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Jim Rygiel

Starting his career in 1980, Rygiel joined Pacific Electric Pictures, one of the earliest companies to employ computer animation for the advertising and film markets. In 1983, Rygiel's work took him to Digital Productions where he began work on The Last Starfighter (1984), a film notable for its pioneering use of digital imaging in place of models... See full bio »
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 2016 Ben-Hur (visual effects supervisor)
 2014 Godzilla (visual effects supervisor)
 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man (visual effects supervisor)
 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still (additional visual effects supervisor)
 2008 Eagle Eye (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (additional visual effects supervisor)
 2006 Night at the Museum (visual effects supervisor)
 2006 Click (visual effects designer)
 2004 After the Sunset (visual effects consultant)
 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (visual effects supervisor)
 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (visual effects supervisor)
 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (visual effects supervisor)
 2001 The Fast and the Furious (digital effects)
 2000 102 Dalmatians (visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Anna and the King (visual effects supervisor)
 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection (visual effects supervisor: Blue Sky/VIFX)
 1998 The Parent Trap (visual effects supervisor)
 1998 Desperate Measures (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios)
 1997 Starship Troopers (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film)
 1996 Multiplicity (digital effects advisor: Boss Film Studios)
 1995 Species (visual effects co-supervisor: Boss Film)
 1995 Outbreak (visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios)
 1994 The Scout (digital effects supervisor: Boss Films)
 1993 Last Action Hero (computer graphics supervisor: Boss Film Studio)
 1993 Cliffhanger (digital effects supervisor)
 1992 The Last of the Mohicans (digital effects supervisor)
 1992 Batman Returns (digital effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios)
 1992 Alien³ (digital effects supervisor)
 1990 Solar Crisis (digital effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1990 Ghost (digital effects supervisor)
 1984 2010 (digital effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1984 The Last Starfighter (senior technical mananger: Digital Productions)
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I was basically one of those starving-artists stories. My art transformed itself into the visual-effects world, but I still see myself doing art. See more »


Jim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (Otis Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, Ca.). He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from (Otis Art Institute), as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the (Academy of Art University) in San Francisco California. See more »

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