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Julius Horsthuis

Fractal Artist

Julius Horsthuis (Amsterdam, 1980) is a Visual Effects designer and Fractal  artist. Coming from a family of stage actors and musicians, Julius developed a  love for film and video at the age of 12. After high school, he started working on various film sets as sound recordist, electrician and clapper loader and focus puller in the years 2000 to 2006. Baantjer (2000-2003), Flirt (van Eyck, 2005) Koppels (2006). He also finished a one year video study in the Open Studio (2003). Meanwhile, Julius had developed interest in computer graphics. He worked for several years for different (post) production companies, Revolver (2004-2005) Carbon (2006-2010) 
and Hectic Electric (2010-present). 

Years of experience on the movie set proved invaluable, for Hectic Electric worked intensively on the VFX of many big films, such as “De Storm” (Sombogaart, 2009). At Hectic, Julius worked on several film projects, like “Sonny Boy” (Peters, 2011) and “Nova Zembla” (Oerlemans, 2011) He also had creative supervision on what was perhaps the largest Visual Effects project ever in the Netherlands: the movie “Koning van Katoren” (Sombogaart, 2012). 

The critics specifically praised the Visual Effects in the film; something that is unfortunately not often the case in the Netherlands. The movie also won the VNAP VFX award for best VFX in a Dutch film. In 2014, Julius started experimenting with Fractal Environments. As a Fractal Artist, he's created 
Fractal short films, and Immersive Experiences, which have been exhibited in galleries and film festivals around the world, such as the IX symposium in the Satosphere Montréal and the Cineglobe festival in CERN. 

Online, Julius' fractal art has been picked up or covered by international blogs such as The Creators Project, Motionographer, and CGChannel. His experimental Virtual Reality experiences featured on the Oculus Rift website upon release, and became some of the best rated VR-experiences on the site.