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Everything posted by kevzz

  1. I just want to pay tribute to Athens 2004, which started on this day 10 years ago on 13 August 2004. Thank you Athens, for giving us this wonderful, dream game. The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
  2. Compared to London's minute and very elusive cauldron, At least Sochi's is fit for purpose and visible to public.
  3. I like to praise the team for it's brilliant cinematography. There's a lot of great, creative shots eg. the camera coming down the iron girder props in the Russian revolution scene, in-the-car shots. It's the next best use of camera angles after Athens. Overall I am really pleased with this ceremony. There's a lot of creativity and artistry there and I love they make great use of Russian's classical music and ballet.
  4. Just watched Vancouver 2010's cauldron malfunction for the first time on youtube. It's so reminiscence of Sydney where they waited for ages not knowing if the cauldron was going to function or not. I guess it's better to have 3 cauldron rather than none coming out of the ground at all! Can you imagine the nightmare if they really can''t manage to get the cauldron out? I dare not even imagine. All future ceremonies should really try not to be too gimmicky with all these moving parts - they can be so unpredictable eg. Vancouver, Sydney, Sochi. Thank goodness London and Athens moving cauldron functioned perfectly, they seemed particularly tricky too!
  5. It was actually a much better ceremony than I expected. There's some stunning imagery especially love the medieval Russian onion domes (thought they were fun, quirky and colourful), the dove segment with swan lake score, the constellation of athletes, and my favourite is perhaps the whispering countdown at the beginning. I thought it was such a brilliant idea - evokes the silence of snowfall in winter and it almost set my imagination run wild about the tone of the opening segment ala Russian winter ala Anna Karenina. It was unexpected opposed to the usual high-octane countdown we usually see. I thought the cauldron lighting isnt too bad, the cast cheering them on is quite moving. Shame when they were outside the stadium it suddenly became cold and empty. Should have arranged members of public lining up on the plaza too. Although the Olympic ring malfunctioned, I thought it could be one of the most beautiful Olympic ring manifestation of all ceremonies, it was quite ingenious. Only if it didn't screw up. Overall, this ceremony reminded me a lot of Beijing 2008. A lot of huge floor projections, which I think is quite overdone, been there done that now. In comparison, I somehow like London's down to earth, old-school approach with real theatrical set rather than a lot of video, electronic wizardry. It's actually quite refreshing although the sacrifice was London's show might not appear as polished and 'high tech' as these shows. Good effort for Sochi overall, I'm glad we saw something very Russian. It is still a culturally and historically rich country after all.
  6. Still can't figure what is that woman's wearing wrapping around her
  7. Quite cool, how the athletes come out from the floor with image of their country projected on the floor
  8. Ok maybe too early to judge.... but it's quite grand so far! I still love London's!!
  9. I know it's not even 5 minutes in but this already reminded me of what a real Olympic opening ceremony like..... suddenly London's opening looks very amateur
  10. I love the whispering countdown! Unexpected but works very well!
  11. BTW slightly off topic, but isnt this brilliant? A frozen niagara falls, great for winter Toronto 2026 logo ala davey's! http://news.sky.com/story/1192632/niagara-falls-freeze-as-polar-vortex-moves-north
  12. Rob put this much better than me, it's exactly how I felt. Ok maybe it's a bit too much to say it is not creative AT ALL. Just that I don't find that logo particularly creative in terms of execution and concept. Not the kind of creativity I admire anyway. Chill guys. Everyone has an opinion.
  13. I think at least with Danny's and Rob's logo you can see an effort in the creation. With C I'm just not a big fan of such design where the silhouette of a building is so directly implemented in the logo. It's just not creative at all.
  14. My favourite is D. Just because it is so bloody cute with temple on top of the elephant. Colour, composition, proportion and font works really well together. Second fave is Danny's K. Hope both go all the way!
  15. Congrats aismanggo for the win! And well done Rols, it was a great competition thanks so much for doing this!
  16. London 2012 shows that anything is possible for an Olympic logo design. It sets the precedence and marks the time when an Olympic logo design moves with times, away from the 'conventional' and still works. Although Pyeongchang's logo is very sparse and basic, I for one love it because it shows a certain Korean eccentricity and their East Asian minimal design sensibility. And the wider branding look using the coloured sticks I thought was one of best and most creative I've seen. On the other hand, Sochi's logo is just lazy. Trying too hard to be modern and in the end turns out to be nothing. Who actually needs to be reminded of a website address these days anymore? And who actually enters a full URL when finding a website? You either google Sochi or Google will complete the URL for you before you even finish typing. The logo trying to be too zeitgeist and too clever for its own good. Their look is much stronger and have more personality though.
  17. I'm voting for B this time. It has the most potential of all three, and looks the most contemporary. I can see how the 'look' can be derived from this logo (although this approach has been done to death in London 2012). Logo C is very polished and immaculately executed. Still, an Olympic logo will never have something so literal with the CN Tower and maple leaf motif. However, I think it will be perfect for the NBC Olympic logo; it has the same look where they always use the host city's landmark, literally.
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