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Everything posted by kevzz

  1. As someone said here or the other forum, why would you place the cauldron tower between hot dog and burger stands?? Hmmmm, possibly. If the ceremony requires a lot of props to descend from the sky. My naive idea is there will be 14 mini cauldron towers on each platform haha
  2. DarJole from SSC posted some great latest aerial pics of the park. Noticed there's 14 of these platforms on the roof. Looks quite suspicious to me, what are those platforms for? They look quite big and right in the middle of the span. Wouldn't think you need a service area that big. Look more like a stage to me. These platforms together with the little white boxes on the rim look fishy to me, like they serve another purpose, probably cauldron related. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Pics source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenlewis/sets/72157629419221491/ Also I just don't think it's possible at all that the alleged cauldron tower can be located on the northern part of the stadium as in the planning dwg. The only free space is between those pods which is quite tight and it's just not an ideal position at all.
  3. Is there still plan to seat all the athletes in the ceremony? Otherwise with all of them on the field, it will be difficult to have the cauldron lit in the middle of the field without creating a large clearance amongst them to ensure high visibility for all spectators. The more I think about it, the more unlikely it is for the cauldron to be perched on the roof. Structural design incompatibility aside, I just don't think they will do something so similar to Beijing. Where will the giant bell be located? If there is a stage erected somewhere at the seating tier, that might be a possible location for the cauldron lighting ceremony. Oh how I love every four years in the days leading up to the opening ceremony when speculations about the cauldron is rife!
  4. I remember beijings cauldron was somehow accurately spotted hidden on the roof well before the ceremony. Can someone remind me how successful Sydney and Athens was in keeping their cauldron a secret till the very moment itself? I would imagine Sydney's was the most hidden as there's no way anyone can see where it was since it literally was hidden under the floor!
  5. That's a good point. Will they want the cauldron to be competing with so many floodlights and structure from the inside then? From a pure design point of view, london's stadium roof is not really made for a roof cauldron. Best bet is still within the seating tier, edge of field, or outside the stadium as standalone structure. I am still sceptical about a standalone structure though, a cauldron tower of considerable size is not going to be easy to construct without being know. I still have hope for the cauldron to be on top of the Orbit! If a standalone structure that can be constructed instantly, mobile and moved into position right after the lighting ceremony, it could be the size of the Sydney 2000 legacy cauldron placed permanently at the Olympic Park now. That kind of height (around 10-15m) and size is the only feasible standalone scale to me.
  6. One thing I am concerned about the idea of having the cauldron on the roof is the fact that the roof is quite crowded already with all the triangular lighting frames and structure. It is unlike Beijing's stadium roof where it is smooth and clean which made it ideal to have the cauldron perched on top as the only object visible on it. In London's stadium, the cauldron might not be that visible and lost in the jungle of roof structure, especially the outer rim structure almost providing a curtain effect to the inner rim. Of course this is only a problem if visibility from the outside the stadium is equally important, I am sure views from inside the stadium is not a problem.
  7. By the way, what are those series of white boxes perched along the roof's inner edge? They seem to be covered by some white canvas. It could be the boxes hide parts of the cauldron which will all move along a track to a common point, and the parts assembled itself into a cauldron sculpture piece perched on the roof edge
  8. I totally agree. It just does not seem feasible now that a cauldron tower to be located at anywhere outside the stadium. All the main visible area are already taken up by the pods, and construction of a tower structure should have start by now. And don't forget the cauldron designer is Thomas Heatherwick. Judging by his designs eg. rolling bridge, my gut feeling tells me the cauldron will be something mechanical, mobile, transformative and probably quite small. It might be an integral prop/ part of the staging throughout the opening ceremony. No one would suspect anything until the last moment when it transform into the cauldron. And it will be a relatively small cauldron compared to previous Games, placed inside the stadium as a sculptural piece. Somewhere on the edge of the playing field or a platform at mid-tier level.
  9. It was professional, but it's bog standard camera work, nothing extraordinary. You can see in Athen's that all camera angles and frame-to-frame editing are specially carefully thought-out and choreographed to present the best shot and story to the TV audience
  10. I am so glad to read this. To me, Athens's opening ceremony has a great 'cinematography' that is works brilliantly with the concept of the show. Certain scenes in the ceremony was captured beautifully at a very intimate angle and made us feel like the performance in a closed set. I always thought if they actually appointed their own cinematographer for the broadcast because it is so different compared to the standard NBC broadcast. I had high hopes for Beijing's because Zhang Yi Mou is a reowned director and I would expect him to put his cinematography vision into the TV broadcast too. But he didnt and it turns out to be another standard Olympic ceremony broadcast. Especially happy to hear Boyle is aware of the importance of a good TV directorship as it will be watched by billions in the world. This is def one of the most important aspect of every opening ceremony benchmarked by Athens 2004.
  11. It looks awfully tall for a lift machine room. Was this shown in the design render? The position is perfect for the cauldron though but of course the steel around it have to be super fire resistance!
  12. There seems to be a vertical structure erected next in the top loop (next to the observation pod). It is higher than the pod, could this be a cauldron structure?
  13. I still think the cauldron will be on top of the Orbit tower
  14. I just read, yes there are 2 pools one warm up and one competition. I like the stark interior, grey blue and black. The black seating block is a good contrast to the colourful shards of most venues.
  15. The pics are confusing.The first picture shows there's seating to both ends of the pool. And the other shows just a wall on one end. Is there 2 pools in the venue?
  16. That's a relief..... it's fine if it's just a pre-show entertainment segment........ as long as its not part of the main show
  17. I agree on this. I thought it's quite naff to have this kind of james bond sequence. It's not exactly something original. Yes he is iconic but he is just a movie character. If they going to use a fictional character, sure they can think of something original that everyone will always remember created just for this Game? Also doesnt this indirectly endorsing a movie franchise which is commercially beneficial to the movie company since the new bond movie is releasing soon? Almost like the biggest plug-in for a upcoming movie release! The producers must be laughing their ass off now. Exactly.... this is really a cheesy gag probably good for a Royal Variety Show opening. But for an Olympic Games opening ceremony?? God no....... I really hope this is an April Fool's joke...
  18. I am surprised Michelle Obama is still invited back to UK after touching Helen Mirren's back
  19. I couldn't care less about the obamas but I do care about the royal wedding and the diamond jubilee LOL
  20. What does that mean? That she will be the flag bearer for the US team in the parade of the nations??
  21. I just hope the cauldron lighting will be something unique yet simple. Beijing is still the worst cauldron lighting ever in my opinion. Tried too hard and overtly tedious! Athens's is still my fave. Beautiful simplicity, perfect combination of humane and technological touch.
  22. Hmm I remembered I still saw London 2012 Facebook postings about last casting call for male performers a week back. Just have this impression probably from Beijing that with such immense human production, I wouldnt be surprised if they took 1 year to rehearse to get to such precision
  23. As they are still recruiting performers for the opening ceremony (which I assume they havent start rehearsing yet), is it normal to still not yet rehearse with just 5 months to go? Just that I always imagine for an event of such scale, it would need months of rehearsal (at least 7-8 months ahead)? Wouldnt want to think what Boyle has planned involves such simple movement that it doesnt need much rehearsing for the performers...
  24. BBC news mentioned the NHS nurses will perform together with the school children...
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