#Gamechangers 10: Baby Driver


It’s finally time for this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers post! It gets a little hectic around Cambridge at this time during the term, which is why we picked something new and fun with an incredible soundtrack for you to enjoy: Edgar Wright‘s ‘Baby Driver’!

This action crime film is one of our favorite 2017 pieces, and you might find yourself with a song from the movie stuck in your head after watching it (for days if you’re like me). What is the ’Baby Driver’ hype all about? Baby, the protagonist who works as a getaway driver and orchestrates his life with carefully composed playlists, might be one of the most intriguing figures to appear on screen this year, and not many movies are able to make the entire movie threate laugh repeatedly – so give ‘Baby Driver‘ a go!

If you’ve already seen the film, check out the incredibly interesting podcast episode about ‘Baby Driver‘ on ‘The Director’s Cut‘-podcast, where Wright is interviewed about the making of his film.

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Iconic Composers 2: Hans Zimmer


“I want to go and write music that announces to you that you can feel something.”

Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific film music composers of the last few decades — since the 1980s, he’s composed the music of more than 150 films. After winning an Academy Award for his stunning score to “The Lion King”, he went on to create the iconic soundtrack to “Pirates of the Caribbean” in addition to working on films such as “Interstellar” and “Inception”.

Interested in film composition yourself? There’s still two months to enter our student music composition and have your work exhibited at our 2018 festival — click through for more info: https://buff.ly/2AwSjvr

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#Gamechangers 9: Inception

Today, it is time for the first Christopher Nolan project to make the Waterpsprite #gamechangers list: Inception. The 2010 science-fiction film was written, co-produced, and directed by Nolan.

It‘s been out a couple of years, so we‘re not too careful with spoilers – watch out if you haven’t seen it.

A film with beautiful plot twists, full of emotion, too complicated to properly summarise – which is why we strongly suggest you watch it! The main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is faced with a seemingly impossible task, the “inception” or implantation of a person’s idea into the subconscious of another person to change reality. You can imagine how this leads to layers upon layers of storyline and meaning.

You might be surprised to find yourself in ordinary reality again after – if only Leonardo DiCaprio had not walked off the end, leaving that queasy feeling in your stomach…

Which is your favorite scene?

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#Gamechangers 8: Forrest Gump


“My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

We are just going to leave you with Forrest Gump’s words for this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers post, and hope that you all have a fantastic week full of sweet, suprising  moments.

Thank you for all of your film submissions, they are definitely going to be a box of wonderful chocolate surpises for us!

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#Gamechangers 7: The Godfather


This week’s #gamechangers takes us to a fictional New York between 1945-1955.

“The Godfather” is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, especially in the crime and ‘gangster’ genre. Following the transformation of the main character from a family outcast to feared mafia boss, it unravels what must be some of the most complicated family problems ever crafted into a film.

Drugs, casinos, guns, threats, decapitated animals, murders – “The Godfather” has it all.

Maybe grab a friend and watch this classic crime film with enough snacks and time to talk through it afterwards.
An interesting fact on the side: Puzo, author of the novel ‘The Godfather” was so passionate about the film based on his book that he fought for months to get Marlon Brandon to play his main character. He succeeded in the end, going as far as saying Brando is the “only actor who can play the Godfather.” We think he did a great job in choosing the perfect actor!

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Iconic Composers 1: Alexander Desplat


“When one is a composer for films, it’s day and night. One needs to be in great physical condition!”

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the composers behind some of film’s most iconic soundtracks. This week: French composer Alexandre Desplat.

Desplat is the composer for numerous films, including “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “The Imitation Game” and the final two instalments of the “Harry Potter” series. Desplat has composed extensively for French cinema and intentionally, winning an Oscar for his work on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and numerous Césars, including one for his work on Jacques Audiard’s celebrated “De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté”.

Interested in film composition? There’s still two months to enter our student music composition and have your work exhibited at our 2018 festival — click through for more info: https://buff.ly/2Ah6iWz

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#Gamechangers 6: Star Wars


“Try not. Do – or do not. There is no try”.

You can do anything if you commit to it – Yoda’s message fits perfectly to the start fo the new academic year.

Since we are pretty sure you’ve all seen the Star Wars movies – today just this short inspirational quote from Yoda to share the love from one of our favourite Empires.

Talking about inspirational film, we think it’s amazing that the love for Star Wars spans so many generations and connects people all around the globe. I saw the movies for the first time with my German grandpa, what’s your Star Wars story?

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#Gamechangers 5: When Harry met Sally...


Time for a romcom – this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers pick is “When Harry Met Sally…“.

“I’ll have what she’s having!”

Some movie quotes just stick around. We love Harry and Sally not only for their humor, but for their fun, tacky ideas about friendship. Driving across the country together and then repeatedly running into each other over the years in New York, the characters are set up in this wonderful comedy directed by Rover Ebert.

If you need a feel good movie of the best kind – give this one a go!

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#Gamechangers 4: Disney


“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” – Walt Disney

An inspirational quote for this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers from a person whose work shaped our childhoods.

What is your favourite Disney movie? Let us know!

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#Gamechangers 3: 2001: A Space Odyssey


The star of this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers posts is a science fiction classic: Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”!

Following a team on a voyage to Jupiter, the 1968 film bridges the past and future and plays with time in such a compelling way that I couldn’t help myself and had to watch it more than just once.

With a beautiful soundtrack featuring “Also sprach Zarathustra” and many other amazing tracks to set the perfect atmosphere for a Space Adventure, the 1968 film brings up themes still so popular today.

Existentialism, human evolution, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial-life, “2001: A Space Odyssey” has it all – these themes are all still relevant in today’s cultural environment, making this film one to rewatch.

Two popular shows today that are known to have been influenced by Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” are “Interstellar”, a space drama, and “Westworld”, a television series that plays with the concept of time. What is your favorite movie featuring similar themes?

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#Gamechangers 2: the old movie experience


Watching Netflix in bed? Going to the cinema for IMAX, 4D and surround sound technology that make you jump in your seat? Our parents and grandparents surely did not have the same movie experience!

We’re throwing it back to 1986 with this week’s Watersprite #gamechangers post, starring a wonderful article discussing film quality and industry from the year “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Top Gun”, and “Alien” aired.

Our favourite line from the article?

“Movies look a lot better now than they did in 1906 when 35-millimeter became the industry standard and when audiences could be aroused by a pair of lips puckering up for a kiss at 16 jumpy frames per second”

SO much has changed since then!

Read the full article here:

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#Gamechangers 1: Citizen Kane


Called the ‘most influential film of all time’ by many famous producers such as Woody Allen or Steven Kubrick, how could CITIZEN KANE not be the start to our Watersprite #gamechangers series?

We are so excited for the Festival that we can hardly wait – this series of posts is to keep the movie lover’s and maker’s spirit up and get us all thinking about great films that have changed the world.

If you haven’t seen Citizen Kane or think it’s too old to be any good, read on to have your mind changed!

The mystery film was hugely influential in the film scene and accomplished much of what was previously unheard of in Hollywood, including having multiple narrators tell Kane’s story from different perspectives; in fact, it left us with more questions than answers to his character (just think of Kane’s famous last word, “Rosebud”…).
We love this film, and it influenced the work of many film makers – Steven Spielberg, for instance, bought one of the original “Rosebud” sleds in 1982 for an incredible sum.

So grab a snack and get watching as you prepare for our festival in February!

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Introducing the #Gamechanger series


We are working hard behind the scenes to make the UK‘s best student film festival possible, but the work is also incredibly fun – for example, when we get to talk about our favorite films on a regular basis with our weekly #gamechangers posts.

These can not only be found on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), but now also on our website, so browse through them all in search for your next movie to watch or just to be inspired by the incredible scope of film already out there!

Watch this space for weekly updates from the #gamechangers series, along with pieces of advice to do with film, great articles to read, interviews with past speakers, nominees and other exciting people in the film industry. This, and so much more, will keep you on the edge of your seats in anticipation of the 2018 festival.

More to come soon!

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