Jim Rygiel

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Jim Rygiel
Jim Rygiel
Date of birth Birthplace
February 17, 1955 Kenosha, Wisconsin
First work Notable work
Superman Returns (2006) The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
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James Reginald Rygiel (ジム・ライジール?, Jimu Raijīru) is an American visual effects director. He supervised the visual effects of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.


JIM RYGIEL (VFX supervisor) is a three-time Academy Award® winner for his groundbreaking visual effects on Peter Jackson’s landmark “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. For his work on “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King,” Rygiel also shared in three BAFTA Awards and two Visual Effects Society (VES) honors for the second and third films, with a third nomination for “The Return of the King.” In 2002, after the release of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” Rygiel received the American Film Institute's first AFI Digital Effects Artist of the Year Award.

Considered one of the industry’s pioneers in the computer animation field, Rygiel began his career in the infancy of digital visual effects. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in his home state, the Kenosha native moved to Los Angeles and received his M.F.A. and an honorary doctorate from the Otis College of Art and Design where he currently sits on the school’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, he is on the Board of Advisors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisico, where he also received an honorary doctorate degree.

He first landed at Pacific Electric Pictures (one of the earliest companies to employ computer animation for the advertising and film arenas) before segueing to Digital Productions, where his work earned him a CLIO Award for the SONY Walkman ad campaign and where he worked on two 1984 sci-fi adventure films—Peter Hyams’ sequel “2010,” based on Arthur Clarke’s book, and Nick Castle’s “The Last Starfighter,” one of the early projects to use digital animation in place of models. He later picked up a second CLIO honor for his work on the Geo Prism automobile commercial.

At Boss Film Studios, which he joined in 1989 and worked with the legendary Richard Edlund, Rygiel directed a computer animation department that grew to over 75 animators and 100 support staff within fourteen months, producing effects for such projects as Paul Verhoeven’s “Starship Troopers,” which was a nominee for the VFX Oscar®; Roger Donaldson’s “Species”; Wolfgang Petersen’s “Outbreak” and “Air Force One”; John McTiernan’s “The Last Action Hero”; Renny Harlin’s actioner “Cliffhanger”; Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns,” an Oscar® nominee for VFX; David Fincher’s “Alien3,” another VFX Oscar® nominee; and Jerry Zucker’s “Ghost.”

He most recently served as VFX supervisor on “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and counts among his credits such films as “Eagle Eye,” the 2008 reboot of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Night at the Museum,” “102 Dalmatians,” “The Parent Trap,” “Anna and the King” and “Star Trek: Insurrection.”

ピーター・ジャクソン監督の代表作「ロード・オブ・ザ・リング」三部作――『ロード・オブ・ザ・リング』(01)、『ロード・オブ・ザ・リング/二つの塔』(02)、『ロード・オブ・ザ・リング/王の帰還』(03)――のすべてで担当した画期的な視覚効果で、アカデミー賞を3年連続で受賞した。そのほかに視覚効果を担当した作品は、『アンナと王様』(99)、『102』(00)、『ナイト ミュージアム』(06)、『イーグル・アイ』(08)、リメイク版『地球が静止する日』(08)、『アメイジング・スパイダーマン』(12)など。

Film Godzilla (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Godzilla - Comic-Con 2012 TrailerGodzilla - Official Teaser TrailerGodzilla - Official Main TrailerGodzilla - International TrailerGodzilla - Asia Trailer

It Can't Be StoppedI Can't Believe This Is HappeningWhatever It TakesCourageExtended LookNature Has An OrderYou're Hiding Something

Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • MUTO (2014 design; Male and Female)
Cast and Characters Joseph Brody (Bryan Cranston) • Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) • Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) • Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) • Sam Brody (Carson Bolde) • Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) • William Stenz (David Strathairn)
Staff Gareth EdwardsThomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersMax BorensteinDavid CallahamPatricia WhitcherAlex GarciaYoshimitsu BannoKenji OkuhiraSeamus McGarveyOwen PatersonBob DucsaySharen DavisJim RygielAlexandre Desplat
Godzilla: Awakening Godzilla: AwakeningGodzillaShinomura
Books Godzilla: AwakeningGodzilla: The Official NovelizationGodzilla: The Art of DestructionGodzilla: With Light and Sound!
Websites Godzillaencounter.comGodzilla Encounter AppGodzilla
Toys and games Bandai Creation's Godzilla 2014 Toy LineJakks Pacific's GodzillaNECA's GodzillaGodzilla: With Light and Sound!Godzilla: Smash3Godzilla: Strike ZoneGodzilla: Crisis DefenseS.H. MonsterArtsGodzilla EggsBattle SpiritsGodzilla (2014 video game)
Partners and sweepstakes SnickersFIATMikadoSweepstakes
Scrapped elements RokmutulPterodactylJune 2012 screenplayUnnamed multi-legged monster

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