Production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Fight Club) has turned his sights onto the brave new world of virtual reality, with a specific interest in bringing science-related projects to the medium. He was at Sundance's New Frontiers exhibit with The Leviathan Project, which recreated the flying whale research lab found in Scott Westerfeld's novel, Leviathan.
"There's a handful of people that can go down to two or three thousand feet in a submersible, but that's about it," McDowell tells Engadget. "In VR, we could put millions of people down in the depths of the oceans. And if you're giving them real-world, science-based data that's informing that world space, then they're getting that real knowledge in a way that's different than watching a documentary film."