The Internationally Acclaimed Digital Media
Think-Tank and Creative Workshop

Alex McDowell

 

Narrative Designer: Minority Report, Fight Club, Man of Steel; Associate Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts (Hollywood)

Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media. With the impact of his ideas extending far beyond his background in cinema, he advocates an immersive design process that acknowledges the key role of world building in storytelling.

 

Narrative Designer: Minority Report, Fight Club, Man of Steel; Associate Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts (Hollywood)

Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media. With the impact of his ideas extending far beyond his background in cinema, he advocates an immersive design process that acknowledges the key role of world building in storytelling.

 

In his 30+ years as a narrative designer, Alex has worked with directors Alex Proyas, David Fincher, Terry Gilliam, Andrew Niccol, Tim Burton, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg, amongst many others.

From 1999-2001 he worked with Steven Spielberg to design and develop a world for the film Minority Report, prior to a completed script. The process that evolved changed the nature of his film design process from analogue to digital, and profoundly affected the nature of all digital production, pushing a radical shift towards a non-linear workflow. Since then his work has built on the dynamic relationship between creativity and emergent technologies.

Alex recently designed Man Of Steel, Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan’s retelling of the Superman origin story, where he built the holistic world of Krypton, its history and its integration with our present day world.

As visiting artist at MIT’s Media Lab from 2006-2011 he designed the robot opera Death and the Powers for composer Tod Machover. He is a Getty Research Institute scholar, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences SciTech Council, and on the executive board of the AMPAS Design Branch. In 2006, he was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts, and in 2013 the President’s Award by the UK’s society for art direction – the D&AD.

Alex McDowell is now associate professor in the Interactive Media, Production, and Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) divisions at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he is also creative director of the research / practice World Building Media Lab and the thought leadership network 5D Institute.

He is founder and creative director at 5D | GlobalStudio, a cellular and interdisciplinary transmedia design studio. 

Prev: Alex Laurant Next: Alexander Gr√ľnsteidl

 

Filter by:

Alphabetically

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
 
 
Kristen Taylor portrait