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  1. It is so obvious that this is going to be the cauldron tower too.... without a doubt.... I guess the flame will be on top of the pod?
  2. God no Damon Albarn. Im all for Stephen Daldry. He will bring a very British cinematic aesthetic to it (cue Billy Elliot)
  3. The logo is very similar to the logos Singapore govt created every year for their National Day Parade. They all somehow have a similar look, esp the usage of stars which is on the Singapore flags. Here's some examples from their previous NDP logos
  4. Tucking his hands into his jacket's pocket is his signature pose. He even used the silhoutte of it in his mayoral campaign.
  5. I truly hope the closing ceremony will be a redemption from the opening. Hope to see some down to earth, heart warming chinese hospitality instead. Something totally different from the opening.
  6. Such a brilliant documentary! Now I really respect the Chinese for pulling off such ginormous work. Very interesting to see all the works and preparations involved. Few interesting points: The initial idea for the ceremony where the globe's part is scattered around the field and slowly constructed as the show moved on. Glad they stick with paper as the common element, cos' globe is so overdone. Zhang Yi Mou admitted that they can't beat the Greek water no matter what they do. So using paper as the constant element throughout the show is the only way to go. Very impressed with the guys in the box where each of them have to memorize their movements. Though I wished they showed more of the cauldron lighting process eg. what other options they thought of before.
  7. I don't understand why they have different camera angle used by different TV station? Isnt it better for all TV station to use the designated camera angle so the ceremony director can have more control on how he wants to show the ceremony to the world according to his ideal preferance?? This is cos I read NBC's 'cinematography' is better than the one we watched here in BBC and this will really affect how millions of TV viewers perceive the ceremony!
  8. To me, the pool was already fully utilized though it's only for the first few segments. Most importantly, it had done it's job by wowing TV audiences around the world on the opening shot, where everyone's jaw dropped when they see a pool in a stadium (I know mine did!). I can never forget the rings of fire in the water, the boy on the boat, the drummer taking it's first splash into the water, the red centaur strolling slowly across the pond, the couple flirting into the water, the pregnanant woman stepping in with thousands of lights in the water like the milky way. Arent all these enough to create a lasting image for the ceremony? It's all these subtle experiences that will stir the imagination of viewers, not the army parade in Beijing. I dont think anything can be more perfect than that. Sydney's use of water in the cauldron lighting was ingenious but bit 'rough-edged'. Athens mastered it.
  9. Athens's pool is not gimmicky at all. Water is an important element in Greek's culture and this element is used metaphorically as the source of life throughout the whole ceremony. I think it's very meaningful and poetic use of water in such kind of event. Talking about gimmicky, nothing can beat Beijing's ultra-gimmick in lighting the cauldron. To me, that's really extra.
  10. Did anyone watch BBC Olympic day highlight tonight? They showed a clip of an Australian woman cyclist dumped her bike, ran to the bush and pee on the grass!! That is so freaking hilarious! Anyone know who is she and where to find the clip online? Come on, can't she bear for it a while or just pee while cycling? Nobody will care and now it's captured on camera!!
  11. I wasn't surprised it wasn't live. It seems pre-recorded to me. It doesnt matter really.
  12. I watched on BBC and there's this moment I find amusing- when Iraq team entered the stadium and the shot move to Bush and his wife. They both look so uncomfortable, did not cheer and try to look very non-chalant bout it. His wife put on a very fake smile. Thought it's very cheeky of whoever controlling the camera shot to do that.
  13. And was it in Atlanta that the athletes emerge from the top of a slope and walk down to the stadium? I thought that whole approach of the team 'appearing' from top of a hill was quite clever.
  14. Wow I never remembered it was so inspiring before! They really made it like the parade is the main highlight of the show! They even announce each country's name with energy and pride! "The great moment has come!" The music is very happy and lively too, full of energy. DJ Tiesto was playing there live the whole duration isnt it? Kudos to Athens for this!
  15. I believe the music when China came in is actually a Chinese music with chinese instrument. It just sounds like Mexicans.
  16. Now that you quoted Zhang on the Athens precedent, I'm glad that he acknowledged that Athens brought a different kind of aesthetic to an opening ceremony. Zhang was wise not to imitate what Athens did. But I reallly trusted him to bring his own style of aesthetic to the ceremony too. I dont know if his creative freedom is limited by what the central govt want to be presented. I somehow felt he has to compromised a lot. This is certainly not his best work, and I believe he can do so much better. Just look at his films!!! It was an out-of-this-world aesthetic and elegance that is the culminance of the most advanced humanity. Yes I remembered the lady commentator voice in the Athens ceremony too! She has a great warm voice, sounds very epic-type. But after watching it the second time, I realized there's some part I kind of like now. The drummers countdown is still my favourite with the thunderous noise, the Olympic ring peeling off the ground like some magic light, and somehow I think the fluorescent green men are quite elegant when they are illuminated looking from far (esp when the fade out when exiting the field, the silhoutte of tiny human body of light flickering out is quite ingenious). The dancing/ drawing on scroll is brilliant too and wished they continue with performances like this more. And I still dont like the man singing in T-shirt and the cauldron ceremony.
  17. http://en.beijing2008.cn/ceremonies/headli...214521306.shtml Anyone read this article on the official website? Interesting insights on how the ceremony was conceived and produced.
  18. It's just a techincal glitch. Dunno what caused it, probably some audience threw a water bottle and trapped on the track.
  19. Was that a common practice in the past ceremonies? Cant really recall any....
  20. At least its not as big as a glitch to Sydney's one, which nearly became the most catastrophic glitch in human history! I cant imagine how the ceremony director must have felt at that few minutes, prob he wished he was out there giving the bloody cauldron a nudge himself!
  21. Brilliant thanks! But some parts are stalled and creaking... Can you make a clip of just the starting of the torch arriving into the stadium until the cauldron was lit?
  22. There's a portion of the lap where he over-ran the scroll and was in front of it. Do you think that was intentional or they dragged him too fast?
  23. And there I was thinking they would bring out a panda and shaolin monks too.
  24. I can imagine it's really difficult to grab on that torch, while air-running like that, plus the nerve of it all. If he is nervous, shaking hands wont help too! Perhaps they kinda glued the torch to his hand to make sure it wont happened!
  25. I like the idea of sharing. Is it just myself or I panicked for a second when Li Ning lifted up in the air cos' I thought I saw the flame extinguished on his torch. Worst case scenario, he dropped the torch and has to come down, get a replacement torch and fly back again.
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