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  1. Hey just found this.....from 1990..part 1 of 3 of the Announcement that Atlanta would host the 1996 olympic games..from local Atlanta TV.
  2. The FULL 2 minute long commercial for Sydney 2000...prob from 1993 or 1994 right after Sydney won the Olympic Bid.....Enjoy
  3. Not a ceremony vid...but an infomercial on IBM's infamous Info 96, that was supposed to provide up to the minute scores and transportation routes around Atlanta.... The video has some good pre game time footage of Atlanta and it's venues in 1995 and 1996 http://www.archive.org/details/ibm_100_yea...technology_1996
  4. Like rav3n said, calisthenics or other "simple" mass exercise are generally outdated for Olympic Ceremonies. Yeah they used it in Seoul, but ever since Los Angeles in 1984, ceremonies have grown larger, with an ever popular use of storylines and better transitions from segment to segment . Barcelona had the use of the story of Hercules and the Mediterranean Sea, Atlanta had the story of the South from Atlanta to the entire region, Sydney had the best of all with the story of a young Australian girl (Nikki Webster) discovering the enchantment of her homeland, and finally Athens had the story of the foundation of mankind.........so I assume Beijing won't just have simple "Calisthenics performed by smiling children anymore:)
  5. Oh Baron...on your observation of minimum transport of participants for the handover sequences--how did Birch and Sydney pull that handover off...I'm guessing close to over a 100 performers and massive sets (i.e the Sydney Opera House, props for the waves, etc..) in transporting all the way from Sydney to Atlanta---while Barcelona's was minimal at best, Atlanta's was just about 20 dancers, a movie, and a big emblem, Athens was just the goddesses and the olive branches with a film, and Beijing's was a film, the stilt walking lantern dancers, more dancers, banners and the BIG lantern......looks like after Sydney's performance, ceremony teams are keeping the handover ceremonies to a minimum---especially with the athletes out there And speaking of Sydney--here's a little treat--a commercial from the Sydney 2000 Bid in 1993 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrD00vKjkbI...feature=related
  6. Really interesting vid....a CBC interview with Don Mischer on rehearsal night of the Atlanta 1996 Opening Ceremony....watch at 2:11, where you'll see a glimpse of the rehearsal of "Welcome to the World", and during the entire interview "Welcome to the World" is being rehearsed if you listen closely to the directors giving cues to the performers---minus the pickup trucks..Baron, maybe you remember that night? Sounds like stop and go with the music and soundtracks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9WMU-lv_HM
  7. Well, NBC does know this is no ordinary Olympics. This really is a historic event, it's the coming out party for China to become a superpower. So I would guess NBC could do non commercial interruptions through the cultural portions....then do small commercial breaks through the protocols. Similar to what NBC did with Atlanta..no commercials during the artistic portion (Welcome to the World,Georgia..,Summertime), then no commercials after the parade of nations.
  8. According to BOCOG, the artistic portion of the ceremony will be the longest in the history of the Olympic Games, at an hour and a half. Compare that with Atlanta which was about 30 minutes, Sydney's which was about 50 minutes, and Athens which was about 40 minutes. http://en.beijing2008.cn/culture/ceremonies/n214169156.shtml
  9. Well comparing Sydney to Beijing- will be comparing apples to oranges. 9,000 Participants in Sydney vs 50,000 in Beijing. And Athens simplistic ceremony may have looked beautiful on TV, but live would have been very hard to see.
  10. "Meanwhile about 50,000 people will be participating in the Opening Ceremony on August 8, 2008. The four phases of the ceremony will involve 100,000 costumes and stage pieces, including more than 10,000 headsets, reports the Shanghai Daily." Are you kidding me?!? And I thought Sydney had a large cast at 4,000, but 50,000!!!!!!! This is going to be one FANTASTIC ceremony...I'm thinking closer to a mass games, but more dramatic and larger.
  11. Well it has to appeal to a large base, not just China and Beijing. This song and celebration is to get the world's attention that the Olympics are just a year away. There saving the classical and Chinese Heritage for the Opening Ceremony, and in my opinion, I liked the song. Very peppy and catchy. "WE ARE READY....WOOOOOO!!!!
  12. Here's a link for the one year celebration schedule. I have to say, Beijing is going above and beyond for the one year celebration http://en.beijing2008.cn/news/dynamics/hea...214118493.shtml
  13. Jessye Norman sings the finale of the Atlanta 1996 Opening Ceremony, "Faster, Higher, Stronger" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEIyICuOOPQ
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