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...
Building the Village: Part Two

Building the Village: Part Two

Last week we saw how the structure of Ren‘s medieval village set rose from an empty car park in Cambridgeshire. Today we’ll see find out how paint, texture, thatch and set dressing brought the village to life. Designer, co-writer and actor Christopher Dane is back to talk us through the second batch of photos by Michael Hudson. August 15th Well, last time we had a glimpse of this particular building, we were putting on the tiled roof that is now complete and, as you can see, suitably crooked. The next stage was to get the OSB Board boxes to look like real buildings. It was important for us to get a sense of a certain uniformity without every building looking the same – the challenge was that we knew each building would probably have to double up as several different places in the village so we needed a ‘blank canvas with personality’… go!   Another huge part of the build was the market itself. We wanted people to be walking around trading from baskets but the main part would be a series of market stalls. Rather than just having tables we started constructing these stalls with tent like structures – it was a design that Kate came up with very early on – and the construction was put in the capable hands of Gerd, one of our great volunteers from Germany. Now, here’s Michael testing out the first of the stable doors that was actually made out of a stack of discarded floor boards we found in a skip. As you can see it works really well but, I’m sorry...
Building the Village: Part One

Building the Village: Part One

Today on the blog, we’re rewinding to last summer to see how Ren‘s ambitious medieval village set took shape in a Cambridgeshire car park. In our latest production diary video, you’ll meet some of the dedicated crew and volunteers as they start to construct the village square. Look out for part two, coming soon – all about painting and thatching the set. Meanwhile, we’d like to share some of the photos documenting the set build, many of them shot by executive producer and regular volunteer Michael Hudson. Spearheading the mammoth construction effort was Ren‘s co-writer and one of its lead actors, Christopher Dane. We asked Chris to talk us through the photos. June 30th It’s hard to believe but this is how it all started on a very uninteresting parking lot in Caxton. I’m not sure even I thought that we were going to pull off a medieval village market right where I’m standing in this picture. The first of a number of ‘plans’ that became notorious amongst the many great people who turned up to help us build the village. This one is pretty close to the final design but there were adjustments made along the way. July 7th And so it begins: the first corner of the first house has taken the place of the pallets we had used to outline the various houses in the square. All the houses were made out of OSB Boards and they were chosen because they already had a bit of the effect we wanted for the final walls and, even though a few industry professionals warned us not to use them, they stood...

Thank You for the Gifts!

It’s all go here at the Ren Studio, as the clock ticks down to our first day of shooting on the 15th of September. But we had to take a minute out to say thank you to some of the people who have given us gifts and loans. This is just a sample – will post more when we get a chance! And for those who are thinking of sending us prezzies, we still need basics like food and drink for the shoot (chocolate makes crew happy), and cleaning products, toilet paper, and so forth to keep the studio clean. Not to mention there are still houses left to sponsor! Hans Goosen, one of our incredibly talented volunteer artists and makers, gifted us with this selection of authentic pottery, baskets, and fabric, left. And that’s not all – he also sponsored one of our houses. Thanks Hans! This hand-embroidered purple shift has been loaned to us by another of our amazing volunteers, Nicole Kipar, who also gifted us an entire rack full of other stunning costumes. Thanks Nicole! Volunteer thatchers extraordinaire Allison Reid and son Matt donated 27 pounds they raised from selling plums. Thanks Guys! And Brian Gyrion of Chicago sponsored our very first house, Homewood, right. Doesn’t it look amazing? Thanks...

MEET THE CAST!

We can now announce our amazing cast. Follow this link for more information on these wonderful actors who will be bringing our characters to life! OUR...

Sponsor a house in Ren’s village

We’re currently building our village location in our studio space in Caxton.  It’s a really important set for Season One as it’s where a series of events happen that will change Ren’s life forever. Made up of rustic medieval looking houses and cottages (each one individual and unique) surrounding a central market and a Keep, each house in our village represents a unique sponsoring opportunity for our supporters. Visit the page for more...