Meet Gollum's Dad

Special-effects maestro Jim Rygiel was the real wizard of The Lord of the Rings, yet he says the measure of success is to go unnoticed

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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