Thank you Kelsie

Today we said farewell to Kelsie one of our costume volunteers. The costume team is doing an amazing job and their dedication is fantastic.  Kelsie came all the way from Arizona in the United States to spend her vacation working with us for a week.  She even brought her own embroidery sewing machine with her!  Actually, it might not have survived the trip cos it stopped working on Friday :-S So this is to say thank you to Kelsie and all of our amazing costume team!...

Featured Extra visit

Today one of our Kickstarter featured extras (Supporting Artist) Karl Olsen and his son KC came along to the Studio to get measured up for a costume and to try a few on. Turned out Karl and Chris had matching camo pants.  Maybe it’s a Ren...

Meet Van Morrison

No not him, this one…   Not only does “Morrison” work hard himself helping us collect all the materials for our set build, transport costumes around and collect freecycle items like sofas and showers, he’s also decorated with the names of all the lovely, hard-working volunteers who’ve helped us create Ren so far! And as you can see, there’s room for more… Want to join us at Caxton?...

Costume making weekend

We just had our first official costuming and build weekend and it went really well. Miriam, our costume designer, supervised a wonderful little team of volunteers who spent a couple of days improving our existing items and putting together Ren’s dress.     Miriam also started to play with some combinations like a sort of 3D moodboard.    ...

New Update, New Start, New Studio!

A heck of a lot has happened since my last update and things are really kicking up a gear here at Ren HQ. Firstly, talking of Ren HQ, we actually have one! Yep, no longer do I have to do everything at the desk in the corner of my bedroom because we have a brand new base, affectionately nicknamed ‘Ren Studios’ 🙂 We have use of an empty industrial depot in the small village of Caxton, Cambridgeshire for the next four months or so and are in the process of setting up our production office, wardrobe, makeup and art dept etc over there. Having this amazing, and large, space has meant some changes to our plan for the shoot. As you saw from my last video update I had been scouting various potential locations for Ren’s village where much of the action in season one takes place, including some large crowd days. Cosmeston near Cardiff and Weald and Downland in Sussex are both wonderful places but they had their downsides. Both locations are a number of hours away from London, where a lot of our cast and crew are based, so we would therefore have to accommodate everyone close to location. Both locations would need quite a bit of work including erecting market stalls, covering the floor with straw etc, bringing in a lot of set dressing props like barrels, carts etc. Add to this daily location fees and it all starts to add up. Calculations were showing that just one week at either of these locations would have sucked up about half of our limited budget. All it...