USC Cinematic Arts

The creative process of visualising and digitally rendering an imaginary world involves not only technical design skills but a great deal of collaboration between the director and the production designer to develop these worlds together. Intended for a select group of Talent production designers, directors and screenwriters, this workshop will be led by visual effects expert Habib Zargarpour (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE PERFECT STORM) and production designer and producer Alex McDowell (MINORITY REPORT, FIGHT CLUB). The experts will focus on a couple of films each, show excerpts, and examine them in-depth. Participating Talents will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects and receive input.

A video of the full event is available on the Berlinale Talent Campus website: (97 mins).


  • Moderator:
    Alex McDowell RDI
    Creative Director,; Professor, USC SCA; Director, World Building Media Lab, World Building Institute

    Production designer and film producer, he has worked with Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg and David Fincher. His filmography includes FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, FIGHT CLUB, MINORITY REPORT and the upcoming SUPERMAN reboot. He is also founder and director of “5D Institute”, an interdisciplinary network focusing on the impact of technologies in design fields.

  • Moderator:
    Habib Zargarpour
    Creative Director, Microsoft Game Studios

    Iranian-born visual art director and effects specialist. He has done digital effects for films like STAR WARS EPISODE I, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT and THE BOURNE IDENTITY. He was nominated for the Oscar for his effects work on TWISTER and THE PERFECT STORM. Since 2003 he has been senior art director and creative director at Electronic Arts and the Microsoft Game Studio.