ALEX McDOWELL (Production Designer) has designed both live action and animated features, and is known for his innovative work blending practical and digital production design in film genres ranging from period and contemporary to science fiction and fantasy.
He is currently production designer for a new digital animated feature at DreamWorks Animation.
McDowell most recently completed work as production designer for Warner Brothers recent release “Watchmen”, directed by Zack Snyder. He is also making his producing debut as a co-producer on the upcoming indie film “Bunraku,” starring Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman and Josh Hartnett, for which he collaborated with director Guy Moshe on a new approach to story development using design and visualization tools.
McDowell earned a BAFTA Award nomination and an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Award nomination for his work on Tim Burton’s 2005 fantasy film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He also collaborated with Burton on the 2005 stop-motion animated film “Corpse Bride.” McDowell previously won an ADG Award for Steven Spielberg’s 2004 film “The Terminal,” for which he designed a full-size airport terminal, one of the largest architectural sets ever built for a film. The designer had earlier worked with Spielberg on 2002’s sci-fi action hit “Minority Report,” for which McDowell received his first ADG Award nomination.
His additional film credits include Anthony Minghella’s “Breaking and Entering”; “The Cat in the Hat”; “Fight Club,” for director David Fincher; Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”; and “The Crow”.
A classically trained painter, McDowell attended Central School of Art in London. In 2006, he was named Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA, the UK’s most prestigious design society, and continues as a Visiting Artist at MIT’s Media Lab. He is co-director of 5D: The Immersive Design conference.