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). 

www.adventure.company

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 (westandtheruthless.com) 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.

Making a Feature in 10 Days and Breaking All the Rules

We made our feature film, The West and the Ruthless,  in 10 days. I know there’s a lot of great articles on how to do this BUT we decided to go ahead and make a feature film in 10 days AND break all of the rules. 

What are those rules? Well, I’m glad you asked. You can read the entire article right here. It features highlights such as being arrested for guns when we were 16 and more!

The West and the Ruthless, VFX Breakdown

A quick break down on just one of the many Visual FX shots in our upcoming Feature Film, The West and the Ruthless. In a large part, there is a small visual effect on about half the shots in the film, ranging from sky replacements to light switch removals (the film takes place before the light switch was invented sooooo… )

But one of our favorite shots in the film required a little bit more work, including adjusting the shadows, light source, 3D text, camera tracking, removing a building in the background, adding in a live action bird that was shot on a matte, color grade, and a new camera move. 

Here’s the before and after:

The West and the Ruthless, Full Trailer and Reviews!

Our Full Trailer for the West and the Ruthless is here! This is unlike any western you’ve seen before! Here’s what the critics are saying: 

“An Instant Indie Western Classic!” 
 Reelhouse

“Exhilarating!” 
 Reelhouse

“Excellent with Wry, Black Humor!” 
 The Film Buzz

“Like A Tarantino with Morals!”
 The Black List

“It’s Not Called the West and the Nice People!”
 The Modesto Bee

“One of Ten New Directors Picked by Robert Rodriguez”
 El Rey Network

“Dynamic, Stylish, Refreshing, Darkly Comedic.”
 The Black List

And if you missed the Teaser Trailer, you can check that out right here!

The West and the Ruthless, Clip 02: “Scarlet Giving Birth”

In our second clip from our upcoming feature film, The West and the Ruthless, we see the amazingly talented Rebecca Gomberg giving a relentless performance after being shot and giving birth. The heat was pretty intense the day we filmed this in an old cabin behind a mission in the desert. This clip also features the super talented Alexander Harris and Katelyn Ann Clark. 

The West and the Ruthless, First Clip!

After production wrapped, we showed off our Behind the Scenes, the beautiful Cinematography from the film, as well as the Posters and Main Title design, all of which can be seen on the Official Site and our Instagram:

www.westandtheruthless.com

www.instagram.com/westandtheruthless

Now we’re releasing our first clip from the feature! This is an amazing moment from the film. It starts off filmed entirely in one take with the amazing actor Alexander Harris on his knees in prayer. The clip also features Rebecca Gomberg, and Katelyn Ann Clark.

The West and the Ruthless, End Titles

With Post-Production now a wrap on our Feature Film, The West and the Ruthless, there’s one last thing to show off, the End Titles, because when a movie is over you see the … wait for it … end titles! These are the Main on End Titles that we showed style frames for earlier. 

Check ‘em out! They’re beautiful! They’re bloody!

AND they bring in the wonderful style of the Posters all together with the film!

The West and the Ruthless heads into Audio Mix

With every pass, the film just gets better and better! It was amazing to see the film when the music was added, then the sound design, the visual FX, and finally the color grade! 

HUGE thank you to our trusted inner circle of friends, family, cast and colleagues, who watched the film and gave us some tremendous feedback. The film is beyond incredible now and we’d like to thank everyone for helping us get there! 

Now, we’re heading into our final stage, the Audio Mix!