University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Alex McDowell

Alex McDowellAlex McDowell is an associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he shares an appointment between the interactive media, production, and the media arts and practice programs. One of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media, McDowell’s impact extends beyond cinema and into an immersive design process that proposes a key role for world building in visual storytelling. He is credited as having radically reinvented the traditional workflow for media making.

He has designed for directors as diverse as Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg, and has recently completed “Man of Steel” with director Zack Snyder, produced by Chris Nolan. With many awards for his film design work, McDowell was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts in 2006.  McDowell is also co-founder and creative director of the 5D | Institute, and the 5D | Building Worlds initiative, which serves as a global series of distributed events and an education space for an expanding community of thought leaders across narrative media. The 5D | Institute is an organized research unit within the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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