Meet Gollum's Dad
Sometimes, brilliance is a successful backup plan. For Jim Rygiel, a three-time Academy Award winner, the plan was to become a commercial artist. But in 1980, when he graduated with a master of fine arts degree from the Otis Parsons School of Design, the only job the Wisconsin native could find was with Pacific Electric Pictures, one of the first outfits to use computer animation for advertising.
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