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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. Athens for me. The concept of *Athens embraces the world* works really well, it has texture, and it reminds me of Greece (much like the Sydney logo reminds me of Australia). For winter it's abit tougher. It's tight between Lillehammer and Nagano. Im going to go for Lillehammer, it managed to capture the magical northern lights and the Norwegian location so well.
  2. Well done, reflected the looks well. It's really hard for me to separate my 3 favourites. Athens, Atlanta and London. In terms of a total city wide 3d styled look, then London wins. Atlanta had a great mix of celebrating the heritage of the host as well as the heritage of the centennial. It was classy, and worked on many levels. Athens could have gone down that same olive branchy traditional look, but managed to come up with something very Greek that was modern yet had many nods to the past. I think for me, Athens wins.
  3. I've gotta go with the Barcelona double on this one. In terms of the cauldron, Barcelona's look was just so simple and elegant. Not only that, but it did have a little bit of a concept to it as well, which is always nice. I'd also say that it works well in its surroundings, it really does fit and seems like it belongs up there at Montjuic and as part of Olympic stadium. Obviously the cauldron lighting was amazing. In a place like this where we talk about these things every day, it would be easy for us to get abit casual with the cauldron lighting of Barcelona. I think we need to distance ourselves abit as Olympic fans to remind ourselves of how unbelievably epic that moment was. Highly commended goes to the London and Athens lighting.
  4. The artist rendering of the screen looks rather awkward to me. The Doha one was nicely integrated into the arch design of the stand, but this looks a tad clunky. Im sure in the end it will integrate well enough.
  5. Do we have a look of the Games yet? I know that the Commonwealth Games look is normally not really trumpeted and kind of just appears, but surprised we haven't really seen much in branding yet. Obviously we have the distinctive multi-line font that is being used, but thought we would have seen a few other elements this far out.
  6. Great opening ceremony, another Para ceremony where I'm pleasantly surprised. I guess for many , this was the incorporation of the firebird concept that they craved so much for in the opening ceremony. It certainly worked here, and loved the playful videos following the journey of the bird. Perhaps the storyline was weak, but I was quite happy to see a more traditional opening ceremony for a change. Good re-use of the led forest, it worked well here yet again. Greta performance of Yulia, lovely to see the show of real emotion, and certainly the light projection at the end of that was stunning. Ice breaker was spectacular, so much detail too, fantastic. Cauldron lighting, bit disappointing to see that it was exactly the same as the Olympics. While the final firebird video worked fantastically in to the reveal of the first torchbearer, it is a shame they couldn't find a way to integrate the firebird more in to the actual lighting. I guess all we got was a different angle of the cauldron lighting. On the plus side, I enjoyed the transition of the final stages of the relay, and was fantastic to see all the performers extending out of the stadium, alot closer to the cauldron than at the Olympics. Made it feel alot more cozy and less lonely for those final torch bearers. All round , a great effort from Sochi. Certainly put Vancouver's effort to shame.
  7. I was looking through some of my old bits of Olympic geekery the other day and came across some print outs of the forums from the old Toronto Summer Games bids message board. It was from around June 2000, general discussions about speculation of the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony, and the prospect of the Southern Hemisphere hosting a winter Games. 14 years on, and we still talk about the same things. I too remember fondly of the times of Vol, Jonno in Sydney/Melbourne, and Jono (woohoo). Looking at a few of the names that pop up in these discussions I printed out - Guardian, Expect the World, EP in LA, Tsar, James, Paul Anderson, Mallinson, Jonno in Sydney, and Philc7.
  8. I guess the Paralympic ceremonies have always been a somewhat poor cousin of the Olympics, however the Sydney ceremonies were really good. I guess looking back now they weren't too flash in comparison to the London and Beijing (and even Athens ) efforts, however they were pioneers in producing a spectacle for the Paralympics. Some would say they also pioneered the concept of another medium to base their ceremony around (the pixel ping pong tables). Not to mention a pretty decent cauldron lighting, an artistic cauldron extinguishing, and a nice wrap up of the summer of sport with the carnival is over. I think keeping in mind it was 2000, Karen Richards and her team did a could job. I think we can be thankful that finally ceremonies producers for the Para's feel comfortable to move away from the *breaking all barriers, overcoming the ods* themes that for years were trucked out.
  9. They had it hanging there in the closing ceremony of London, it looked awful.
  10. I get the feeling the party was a closed off affair. lol. The website mentions it ending with a fireworks display and a party by DJ KTO. So maybe it continued somewhere else or after broadcast finished.
  11. First time I've had the three names. They were mentioned by the commentators in both the opening and closing ceremonies, Im thinking it might have been the ob commentary, as it had a hodgepodge of Brit, Kiwi, Aussie and Canadian commentators doing them
  12. Ooooh, I think we need to assemble a team. There be a chip on someones shoulder than needs a lifting. lol. Ahhhh , I didn't mind the handover. It was a really nice soundtrack, and certain elements were nice. Certainly no less activity than say the Nagano handover in Lillehammer, which is a favourite of mine. I would echo the sentiments that it was awful use of space. Right at the end when they had a randoms bouncing small inflatable orbs and assembling a couple of stick figures, it just seemed so half arsed. The forest looked nice, and the projections were great. But a very weak ending. I do wonder what some of these handover cities would do if there was no projection equipment available. It can tend to make productions a tad lazy.
  13. It's amazing how surprising so many of the Sochi design elements have turned out in the end. Their logo was seen as rubbish, people were iffy about their look, and the mascots seemed completely void of personality. And now at the end of the Games, the logo seems to have won over alot of people (granted, many still don't like it), people are saying the look (when applied correctly) looks fantastic at the venues, and these mascots have managed to get people all teary eyed. I gotta admit, I was the same Rols. They managed to actually make these mascots lovable and just ever so slightly, we had a moment when we were sad to see them go. It was extremely well produced segment, they couldn't have done it better. The reworked Goodbye Misha soundtrack was fantastic, the mannerisms of the mascots worked so well, really beautiful. Add that to the final segment, it was a grand farewell. Loved the ceremony. It was just so stylie, fantastic choir with the Russian anthem, a cheeky nod to the rings at the start, one of my favourite closing ceremonies without a doubt. As for the mascot names. I believe we have Polis (the bear), Strelka (Hare) and Vaseek(g) the Leopard .
  14. They do, and a federation. HOwever according to reports the SA Govt doesn't recognise it. One wonder why when you have so few potential hosting nations, there is a need to have a joint hosting. Especially when both nations have handled tournaments on a far larger scale. Still, it's another event to add to the list. Hopefully Auckland can bid and host the final this time, it would be deserved. Oh sorry, I mean, I hope they find some random field in Christchurch, but out some beanbags round the field and let them host it.
  15. There is a certain contentment one gains whilst listening to a Steve Robilliard commentary. A sense of zen which follows from his wisdom on curling, netball, rugby or the gymnastics ribbon event. You know everything is right in the Olympic world when Steve starts talking.

  16. Would be good to have a ceremonies soundtrack. That youtube clip is great, but you can't beat the Olympic arrangements.
  17. I'm not dissing our Russian hosts, because the people I have seen and the volunteers I've seen seem fantastic.... as always. However, the prospect of gigantus crowds amongst mountains blanketed with snow , even if they are all frantically waving Norwegian flags, is one that is very very attractive at the moment.
  18. I think it's safe to say, if they have a good Sochi, the Japan effect will kick in. Tokyo 2020 has alot to thank London for, in regards to the Japanese performance there really did help raise public support for the bid. I can only imagine the same will happen for Norway in Sochi.
  19. Interesting to compare it to this report we had here back in October 2012 http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/10/18/russia-to-wow-with-olympic-opening-ceremony/
  20. In all honesty, for that particular portion (I'd be thinking differently if it was a cauldron malfunction), I would far prefer that sneaky edit in a bluray edition, rather than a failed ring.
  21. This is unfortunate for countries like Russia, unfortunately they just appear too ott. Australia can get away with having a gigantic bombastic arrangement of the national anthem (which was great, don't get me wrong), and a field surrounded by stockmen and women carrying Australian flags - but Russia can't. We can have military presence from GB, Canada and the US in their respective ceremonies, but we look down on Russia when they do the same. Canada can impart on the world lyrics from their own national anthem.... as the slogan for the Olympic Winter Games, but people critique Sochi for having a stage in the shape of the map of Russia. I dunno, just the way it is I guess. I don't think the Russian flag raising and national anthem was ever going to make many people feel comfortable, especially with a choir singing it. But they're a proud country, and good on em for getting nice and patriotic. Good critique of the ceremony. I guess the USSR/Tin Symphony and Pandemonium are all from the same book, but it's a common chapter in the story of many nations, and in all 3 cases would have been hard to overlook.
  22. Thing is, it's getting to a point where there are very very few original ideas anymore. But that's ok. When people claim a copy, it will only take one other person with a longer memory to trump that. People will say they copied London's use of newspaper headlines on the field..... well Manchester did that in their Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2002. Little kid as a central figure, sure, but doesn't almost everyone do that now in some shape or form. Use of flying, yeah, they did it in Manchester , Sydney..... but heliospheres were a big part of the Barcelona closing ceremony. Everything is just a variation of ideas, it's not bad, it's just seems to be what happens.
  23. I think I'll take a one big cauldron in the carpark, compared to the awkward need to re-light the cauldron in the closing ceremony. lol.
  24. Agreed. I think a *time machine* would have been clunky. I think the way the ceremony was introduced with the girl was done to perfection. Sure, a little confusing, but you got the message of what it was trying to portray.
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