Co-owner | Executive Visual Effects Producer
Tim Caplan is the co-founder of Union and its lead visual-effects executive producer. His multi-disciplined experience in visual effects combines creative and technical expertise with production efficiency.
Prior to launching Union in 2008 with partner Adam Gascoyne, Caplan played a pivotal role in the start-up of two of London’s leading visual-effects facilities – Cinesite and Mill Film. Joining Cinesite shortly after graduating with a mathematics degree from Sussex University, his technical abilities propelled him rapidly through the company’s scanning and recording department, helping to establish Cinesite as a standard-setter for the global visual-effects industry.
Caplan then moved on to Mill Film, the feature arm of The Mill. His decade-long stint at Ridley and Tony Scott’s acclaimed post-production studio principally involved heading up the digital film department and producing visual effects for films and commercials. During this period, Caplan developed a deep understanding of the delivery requirements for every type of film project while honing his management and department-building skills. Notable credits from this era include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Gladiator. He also worked directly for Universal on Mamma Mia!
At Union, Caplan manages the company and its projects in the role of executive producer, as well as producing the visual effects for the majority of its projects.
Co-owner | Visual Effects Supervisor
Adam Gascoyne is the co-founder of Union and its lead visual-effects supervisor. Renowned for his creative approach to visual-effects production, he has worked with many of today’s leading filmmakers, establishing close collaborations with directors Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears and Roger Michell, among others.
Gascoyne’s career began back in the early Nineties at the leading London visual-effects facility Cinesite, where he built a reputation for technical expertise in Flame. At the end of the 1990s, he was offered a job in New York with Spontaneous Combustion, a visual-effects studio serving the commercials and entertainment industries. It was here that he experienced first-hand the creative energy generated by working in a boutique studio atmosphere.
In 2001, Gascoyne returned to London, where he worked on several high-profile films, including Cats & Dogs, Black Hawk Down, Die Another Day and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This grounding in high-end visual effects for feature films combined with the creative experience gained in New York won him his first executive role in 2004, when he was appointed visual-effects supervisor at London’s Clear Film, where he went on to serve as head of film VFX. During this period, he continued to work as a freelance facility supervisor for, among others, Moving Picture Company and Rainmaker UK, adding Kingdom of Heaven, La Vie en Rose, Slumdog Millionaire and the HBO series Rome to his CV.
In 2008, Gascoyne set up Union with producer Tim Caplan. It was bold move at the time, given the downturn in both the global economy and the UK visual-effects sector. He supervised all of Union’s early projects, which included blockbusters 127 Hours, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Woman in Black.
As part of Danny Boyle’s core team for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Gascoyne was responsible for supervising the three films created by Union that were featured during the critically acclaimed event. He was also credited as a director of photography. Following the success of the Olympics, he was named as one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People of 2012 by the Evening Standard.
Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual-effects supervisor Simon Hughes joined Union in 2012, bringing with him a rare breadth of knowledge gained from nearly two decades of experience with studios in both the UK and Canada.
Hughes embarked upon his visual-effects career in 1997, when he joined the leading London visual-effects facility Cinesite. He worked his way through Cinesite’s editorial, scanning and recording, and compositing departments before moving on to take progressively more responsible compositing roles at Double Negative, Clear Film and CIS/Rainmaker. During this time, he helped to set up two film departments and took on his first project as 2D supervisor.
Hughes’ early experience working on the likes of Gladiator, several of the Harry Potter films and Kingdom of Heaven gave him a firm grounding in the production of high-end visual effects for blockbuster features. Meanwhile, films such as A Cock and Bull Story, 1408 and Inkheart gave him the opportunity to develop his highly regarded creative skills.
In 2008, Hughes moved to Image Engine in Vancouver to work on the Academy Award-nominated District 9, for which he was honoured with a Visual Effects Society award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture. Following this accolade, Hughes became one of the most sought-after visual-effects supervisors in Vancouver’s rapidly developing industry, with credits including Universal Pictures’ Safe House, Immortals, Law Abiding Citizen, The Losers and The Factory. During this period, he spent many months on sets around the world, gaining both technical and creative expertise, and bolstering his burgeoning reputation as a highly inventive and flexible supervisor.
Visual Effects Producer
Noga Alon-Stein is Union’s visual effects producer.
Noga has been with Union since the company’s inception. As Union’s projects have grown in terms of complexity and volume of VFX work so has Noga’s experience and team.
Noga ensures everything is on track from quote to delivery and is a primary client contact. Her credits range from the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and everything in-between.