Leigh Rens


Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

With more than 30 movie credits, Leigh Rens has been living and working in Los Angeles for over 20 years as an animation professional. Some of his recent work includes animation for Spongebob: Sponge on the Run, Dr. Doolittle, Midway, and Jumanji: The Next Level. Rens’ past animation work includes Secret Life of Pets, Angry Birds, Tinkerbell: Neverbeast, Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy, and Pac-Man: Ghostly Adventures. Rens takes a positive approach to the future of entertainment. He likes to say that, “Hollywood has not made its last movie yet.”


  • BFA, University of Johannesburg, 1987

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)


  • Digital Camera
  • Storytelling
  • Animation

Courses Taught

  • ANIM 203 – Introduction to Computer Animation
  • ANIM 205 – Computer Graphic Character Animation