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A young woman 'marked' by an ancient spirit & branded evil must risk all to discover the truth.

WE MADE IT! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

If you missed the campaign you can still get involved via http://www.rentheseries.com/

Ren is an action-packed and exciting web series and it's the first major production I've spearheaded since I produced and directed Born of Hope - a hugely successful Lord of the Rings prequel that has now been viewed over 23 million times online.

What is Ren?

Ren is a fantasy series, and I love fantasy!  Whether it's books, games, movies, TV, web series or music.  To me it's all about escaping to different worlds, battles between good and evil, fantastic characters and creatures and falling in love with the heroes.

I love the great characters and the darkness in Game of Thrones, the rich history of Lord of the Rings, the light heartedness of Legend of the Seeker, Merlin and Xena, and creating my own show means that I can combine all the things I love.

In other words: Ren will tell a serious story with amazing fights, epic scenery, a strong female lead, a splash of humour and fantastic characters we will all fall in love with.

What's it about?

When a sheltered young woman, Ren, is possessed and her face branded by a powerful ancient spirit, she becomes feared by all who see her. Even when far from home and hunted by the powerful ruling order of the Kah'Nath she refuses to accept her fate and journeys across the land to discover what she is and if there are any others like her. Joined on her perilous quest by a small band of outcasts, led by the charismatic Hunter, she discovers that the truths she has been taught may all have been lies.

Ren encounters the Masked Man, the leader of the Kah'Nath - Concept art by Max von Vier
Ren encounters the Masked Man, the leader of the Kah'Nath - Concept art by Max von Vier

What happens in season one?

The first six 10 minute episodes introduce our heroine, Ren, and the small village, nestled in the woods, which she calls home. We'll meet her father and her little brother, whom she adores, and we'll also meet her outcast mentor, Karn, who could be the link to the real story of the Marked.  But all is not idyllic and we soon come face to face with the Kah'Nath, the warrior monk-like order ruling Ren's part of the world, and Hunter, a young rogue who seems to be the guardian of a Marked girl.  It's a dramatic, exciting and fun start to the incredible adventure that Ren and her small group of outcasts eventually embark on.

The Kah'Nath chase Hunter through the market - Concept art by Max von Vier
The Kah'Nath chase Hunter through the market - Concept art by Max von Vier

Why a web series?

The advantage of a web series over a feature is its ability to grow and adapt through each new season.  This means that nothing is set in stone and the fan community has a chance to influence and shape the production by expressing their feelings towards characters and story lines.  This will make Ren an incredibly collaborative production.  With this Kickstarter campaign we want you to join us on this wonderful journey right from the start!  We can't do it without you!

How can I get involved?

Pledge an amount and choose a reward, it's that simple.

You do not have to be in the UK to pledge and although the campaign is in British Pounds you can contribute in any currency.

You can change your contribution amount any time before the campaign ends but any amount, even £1, is a big help for us. If we exceed our fundraising target it will just make the final product even better!

We have created rewards to fit all budgets but are very willing to add more! If you have any ideas or suggestions for rewards please do let us know in the comments section.

The rewards listed here are only the beginning! We may add more rewards as the Kickstarter campaign unfolds. There will also be stretch goals when we hit our initial target.

Here's a quick guide to each reward tier. Please see the sidebar for full details and to make a pledge.

Previous Work

"Amazing stuff. It's incredible to see what craftsmanship, sensitivity and attention to detail is being brought to bear on this ambitious project. Everything so far looks amazing and I can't wait to see the finished film."
Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop commenting on the original Born of Hope trailer

The contribution and participation of fans and like-minded people was what made Born of Hope such a unique project, and with your involvement I'm convinced that we can make Ren just as ground breaking and special.

Screenshot from Through the Eyes of Men promo. The story of soldier turned pirate Mary Read.
Screenshot from Through the Eyes of Men promo. The story of soldier turned pirate Mary Read.

Isn't making a fantasy project really expensive?

YES!  To give you an idea, Game of Thrones is reported to have a budget of $6 million per 60 minute episode!  Unlike a production set in modern day everything for a fantasy show needs to be designed and created.  There are costumes, props, weapons, locations, visual effects and many other things that all cost money. 

My feature Born of Hope was made with a budget of only £25,000 and the pie chart below shows you the sort of places the money was spent.  The weapons for example cost £4340.97: although many were borrowed; the costumes cost £1809.60, the insurance cost £1376.25, the locations cost £711.25 despite most being free or highly reduced.

Born of Hope budget
Born of Hope budget

Based on my experience with Born of Hope I've set our goal at £35,000 but this is just a bare minimum and the more money we raise the better the final production will be. 

We've added some ADD ONS!

Remember you do not have to be in the UK to pledge and although the campaign is in British Pounds you can contribute in any currency.

We have created a Ren coin!

This is the first in what we hope will be a whole set currently being designed. They are going to be used in the show but we are including them here in the campaign so that you can own them too! These will be proper metal coins. I'm just confirming the details with a manufacturer but I'm hoping for 3D embossed, bronze plated and antique finish. They will be about 2mm thick and 30mm in diameter.

These are not just a great keep sake though. They are also great props for live action role players or gamers who want to use coins in their tabletop games. The dragon side is ringed by a new alphabet of runes while the boar side says "Courage" and "Boar"

All HARD COPY PACKAGE backers will automatically get two of the new Ren coins.

All KICKSTARTER PRODUCERS and above will automatically get six coins in a leather draw string pouch.

For everyone else, or those who want more, you can add coins to your current package as below. NB. These are special Kickstarter prices, so these items may cost more once the campaign has ended.

REN COINS
£5.00 (around $8) Two coins
£10.00 (around $15) Five coins
£15.00 (around $23) Six coins & leather draw string pouch

OTHER EXTRAS
£5.00 Ren Soundtrack Download
£10.00 Ren Soundtrack CD
£15.00 Ren Season One Special Kickstarter Edition DVD, Signed
£25.00 Ren Season One making of photobook, (8x10inch) Signed

FOR HARD COPY PACKAGE BACKERS AND ABOVE
£10.00 Upgrade the Ren Season One DVD to a Blu-ray
£25.00 Ren hoodie

FOR KICKSTARTER PRODUCER BACKERS AND ABOVE
£150.00 A customised "Ren: Season One" Clapper Board
£170.00 A customised "Ren" Director's Chair

Instructions: Select and click on a reward level that suits you (£5 minimum to help with postage costs), then add the value of the extras you want, to that pledge (in the amount box at the top of the page). If you've already pledged you can just go in and manage your pledge and increase your total amount.

ie. If you want the:
Hard Copy Package + Six coins in leather draw string pouch + international shipping
£100 + £15.00 + £7 = £122
Around $152 + $23 + $11 = $186

We'll send you a survey once the Kickstarter campaign ends so you can tell us in detail what you've opted for. Please note that shipping times may vary.

NEW REWARD TIER!

Great for an individual or a group of friends or reenactors wanting to share the cost.

What else can I do?

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Join discussions, get involved, talk to the production team, and enter exclusive giveaways by following us at http://www.facebook.com/rentheseries

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR.  Whether you are able to contribute or not, you can help by spreading the word about this project.  Tell people on social media sites, forums, blogs etc.  If you contribute, Kickstarter will give you the option to send a message to your followers/friends on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.  This will be a huge help to us and it only takes a few seconds.

Thank you so much for helping independent filmmakers create a wonderful new show to entertain fantasy fans around the world! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We face the usual risks of any film and TV production. The production is very much in the early stages and we have a long way to go before we even get to roll the cameras.

When we do get to the filming stage, which we hope will be late Summer/Autumn 2013, we will have the British weather to contend with. Luckily the production does have interiors and we will therefore have 'wet weather cover' available if the weather delays exterior filming.

We will have production insurance, contingency plans, and an experienced production team.

In regards to backer fulfillment, we've set our fulfillment dates mostly as March 2014, with the hope that that will give us plenty of time for post-production. However, there is always a risk that we'll run behind. We are aiming to film in the Fall/Autumn but we have a lot of work to do to get to that stage. Hopefully some rewards will be available earlier, but the web series may not be ready for release until late spring 2014. We will keep all Kickstarter backers up to date with progress reports, and not go silent as soon as the campaign is over. Please remember to make us aware if your contact details change.

The project will be submitted to IMDb. Backers listed as getting an IMDb credit please be aware that although submitted these credits are subject to IMDb approval.

Filmmaking is, basically, problem solving, and our experience and determination will ensure that this project is completed to the best quality possible and the satisfaction of all involved.

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    A SPECIAL THANK YOU ============================ You'll get a special shout out on Twitter. Get backer only updates and your name in the end credits of the first season, PLUS a downloadable poster, desktop wallpaper and screensaver.

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    EPISODE DOWNLOADS ============================ DRM-free HD digital downloads of each episode within a week of their online release. INCLUDES the SPECIAL THANK YOU REWARD.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES (BTS) VIDEOS ============================ Receive a private link to an exclusive daily Behind the Scenes video uploaded every night of the shoot. This video from the set will be a unique look behind the scenes as the show is being made. Various cast and crew members will take the camera each day and give you their own personal view behind the scenes. INCLUDES the SPECIAL THANK YOU and EPISODE DOWNLOADS REWARDS.

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    DOWNLOADABLE DVD ============================ A downloadable version of the Special Kickstarter Edition DVD with Extras like making of documentaries and commentaries! INCLUDES the SPECIAL THANK YOU, EPISODE DOWNLOADS and BTS VIDEOS REWARDS.

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    DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE ============================ You will get a TWITTER shout out, the EPISODE DOWNLOADS, the BTS VIDEOS, the DOWNLOADABLE DVD, backer only UPDATES, YOUR NAME IN THE END CREDITS of the first season, a DOWNLOADABLE POSTER, DESKTOP WALLPAPER, SCREENSAVER, a PDF of the season one SCRIPT, some STORYBOARDS, at least one piece of CONCEPT ART and a DIGITAL PHOTO ALBUM.

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    SKYPE CHAT ============================ A thirty minute skype chat with producer Kate Madison. Ask her questions about her past or current projects, or tell her about yours. Maybe you want some advice or you have a specific problem or question? Even audition for her if you want. INCLUDES everything in the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE REWARD.

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    HARD COPY PACKAGE ============================ A signed hard copy of the Special Kickstarter Edition DVD complete with Extras like making of documentaries and commentaries. A signed photo book with behind the scenes and promotional stills from season one, including a personal greeting. A button badge, bumper/window sticker, some storyboards and at least one piece of concept art. INCLUDES everything in the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE and the SKYPE CHAT REWARDS.

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    SET VISIT ============================ You and a friend get to spend a day on set during the filming of the first season of Ren. Watch the whole filming process, chat with the cast and crew, join us for lunch, tour the set, watch the live camera feed from the monitors in video village. Get some cool photographs with the cast and crew through the day. (Transportation and lodging not included.) Please note that filming dates are not yet scheduled but will be about two weeks between September & November 2013 in UK. We will keep you up to date with the scheduling process. INCLUDES the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE, the SKYPE CHAT and the HARD COPY PACKAGE REWARDS.

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    KICKSTARTER PRODUCER ============================ No need to be in the UK for this reward! Become a Kickstarter Producer for Ren. A great way to be involved even if you are half a world away. Through a series of videos and google hangouts, at least one a month, you will get an exclusive look at the making of the production from the end of the Kickstarter campaign, right through to the release of the final episode of season one. In these exclusive updates you will get to see things like actors auditions, concept art, costume and prop design work as well as many other aspects of making the show. Although all creative decisions remain with me, you will have the opportunity to voice your thoughts and ideas directly to the creative team. If you want to know what goes into making a production like this then this is the perfect reward for you! INCLUDES the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE, the SKYPE CHAT and the HARD COPY PACKAGE REWARDS.

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    REN PARTNER (COMPANY REWARD) ============================ Become one of our SEASON ONE PARTNERS. In the end credits for the episodes, you will be presented as an official sponsor of the series with your company logo shown on screen under the words "Ren Partners". Your name/logo will also be listed on the official website. Please feel free to contact Kate to discuss this reward in more detail prior to reserving this package.

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    FEATURED EXTRA ============================ Spend a day as a featured extra in the first season of Ren and keep your costume! Your day will be photographed and chronicled. (Transportation and lodging not included.) Please note that filming dates are not yet scheduled but could be about two weeks between September & November 2013 in UK. We will keep you up to date with the scheduling process. INCLUDES the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE, the SKYPE CHAT and the HARD COPY PACKAGE REWARDS.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ============================ Become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for Ren season one and receive 2 TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE and PARTY (probably in London). You will be listed as an Executive Producer in the end credits of season one and on IMDB. You will get all the benefits listed in the KICKSTARTER PRODUCER reward tier and ALSO if you happen to be in the UK, or want to visit, you have an open door invitation to drop by and observe during any aspect of production or post-production. You are welcome to visit the set during filming, attend rehearsals, hang out with the cast and crew, and watch cuts of the series as it progresses through post production. Pretty much whatever you want—you’re an executive producer! (Transportation and lodging not included.) INCLUDES the KICKSTARTER PRODUCER, the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE, the SKYPE CHAT and the HARD COPY PACKAGE REWARDS.

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    DIRECTOR EXPERIENCE ============================ Spend a day on set shadowing the director during the filming of the first season of Ren. Have a runner bring you tea/coffee/chocolate all day. Call action and cut for a scene. Use the clapperboard to start a shot and take that CUSTOMISED REN CLAPPER BOARD HOME WITH YOU at the end of the day! Also take home YOUR OWN DIRECTORS CHAIR, BASEBALL CAP and HOODIE! You’ll have your own ‘directors’ folder to keep containing the full script and your call sheet, sides, storyboards and shotlist for that day’s filming. Your day will be photographed and chronicled. UK transportation to and from set and one nights lodging is included. Please note that filming dates are not yet scheduled (and are liable to change) but could be about two weeks between September & November 2013 in UK. We will keep you up to date with the scheduling process. INCLUDES the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE. Please feel free to contact Kate to discuss this reward in more detail prior to reserving this package.

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    YOUR FACE ON A COIN! ============================ Want to be immortalised? We’ll put you on a fantasy coin. With the help of Kate Madison and our designer James Ewing you will come up with a design for your coin, which will feature you, your family, friends or group. Together we’ll also come up with what character/s you are and the story of why they’re on the coin. Once the design has been approved it will be sent off to the manufacturers who will turn it into beautiful metal coins. Choose between Copper, Brass, Silver and Bronze colour. You will receive six copies of your coin in special presentation boxes. Christmas presents, sorted! INCLUDES the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE. Please feel free to contact Kate to discuss this reward in more detail prior to reserving this package.

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    SEASON SPONSOR ============================ Become the SEASON SPONSOR for Ren Season One and receive 4 TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE and PARTY (probably in London). Your company logo will appear before each episode as the official sponsor. You will be listed as Season Sponsor in the end credits of season one and submitted to IMDB. Your logo will also be heavily featured on the official website, youtube channel and in all the backer updates. You will be featured in season one promotional materials used at events and conventions (i.e. we are attending RingCon in Germany in October 2013) and on the season one DVD sleeve. Like the Executive Producer reward, if you happen to be in the UK, or want to visit, you have an open door invitation to drop by and observe during any aspect of production or post-production. You are welcome to visit the set during filming, attend rehearsals, hang out with the cast and crew, and watch cuts of the series as it progresses through post production. Pretty much whatever you want—you’re the Season Sponsor! (Transportation and lodging not included.) Please feel free to contact Kate to discuss this reward in more detail prior to reserving this package. INCLUDES the KICKSTARTER PRODUCER, the DOWNLOADABLE PACKAGE, the SKYPE CHAT and the HARD COPY PACKAGE REWARDS.

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