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  1. 5 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    I doubt if (including Paralympic Ceremonies and medal ceremonies for both Games) it came to more than US$25 mil.  What did they pay Ballich?  $300K might be fair.  $500K would be too much for a consultant only.  Drones were probably loaned on a deal with Intel.  I say $25 mil is generous -- but if they really checked their expenses, might be closer to $17-18 mil. 

    The big prop was the stage and the Cauldron.  For the 2 cauldrons, I'd guess $2.75 mil.  And they may be using the same for the Paras.  They used the same one for Nagano for both sets of Games.  

    BTW, those gauzy outfits of the Field Marshalls have been the tackiest to date.  I don't know what they were supposed to be.  

    I’ve seen articles (dec 2020) mentioning a ceremonies budget of US$117m , and that was before a potential increase . 

  2. I really am curious as to where the Tokyo ceremonies budget actually went . Would be fascinating to find out the breakdown .

    No trapdoors or holes , no fly wire system , no large props , no imposing stage construction , limited costumes…. They didn’t even have that much pyro .  Are hiring drones really that expensive …. Or was a big chunk of it golden handshakes to the multiple creatives that left . 



    12 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

    Music used for the last scene (fireworks finale) was Symphony No. 2 at Terra by Takashi Yoshimatsu (starting at 31:11). They're a known classical composer in Japan. Fans of Osamu Tezuka might recognize him for composing the soundtrack of 2003 Astro Boy.


    Funnily enough this music has a distinct Olympic familiarity about it . Reminds me of the warriors by Percy Grainger (last few minutes), used for the Sydney 2000 opening fireworks finale . 

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  4. I don’t know how I feel having watched that .  I get the feeling Balich himself didn’t really believe in it and found it hard work . I think it was the product of poor flakey Japanese organisers . Of course the narrative was going to be impacted by COVID but I also feel that he structure they set up for the ceremony was flawed . It seems like the advertising company they put in charge was so out of touch on how to put together a ceremony . 

    There were moments where it was almost like the Japanese character was itching to get out (the faces on the performers in the rings segment for example) , but they were shut back in their depressive boxes quick smart . 

    Highlights were probably the opening video , the rings segment and the concept and design of the cauldron lighting . 

    Not so great , Naomi Osaka who came across as a too cool for school teenage girl complete with hair fiddling . It’s almost like you could hear who saying this was so embarrassing . Contrast to the Uber emotional Midori Ito . Also wtf was up with the guy who was constantly getting in camera shot whilst guarding the torch like it was his only child . The mask inconsistency was odd too I thought . I also pose the question , yes we are still in a COVID world, but i felt like there was a distinct lack of a welcome segment . 

    All in all I’m not about to take a deep paddle like some others are on here , I’m not angry , and I admire many of the sensibilities the production showed . I do think they misread the crowd though . 

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  5. Really liking the dark mode version of the logo on the website, will be very interesting to see what path they will take when it comes to the look.  Definitely a winner with producing a quality Worldmark as well which should work well with the branding. Reasonably pleased with this one. 


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  6. 16 hours ago, Olympianfan said:

    Looks all good apart from the ceremonies plan there will be 4 ceremonies venues for Italy 2026, If I was in the IOC and IPC I would say that all ceremonies must be at San Siro stadium looks like they will bring the Winter Paralympics Games backwoods which is not good at all.  

    I can understand where you are coming from, but I don't fully agree

    While I'm a little iffy about the indoor arena concept for the Para's opening, it's entirely workable and has potential dependent on who is involved. As for the closing ceremony concepts, the Verona Arena would be so iconic for the Games , and likewise I think Buenos Aires showed that outdoor public venues can produce some innovative spectacles (especially when you integrate the historic landmarks surrounding the areas). Don't forget it's only been in recent times that the Winter Para Closing ceremonies have been hosted in a stadium. Both Salt Lake and Vancouver held their closing in their medals plaza . 


  7. It really varies and to isn't always one company.

    The ones that come to mind that tend to be regular players around the world

    - Spectak (more so in the past and hasn't done toooo much recently. Most famous for Sydney 2000)

    - Jack Morton Worldwide (The Commonwealth Games tend to get stuck with this mob nowadays , however had also produced the likes of Athens 2004)

    - David Atkins Enterprises ( Vancouver 2010, Doha 2006 etc )

    - Don Mischer Productions (Atlanta 96 and involved with Salt Lake 2002)

    - 5 Currents ( headed by Scott Givens who cut his teeth in card students. Involved with London and Sochi)

    - Ballich Worldwide (Rio 2016 and Torino in it's previous names of Filmmaster Group)

    Pretty sure those are the main ones around. It's also becoming a little more common to have 2 production companies coming together to form a specialised ceremonies company (which in a way is what happened in Barcelona ).

  8. 3 hours ago, Scotguy said:

    With the XIst Commonwealth Games over i thought i would do a comparison between Glasgow and the Gold Coast to see who came out on top.

    Baton - Glasgow

    Mascot - Tie

    Medals - Glasgow

    Podium design - Glasgow

    Medal ceremony music - Glasgow

    Medal Ceremony outfits - Glasgow

    Look of the games - Glasgow

    Opening Ceremony - Gold Coast

    Weather - Gold Coast (although it rained more than it did in Glasgow)

    Outside event scenery - Glasgow

    Closing Ceremony - Glasgow


    Overall winner - GLASGOW


    No bias I'm sure. lolol


    I'd probably put it


    Baton: Glasgow

    Mascot: Gold Coast

    Medals: Glasgow

    Podium Design: Tie

    Medal Ceremony Music: Glasgow

    Medal Ceremony Outfits: Gold Coast

    Look of the Games: Gold Coast (had a dynamic London 2012 appeal which I loved)

    Opening Ceremony: Gold Coast

    Weather: Gold Coast

    Outside event scenery: Tie (whatever floats ya boat really. I'm always a beach boy, but that's personal preference)

    Closing Ceremony: Tie (both were bloody awful)



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  9. Also so disappointing with Birmingham

    Their handover looked like it was put together by a council funded organisation who think they are in touch with *the kids these days* . Their video included every naff cliche that you could expect from a *diverse* city. We had the handicapable, we had the gay couple, gees what else can we add. Oh did we mention we are diverse ..... you can tell that also by the way we use a rapper  . To be fair we shouldn't have expected much from the start when the Mayor instructed the Commonwealth to *look at the screen* ..... how all great theatrical productions begin no doubt. To be honest, the video in itself was quite cool (despite it essentially ripping off the Amy MacDonald and the people of Glasgow segment - one of the cool bits of the 2014 opening), it was just poorly produced. I doubt there was an actual production company involved. 

    If I'm being generous I'd put it down to a lack of time.... they have much to prove. 

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  10. It's really just getting everyone on the same page at the same time. There has never been no interest in potential bids, it's just not everyone has agreed on it at the same time. 

    For a start , we need to get to the place where Auckland is acknowledged as the only candidate. Christchurch has far bigger issues, and Wellington just doesn't have the land space (the issues over building a good indoor arena is case and point).

    The proposed indoor venues in the above are fine, I'd probably cut Hamilton out a little more. We don't need an indoor sport there, Auckland has plenty of indoor venues
    (Spark arena,  North Shore Events Centre, Trusts Arena, Vodafone Events centre, Barefoot and Thompson Stadium, ANZ viaduct events centre, Skycity Convention Centre) . I'd probably question the need for sailing, but beach volleyball at the Mount would be perfect.  I'd like to think any potential bid would have at least one legacy venue, as it seems to be the only time things get built in Auckland (for events). 



  11. I honestly think David Zolkwer and team has just lost the plot, their last couple of closing ceremonies have been pretty awful (I'm looking at you Glasgow). I think it's a case of Commonwealth Games fatigue with him producing 4 of the last 5 ceremonies. I think their ceremonies structure has just become a bit tired and too simplistic. Amazing considering Manchester 2002 had what I'd consider almost the perfect closing (though ironically that was directed by an Aussie, Nigel Jamieson ....perhaps a lesson there).

    I loved the quote from an Aussie jorno about both ceremonies. The opening was like a Rock Eisteddfod on sand, and the closing an early rehearsal of carols by candlelight .

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  12. Oh how bad was it, but at the very least the public was extremely vocal about it. I've never bagged Sky, I've been a subscriber for some time. While I think their package system is not ideal (at least they have started looking at changing this), they have already produced great sport coverage. 

    TVNZ took us on a timewarp to the 90s with limited channels and the need for continuity , mixed with some mind boggling broadcast decisions (I still don't understand why they thought it was a good idea to screen the same sevens match on 2 channels at the same time, or boxing not involving Kiwis over a NZ gold medal squash game). I really do hope they don't get near another event like this again, though sadly they do appear to have RWC 2019.


  13. Pretty bloody pleased with the performance of the Kiwi team. Alex I remember you thought they would be quite down on Glasgow, and I too didn't think they'd get up to that level, but they've proven me wrong. 

    I think the overall story for NZ for these Games will be a fantastic overall NZCG team performance. I think within that are some obvious disappointments that will no doubt be triaged , but which could potentially take some of the gloss off the 11 days. Nice wee finish though, a return to the top of the podium in sevens. 

  14. I don't think that Melbourne 2006 shadowed Sydney 2000 in terms of creative content (they were quite different styles), however I think it was a ceremony that was based around an Olympic scale. Now don't get me wrong, I loved those ceremonies and have long ranked the Under the Milky Way segment up there as one of my favourite all time ceremony moments. I think in terms of the ceremony production feel / size, Gold Coast is in that same mould as Manchester and Glasgow. 

    Alex to an extent I would agree re: the opening galaxy sequence. It didn't present an overly high impact start to the ceremony and almost felt more global than Commonwealth. I'm not so sure it had much to do with the rest of the ceremony either. 

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