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about union

Union is an independent visual-effects facility founded in 2008 by Adam Gascoyne and Tim Caplan to provide a creative service for feature film and television productions.

Located in the heart of Soho, London, the studio is founded on a culture of originality, innovation and collaboration. Exceptional supervisors, producers and artists share their experience and passion for filmmaking to produce imaginative solutions, quick turnarounds and stunning results.

The studio’s regular clients number some of the world’s top filmmakers, who return to Union time and again as a trusted technical partner and creative ally. The team works closely with clients throughout every phase of the creative process, from VFX design and previs to CG animation, digital makeup effects – gore is a particular Union talent – compositing and matte painting. Core specialties include CG environment work and invisible effects.

Union is proud to have been the sole visual-effects studio behind many prestigious film projects, including Steve Jobs, Suffragette, The Program, The Lady in the Van, Far From the Madding Crowd, Philomena, 127 Hours, Inbetweeners 2, The Theory of Everything and Black Sea.

Its multi-vendor credits include Everest, Woman in Black and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with TV projects including Da Vinci’s Demons season 2, and the original pilot for Danny Boyle’s Babylon for Channel 4 in the UK.

A significant highlight on the Union roster saw the company joining Danny Boyle’s creative team to deliver the short films for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Reflecting its growing status in both size and scope, Union recently moved to new premises offering three times the original studio capacity. As a result of this expansion, it is now positioned to take on more — and more ambitious — new projects. 2016 sees the showcasing of a diverse range of Union’s work on some of the most hotly anticipated films of the year with the release of Bastille Day, Florance Foster Jenkins, Special Correspondents, Genius and Bridget Jones’s Baby.



Union VFX is an independent visual effects facility founded in 2008 by Adam Gascoyne and Tim Caplan, providing a creative service for feature film and television productions.

news & press

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August 26, 2016

The Union of VFX and Directors

Mike Seymour from fxguide caught up with Union VFX’s Adam Gascoyne to learn how they turned various modern day UK locations into 1940s New York for Florence Foster Jenkins. It was also an opportunity to chat about what makes Union a place that Directors work with over and over again.

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October 12, 2015

Suffragette Votes For Union’s Visual Effects

‘Invisible’ VFX add scale and reality to Sarah Gavron’s powerful drama

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May 6, 2015

Union goes for the burn in Far From The Madding Crowd

Innovative visual effects add drama and authenticity to Thomas Vinterberg’s hotly anticipated romance based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Highlights of Union’s work on Far From The Madding Crowd, for which it was the sole visual-effects vendor, include a burning-barn sequence using CG and real fire elements

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January 5, 2015

Union adds extra dimension to The Theory of Everything

Union has announced details of its work as sole visual-effects vendor on The Theory of Everything, the James Marsh-directed film produced by Working Title Films that premiered in the UK January 1, 2015

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December 5, 2014

Union launches CGI submarine on Black Sea

Black Sea, the high-octane thriller from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), launches today in the UK, revealing the dramatic visual effects provided by Union. The film is the second collaboration between Union, Macdonald and production company Cowboy Films.

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April 4, 2014

Union helps unleash Da Vinci’s Demons

Union has provided the key visual effects, as a lead visual-effects vendor, for several episodes of the second series of the STARZ Original series Da Vinci’s Demons, produced by Adjacent Productions. The first episode of the new season premieres in the UK at 22.00 today on FOX UK

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February 4, 2013

Union renews relationship with Stephen Poliakoff

More than 200 visual-effects shots add ‘authenticity’ to BBC’s Dancing on the Edge. Union has completed more than 200 shots for the lavish BBC drama series Dancing on the Edge, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Union was the sole visual-effectors vendor for the six-part drama, chronicling a black jazz band’s rise to fame in the divinely decadent world of 1930s London.

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December 10, 2012

Union plays ‘invisible’ role on Hyde Park On Hudson

Union created over 100 shots for Focus Features’ Hyde Park on Hudson, as the sole visual-effects vendor. Union co-founder Tim Caplan took on the role of overall visual-effects supervisor for Roger Mitchell-helmed historical comedy drama, which tells the story of the romance between Franklin D Roosevelt and his distant cousin Daisy Suckley. The visual effects included detailed set extensions and compositing.

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July 23, 2012

Olympic Win for Union

Union today announced its collaboration with Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle and the BBC to create a series of short films to be featured during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Union is responsible for realising Boyle’s creative vision, from the storyboards and previsualisation to final post-production.

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August 21, 2016

The Union of VFX and Directors

Mike Seymour from fxguide caught up with Union VFX’s Adam Gascoyne to learn how they turned various modern day UK locations into 1940s New York for Florence Foster Jenkins. It was also an opportunity to chat about what makes Union a place that Directors work with over and over again.

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Recent press
January 16, 2016

Why ‘invisible effects’ are Hollywood’s best kept secret


Never mind spaceships and cities destroyed by gigantic lizards – film’s most amazing special effects are those you don’t even notice

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January 15, 2016

Why has the UK film industry been making waves worldwide?


Blockbusters like Tomb Raider and the Pirates of the Caribbean have showcased top British talent to a global audience

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December 23, 2015

Record year for UK film industry tax relief


220 films were made in the UK in 2014 to 2015 thanks the UK film tax relief.

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February 26, 2015

Union to handle VFX on Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic

Featured: ScreenDaily News 26 February

EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor on Danny Boyle’s as-yet-untitled Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet

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February 7, 2015

Black Sea

Featured: Cinefex Blog, 28 January 2015

The submarine movie is a staple of cinema. You might even say it’s a classic sub-genre, with films like Run Silent, Run Deep, The Hunt for Red October, The Enemy Below and Das Boot ensuring its continuing appeal over the years

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February 8, 2015

The Theory of Everything

Featured: Televisual, November 2014

Union completed 160 shots on James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which opened in cinemas at the beginning of January

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We are recruiting

  • Matchmovers
    We are keen to speak to Match Movers who are enthusiastic and keen to work in a busy environment – we promise you won’t get bored ! Technically you will be comfortable in your field and ready to start to take on more challenging and varied work. As a person you will be positive and approachable in your style as well as having a keen eye for detail.

  • Compositors mid to seniors
    We are looking to expand our team of Compositors across the board and we would therefore invite applications from entry level to senior experienced hires. Our ideal candidate will enjoy a challenge and have a critical eye for detail. In addition you will be a confident communicator who is happy working in a team environment.

  • Coordinator
    We are looking to hire an experienced production coordinator who is able to hit the ground running and isn’t afraid of a challenge. To be successful in this role you will be confident at multitasking and have strong organisation and communication skills. Demonstrable experience of problem solving and excellent client skills would also be advantageous.

  • FX Houdini Artists
    Aside from having great creative and technical skills, you will be happy to work in a team environment and willing to ‘muck in’ and provide support to the wider team when needed. A flexible proactive attitude would also be an advantage.

  • Maya generalist with modelling and lighting experience
    As a seasoned Maya Generalist you will have a variety of skills and experience but we are in particular looking to speak to candidates who have modelling and lightening experience in their arsenal. As a person, you will be a strong communicator and a confident team player. You will bring to projects a positive ‘can do’ approach as well as a critical eye for detail.

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