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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... read more
From Born of Hope to Ren

From Born of Hope to Ren

In our latest behind-the-scenes video, director Kate Madison discusses how the collaborative experience of making Born of Hope – her phenomenally popular Lord of the Rings fan film – shaped the production of Ren. Along the way we hear from some of the international volunteers who helped bring Ren to life. You can see more of Dunja Zwanecki’s article for Nautilus, Abenteuer & Phantastik here. We’ll leave you with some more photos of our international volunteers in action.... read more
ExiliCon Panel

ExiliCon Panel

Last weekend Kate and the team set up shop at ExiliCon, a genre and gaming convention in Cambridge, to promote Ren. The director was also joined by actors Alan Hay (Torberry), Nick Cornwall (Dagron) and James Malpas (Baynon) for a panel session – here are some... read more
Creating the Studio

Creating the Studio

A year ago, Kate Madison and a small but dedicated team moved into a disused warehouse in a small Cambridgeshire village, and preproduction began in earnest on Ren Season One. Today Kate looks back at the five months spent in Ren Studio and discusses the benefits of bringing creative people together in one... read more
The First Musketeer

The First Musketeer

Last week saw the long-awaited release of The First Musketeer, an action-adventure web series created by Ren‘s associate casting director, Harriet Sams. Harriet’s show shares several other team members with Ren, including actress/fight performer Dita Tantang (Lyanna), fight choreographer Ronin Traynor, director of photography Neil Oseman and gaffer Richard Roberts. The First Musketeer is a prequel to the famous novels by Alexandre Dumas, telling how Athos (Edward Mitchell), Porthos (Charles Barrett) and Aramis (Ryan Spong) first met and became the heroes we know and love. Filled with swordfights, horses and intricate period costumes, The First Musketeer posed many similar challenges to Ren. Below Harriet shares some of her experiences of making the show. What made you want to tackle these iconic characters? I’ve always loved period movies, along with action/adventure it’s my favourite genre, and The Three Musketeers have it all. Although I would say that the subject matter almost chose me. I was in France with family and my dad commented on the fact that half of the villages look like ready made sets, and that I could make a great Musketeer short film using the locations, and so it kind of evolved from there. It was never really planned to become as big as it did but I tend to have difficulty holding back when a good idea presents itself. Why did you feel that a web series was the best medium for this story? I couldn’t settle on the idea of adapting a story that had so often been done before, and with budgets I couldn’t hope to match. I had recently begun watching a number of web series, and I was struck... read more
Ren Podcast 18 – Michelle Golder and Amanda Stekly Part 3

Ren Podcast 18 – Michelle Golder and Amanda Stekly Part 3

Third and final part of our discussion with Michelle Golder (Producer/Writer) and Amanda Stekly (Scenic Artist). Distressing the village and building the internal sets were a challenge that the team pulled off, but not without some challenges. How did the team manage and what special qualities did Karn’s house posses ? Listen to Part 3 to find out.

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Woodland Warrior: Dita Tantang on playing Lyanna

Woodland Warrior: Dita Tantang on playing Lyanna

Ren’s life will change forever when she crosses paths in the forest with the fearless knife-fighting fugitive, Lyanna. Portraying this all-action woman is Dita Tantang. Tell us a bit about your background in acting and fight performing. I fell into acting all backwards! I actually started with the fight performing and began training on a whim because a friend of mine at drama school was telling me how she learnt to punch people yet no one got hurt – this “stage combat” module sounded intriguing. I was doing a Computing degree at the time and had never heard of it before, so naturally I Googled it, found a course on it, and impulsively blew part of my student loan on it! Unsurprisingly, everyone else in my class were actors so I felt a little out of place with a huge learning curve ahead of me. Nevertheless, I was absolutely loving it. Learning stage combat was like learning something secret, it’s the illusion of violence, fundamentally it’s magic. A year after training, I nabbed my first swordfighting job. That’s when I realised I could actually make something from fight performing. I continued my training in other weapons and became good enough to join fight teams. One of the fight teams I was on was the Independent Drama fight team, which is actually run by Ronin Traynor (action co-ordinator for Ren). A few years ago I was helping him out with fight scenes on a sci-fi series called Chronicles of Syntax, where the writer told me that they were re-casting featured roles and they had to be good fighters. I successfully... read more

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