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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. I agree with TNMP Did we really want another cherry blossom? Is it really appropriate to think Harajuku style should form the central axis of the Tokyo logo? To me , this is a very classy and dignified look of Tokyo. It's kind of a Ginza style, a refined sombre toned Kimono almost. Especially with that fantastic golden colour (which I see as a nod to Tokyo 64). In a way, I think this logo could be seen as being based on the Japanese concept of *iki*. [quote[Iki is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality. It is ephemeral, romantic, straightforward, measured, audacious, smart, and unselfconscious. Iki is not overly refined, pretentious, complicated, showy, slick, coquettish, or, generally, cute. At the same time, iki may exhibit any of those traits in a smart, direct, and unabashed manner. Still, I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. In any case, I guess the logo plays a smaller and smaller part now in the overall design of the Games, especially during Games time. We saw Vancouver's look a heck of a lot more than the logo. In terms of the font, to be fair, the fonts of Lillehammer and Barcelona's weren't that wowish, but they ended up working well enough. I'd also add that for the most part the design alternatives we find on google , while probably *prettier* would almost always be an extremely weak brand.
  2. I'd agree with that. But I think Sochi is also a good example where there was a very blockish and simple logo, while the look was very detailed. I'd say the same of Vancouver. I feel like we have a fantastic but very straight up and down kinda logo, so perhaps a slightly softer look might work well for Tokyo. I don't mind the font, but I feel like having a good word mark is important for the look , and Im not too sure if we have one here.
  3. I really like it. I'm surprised I like it, I don't really know why I like it, but I like it. I'd agree that the elements of this logo would work well for a look of the Games, but I'm not so sure that's what's going to happen. I find the top of the website where they incorporate parts of the logo and then the logo themselves - are bit too much for the eyes. I could see them ultimately using a totally different graphics package for the look of the Games. Well done Tokyo
  4. Haha. Appears to be something from a young designer by the name of Lindsay Happ.
  5. As much as I would like Italy to his the World Cup soon, this needs to go to South Africa.
  6. I really do hope PNG stop this poppy-cock about wanting to bid for a Commonwealth Games. Yup , go for a youth games, but there is no way they could cope with the full CWG. Not to mention the fact that they sold tickets to the closing ceremony which weren't even available in the stadium layout, leaving hundreds of people who had purchased tickets unable to get into the stadium. How on earth can that happen?
  7. I think this is a pretty spot on and really fair review of the opening ceremony, I'd have to agree with all of it. Some nice moments, some awful moments but something which was most certainly a cirque show. It seemed to lack the cohesive production of other ceremonies stadium events. As I mentioned before, I feel like even though Glasgow's content was quite lacking in some regards, the lighting and general production was high quality. Maybe Toronto was lacking a specialist in ceremonies stadium production, who knew how to fill a stadium and use complimentary lighting. None of this to take away what was still a very impressive Pan-Am Games ceremony though.
  8. Overall an interesting show. The middle obviously the best part. If I can compare it to say Glasgow (who I feel is the best match), I'd say the contents of the ceremony was probably better (as in Toronto was better), but possibly not as well produced. The opening didn't give a good precursor to what was to come, and you need to knock it out of the park to begin with, so that was a little bit of a fail. In general a good artistic segment, but perhaps a tad samey samey. All up though, a very good effort.
  9. I personally think a cauldron on the CN Tower would have been a tad tacky, plus it's been done in Calgary. Leave the tower as a prop, use lighting from it, but don't make it a cauldron.
  10. Ohhhhh, that's unfortunate. Im not to keen on the cauldron lighting sequence. Far too long winded , a sad looking cauldron and another pyrotechnics (but not overly impressive) lighting. Odd looking flame too.
  11. Im not quite sure why the torch was brought in so early this time. I guess for the European Games it held an artistic purpose, not too sure about this though.
  12. Yup, ESPN2 on tv too. Otherwise, a very clear broadcast. Haha, so many selfie sticks.
  13. No idea. All I know is that I need to grab my glasses because it's mighty hard to read anything on those led screens. Looks like a blur of red to me.
  14. I really do like the videos produced for the screens, but it seems a tad disjointed thus far. I feel like we are lacking a bit of context in terms of where we are. Are we in a stadium, or is it a shed, or a theatre.
  15. Im on the painful espn broadcast , is the sound quite tinny for everyone?
  16. I agree. While the Commonwealth Games baton does lack the glitz of the torch, I like that the Commonwealth Games has something unique which is part of its own heritage. It hasn't felt the need to do a carbon copy of the Olympic Games. They say Christmas is for kids, I think the Commonwealth baton relay is for the small communities, towns and villages. It does arguably get lost in the Sydney and Londons of this world.
  17. I thought Vancouver was a Bombardier job and Sydney was from Blue Sky Design. Either way, both nice torches. I actually really liked Barcelona, the only one of late that I can't get in to would be the Sochi torch. Nice concept but not great in design application. Loving this Rio torch though.
  18. Completely agree. Now I don't have Baron's patriotism and personal connection to claim it's the best ever, it certainly was a fantastic opening ceremony (and yes, we must remember its era). I've said here before , but they had the luck and the curse of having to balance between denoting the host as well as the centennial. They did this in the best way possible. Remember, we had not yet reached the era of a cohesive themed show. Ceremonies in the 90s were very much a case of a number of set pieces that could be completely independent from each other (no theme of Chinese invention, Greek art or British contributions to revolutions). The welcome to the South segment could perhaps have been shaken up bit (but hey, they had pickup tracks, Sydney had lawnmowers). It's a ceremony I have watched many times
  19. The problem with Korean ceremonies of late, is that they have the most redic themes that make absolutely no sense. *shining we grow* *new seeds new hope* *hope fills love* bla bla bla Complete non sensical drivel.
  20. Well impressed by the closing ceremony, almost the perfect mix. Yes, there were some rehashes from other ceremonies, but as I've said before, this is going to happen more and more. Definitely could tell the creative team was different between both ceremonies, but not a bad thing. I think both opening and closing ceremonies were for the most part on the money. I personally do believe the opening did show emotion and joy. It may not have been in a *let's all wear bright clothes, hold balloons and bang on stuff we found on the side of the road* joy, but it was emotion of (whatever you may think of the govt now) a proud culture. I found the stage and set design in both ceremonies incredibly thoughtful, some fantastic music, awesome pyro , and great concepts. Loved the small but well formed concert section for the closing too. Loooooove John Newman
  21. I haven't seen one and Im guessing you have seen the one youtube clip that I've seen of it. From memory Opening Ceremony included the performance of world in Union with the infamous lip-syncing of Shirley Bassey, and the two vocal performances you mentioned. The central stage also transformed to be part of the RWC logo, using a huge ground cover (the stage became the stitching part of the logo), There were also a few dancers dressed as dragons and springboks to represent the handing over of the world cup from 95 to 99 and there was some kind of steel red dragon with breathed fire that was assembled. Nothing compared to the opening events in Australia and New Zealand, but still a nice wee ceremony. The closing ceremony featured two musical performances. Charlotte Church performed Just Wave Hello, and the Stereophonics did a set. There were a few dancers doing a routine to *right here right now* as well. Here is the Stereophonics bit
  22. I enjoyed that opening ceremony. Parts of it were a little bit hit and miss, but by and large was a unique production. I guess there were 2 key points out of it. Klepsydra 2.0. Now this production had Papaioannou written all over it, there is nothing wrong with that (which I'll mention later) , but this I found to be the only part of the ceremony that was a shameless copy (granted a copy of his own work). The entire concept was the same, only the execution was inferior. Everything about Klepsydra in Athens was far better produced, the music was far better, and visually it seemed like far more care had been taken. I think the only exception would be that from a stadium perspective, Baku's version probably would have looked far more cohesive. Gaga. I don't have a problem with her being there in terms of her being a performer. She has a fantastic voice and no reason she shouldn't be up there with the other performers who have appeared in a ceremony. However I think it's a tad odd she appears in Baku, and I think the song choice is just a tad cliche now. The final artistic portion. Amazing. There is one thing I like about Papaioannou, and that is his story telling ability and mixing it with some key and simple iconic moments. Moments that really make the ceremony . It may be a look of a performer, the raising of an arm, but it seems to work. I loved the way the whole final artistic segment worked in well from start to finish. The roll in from the sun and moon scales, echoing this in the main 2 cast members on the mountain and by the water, and then following through to the moon and sun united in a total eclipse. The final jump of the performers to light the disc was epic. And of course, some fantastic set design. One of the most impressive segments I've seen in a ceremony, thoroughly well produced and directed. Now, yes, there are traits of Papaioannou's work that could be easily identified. Lovers were evident both here and in Athens would be another key similarity. However, can we really be surprised. To be fair, it's the same with all of the usual suspects when it comes to ceremonies. Those who have watched many a ceremony can tell a Birch ceremony, from an Atkins, a MIscher and a Zolkwer. It's not unique to DP. Heck, Mischer used identical (yet specially composed) music in both the ceremonies of Atlanta and Salt Lake and even similar lit tiled stage design. Birch. both of his key ceremonies have had the athletes covered in fabric. Atkins used a child as the cental focus of the ceremony in Sydney and Doha. The list goes on and on, to an extent, I don't think we should be so hard on DP (though I agree the Klepsydra was a tad below the belt). This far in, there is really probably nothing new in ceremonies anymore. Everything has been done before in some form. Water in LA, Manchester, Sydney, Athens and now Baku. All in all, a great show. Well done.
  23. Rio's structure seems to be very much like recent hosts, a local creative team and a foreign team acting as the producers. Much like how Athens had an all Greek creative team, but Jack Morton Worldwide as the producer (and Andrew Walsh - and Australian, as exec prod)
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