Ren’s leading lady Sophie Skelton joins the cast of Outlander

Ren’s leading lady Sophie Skelton joins the cast of Outlander

We are incredibly excited to pass on the news that our very own Ren, Sophie Skelton, has been cast in the major role of Brianna in the Starz time-travel drama Outlander. Starz made the announcement yesterday and Sophie’s casting ends months of heated speculation about who would play the pivotal role of Claire Randall’s daughter in season two, with big names like Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Amber Skye Noyes (Beauty and the Beast) and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) all floated. Sophie has already dyed her hair red to match that of her onscreen father, as you can see in the official Outlander publicity pic above. The character of Brianna, a.k.a. Bree, is described as “strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years (traits inherited from both her mother and father)”, not so different from Ren! We won’t give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read Diana Gabaldon’s books, but suffice to say that Bree is an integral part of the Outlander story. The Ren team is so proud of Sophie.  We’ve known for quite a while what a star she is and now many more people will become aware of the wonderful talent she is. You’ll be seeing Sophie very soon in Ren: The Girl with the Mark (pictured right in a publicity shot by Alex Beckett) – watch this space for a big announcement – but for season two of Outlander you’ll have to wait until the spring. In the meantime, here’s the teaser trailer…      ...
Comic Con Panel: Writing a Web Series

Comic Con Panel: Writing a Web Series

Ren‘s creators Kate Madison and Christopher Dane were invited to take part in a panel entitled “How to Write a Web Series” at last month’s London Comic Con. The panel took place in the VidFest dome and was hosted by Rochelle Dancel from Digital Creators UK. Here are some highlights. Following this panel on the Friday, the Ren team returned on Saturday to present their own panel. For this Kate was joined by director of photography Neil Oseman and actor Alan Hay (Torberry). The team took questions from the audience about the show’s influences and the most challenging shots, and screened an exclusive clip: the opening scenes of episode one!...
Casting Ren and Hunter

Casting Ren and Hunter

In our latest behind-the-scenes video from Ren Season One, director and co-creator Kate Madison discusses casting the lead roles of Ren and Hunter. The video features clips from Sophie Skelton and Duran Fulton Brown’s audition tapes including special scenes exploring possible directions for the characters’ relationship in future...
Pick-up Shoot

Pick-up Shoot

On August 30th, almost a year after principal photography on Ren season one, the team reassembled to shoot additional material for episodes four and five. Here’s what happened… The shoot took place at the home of scenic designer Amanda Stekly, who kindly allowed the cast and crew of around 30 people to take over the place. Part of the village set – built at the Caxton studio last year – had been stored in Amanda’s stables since principal photography wrapped. Series co-creator and set designer Christopher Dane and head carpenter Michael Hudson spent Saturday 29th assembling this into a suitable backdrop for the pick-ups, with Amanda’s help to paint and dress. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Director Kate Madison and costume designer Miriam Spring Davies retrieved the necessary outfits from storage. These included the costumes for lead characters Ren (Sophie Skelton) and Baynon (James Malpas) – both of whom would briefly reprise their roles for extra shots – and Hunter and the Kah’Nath Commander, who would be doubled by Ben Kidder and Robert Jezek respectively. On Sunday morning Miriam was tasked with fitting and dressing around 20 supporting artists new to the world of Ren, while Amanda Mullen, Izzi Godley and Amanda Stekly attended to hair and make-up. Outside, Kate and director of photography Neil Oseman, armed with rough edits of the episodes on a laptop, set up to shoot the pieces of crowd reactions so that they would cut seamlessly with the 2014 material. A fun morning was had by all recording a variety of reactions supposedly to Ren and the Commander, but in reality to a piece of...
Meet the Cast and Crew

Meet the Cast and Crew

Our last video celebrated the many different jobs undertaken by Christopher Dane in the making of Ren season one. But he was not the only one working hard to make the show a reality – far from it! This week’s whirlwind video introduces you to no fewer than 58 members of the cast and crew, and gives you a glimpse of the many and varied skills they brought to bear on the...