Brand New TV Show, The Volunteers!

Really excited to finally be able to tell everyone about a brand new TV show we had the chance to work on this last spring with the super producers at Ricky Shroder Productions, called The Volunteers!

The show premieres as a Two Night Event this November with back to back episodes Saturday November 11th at 8PM and Sunday November 12th at 8PM. The show debuts on Audience Network and follows the real life medics helping the wounded in the fight against ISIS on the front lines. These are some of the bravest people on the planet. 

Check out the trailer below! 

The West and the Ruthless, Pre-Order Now Available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble!

The West and the Ruthless, DVD is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon, Best Buy and Barnes and Noble! The film will be released by Sony Pictures and 4 Digital on November 7. 

It’s really exciting to see the film, no longer in our hands, but heading out into the world! It’s also interesting to see new posters and covers being released as well.

The West and the Ruthless European Release is being scheduled for an early 2018 release. 

The West and the Ruthless, European Release!

We’re SO excited to announce that our debut feature film, The West and the Ruthless, is heading to Europe! 

The West and the Ruthless will be released in the US and Canada on Nov. 7 by 4 Digital and Sony Pictures with the European release to follow in early 2018. The film will be released by Manymore Films who will oversee the distribution.

The West and the Ruthless premiered at AIFF in April and has received rave reviews with praise for it’s performances and cinematography as well as it’s non-linear structure with comparisons to Doug Liman’s film “Go” and the works of Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Danny Brown, Dan Fowlks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapaneimi, Alexander Harris, Benedict Mazurek, Will Roberts, Zoe Sloane, with Matt Boone and Katelyn Ann Clark.

Check out the official website right here:

http://www.westandtheruthless.com

Umbrella Factory, Main Title Designs

With the Television Debut of The Umbrella Factory, we wanted to show off some brand new behind the scenes!

We once again worked with genius lettering and design guru Tobias Saul for the New Main Title of The Umbrella Factory. Tobias also designed the Main Title for The West and the Ruthless as well as the Adventure Company Logo. This was originally part of the upcoming feature version that is still being developed, but with the release on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, we thought this was a wonderful time to show off the designs!

New Article! "Modesto-born filmmaker scores again with TV network"

Here’s a wonderful article just released this weekend by Deke Farrow!

For a second year, short films created by a Modesto native and her husband will be aired on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's ("Sin City," "From Dusk Till Dawn") El Rey Network.

The “Animation Edition” of the program "The People's Network Showcase" features 15 films that will be broadcast Sunday and also released digitally on El Rey Network’s YouTube page. The special showcases "stand-out rising independent filmmakers from around the world," according to the El Rey announcement.

To read the full article about our Brand New TV Episode on El Rey, as well more info on our Short Films, and feature film debut, The West and the Ruthless, read it here:

http://www.modbee.com/latest-news/article174803721.html

New Episode coming to Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network!

For 2 years in a row, Nick + Lexie have been named directors to watch by the El Rey Network! Join us for the next episode of the People’s Network Showcase! We’ll be discussing the creation of our short films Little Red Riding Hood and The Umbrella Factory! 

The Episode airs Sunday Night, Sept 24th 8PM. 

If you haven’t seen them, Little Red Riding Hood is a short film of animated black and white photographs shot in the Sierra Nevada. The Umbrella Factory is an award-winning, animated retelling of the short horror story, The Monkey’s Paw, originally published in 1902, and written by WW Jacobs.  

Little Red Riding Hood and The Umbrella Factory Acquired by El Rey Network!

Little Red Riding Hood and The Award Winning Short Film, The Umbrella Factory, have both been acquired by Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network! 

The short films were directed by Nick + Lexie and have gone on to screen at Film Festivals around the world. The upcoming release will mark their television debut. 

This past October, Jack the Ripper, another short film directed by Nick + Lexie had been previously acquired by El Rey Network. 

Watch the Brand New Version of One Shot!

The brand new version of our short film One Shot is here! Along with the 4K Restoration, beautiful new color, new titles, and music, we’ve also had the chance to add in a few really amazing shots of The San Francisco Bay. 

Originally, the film was meant to be a 1 Hour, 1 Take film, and we did that. Our actors actually memorized 60 pages of dialogue and gave amazing performances 3 times in one day starting at SFO and then crossing over to a loft in the Emeryville Warehouse District. 

What we found in the viewing, was a film with an unbearable amount of suspense and no breathing room. By cutting the film down and adding cuts, it allows those performances to shine. It also allows the suspense to build and breathe. 

Watch the brand new version of One Shot, below! 

One Shot, New Titles

We're currently restoring our previous two Live Action Short Films, Haunting of the White Sparrow and One Shot, in anticipation of the upcoming release of The West and the Ruthless. As we were restoring One Shot, we wanted to go back and give the titles a second look. Digging through the files we found some title designs that were actually better than what ended up in the final version of the film! 

Check out the "Brand New" Titles to One Shot below! 

 

MAIN TITLE

CLOSING TITLES

One Shot, 4K Restoration

In anticipation of the Nov. 7 Release of The West and the Ruthless we’ve been going back to our previous live action films and restoring them to their High Res formats! We just completed a beautiful restoration of Haunting of the White Sparrow, and now we're restoring our first live action short, the suspense thriller, One Shot! 

When we first shot One Shot, we didn’t have the computer power that we do today, so even though the film was shot at 4K, the best we could work with was HD, and a few years ago that was even sluggish. But today, we’re actually able to work with the 4K Native Red files and they’re beautiful! 

Take a look at some of the brand new stills below! 

The West and the Ruthless, All Clips!

With the upcoming release of The West and the Ruthless (Nov. 7), we wanted to showcase all the incredibly cool clips we’ve released so far! Make sure to go FULL screen! 

 

TRAILERS

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

 

CLIPS

Opening Titles

Heading to the Mission

The Crow's Landing Shoot Out

Grant's Prayer

Main on End

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Visual FX Comparison

Blooper Reel

For more great content from The West and the Ruthless, make sure to check out the articles below as well as the official site! Also check out behind the scenes on Instagram! 

New Interview with the Post-Dispatch!

Just did a New Interview with Joe Holleman, a reporter with the St. Louis Post Dispatch! The interview is about the upcoming release of The West and the Ruthless on Nov. 7! 

"Trivundza reports that his film, "The West and the Ruthless," has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures. A release date of Nov. 7 has been set.

The flick is the first full-length feature from Trivundza and his wife, Lexie Findarle Trivundza, who share writing and directing credits on the piece."

Check out the Full Article below!

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/stl-man-nick-trivundza-s-western-picked-up-by-sony/article_df3f9909-9241-5fe4-9e1b-15cc749e2111.html

The West and the Ruthless, Coming Nov. 7!

Mark your calendars for November 7, as Sony Pictures and 4 Digital release The West and the Ruthless! The film, directed by Nick+Lexie Trivundza, will be available on DVD, Blu Ray, and Digital just in time to kick off your Holiday Shopping this year! Need a stocking stuffer, how about a copy of The West and the Ruthless! 

Shot on location 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 has been called “An Instant Indie Western Classic!” (Keegan McColl, Reelhouse) and “Filled with Swagger, Grit, and Bravado (Jonathan Martin, FilmQuest).

The West and the Ruthless premiered at AIFF in April and has received rave reviews with praise for it’s performances and cinematography as well as it’s non-linear structure with comparisons to Doug Liman’s film “Go” and the works of Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Danny Brown, Dan Fowlks, Rebecca Gomberg, Paul Haapaneimi, Alexander Harris, Benedict Mazurek, Will Roberts, Zoe Sloane, with Matt Boone and Katelyn Ann Clark.

Watch the Brand New Version of Haunting of The White Sparrow!

Our short film, Haunting of the White Sparrow, which we recently restored, re-colored, and re-cut is here! Check It out!

Haunting of the White Sparrow was a Special Halloween Vimeo Select and has previously screened around the world in International Film Festivals such as Seattle, London, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, and Greece just to name a few. 

Haunting of the White Sparrow, Main Titles

Along with the 5K Restoration, brand new edit, coloring and music for our short film Haunting of the White Sparrow, we have also restored the original titles designed for the film which tell even more of the story (and are nice and grusome :)

The images are based around an original copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel (or Dr. Beak), a plague doctor from the seventeenth century in Rome. circa 1656. 

Haunting of the White Sparrow, 5K Restoration

After wrapping on The West and the Ruthless and developing a 5K workflow, we wanted to go back to one of our earlier films, Haunting of the White Sparrow and completely re-edit it! If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s a short that we shot one afternoon in Northern California out in the middle of a cornfield. 

We created costumes for the first time and worked with some of our good friends to be in the film, including Matt Boone who plays Cole Henry in The West and the Ruthless, his wife Britney Boone, and Christy Eichinger who also starred in our short film, Little Red Riding Hood

Along with restoring the 5K, we’ve ended up with a brand new extended edit telling a bit more of the story than previously seen and includes wonderful new music and coloring as well.

Check out some of the stills from the new edit below!

Location Scouts

We've been location scouting like crazy lately! Lots of adventurous field trips taking place as we start preparing for what our next film is going to be. One of our most recent location scouts was just 15 minutes from where we live. You would never believe this is basically in our backyard right here in Southern California! After the color tests, this apocalyptic setting looks cold and mysterious.

The West and the Ruthless, FilmQuest Review

Two years ago, the screenplay for The West and the Ruthless made its first splash at FilmQuest. Well we just had the the chance to show them the final film and it was SUPER fantastic! 

Here’s the review:

"Swaggering onto the screen with confidence and bravado, The West and the Ruthless will keep you guessing as it boils over to its thrilling conclusion. Grabbing you by the face and never letting go, Ruthless packs more grit than a prize fighter, and promises a showdown that will leave you breathless." 

Jonathan Martin, FilmQuest

Along with the original screenplay for The West and the Ruthless, FilmQuest has screened our last 4 short films, The Umbrella Factory, Jack the Ripper, Around the World in 80 Days, and Haunting of the White Sparrow. 

The West and the Ruthless will be released by 4 Digital and Sony Pictures. 

New Work for CCEA

Naissance was asked to create Style Frames for a campaign kicking off a new direction for the CCEA. The design used some stunning flat style graphics, characters, and hand drawn fonts and it looks amazing! 

CCEA, Spot 1

CCEA, Spot 2

CCEA, Spot 3

Up Yours, Commercial Spots

Naissance designed and directed 3 new spots for Unite Here! The catchy slogan of Up Yours is about upping your pay. Up yours today! Here's some of the super stylish style frames from the initial pitch showcasing some really striking visuals. 

STYLE FRAMES