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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. It's quite possibly this had already been mentioned in the masses of posts here, but it just came to my attention that great Olympic ceremonies set designer Mark Fisher passed away in June 2013. Being the master of set design for some of the great names in the entertainment industry, he also served as chief set designer of many of the great pieces of stadium theatre, including Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (where he was also one of the executive producers). A fantastic talent which produced some of the most memorable scenes in Olympic ceremonies history. Check out some of his works at his website http://www.stufish.com
  2. Phew, I'm glad they got a maple leaf in there , I was getting worried for a minute.
  3. All that's missing is a floral clock, it's not the Commonwealth Games without a floral clock. I don't mind the theme from what I've heard so far. Greg Bowman is usually pretty good at composing some stirring medal ceremonies music- Call to Glory for Sydney being the obvious one.
  4. These were taken a number of weeks ago, have no idea what it looks like now. Along the same lines, I can't remember an opening ceremony that has had such little buzz so close to the event. Likewise, we have heard almost no teasers or leaks about what is likely to be in it. The only things we've heard is the led screen, and the now guzumped plan to implode council blocks.
  5. I was buzzing around youtube a few weeks ago and found a bid promo video for Stockholm 2004, can't remember a bid video quite as arty as this. Thought it might be a good place to link through to any other bid promo vids that people have found in their travels round the net. Have also added a mega short Roma 2004 video.
  6. I fully agree. It would have been easy to go for another torch concept, and obviously it's a tad hard to jazz up a baton relay come the opening ceremony, but it's original and adds to the heritage of the Commonwealth Games.
  7. Must say I was expecting a little bit more with the Glasgow branding, I thought it would try and be a little bit out of the box like London, but I don't see too much of that happening yet. Not entirely sure the logic behind the look graphic on the banners, but it's nothing amazing, though at the same time not entirely displeasing to the eye. Of course we will wait and see what the field of play will look like, but nothing is wowing me yet. The multi lined font that is being used in various promotions and on the website is neat though. That logo astrolabe sculpture adds some brightness.
  8. Not entirely sure. I read somewhere that initially they were to feature at the start of the ceremony, with the buildings being demolished and then the stadium being filled with dry ice. Yet to hear of any replacement for the opening moments, which will still have to be iconic. I guess the only other details we have at the moment is that the ceremonies are produced by Jack Morton Worldwide with David Zolkwer at the head, and that it will feature a giant LED screen.
  9. I guess it's time for the must have Glasgow ceremonies thread. Not too many details have come out of what we will actually see in the ceremonies yet, more fuss has been made on the now canned plans to blow up some buildings. Seems like the best thing to start this off, in the tradition of Olympic mockumentaries, is this youtube spoof clip .
  10. Im interested in the cauldron lighting question too. I guess the other thing would be the failed ideas that didn't work for one reason or another. What was Sochi's dove on a bull and paella, in other words.
  11. Of course the irony in all of this is that the Oslo 22 bid team has made much of cool Nordic design in their bid branding, yet the Lillehammer team seem to be taking the exact opposite approach - producing pap.
  12. I'm not sure about bids that didn't win, but Evelina Christillin was the president of the Torino 2006 bid I believe.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.

  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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/
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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