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  1. TV One New Zealand have just started airing their second Olympics ident, this one featuring Olympians who will be travelling to Beijing - such as Moss Burmester, Valerie Villi and James Daulphin. Also featuring 76 track Gold Medalist John Walker. Like the first, it uses a variation of the TV One theme music - *light surrounding you* by Kiwi band Evermore. Classy graphics by TV One. TV One NZ Olympic Ident 2
  2. I really don't think we're gonna get one of those this time. I just think the ceremonies group seems so uber tight, I doubt there will be anyone prepared to leak any information to the media or to us. We may get a few more detailed thematic concepts over the next month or so, as rehersals continue, but I can't see a detailed report much like we got prior to the athens 2004 ceremonies. Im sure by this time in 2004, DP had come out and mentioned alot about using art, and the opening being apollonic in nature etc etc. But the only thing we know about Beijing, is that the opening will try to condence China's history in 50 minutes, and that there will be the inclusion of those photos of the children.
  3. Sounds pretty good to me. Interesting that they are giving details about this, in contrast to the Beijing ceremonies which we have heard almost nothing on.
  4. There is currently quite alot of media in New Zealand about people wanting Sky TV (digital pay tv) split up in New Zealand, due to the fact that they are slowly getting an overwhelming dominance in live sport coverage here. They already have the rights to Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 - due to the fact that it has Prime TV as its free to air broadcast partner. I really cant imagine them covering an Olympic Games.
  5. It is pretty good, they normally come up with some pretty good promos for sports events like the Olympics. *11468 Athletes A Billion Hosts One Little Upstart In 2008, 4 million will rise... as one* Done to the TVNZ promo theme song, *light surrounding you* by Kiwi band Evermore. The promo in itself is loosely based on that TVNZ ident promo, using the same music, which is awesome imho. Worth a look in itself. Incidentally, featuring NZ Olympian (and Athens 97 World discus champ) Beatric Faumuina As a side note. Any word on the IOC's anchor doco for the Olympics, I assume they will be having one for Beijing. NOrmally an hour or so long, focusing on the organisational and prep side of the hosting of the Games. I remember in the past we have had - Nagano 98: *Winter Spectacular* - Sydney 2000: *Dreamtime* - Salt Lake 2002: *The Spirit of Winter* - Athens 2004: *An Olympic Oddysee*
  6. TVNZ is also repeating the awesome *Olympic Century* doco series. While made prior to Atlanta, it's an extremely good production. I think they are up to part 2, scheduled for 2pm on TV One.
  7. Here's the cool TV One New Zealand Beijing 2008 promo NZ TV One Olympics Promo
  8. And of course the Seoul 88 Opening Ceremony started on the river, that was kind of the concept of the opening ceremony - breaking down the barriers, and opening the ceremony up to the river, and therefore the oceans of the world. And didnt the Victoria 94 opening Ceremony also kind of include something that started on the harbour? It may not have been directly part of the opening ceremony, but still. Perhaps it was just an arrival of the baton on the water, much like Auckland did in 1990. I think more cities will take their ceremony events outside of the stadium, gives more people a chance to see them, aswell as using notable landmarks and features of the host city.
  9. The new TV One New Zealand logo watermark featuring on all promotions and at the top corner of the screen now. The actual TV One logo has not really changed too much over the lats 10 or so years.
  10. Will be interesting to see what the surface will be like come opening ceremony. I guess we will get a ground cover (blue in barcelona and atlanta, ochre in sydney). or it will look like a different theatrical space, sucha s in Athens. Surely they won't just have a grass and track such as Seoul and LA.
  11. Am pretty sure that ACOG had to replace the infield after the Atlanta 96 opening ceremony as the grass got cut up so much. Big part of the reason why the performers weren't allowed onto the field for final rehersal for the closing ceremony too.
  12. It may be just traditional opening ceremony director hot air, but Zhang Yimou has said that the lighting of the cauldron will be really spectacular, more so than Barcelona. So maybe u r onto something.
  13. Wot drugs did u give the stunned first nations people at the Torino handover? I am going to a rave next weekend and it looks like it would be a good one to get loved up from.
  14. Id say it will. From the pics of the stadium interior show, the signage on the floor of the stadium i the centre field - the bluey green stuff, looks really good.
  15. Reading the news. the protesters in BA appeared to come out before and said they would make surprise but non violent protests, and that unlike certain others, they wouldnt attempt to attack the torch. That's gotta be the way to go. To be honest, the Chinese are gonna be in a lose lose situation for the continuation of this torch relay. Of course they could do a hell of alot to lessen the impact and that is where politics come to play. But all that will be needed in future torch cities are a handful of protesters, and all of a sudden, the torch relay will once again be *rocked by protests*. I am not downplaying the previous protests around the world, but, it's got to a stage where this is the story of the event. 95 percent of the people in the ficinity of the torch could be there to cheer the thing along its route, but those 5 percent will make the headlines - kind of unfair. Just how as every leader is asked if they will be attending the opening ceremony, those that say *no* will be seen as supporting a political leader boycott of the opening ceremony. That is rubbish. Some clearly have never had any intention to go, but the media won't care. As has been mentioned here before, the British PM has not had a bigh history of late going to Olympic opening ceremonies, not attending Sydney or Atlanta I don't believe. But by not going to Beijing, it is seem as *whoah, that's a big political statement*. It's kind of sad.
  16. Was Sydney trying to do the poor Australia thing when it had its issues with the Lucas Heights complex and a possible terrorist attack in the lead up to the 2000 Games? Cummon, it's easy to get on the bandwagon here, but this kinda stuffs does unfortunately happen at high profile events like the Olympics, remember the Centennial Park Bomber. While there are obvious *issues* happening around Beijing 2008 at the moment, we can't link every single event leading up to Beijing 2008 to that. However, admitedly, it is a strange story. But hey, few events capture the entire worlds attention like an Olympic Games - especially one in a country teaming with people.
  17. Agree with you there. Noone will detest a peaceful protest. But the image of a protester coming up and grapling an Olympic torch out of someones hand.... that's just a line that is crossed, and it doesnt sit comfortably with me when it comes to means of protest. It's not on. Im not saying that the plight of a people pale in comparison to our beloved Olympic torch - but when it becomes a physical issue involving innocent peoples, there is something wrong with tactics.
  18. Maybe the athletes should just ..... not go. I mean, if individual athletes feel that strong, then they are being a tad hypocritical if they continue to compete at Beijing 2008. Thanks China for inviting me..... btw... YOU SUCK. Seems kinda rude to me. Fair enuf that they have their opinions, many of them entirely logical and right. But it just seems a tad out of place to make individual protests.
  19. I guess it could go either way. Either it would totally count him out, or it would form a perfect symetry, of having the first torch bearer on Chinese soil to also be the last.
  20. TV One here in NZ has just started it's Olympic promos, with a cool lil tv ad . They have also started adding the Silver Fern in Olympic rings logo next to their *One* watermark in the top corner of the screen.
  21. It's quite interesting with the theme songs, that it seems like Beijing is doing the exact opposite of Athens. Beijing is going down the road of everyone getting high by the aroma of sweaty hands clasping together in harmony whilst rejoycing the virtues of peace, doves and all other things pure. Meanwhile, Athens came out and said with *Oceania* by Bjork, that she wanted to get away from the traditionally peace love, sports socks and ribbons traditions of Olympic theme songs.
  22. It would appear to be the cauldron tower, but im not really sure. I dont exactly know the mechanics of a cauldron, it looks kinda simplistic to hold such a technical thing like the cauldron. But perhaps it is, who knows. It's pretty early to put it up tho.
  23. I think it would be a good idea for the Olympic hymn to always be performed im Greek. It would be a nice touch and honour for the birthplace of the Games - and to be honest, the anthem often sounds quite stupid if performed in various languages. I think they can get away with English, but the Japanese version at Nagano sounded nymph like, not overly Olympian.
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