had to say about the film! 

“Entertaining, funny and fun! The West and the Ruthless is the true indie filmgoers Hateful Eight!” 

Kevin Haskin (Sensored, Starting Strong)

“Much more “Go” or “Run Lola Run!” than a Typical Western.”

Galen Christy, (Conan The Barbarian, Exeter, Stranded)

“Great locations. Lovely costumes. The Actors are quite good. And the violence really ramps up from the start.”

Aaron Becker (The Conjuring, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation)

“Brilliant comedic awkwardness meets the highest standard of production value - beautifully shot!”

Kevin Haskin (Sensored, Starting Strong TV Series)

"Awesome film that's a refreshing take on a classic genre. An enjoyable ride.”

James Allen (HBO, Nike, Microsoft) 

“Great attention was given to the details, making for solid visuals and composition.”

James Allen (HBO, Nike, Microsoft) 

Adventure Company

We had the opportunity to work with lettering genius Tobias Saul on our motion logo for Adventure Company, which can be seen at the opening of The West and the Ruthless.

His work was once again nothing short of stellar. 

We wanted to show off a behind the scenes of all of his design work right here.

We’ve also launched a very Hollywood website as well (meaning it’s just a logo on black).

For all of the Titles, Posters, and Artwork of The West and the Ruthless, check out the article below for the full collection:

The West and the Ruthless, Clip 03: “Opening Titles”

If you’ve seen some of the opening titles we’ve designed over the years for other films, you’ll know we love blood. Love it. For design purposes only of course, otherwise we’d be like weird or something. Well, the titles to The West and the Ruthless kick off with blood and head straight for the stage coach. This clip features Danny Brown, Dan Folks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapaniemi, and Alexander Harris.

Year End Highlights

2016 was OUR BIGGEST year ever. Ever ever. Not only did we write, direct, and produce our feature film debut The West and the Ruthless ( we worked with some of the most amazing people in the world to make this film. The talent of the cast and crew is still something we can’t get over. Everybody was such a badass! We can’t believe we had this opportunity. 

Here’s a few other amazing highlights from this year:

We were on the first episode of Robert Rodriguez’s New Show on the El Rey Network featuring 10 Up and Coming Directors hosted by John Carpenter! 

John Carpenter Getting Ready to shoot on El Rey Network

We did some amazing interviews with websites and newspapers this year including one for Northern Californian newspaper, the Modesto Bee, which got us on the front page!

Article on the Front Page! 

Our short films played in 5 film festivals this year, including the Santa Monica Film Festival and a Triple Feature of our shorts on display at the Alternative Gallery in Pennsylvania. We also signed a book deal with Baldi Books, and art directed a Documentary.

In TV News, The Dead Unknown, a documentary about the murders of Harlan County, took home an Emmy! We wrapped the final season of Desperate Landscapes with JayTV and our spot for Fair Hotels has currently been featured on a ridiculous amount of lists for Best Motion Graphics! 

In our 7 years here at Naissance, we’ve worked on over 1000 projects now! Some of those projects were for brand new clients and brands like Sketchers, InstaNatural, AirBnB, The State of California, El Rey Network, CAAA, and Chevron. We also created some great work with returning clients and brands such as Apollo Group, Google, MTA, Ogilvy, Nevada Education, and IBM.

We even had the opportunity to pitch to the UN this year! 

From 3D projects, to green screen stages, to the offices at Paramount, to the deserts of Tucson where it was 120 degrees - this year has been AMAZING. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us along the way. You guys are INCREDIBLE! 

Brand New 2017 Reel!

Along with The West and the Ruthless (our upcoming Feature Film) we also worked with a ridiculous amount of badasses on a ton of commercials this last year! Here’s a few amazing highlights from this last year in our Brand New Reel! BAM! 

Featuring work for IBM, AirBNB, Fair Hotels, The Apollo Group, Ogilvy, IRI, El Rey Network,  InstaNatural, Chevron, and Google. 

Happy New Year from Naissance!

With 2016 coming to a close (and what a year! I mean it started off by taking away David Bowie and Snape! Then Prince, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Anton Yeltsin, Fidel Castro, Mohamed Ali, Alan Thicke, Florence Henderson, Arnold Palmer, George Michael, and closed out with taking away Princess Leia! Argh! Come on!) we thought it was time to go out with a bang of our own. Or not.

Here's the AMAZING cast of The West and the Ruthless with outtakes, rehearsals, and guns not working correctly.