On a dismal, overcast Wednesday, the John Lewis Pupil Middle witnessed indicators of cheer. The Pupil Middle Applications Council (SCPC) organized a film night time on the Atlantic Theater on Jan. 24, 6–8 p.m. The organizers screened the primary “Shrek” (2001) film, offering attendees with complimentary popcorn and a film bingo sheet.
The film, which grossed over $450 million, grew to become a worldwide cult phenomenon, main DreamWorks Animation to supply three extra most important movies and two spin-off films. Moreover, a supply related to the studio lately teased plans for a Shrek 5 launch in 2025, though particulars across the venture are but to be revealed.
The Approach spoke to Jeffrey Pan, MS AE and SCPC President, to know how the movie was chosen.
“We use a film licenser, which usually provides us quick access to display barely older films. We did a fast survey amongst our members, and Shrek gave the impression to be the most well-liked. One thing I’ve been pushing for is a means for the scholar physique to additionally give their enter on what they’d wish to see — presumably by in-person surveys at our occasions,” Pan stated.
The 90-minute-long animated movie tells the story of Shrek (Mike Myers), an ogre whose swamp has been overrun by fairytale creatures exiled by Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). In alternate for having his swamp again, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a citadel guarded by a fire-breathing dragon for Farquaad. After an opportunity encounter, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), a speaking donkey, tags together with Shrek and turns into part of his quest.
Regardless of the film’s evergreen reputation and the central location of the Pupil Middle, the turnout was comparatively low.
Merely 20–30 college students attended, sparsely occupying the 250-seater Atlantic Theater. On SCPC’s Instagram deal with (@gtscpc), the occasion was publicized simply two days earlier than the date, presumably explaining the lack of know-how in regards to the occasion.
Joelle Dlugozima, third-year PUBP and VP of Public Relations at SCPC, supplied her ideas on the turnout on the Shrek: Film Night time and the SCPC’s selection of date and time.
“Tonight it’s fairly foggy, and it’s exhausting to get individuals on campus round 6 p.m., however we normally get a strong turnout. Whereas planning, it is dependent upon what’s accessible on the Atlantic Theater, however we additionally perceive individuals have late labs and are learning late nights on the Pupil Middle. We wouldn’t need one thing in the course of the day or lunch hour, however slightly one thing like this the place individuals can take a break between class and homework. It may be fairly exhausting to e book the Atlantic Theater usually,” Dlugozima stated.
In line with Pan, the rise within the variety of scholar organizations on campus — now over 700 as per GT Have interaction — compelled the SCPC to e book facilities, just like the Atlantic Theater, a semester prematurely. This is only one of over 50 occasions that SCPC organizes all through the varsity 12 months, and considered one of a handful for which the group doesn’t obtain funding from the Institute.
Though attendance was low, those that turned up loved the movie. Iconic dialogues, reminiscent of “Ogres are like onions/They stink?” and “That’s hideous!/That’s not very good. It’s only a donkey” drew laughs from the viewers. A number of viewers members remembered actual strains and murmured them in tune with the movie. The bingo sheet contained micro-events within the movie, reminiscent of “Pinocchio lies” and “Chook explodes” to be crossed off as they happened.
“I didn’t plan to look at the movie, however I used to be feeling drained at this time so I made a decision to point out up. I don’t bear in mind something from after I watched Shrek as a small child, so every little thing was new to me. I believe it was a reasonably good film, I positively really feel more energizing now,” stated Siddharth Vijayasankar, second-year CS, one of many viewers members.
SCPC will manage a number of extra screenings in 2024 as a part of their massive roster of occasions. Although the occasion’s attain was restricted, these in attendance left with a contact of nostalgia, comedy and luxury.