For Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (USA, 2002), production designer Alex McDowell designed the sets for a futuristic world, where crime was prevented before it happened. Even before the screenplay was finished, McDowell developed a concept for a cohesive future world – future reality, not science fiction –, in which preventative law enforcement influenced things as diverse as architecture, urban planning and social life. That interdisciplinary design became more than just a visual backdrop for the story. It had a significant influence on the screenplay itself. The film marked a radical turn in Alex McDowell’s work as a production designer and gave birth to the “world building” concept as a design and narrative process, which he will elucidate using Minority Report as an example.
McDowell’s impressive filmography includes productions such as The Lawnmower Man, The Crow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fight Club and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In hiatus from his teaching and research work as a professor of practice at USC School of Cinematic Arts, he is currently designing Star Wars: Episode IX.
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