London-based vfx house Union has launched its first international studio in Montréal.

The Montréal studio is based in a refurbished industrial building called Le Nordelec, between Griffintown and Pointe-Saint-Charles.

Union’s recruitment drive is already in full swing to grow its Canadian team with technical, creative and production roles across all levels currently being recruited

Union was founded in 2008 by Adam Gascoyne and Tim Caplan and its back catalogue features collaborations with Oscar and BAFTA winning directors including Martin McDonagh, Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes and Stephen Frears on a variety of projects from period dramas to dystopian fantasies.

Since 2020 the company has invested heavily in growing its CG team and has recently delivered VFX on projects including For All Mankind, The Irregulars, Operation Mincemeat, Wheel of Time, Moon Knight, Pennyworth and the multi award winning The Banshees of Inisherin.

Tim Caplan said, “Adam and I have backgrounds at bigger VFX studios and our plan with Union was to build a VFX company that had all the best bits from our experiences with the benefits and personability of an independent studio.  Over the last 15 years we’ve definitely achieved this in London and, with the ongoing upturn in film and tv projects globally, the time is right to do the same in another region.

“We decided on Montréal pre-pandemic. It’s the perfect place ideally positioned for us to work with clients across multiple time zones with an incredible pool of local VFX talent, and a generous tax relief system.

“All this plus finding a brilliant studio space made it a no-brainer.  We are all hugely excited about this next chapter for Union.”

Union has just completed work on The Power – a nine part series for Amazon premiering 31 March.

Jon Creamer

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