McDowell joins Talent Campus

Event runs as part of Berlin fest

BERLIN — Set designer Alex McDowell, who created the look of such films as “Fight Club,” “Minority Report” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will be one of the guest lecturers at the upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus, which runs Feb. 9-14 as part of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

McDowell, whose use of digital design has made him one of the industry’s leading innovators, will give Campus participants a peek into the process of creating imaginary worlds.

In addition, the Campus’ overall theme for 2008 will be “Screening Emotions — Cinema’s Finest Asset.”

“To examine the role of emotions in cinema is to look into the heart of the film industry,” said Campus director Dorothee Wenner.

Participants will explore the theme along with Berlinale guests and renowned experts from all fields of filmmaking.

The Campus will also offer a special showcase of short film, which is already playing a more significant role at next year’s fest.

Partnering with contemporary art sidebar Forum Expanded and the short film section Berlinale Shorts, the Campus will present “Short Films Expand Cinema,” an event spotlighting new ways and platforms to present short films as well as the new hot spots of the short film scene.

Panel guests will include award-winning filmmaker and video artist Matthias Mueller and the founder and curator of the Experimenta Film Festival in India, Shai Heredia.

The Campus, which is hosting 350 participants from around the world, will again take place at the Hebbel am Ufer Theater complex and its three venues, HAU1, HAU2 and HAU3, located in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg.

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