Kenosha native Jim Rygiel took the long road to Hollywood’s highest honor. He went through New Zealand. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate turned special-effects wizard had been asked by a studio executive to spend six months in Prague working on “Blade 2,” and “I said, ‘No.’ I didn’t want to move away. Then she asked, ‘How about moving to New Zealand for three years?’ And that was a little more interesting.” [More]

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