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Opening Ceremony: Making Of


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I've just found a "behind the scenes" documentary about the opening ceremony on YouTube. I've only seen the first minute of the first clip so far, but it looks promising and I wanted to bring it to your attention as quickly as possible:

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony Documentary 1/5

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Excellent find, thanks for that.

Love to get this point of view behind the production of such an event.

And maybe a good eye opener for saying that this ceremony appeared lacking in soul. Just look at the passion in the team, especially in Zhang Yimou, as he battles for his ideas to come to fruition.

Look at the angst on his face as he goes through the process. Its awesome to see

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Such a brilliant documentary! Now I really respect the Chinese for pulling off such ginormous work. Very interesting to see all the works and preparations involved. Few interesting points:

The initial idea for the ceremony where the globe's part is scattered around the field and slowly constructed as the show moved on. Glad they stick with paper as the common element, cos' globe is so overdone.

Zhang Yi Mou admitted that they can't beat the Greek water no matter what they do. So using paper as the constant element throughout the show is the only way to go.

Very impressed with the guys in the box where each of them have to memorize their movements.

Though I wished they showed more of the cauldron lighting process eg. what other options they thought of before.

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Though I wished they showed more of the cauldron lighting process eg. what other options they thought of before.

Don't know if you saw this or not, but it looks like they considered having a scroll, that after being lit at the top, would roll around the roof's rim (like the projection that they ended up going with).

But agreed, even more insight on the cauldron lighting, design, and mechanism would have been great.

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