This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival. The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.
The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.
Read the full blog post here.
To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home