Industrial Light & Magic
Before entering the world of digital visual effects in 2004, Julian spent 15 years in the music industry, achieving great success as a renowned international DJ and record producer. As a DJ, he performed at some of the world’s top clubs and festivals, and as a producer and studio engineer, was behind numerous club anthems and mainstream chart hits. In 2003 – after a spell as a resident DJ in Hong Kong – and a three-month tour in Australia, he decided on a career change, and on returning to the UK enrolled at Derby University to study Games Design and Digital Entertainment. As part of his studies, Julian joined London-based VFX house Double Negative as an intern in mid-2006.
Julian enjoyed a swift rise through the 3D ranks, and within just two years in the industry found himself being offered the chance to CG supervise the Paul Greengrass project The Green Zone. After the environment-heavy work of Green Zone, Julian then faced the new challenge of creating a fully CG lead actor in the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost comedy Paul (which led to a VES nomination for Best Animated Character). The next projects brought new challenges, CG supervising FX heavy projects such as Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Justin Lin’s sixth instalment in the Fast and Furious series. It was on these projects that Julian first expanded his skill set to cover on set work, an aspect of the job he enjoys greatly. On recent projects such as Hercules and Geostorm, Julian has acted as onset second unit visual effects supervisor and also as splinter / aerial unit director on several occasions.
After an extremely happy and successful 10 years with Double Negative, in late 2015 Julian felt the time was right for a new challenge and joined the London arm of ILM, where he began by supervising Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. After spending the summer assisting Roger Guyett and Grady Cofer with VFX supervision of Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Julian will soon begin overseeing the ILM London work on Transformers 5.