Behind the Scenes Videos

Here’s the first behind the scenes video we’ve made for Ren.  Back on the 17th September 2014 we were just one day away from starting principal photography and properly starting this exciting adventure. These little videos will show you some behind the scenes of making the show plus some videos of cast and crew having fun.   Please subscribe, more videos to follow. Thanks to Richard Roberts for filming and editing this video. “Long Road Ahead” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Here’s the second production diary we’ve made for Ren.  Season one of Ren required us to bring an entire village to life.  This would not have been possible without our amazing villagers.  Volunteers who became supporting artists for us as villagers, merchants, stall holders and generally created a bustling market for our story to take place in.  We are so incredibly grateful to every single one of them as the show would be impossible without them. Thanks to Richard Roberts for filming and editing this video. “Long Road Ahead” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Here’s the third behind the scenes video we’ve made for Ren.  Neil Oseman who is the director of photography for Ren season one explains a little of what that means and what his job entails. These little videos will show you some behind the scenes of making the show plus some videos of cast and crew having fun. Thanks to Richard Roberts for filming and editing this video. “Long Road Ahead” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
We rewind to summer 2014 to see how the impressive village set began life as a group of big plywood boxes in a Cambridgeshire car park. With materials generously contributed from far and wide, and the hard work and dedication of many wonderful volunteers, the village of Lyngarth gradually takes shape. Read the accompanying blog post “Long Road Ahead” & “Five Armies” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
With the structure of the village set in place, the dedicated team of crew and volunteers begins to paint, texture and thatch the buildings. Read more in the accompanying blog post
Amongst the many challenges of making a big, ambitious fantasy series like Ren was negotiating the British weather. This video looks at how the cast and crew dealt with rain, from mud and puddles on the village set, to a non-stop downpour in Epping Forest. Read the accompanying blog
Fire is a crucial part of Ren’s medieval look. This behind-the-scenes video looks at how real and artificial fire were pressed into service for some of the show’s key scenes, including a dramatic showdown with flaming arrows. Read the accompanying blog post.
Halfway through production on Ren: Season One, the studio was hit by the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo. Could filming continue? Would the village set survive? Find out in this behind-the-scenes video. Read the accompanying blog post.
The first of two videos looking at the stunning work of Ren’s costume department. This one focuses on the making of the outfits for the sinister Kah’nath army. See more pictures of the Kah’nath in action on the blog post
In the second of our two videos showcasing the stunning work of Ren’s costume department, witness the development of Ren’s multi-layered outfit and Hunter’s battered, mismatched threads. Read the accompanying blog post.
Find out how parts of Ren’s outdoor medieval village set were converted into an interior for some key character scenes. Read the accompanying blog post.  
The cast and crew of Ren all fell in love with the magical set for Karn’s house. Find out how a chance donation of twisted Willow shaped the construction of this unique house, and what it was like for actor/designer Christopher Dane to build the set for this own character. Read the accompanying blog post
This video focuses on the first of our two location shoots: an epic road trip to South Wales to shoot some of the series’ opening scenes beside a stunning river and waterfall. Read the full story of the journey in the accompanying blog post
Season One’s second location shoot took place in Epping Forest, as an army of Kah’nath soldiers do battle with Hunter (Duran Fulton Brown) and Lyanna (Dita Tantang). Find out more about the shoot in the accompanying blog post
No medieval fantasy series would be complete without livestock, and Ren Season One features dogs, fish and of course horses. Director Kate Madison and actor Duran Fulton Brown (Hunter) discuss filming with animals. Find out more in the associated blog post.
In July 2014, 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. You can see more in the associated blog post
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 in the associated blog post
In this video, Ren‘s co-creator Christopher Dane attempts to list all of the different jobs he did during prep, production and postproduction on season one – from actor to animal wrangler. You can see more in the associated blog post
This whirlwind video introduces you to no less 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 project. You can see more in the associated blog post
On August 30th 2015, almost a year after principal photography on Ren season one, the team reassembled to shoot additional material for episodes four and five. Watch the video of what happened or read more about it in the associated blog post
In this 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 seasons. Read more about it in the associated blog post
Ren‘s creators Kate Madison and Christopher Dane were invited to take part in a panel entitled “How to Write a Web Series” at London Comic Con October 2015. In the clip they talk about the writing process for Ren. Read more about it in the blog post