Union Expands Roster of VFX Supervisors Broadening Capacity and Scope

5 July 2017

Union is announcing the addition of three new VFX Supervisors to support its growing num-ber of film and television projects.


Union Supervision Team


The existing senior creative team of Co-founder and VFX Supervisor Adam Gascoyne and VFX Supervisor Simon Hughes have been joined by James Etherington-Sparks, Mark Michaels and James Roberts.

Union’s growth instigated the addition of a secondary space in 2016 increasing capacity in order to deliver projects including T2 Trainspotting, Oasis, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Outlander and My Cousin Rachel.

The significant increase in supervisors not only increases the volume of work that Union can un-dertake, but adds a breadth of experience across different kinds of VFX projects to the team.

James (Etherington-Sparks) brings a wealth of experience gained at Cinesite, Clear, The Mill and, most recently, Double Negative where he worked for more than a decade. He started supervising in 2010 and has amassed an eclectic range of credits ranging from VFX Supervisor on season one of Sherlock (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Downtown Abbey and British Indie Fast Girls through to 2D Supervisor at Double Negative on projects including Ron Howard’s Inferno, and most recently Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

Similarly Mark’s extensive background at renowned VFX facilities including Digital Domain, Cine-site, The Mill, MPC and Double Negative on both sides of the Atlantic brings an enviable credit list that includes 2 Tomb Raider films, 4 Harry Potter films, Casino Royale, The Wolfman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Maleficent and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  

In addition, Union is promoting James Roberts to VFX Supervisor.  James joined Union in 2012 and has proved himself to be a creative and versatile member of the team on projects including Everest, The Lady in the Van, The Take, Bridget Jones’ Baby, T2 Trainspotting and My Cousin Rachel.  Over the last few years, he’s done an increasing amount of on-set supervision and is cur-rently working on his second project as VFX Supervisor.

Co-Founder and Executive Producer Tim Caplan, comments; 

“We’re really excited to be expanding the capacity and scope of our team at Union to support our growing roster of work. Adam, Simon and I all have worked with both James (Etherington) and Mark before, so we knew they’d be a great fit for both us and our clients.  It’s also really rewarding to be able to promote some home grown talent in the form of James Roberts who has proven himself both internally and externally with his aptitude for problem solving and creative eye.  We’re really looking forward to tackling new projects for both existing and new clients in 2017 and beyond.”



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