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Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons

While most of Ren Season One was filmed on indoor or outdoor sets, certain scenes called for location shooting to expand the scope of the world. Early in the production schedule, the core cast and crew made an epic journey to South Wales to record some stunning riverside scenes for episode one. Getting to Wales was an adventure in itself. Director of photography Neil Oseman recalls the journey… Almost as soon as I and my camera assistant, Colin Smith, had arrived from the Welsh Marches to start work on Ren, there was talk of travelling all the way back to that part of the country to shoot the opening scenes. Kate was inspired by a location she had seen in Doctor Who, and our Cardiff-based gaffer, Richard “Squish” Roberts, had recommended a waterfall near Merthyr Tydfil, on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our budget, as ever, was tight, so I went online to look for youth hostels. Although we only needed to shoot for a single day in Wales, we wanted to stay over the night before so we weren’t setting off at silly o’clock in the morning. On the YHA website I found the Llangattock Mountain Bunkhouse, little suspecting what a nightmare it would be to find in real life… By the time our rooms were booked, it was early afternoon on Monday and we had to set off for Wales that night. But first we had to shoot some close-ups of our young actor, James Malpas, who was coming to our studio after school. Once that was done, we assembled the equipment, props and costumes we would need in... read more
Karn’s House

Karn’s House

It was everyone’s favourite set during production, and it’s already a favourite scene amongst those hallowed few who have seen the rough edits: Karn’s house. This magical, organic structure, crammed with exotic trinkets, represents a safe haven for Ren, while hinting at things to come. Designing the house for his own character was the multi-talented Christopher Dane… And this week we have a bonus video, in the shape of a vlog recorded by Ren‘s director of photography Neil Oseman as the crew prepared to shoot in Karn’s... read more
Dagron’s House

Dagron’s House

After five weeks of shooting exteriors, the cast and crew of Ren moved indoors in late October 2014 to record some critical character scenes. This week’s behind-the-scenes video looks at how the outdoor village set was cannibalized, repainted and redressed to become the inside of Dagron’s family home. Next week we’ll look at a very different house set – Karn’s, but in the meantime, here are some stills from the shoot in Dagron’s house. This slideshow requires... read more
Ren at Hobbitcon 3

Ren at Hobbitcon 3

If you happen to visit Hobbitcon in Bonn, Germany from 4th to 6th April, look out for our Ren representatives. Our PR Manager for Europe Dunja Zwanecki and three supporting artists, who came all the way over from Germany to be in Ren, will be there in costume or Ren attire to promote the show. They are shown above with show co-writer, designer and actor Christopher Dane (Karn) on the set of Ren. A specially edited version of our trailer will also be playing on the big screen in the main hall during the convention. So if you see them be sure to say hi and let us know what you think.  Sophie Skelton (Ren) and Dunja Zwanecki on the set of Ren. Visit: Hobbitcon... read more
Live Q&A Sunday 29th March 8pm UK time!

Live Q&A Sunday 29th March 8pm UK time!

Some of the main cast and crew of Ren will be online from 8 – 9pm (UK time) this Sunday 29th March!  We’ll be answering your questions and chatting about the making of the show.  You can send us your questions by commenting on the website, facebook post or by tweeting us using the hashtag #RenQ&A See you Sunday on the Mythica Youtube... read more
Costuming the Heroes

Costuming the Heroes

The second of our costume videos focuses on Ren and Hunter. Find out what went into making Ren’s dress, and how Hunter’s outfit evolved through the fittings. Look out for more on the costumes of Ren in future posts.... read more
Interview: Production Assistant Claire Finn

Interview: Production Assistant Claire Finn

Initially joining Ren as an extra, Claire Finn began helping in various areas behind the scenes, and quickly became one of the core team. We asked her to tell us about her time on the production. How did you get involved with Ren? I heard about Ren through my re-enactment group, when the call for extras was sent out. I’ve been re-enacting for about five years and we get film work every now and again and I’ve always really enjoyed it. I’m also a massive Lord of the Rings fan and I was obviously pretty excited to work with Kate and some of the crew from Born of Hope. Your entire family helped with building the prison set – how did they get roped in? They’re my own personal construction army! The art department was pretty stretched that day as there was a lot of set construction going on. My sister Alex, my Mum and Dad, and friend Greg also played villagers, and the whole team stopped in after work to give me a hand building the prison set which we needed for the next day. Some people will do anything for a slice of pizza! In an earlier post, you explained how you made the Kah’Nath fire arrows. The day of that scene was very busy for you, since you were filling in for both the costume designer and the make-up artist on a day that featured more Kah’Nath soldiers than had ever appeared before. What was that like? It was pretty crazy, but so much fun! There were several challenges that night on set; we had 12... read more
Costuming the Kah’Nath

Costuming the Kah’Nath

Clothing the characters of Ren was an epic endeavour, with an entire village to dress. In the first of two videos highlighting the stunning work of the wardrobe department, we look at what went into costuming the formidable Kah’Nath soldiers and their leaders. Costume designer Miriam Spring Davies will be sharing some of her trade secrets in future posts, and look out for next week’s video, focusing on Ren and Hunter’s outfits. For now though, here are some photos of the Kah’Nath costumes in... read more
Ren Elements: Wind

Ren Elements: Wind

Last October, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo swept through England. In a car park in Caxton, Cambridgeshire, Ren‘s medieval village set was very vulnerable… Fortunately all of the market square scenes had been completed by this point, and the repair work on the set could be combined with its planned reconfiguration into a street. Many of the volunteers who had helped build the set returned to shift the buildings into a new layout.... read more

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