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    Default 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony

    I take my hats off to the Chinese. Totally lost for words. It was breathtaking. I would hate to be from the country who has to follow that. I wonder what Great Britain was thinking as they watched

    Please share your thoughts.

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    ^Yeah, that's what I said in the other Olympics thread. It was stunning. I think all the people there had a sensory overdose from that show, there was so much happening. Brilliant and almost impossible to top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophie View Post
    I take my hats off to the Chinese. Totally lost for words. It was breathtaking. I would hate to be from the country who has to follow that. I wonder what Great Britain was thinking as they watched
    "We're f*cked" probably! Oh, I think ours is gonna be embarrassing after that. Hopefully they'll be able to come up with something good though. They have 4 years to practise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophie View Post
    I take my hats off to the Chinese. Totally lost for words. It was breathtaking. I would hate to be from the country who has to follow that. I wonder what Great Britain was thinking as they watched

    Please share your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    That would be us, Canada. Next games are in Vancouver in 2010...

    cool those are the winter games right? the summer games are in 2012, and will be in GB.

    I like the winter games as well.
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    Yep winter games
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    WOW!!! I was awe stuck by the whole thing. Good luck to Canada and England with yours. I think maybe the best way to go is to not try to top it. I don't think anyone can top it.

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    I didn't want the Olympics (1996) I knew we couldn't provide the security but once it got started everyone worked so hard even though the world thought we did a crap job we did the best we could.

    China and the U.S. down played the American who got killed and I haven't heard how his wife is.

    I liked the opening it was like a epic movie and right in the middle of the beautiful epic movie came the Nazi like marching soldiers to remind me they do have some serious issues.

    They want to beat the U.S. in medal count, they out number us greatly so I would think it's just a matter of time before they do but during this olympics it won't be easy... just ask the French.

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    Default Part of Olympics fireworks display was digitally created

    Part of Olympic display altered in broadcast - Gadgets - MSNBC.com

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    Some aerial footage of fireworks digitally created months in advance
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    Part of the elaborate Olympics fireworks show broadcast to the world in the opening ceremony was altered, done digitally in 3-D computer graphics, according to several news reports.

    While the dramatic display actually happened as portrayed on television, members of the Beijing Olympic Committee said it was necessary to replace live video with computer-generated imagery because the city’s hazy, smoggy skies made it too difficult to see, according to The Beijing Times, which first reported the story.

    Committee members also said they were concerned that the helicopter pilot who would have flown overhead to film the fireworks would have been “at risk by making him try to follow the firework route,” according to a quote from a committee member reported in a Daily Telegraph story.

    NBC broadcasters Matt Lauer and Bob Costas made mention of the alteration as it aired.
    "You’re looking at a cinematic device employed by Zhang Yimou here," Lauer said. "This is actually almost animation. A footstep a second, 29 in all, to signify the 29 Olympiads."

    Costas responded, "We said earlier that aspects of this Opening Ceremony are almost like cinema in real time. Well this is quite literally cinematic."

    It took planners almost a year to create the 55-second sequence which appeared to be more than two dozen footprints amidst fireworks in the sky, said Gao Xiaolong, head of the visual effects team for the ceremony, in the Daily Telegraph story.

    Even those at the city’s new Bird’s Nest National Stadium, where the Olympics are being held, viewed the computer-generated footage from their seats as they watched on the stadium’s giant television screens, said Britain’s Sky News in a story.

    “Stunned viewers thought they were watching the string of fireworks filmed from above by a helicopter,” said SkyNews.com. “But in reality they were watching a 3-D graphics sequence that took almost a year to produce.”

    There were some real fireworks going on outside the stadium. But the footprint display was “inserted into the coverage electronically at exactly the right moment,” the Daily Telegraph said.

    “Meticulous efforts were made to ensure the sequence was as unnoticeable as possible,” the newspaper reported Xiaolong as saying. “They sought advice from the Beijing meteorological office as to how to recreate the hazy effects of Beijing’s smog at night, and inserted a slight camera shake effect to simulate the idea that it was filmed from a helicopter.”

    “Seeing how it worked out, it was still a bit too bright compared to the actual fireworks,” Xiaolong said in comments that appeared in the Daily Telegraph. “But most of the audience thought it was filmed live — so that was mission accomplished.”

    Because the only organization in control of all Olympics footage is Beijing Olympic Broadcasting, the feed went out to everyone broadcasting the event, including NBC, which has exclusive rights in the United States to show the games. NBC's online coverage is being delivered by the MSN Network, NBCOlympics.com on MSN. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

    During Friday night’s opening ceremony, the network averaged 34.2 million viewers, making it the biggest television event since the Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press.

    The network has been criticized itself for the 12-hour tape delay in showing the opening ceremonies, which it did because of the time difference between China and the United States, driving some viewers to other Web sites around the world to see the event live.


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    It was awe inducing but it creeped me out a bit all those people doing things in unison. It felt like a show of power. And all that about how China invented this or that got tiresome after a bit. When I saw the kids I wondered whether they had invented kindergarten as well.

    I don't know, this whole, "let's have a shitload of people on stage" is an Asian thing, I remember it was the same in the Seoul opening ceremony. Which I still remember though I was around 11 so it's definitely impressive.

    I kinda liked the Athens opening ceremony better but I guess that's because I'm Greek and I responded to it more. I'm sure the British will do a good job too. Not everything has to be the same.

    Though to be honest, I thought the Atlanta and Sidney opening ceremonies were kinda crap.

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    ^^ I so agree, I was embarrassed. It became a nation of healing after the civil war - I was like WTF and oh my gosh that caterpiller thing. Dear Lord you had to remind me.. winces in pain again. Ugh..

    OK but at least we didn't screw up like they did in Australia. They set the vault to low and darn near killed some female gymnasts - one Chinese girl was taken to the hospital and we never hear about her again. Notice the physical change in the vault - than you Australia. And their horse events were even worse than ours - it was so hot in Georgia the horses were melting before they ever got out of the showers.. ugh.

    My gripe is I TiVo the events and yet all we ever see is the events in which we win. I need to know less about China and who is dating who and show me more finals. I don't need to see heats I want to see finals then I could see archery, judo, and the rest and not just beach volleyball.

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    I didn't watch the whole ceremony, but I was incredibly impressed with the torch lighting finale. The acrobat running in slow motion so high up in the air, and the screen unfurling Olympic scenes behind him. That was just brilliant and captivating to watch. I was riveted.

    Loved the shape of the torch and the actual lighting of it, how the fire just zipped up that spiral. I was so scared the guy was either going to fall or accidentally catch fire to the wrong thing! Talk about suspense.

    (The blue screen of death was a funny glitch, though. )

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    Olympic girl seen but not heard

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    BEIJING, China (CNN) -- A little girl and her song captivated millions of viewers during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. But what they saw was not what they heard.

    Lin Miaoke was the darling of the Olympic opening ceremony, but it turns out she was lip-syncing.

    Games organizers confirm that Lin Miaoke, who performed "Ode to the Motherland" as China's flag was paraded Friday into Beijing's National Stadium, was not singing at all.
    Lin was lip-syncing to the sound of another girl, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, who was heard but not seen, apparently because she was deemed not cute enough.
    "The reason was for the national interest," said Chen Qigang, the ceremony's musical director, in a state radio interview. "The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression. ... Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects."
    The decision was made at the highest levels, Chen said.
    "We had to do it," he said. "We'd been through several inspections. They're all very strict. When we rehearsed at the spot, there were several spectators from various divisions, especially leaders from the Politburo, who gave the opinion it must change."

    Few who watched the Olympic ceremony realized the deception. "Tiny singer wins heart of nation," read the headline in Tuesday's China Daily newspaper.

    But as word has gotten out on the Internet, some Chinese bloggers are outraged.
    "If you're not good-looking, no matter how well you sing, you'll not be onstage. Do you know you're twisting a whole generation?" read one comment.

    Another said, "If foreigners found out, they'd think we can't even find a girl who is good at both."
    As for Yang Peiyi, she's been quoted as saying she was honored to have had a role in the opening ceremony, even though few realized just how big her part really was
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    How many billion are they and they couldn't find a cute enough girl who could sing? Fucking ridiculous.

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