Leigh Rens

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Leigh Rens, I’m an animator, a mentor at animationmentor.com and a previz camera guy.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
First job out of college was as a layout artist at a sticker factory, was on the print floor inhaling thinners all day, my clothes smelt so flammable that no-one would sit next me when I got home. Also worked as a grip for an industrial video company. setting up camera and lights in the most amazing places, from coal mines to furnaces and even a Twinkies factory and my last gig before getting into animation was at an art gallery, selling miro’s and picasso’s.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ve had fun on so many but I guess my most recent ones’ …..camera and animatic blocking on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” for PLF at fox studios, also some spots for Oakley which I produced with my own crew for the winter X-games this year and a supergraphic for 2k10 a year or so ago that covered the side of Figeroa hotel opposite the staples center in downtown LA. also my work at rhythm and hues, on the Narnia, Scooby Doo and Garfield movies.
How did you become interested in animation? 
theres three moments that stand out. remember going crazy for Tom and Jerry when I was four, kept begging my dad to rent all the 8mm prints from the local rental store, drove him crazy. also when I was a kid, there’s is a memory of hanging out on this giant flat rock with our Continue reading