Alex McDowell

Production designer, Graphic designer
This production designer seemingly has taken up the baton dropped by the late Anton Furst: McDowell's dark, eerie and entertainingly foreboding sets sometimes get better reviews than their films. The boyish-looking Brit ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1955 in Borneo

Filmography

Art Department (20)

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Upside Down 2013 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Watchmen 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Affair of the Necklace 2001 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Crow: City of Angels 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Crying Freeman 1995 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Crow 1994 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Silent Trigger (TV Show)

Visual Effects
Producer (1)

Bunraku 2011 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Other (3)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

Design Consultant (Consultant)

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Design Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

This production designer seemingly has taken up the baton dropped by the late Anton Furst: McDowell's dark, eerie and entertainingly foreboding sets sometimes get better reviews than their films. The boyish-looking Brit opened his own graphics design firm in the late 1970s after studying at London's Central College of Art. He began his career designing album covers and posters before segueing to creating sets for music videos directed by Tim Pope and finding wider audiences with TV commercials (Revlon, Pepsi, Nike) and music videos for performers like ZZ Top, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson. He gained particular notice for his starkly beautiful design of the David Fincher-directed video "Vogue" (1990) for Madonna.

Relationships

Kirsten Everberg

Wife
worked with McDowell on "Fear" and "The Crow: City of Angels"

EDUCATION

attended Quaker boarding schools in England

Central School of Art and Design

Milestones

1999

Designed the settings for "Fight Club", directed by Fincher

1997

Created the wild psychotropic settings for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

1996

Reteamed with director Tim Pope for the sequel "The Crow: City of Angels"

1994

Designed "The Crow", directed by Alex Proyas

1992

First film credit as production designer, "The Lawnmower Man"

Sent to boarding school in England

Formed Rocking Russian, a graphic arts firm after graduating from the London Central School of Art (formed in the late 1970s)

Designed album covers and posters for rock bands, Siouxsie and the Banshees, UB 40 and Iggy Pop

First collaboration with director, Tim Pope; spent a year designing sets for Pope-directed music videos

Lived for seven years in Indonesia

Began designing sets for commercials

Born in Borneo

Was production designer on music videos for ZZ Top, Neil Young, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and on the David Fincher-directed Madonna video "Vogue" (1990)

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