The Real Master Animator, Julius Horsthuis!

Julius Horsthuis (Amsterdam, 1980) is a Visual Effects designer and Fractal artist.

His love for film and video developed at the age of 12. After high school, he worked on various film sets as sound recordist, 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 an 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). Furthermore, 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 films, such as “Sonny Boy” (Peters, 2011) and “Nova Zembla” (Oerlemans, 2011) He took creative supervision on what was the most VFX-heavy film in the Netherlands: “Koning van Katoren” (Sombogaart, 2012)

Upon its release, 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 has 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 in Montréal, the Cineglobe film festival in CERN and the Geneva Tous Ecrans festival.

Online, Julius’ fractal art has been picked up or covered by international blogs such as The Creators Project, Motionographer, and the Vimeo Staff picks. 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.

Fractal art is the opposite of design. When playing around with fractals, shapes start to emerge, and when they start to resemble something - anything - I play with that. For instance, if something looks like a mountain, I will color it like a mountain, and light it with a low sun, or a hazy atmosphere. This is important because the human eye will connect with something it thinks it knows - but it's different. The danger of fractal art is that it becomes so abstract that your mind can't comprehend it at all.

Julius Horsthuis

Newsweek Article

"It so happens that I'm a lazy animator. Using fractals, I can conjure up entire worlds without having to draw or model anything. These shapes hide in the formulas, they exist in a mathematical reality, all I need to do is explore those worlds and make them reveal themselves."

Julius Horsthuis

Awards won by Julius Horsthuis

Gizmodo – The Never-Ending Descent Into This Infinite Fractal City Will Melt Your Brain

The Creators Project – Check Out A Beautiful 360 Degree Virtual Reality Fractal Universe

Road to VR – ‘Foreign Nature’ Takes You on a Geometry Bending VR Trip Through a Fractal World

Note: For help learning more about Mandelbulb 3D and animation tutorials check out “The Mandelbulb Master Training Resource Guide”

The Magical World of Julius Horsthuis

Don’t stop! There is still more from this Master. The following videos are but a taste of stunning creations to fly through. With deliberate effort Julius takes you on a journey inside fractal art that you probably never knew existed. 

There is even a couple of tutorials that are a must see. Plus with his star rising throughout the fractal community and his skills increasing  you will want to keep an eye out for future work by this Master of Animation in films not yet in the can. 

Fractalicious 6

Cinematic Fractal tutorial

Underwater Fractal Tutorial

The Infinitely Colorful Biodiversity of Fractals