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it will be the most boring opening ceremony after atlanta :S

Fly over for a visit. There were some wonderful moments, but also quite a few disorganized looking head-scratchers. It wasn't terrible, but I have yet to speak to anyone on this side of the pond who

I will always see Beijings as a celebration that the Chinese beat their drums to the same beat and Londons a celebration that we each beat our drums to very different beats. Im certainly not trying

It wasn't any 12 minutes though. Just the length of the song, Oceania. I'm guessing three or four minutes max. They worked really hard to pull the sheet back quickly for the next segment -- I think it was the bit about the previous hosts leading into the global torch relay with the flying torch bearers, but I'd have to watch my DVD to be sure. There were a bunch of guys grabbing armfuls of fabric as fast as they possibly could.

I have to say that Pappioannou (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) did a superb job with the transitions. You can't tell that in the edited footage, but inside the stadium each segment blended seamlessly into the next and the spectators' attention was deftly redirected away from the various logistical maneuvers. It was really superbly done.

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I read this post in SSC forums, at the opening ceremony thread (originally from southseasteve)

The guy that did the projections on Buckingham Palace during the Madness song was being interviewed and said his colleagues were very busy working on the projections for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

If they're half as good as the ones we saw on Monday we're in for a treatsmile.gif

The interview happened in BBC Breakfast, according to him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lki3VMPy2RE

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Just out of curiousity. Which Commonwealth nations will get the biggest cheers at the Opening Ceremony when the teams enter the stadium? Australia? Canada? New Zealand? Jamaica? Singapore? Malaysia? Nigeria? South Africa? India? Pakistan? Cameroon? Trinidad and Tobago? Malta? Cyprus? Belize? Grenada? Solomon Islands? Tonga? Nauru? Papua New Guinea? Kenya? Zambia? Tanzania? Sierra Leone? All of the members, I'm certain. Hong Kong, though no longer a Commonwealth member, will surely get a nice response. Ireland will too despite never being one. How about Burma (Myanmar), a former British Southeast Asian colony never a Commonwealth member and just getting its toes wet into democracy? I have to wonder about Zimbabwe given Mugabe's antagonisms and hatred with the British government as they're likely the last nation to walk in alphabetically, having left the Commonwealth at least a decade ago. And the cheers coming will more than likely result from Team GB coming very near as the last team to march.

Like what was pointed out here about Argentina flaring up with the Falklands again, we ought to separate the nation's athletes from their governments, no matter how convenient and surrogate they may be emotionally for us to vent, sometimes mindlessly for some.

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Yeah but the Aussies are everywhere! They even made Oi! Oi! Oi! chants at hockey games in Vancouver 2010 that had nothing to do with them! They'll be there to make sure the Aussies get an ovation at the OC.

Besides, are the Olympics too "nice" to jeer? They may even politely cheer Argentina. :ph34r:

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Yeah but the Aussies are everywhere! They even made Oi! Oi! Oi! chants at hockey games in Vancouver 2010 that had nothing to do with them! They'll be there to make sure the Aussies get an ovation at the OC.

Besides, are the Olympics too "nice" to jeer? They may even politely cheer Argentina. :ph34r:

I do remember seeing the Iraqis getting jeered in the Parade of Nations in Barcelona while holding up peace signs.

You may be right about the Aussies being too much of a sports rival for Team GB these days, Sir Rols.

And don't forget there's a nice community of every nation in the Commonwealth, even those that aren't in it like Burma and Hong Kong, in London that is no doubt a very international city. So there's something for those nations to tap into.

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There was a piece in a paper here recently saying London 2012 was almost a home games for the NZ team due to the huge number of Kiwis doing their OE in London.

I don't see there being anything too negative or feral towards any of the teams though.

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Uhmmm, I resent that. Pls redefine a troll. I just post different views; I am brutally honest; and I leave the gushy, rosy-colored-glasses-view to others. Just because I am realistic, or come across as 'cynical' doesn't a troll make.

@AussieFan -- Now, how boring would it be if we all posted--isn't it wonderful, yeah that was magnificent (which I have posted), etc., etc.. This is an open forum so we get all POVs from everywhere. I didn't know Tiesto was an inviolate "god;" and that one couldn't say less-than-positive things about him...which in some small internet forum, would in any way harm him. For me, posting here is a fun diversion--which is what it should be. A lot of the stuff here I let slide unless they are direct attacks. Again, I am sorry if it upset you so...didn't realize that that person was in your pantheon. Shall we move on?

On the west coast, NBC edited the full spreading of that skirt. I have never seen that shot; and indeed if it must've taken around 10-12 mins for that thing to do its job, I figure NBC would've rather used the other minutes to show some ads. Geez, I hope that comment was neutral enough? :ph34r:

I can not believe it!!!

Why we could not see that on TV???

I always thought that that part was a big fail in the ceremony...

After Bjork song, they started inmediately with the video previous to the olympic runner of "Athens to Athens" segment...

Don't forget that the flying segment previous to light the flame in Beijing was taken from the Athens flying athletes....

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I would be shocked if there were negative reactions to Australia, or indeed any other team. Most people hold Australia in high regard and often have close connections so even if it is a rival I cannot imagine people jeering the team.

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I can not believe it!!!

Why we could not see that on TV???

I always thought that that part was a big fail in the ceremony...

After Bjork song, they started inmediately with the video previous to the olympic runner of "Athens to Athens" segment...

Don't forget that the flying segment previous to light the flame in Beijing was taken from the Athens flying athletes....

I'm not sure why NBC didn't show that (or the broadcast you watched in NZ). The globe projection shows in the official DVD. Thanks for confirming the program order. I thought that's what it was, but hadn't gone back to watch....

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Three opening ceremony rehearsals in Olympic Stadium. Anyone knows how to get tickets for dress rehearsal? Are they sold/ given out in previous games? And also isn't there a big chance some audience will leak out major plot details after seeing the dress rehearsal? It's easy to control the performers but for the 80,000 crowd why would they care?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/olympics/olympic-news/london-2012-olympics-60000-people-to-practise-their-routines-in-three-secret-opening-ceremony-rehearsals-7827271.html

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Allegedly the song Paul McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony will be "Hey Jude":

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a385840/paul-mccartney-ditched-hey-jude-from-jubilee-concert-for-olympics.html

Frankly, I could imagine better scenarios than the stadium's audience chanting "Naaa-na-na-na-na-naaaaa-na-na-na-naaaa!", especially towards the end of the ceremony. It could take the magic of those moments shortly before or after the cauldron lighting away.

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Three opening ceremony rehearsals in Olympic Stadium. Anyone knows how to get tickets for dress rehearsal? Are they sold/ given out in previous games? And also isn't there a big chance some audience will leak out major plot details after seeing the dress rehearsal? It's easy to control the performers but for the 80,000 crowd why would they care?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/olympics/olympic-news/london-2012-olympics-60000-people-to-practise-their-routines-in-three-secret-opening-ceremony-rehearsals-7827271.html

They have to do a dress rehearsal though. Other recent hosts have as well. I guess you lecture the audience sternly, screen them for recording equipment and hope for the best.

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Allegedly the song Paul McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony will be "Hey Jude":

http://www.digitalsp...r-olympics.html

Frankly, I could imagine better scenarios than the stadium's audience chanting "Naaa-na-na-na-na-naaaaa-na-na-na-naaaa!", especially towards the end of the ceremony. It could take the magic of those moments shortly before or after the cauldron lighting away.

Oh dear god, him performing that song is so irrelevant to the opening ceremony. Closing ceremony I dont mind, what I really don't understand is why he is always treated like the most important figure in this country next to the Queen. Any special event he is always the one who get the best slot. I just don't get him, sorry.

They have to do a dress rehearsal though. Other recent hosts have as well. I guess you lecture the audience sternly, screen them for recording equipment and hope for the best.

Who normally get the tickets? I didnt hear anything about dress rehearsal tickets being on sale anywhere.

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They have to do a dress rehearsal though. Other recent hosts have as well. I guess you lecture the audience sternly, screen them for recording equipment and hope for the best.

Well, one of the reasons for the final dress rehearsal is to have a back-up tape in case anything should go wrong technically on the actual Opening night. So how can you have flashbulbs going off on "live" coverage, and then, all of a sudden--if they have to pull the back-up tape, nothing there? It would look very fake. So, photography of course will be allowed during the dress rehearsals.

The thing is, some of the major surprises like the Lighting of the cauldron (or other major surprises) may NOT or WILL not be shown or performed during the dress rehearsals. Otherwise, you need a fresh audience to test and tweak your show and you need those bodies for the final audio balance test.

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Well, one of the reasons for the final dress rehearsal is to have a back-up tape in case anything should go wrong technically on the actual Opening night. So how can you have flashbulbs going off on "live" coverage, and then, all of a sudden--if they have to pull the back-up tape, nothing there? It would look very fake. So, photography of course will be allowed during the dress rehearsals.

The thing is, some of the major surprises like the Lighting of the cauldron (or other major surprises) may NOT or WILL not be shown or performed during the dress rehearsals. Otherwise, you need a fresh audience to test and tweak your show and you need those bodies for the final audio balance test.

If they allow photography, what's to prevent everything from going viral that night?

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And that bit above/\/\/\ is just one of the many "secrets" that can be found and revealed in www.secretolympiceremony.com ;)

If they allow photography, what's to prevent everything from going viral that night?

Reply to AthensFan: Nothing. That's a risk they take. How do you collect cameras from 75,000 people and then try to return them afterwards? You would be sorting our cameras to the rightful owners until the cows come home.

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If you're pulling back up tape, you're in big trouble anyway and the world WILL find out. So there aren't flash bulbs? There are only stand-ins for athletes surely that would be a major inconsistency. It doesn't make any sense to me to allow photography.

I wasn't at the Athens dress rehearsal but I heard they did everything in the program (including flaming rings and all, but just mimed the lighting of the cauldron.

You don't have to collect cameras. You tell people in advance not to bring them and have staff patrolling the audience. Just like a preview movie screening.

In any case, they are not going to INVITE photography just so they have flashbulbs for back-up footage!

If everyone were encouraged to photograph the dress rehearsal, we wouldve seen a whole lot more leaks.

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We had at least one preview video from someone in the audience at the dress rehearsal in Vancouver, and I'm certain we'll have that this time around as well.

But I don't understand for what they want to use back-up tapes. I mean, the opening ceremony will be broadcast around the world live, without any tape delay. So everyone will notice if something goes wrong and then it's already too late to run the back-up tape and pretend that everything's going fine.

The organisers of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest tried to do that when a "William Tell" stunt went wrong during the interval act -- and whom did they try to fool with that? (Go to 8:40 and watch out for the "replay")

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the dress rehearsals are the saturday - monday and wednesday b4 friday's evening opening.

i would hope that us volunteers get a couple of tickets for our nearest and dearest - but nothing has been said and i would suspect that they will go to sponsors and government cronies! i live in hope lol!

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the dress rehearsals are the saturday - monday and wednesday b4 friday's evening opening.

i would hope that us volunteers get a couple of tickets for our nearest and dearest - but nothing has been said and i would suspect that they will go to sponsors and government cronies! i live in hope lol!

Another fellow Games Maker here living in hope for a Dress Rehearsal ticket! I've got my Accomodation booked from the 23rd July onwards just in case I get a chance for either the Monday or Wednesday.

Hope your rehearsals are going well. I'm on the EVS team :)

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