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Hyperdrive Sci Fi and Fantasy Film Festival

Hyperdrive Sci Fi and Fantasy Film Festival

On 15th & 16th October 2016 Kate Madison and Neil Oseman attended the Hyperdrive Festival in Hailsham UK.   Only in it’s second year, the festival raises money for Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Smokey Paws and screens the films in the beautiful Hailsham Pavilion.  We were honoured to be opening the festival with a screening of our entire first season.  It must have gone down well because we won the audience award for that screening session! By the end of the weekend we had three awards in total.  As well as the Audience Award we won the Dez Skinn Heroes and Villians Award and Sophie got Best Leading Actress.  This brings our awards up to six so far! It was a wonderful event where we met some amazing filmmakers from around the world and saw some really impressive films, one of the best ones in Kate’s opinion was Jagon which you can see here.   Thank you again to the organisers for creating such a great event.... read more
Ren at MCM ComicCon London this weekend

Ren at MCM ComicCon London this weekend

This weekend is MCM ComicCon London and some of the Ren team will be in attendance as part of Vidfest. On Friday 27th Ren director Kate Madison will be on the CROWDFUNDING YOUR VIDEOS panel at 2pm and HOW TO DIRECT ONLINE VIDEO panel at 3pm. On Sunday we have a REN CAST AND CREW panel at 12 noon and joining Kate will be Christopher Dane, Duran Fulton Brown, Nick Cornwall, Alan Hay and Neil Oseman. We’d love to see you there and if you are please come and say... read more
Ren Screening at the Pilot Light Festival in Salford on 8th May

Ren Screening at the Pilot Light Festival in Salford on 8th May

Not only have we been selected into the Pilot Light Festival, we’re also screening the whole of the first season of the show followed by a Q&A with Kate Madison and Christopher Dane. We are Pilot Light TV Festival. A brand new television festival dedicated to celebrating the best in episodic content from around the world! With there not been all that many TV festivals in the UK you might ask, how does a TV festival work? At Pilot Light we look forward to a vibrant environment where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television. In a very similar structure to a traditional film festival, Pilot Light TV Festival is hosted in Manchester over 4 days and will contain screenings of all kinds of TV shows new & old, plus exclusive panels featuring the writers, producers, directors, actors, commissioners, and more behind them! Tickets are free and we’d love to see you at our session on Sunday 8th May from 1.30pm-3pm – University of Salford (MediaCity Campus) – Digital Performance Lab Please check out http://www.pilotlightfestival.co.uk/#!festival-line-up/wy2hl  for more... read more
It’s an actor’s life for me says ‘gruff’ Nick

It’s an actor’s life for me says ‘gruff’ Nick

Nick Cornwall (Dagron) has been interviewed for a local paper.  Here’s a snippet but follow the link for the full article. It’s the best job in the world says Nick who describes himself as a ‘modest actor’ born and bred in Blackpool. Tough guys, mercenaries, harsh but fair sergeants, heavies – you name it, Nick’s cornered the market. Right now he can be seen in cult web fantasy series Ren (Tuesdays 8pm) which has won a wide following since starting earlier this month. Read more:... read more
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…      ... read more
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!... read more
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... read more
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... read more

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