Visual effects supervisor Simon Hughes, who in 2009 was recognized by the Visual Effects Society for his work on District 9, joined the senior team at London’s Union VFX. Co-founders of Union, Adam Gascoyne and Tim Caplan, announced the news Friday.
“Simon is a highly-regarded supervisor with strong relationships throughout the visual effects industry,” said Caplan. “His creative talents and collaborative approach to working with film studios and directors are what set him apart and make him such a great fit within Union. Simon, Adam and I worked together at the very beginning of our careers. The decision to reunite and pool our collective years of experience opens up exciting new prospects for Union.”
Hughes’ first project with Union will be supervising the visual effects for How I Live Now directed by Kevin Macdonald, to be released in 2013.
Hughes was previously employed at Image Engine Design Inc., where the Visual Effects Society honored his contribution to the Academy Award-nominated District 9. In recent years, he supervised the visual effects for films including Safe House, Immortals, The Losers and Law Abiding Citizen. Hughes has worked at several of the UK’s most renowned companies, including Double Negative, Clear Film, CIS, Rainmaker London and Cinesite, where he got his start in visual effects in 1997. His credits include Gladiator, 007: Die Another Day, Kingdom of Heaven, 28 Weeks Later and four Harry Potter films.
“I’m excited to join Union during a dynamic period in the company’s growth,” said Hughes. “It is also a real pleasure to be collaborating with some of the industry’s most outstanding filmmakers.”