Naissance News

DANGER! DANGER! First Look

Here’s a first look at Danger! Danger! A sneak peek at all of the amazing work we’ve been up to! Danger! Danger! is a love letter to the films that made us want to be directors in the first place when we were growing up watching films like Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, the Goonies, and so many other wonderful films from the 1980s! 

Danger! Danger! allowed us to work with an amazing cast and stars Benedict Mazurek, Paul Haapaniemi, Angela Smeraldi, Alexandra Keller, Alexander Harris, and Matt Boone. 

For more on Danger! Danger! Make sure to check out the official site!

Crypt TV, Next Release

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So exited to announce that Haunting of the White Sparrow is our next release on Crypt TV, as part of our new deal as the exclusive homes to our short films! This follows the release of both The Umbrella Factory and Jack the Ripper!

After a wonderful Film Festival run that included the likes of Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, London and Greece to name just a few, Haunting of the White Sparrow was also a Special Halloween Vimeo Select and has been featured in magazines and websites around the world. 

Crypt TV, with their headquarters in LA, has millions of subscribers across their various networks and social sites. The studio was founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth.  

That’s a wrap on Danger! Danger!

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We just wrapped production on Danger! Danger! our next feature film. It was the most amazing and hardest thing we’ve ever done. And when I say hard, I mean it, but it was also the adventure of a lifetime. 

Growing up, the most exciting thing we could think of was to grow to be filmmakers working on films like Indiana Jones and exploring lost temples. Or driving time traveling DeLoreans in Back to the Future. Or finding forgotten Pirate Ships like the Goonies. 

The thing that I never expected though, was to have the opportunity to work with such an AMAZING Cast and Crew. One that joined in on those experiences and came along on those adventures with us. Everyone who worked on Danger! Danger! gave 1000 percent. Not because they had to, but because, like us, love making movies. 

It’s an experience that will stay with us forever.

AND we cannot wait to begin sharing Danger! Danger! with everyone else!

For updates, make sure to visit the Official Danger! Danger! Site. 

DANGER! DANGER! Our Next Feature Film

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We are so EXCITED to announce our Next Feature Film, DANGER! DANGER!

Production kicks off today and continues until the end of July. Danger! Danger! is a love letter to the Spielberg Movies of the 80s that we grew up with and made us want to be filmmakers. Taking inspiration from The Goonies, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones, we’ve never been more excited! 

Danger! Danger! Is the second feature film from Naissance directors Nick + Lexie and features an amazing cast that we can’t wait to announce! 

Nick + Lexie’s debut feature film, The West and the Ruthless, just wrapped its international release in over 50 countries, the most recent being the UK release on June 7, 2019. Before that the film was released in North America (The US and Canada), Australia, and New Zealand by 4 Digital and Sony Pictures as well as a European Release by Manymore Films.

For upcoming news and announcements on Danger! Danger! make sure to visit the Official Site.

The West and the Ruthless, 2019 World Wide Release

The West and the Ruthless Global Release kicked off May 15, 2019! Along with the North American, Australian, New Zealand, and previous European Releases, the film is now out around the world in the following countries:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Gambia, Greece, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Poland, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, British Virgin Islands and Zimbabwe.

Including the Friday, June 7 Release in the UK!

The Art of The West and the Ruthless

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With the Global Release of our feature film The West and the Ruthless kicking off last week, we wanted to show off ALL of the artwork, posters, and covers used from around the world!

Below are the official covers for North America, Australia, and New Zealand, the brand new Global Release, and the European Cover.

The European Cover was selected from the original International Posters designed for Berlin and Cannes.

And here are the original Character Posters we released when the film wrapped production.

For even more Artwork from the West and the Ruthless, check it out here:

Naissance Joins the Crypt TV Family!

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Very excited to announce that Naissance will be joining the Crypt TV family this week with the release of Jack the Ripper and The Umbrella Factory on their channel! After incredible film festival runs, followed by an exclusive broadcast deal on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, we’re pleased to announce the new homes for our shorts will be with Crypt TV!

Crypt TV was founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and most recently joined by Jason Blum of Blumhouse, as they continue to grow their ever expanding monster universe and horror empire! 

New Ad Campaigns

HM CLAUSE
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HM Clause, one of the biggest seed providers in the world (if you eat vegetables you’re probably eating their product!), asked Naissance to animate this video for their global workforce. The global rollout included English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, and Turkish graphics.  


STOP DOING THAT SH*T!
Online Ad Campaign

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Following up our online campaign for UNFU*K YOURSELF for publishing giant Harper Collins and HarperOne, they asked Naissance to tackle the online ad campaign for Gary John Bishop’s next book, Stop Doing that Sh*t! 

The videos are awesome by the way.


Unite Here
Mini Documentary

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Brand New 3D Project!

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A beautiful 3D project featuring California deserts, pools, and lonesome highways. California laws are the strictest and safest in the country when it comes to the Science of Fracking and policy makers want to keep it that way. Naissance was asked to visualize this for policy makers.

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Behind the Scenes

We also loaded up a behind the scenes look at our recent 3D Project! We’re HUGE fans of process and the early phases of a project. This is the animatic, and final wireframe edit that we used to get everything in place and make sure the piece was flowing nicely. 

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The West and the Ruthless, Global Release 2019!

The GLOBAL Release for The West and the Ruthless is almost upon us! The film will be released in just about every country and on every continent on the planet!

Countries include The UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Israel, Austria, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand and many, many more! 

With that said, we wanted to show off the Global Release Cover!

The West and the Ruthless, Global Release Cover

Stay tuned for more info soon!

Location Scouting - Completed!

We’ve COMPLETED a years long mission to find locations for each of our upcoming film projects! When we produced The West and the Ruthless, the amount of production value that Old Tucson Studios brought to the film was priceless. Not only for it’s amazing backlot, buildings, and production design, but also for the people that worked there - which is one of the most important aspects of any project (that’s why we have more projects we’re hoping to bring back to Tucson!)

That said, some stories aren’t westerns or set in the desert. So you have to travel the world looking for Alien Planets, Victorian Backlots, 1950s Motels, Jungles, and Post-Apocalyptic wastelands. 

Here’s a sneak peak at a recent scout. Is that a space ship? Yes. yes it is.

We’ve also had the chance to hang out at Disney, Paramount, Diamond V, Middleton Movie Ranch, Rancho Deluxe, and SO many more! 

Location Scouting - Mission (ALMOST) Accomplished!

We’re SO excited to be almost finished with a BIG mission. Over the last few years we’ve been location scouting like crazy. We’ve been around the world and back and hung out at some of the coolest studios in the world, including a few right down the street. Every time it’s like visiting a different world. 

Not every location works, but when it does, it’s amazing to find the place your story can come to life. 

Here’s one of our most recent scouts!

Little Red Riding Hood Returns to El Rey Network!

Our short film, Little Red Riding Hood will be playing this weekend on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network again! It’s part of an amazing collection of short films hosted by Jorge R. Gutiérrez (director of the Book of Life). It’ll also feature exclusive interviews with filmmakers and behind the scenes! 

Little Red Riding Hood was shot in the Sierra Nevada region of California and tells the story in black and white photographs. The film has previously screened in Film Festivals around the world! 

NAISSANCE - YEAR X - Celebrating 10 Years!

Oh. Hello there 2019! It’s sort of hard to believe - but if it’s 2019, that means we launched Naissance a decade ago! Holey Moley! 

Yep, just checked our LinkedIn, it’s been 10 years. Wow. For launching a company back during what is now referred to as THE GREAT RECESSION (such a not-good name) this has lasted way longer than it probably should have. There probably hasn’t been a worse time to launch a company since the Great Depression (but we weren’t alive back then so… what ev).

Since that time we’ve had quite a few adventures, far too many to rant about here. I think instead I’m going to go find an adult beverage and tell all my therapists about this. 

In the meantime, here’s a few projects we created in that inaugural year!

Little Red Riding Hood, our first short film that we directed. The film was shot in the Sierra Nevada region of California and went on to screen at film festivals around the world. Most recently it made it’s television debut on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network with an in-depth interview and behind the scenes! 

Grey, our first music video! We worked with Elizabeth Seward on this piece that went on to make the front page of Current TV (remember them ;) and debuted at the Sacramento Film Festival. Our first (of what would become many screenings) at the festival! 

Sensored, our first Film Titles for the thriller starring Robert Picardo and directed by Ryan Todd and produced by Jo and Kevin Haskin (the KeJo!)

Plastic Fish, this was a fun piece we did for Earth Day. When Channel Frederator hit us up and asked to feature the piece for their own Earth Day Special, we were over the moon! 

Continued, the piece that gave rise to our branding! Ten years ago this video was notorious for crashing our systems all the time whenever we were trying to render in full HD (remember that 1280x720 period?). We called it “Continued” because the piece would never finish. It was always “to be continued.”

Illusive, like a strange Space Mountain, this was a great way to animate a track by the super talented Combustion!

From This Window, a short film featuring some amazing music from the ever amazing Ugress! The film was featured in the Portable Film Festival. 

We also created work that year for brands such as Microsoft, TiVo, Motorola, CA Forward, SaveMart, United Farm Workers, Kaiser, Lucky, Samsung, and more! 

LOCATION SCOUTING: AUSTRALIA PT. 2

The second location we toured was the Gaol (pronounced “jail”) in downtown Melbourne. It’s something straight out of Gotham City! These two truly remarkable locations not only look great, but are accessible to the public, so if you’re ever down under, you have to check them out!

Location Scouting: Australia Pt. 1

We just returned from Australia where we were able to tour two AMAZING locations for a film we’re working on! The first location we toured was Montsalvat outside of Melbourne. It’s a fantastic mix of Tim Burton and Harry Potter! Check out some fo the pics below!

Location Scouting: Big Sky

We’ve been beyond busy. Along with a full slate of commercials this Fall we’ve also been busy wrapping up lots and lots of film meetings. Tons of film meetings. Meetings, meetings, meetings. Phone Calls and emails. Lots of emails. But the coolest thing about pre-production on a film is the location scouting. That moment when you find the perfect place and it brings your entire vision together. The moment you can envision your cast there. This happened at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, Disney’s Backlot, and Big Sky Ranch - which you can see below!

Next stop, New Zealand and then onto Australia! 

JACK THE RIPPER AT FILM SCREAM THIS WEEKEND!

With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to head to the Drive In and check out some great horror films including our acclaimed short film, Jack the Ripper! The Red Dirt Film Festival (voted one of the Top 100 Film Festivals) is hosting a great selection of films this weekend AND if you happen to be in Oklahoma, check it out! 

Here’s the OFFICIAL LINK for tickets below!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-dirt-film-scream-2018-tickets-50893033433?aff=eprofsaved

And if you can’t make it to the festival, you can check out the short film right here:

Jack the Ripper is currently airing on El Rey Network along with in-depth interviews and behind the scenes.

El Rey & The Umbrella Factory

We’re really excited to announce that Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network is extending their option on The Umbrella Factory another year! We’re really proud of this film and love working with the great folks over at El Rey! 

This also means everyone gets to watch our short film and the exclusive behind the scenes on television for another year!

The Umbrella Factory is the award winning short film directed by Nick + Lexie that first screened at film festivals around the world. It made it’s first television debut in 2017. 

Location Scouting: Kauai

Since we have a jungle project, we’ve been going to rainforests all around the world. From Costa Rica to the indoor jungles of St. Louis at the Climatron, to the gardens of Pasadena, and out to the island of Kauai. Here we climbed the edges of cliffs, beautiful rivers and beaches, and hopped in a helicopter!