By Bonnie North and Eleanor Peterson
November 22, 2013
Moviegoers have come to expect more and more sophisticated, seamless special effects, thanks to advances in computer graphics. A UWM graduate has played a big role in creating this CG movie magic. Kenosha native Jim Rygiel is the man behind special effects ranging from Lord of the Rings' Gollum and the Balrog to what made Patrick Swayze look otherworldly in Ghost.
For this work and much more, he's received three Academy Awards, three BAFTAs, and numerous other awards and nominations…
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