Opening Ceremony to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with special guests including those of British Royalty and Loyalty and special acts including Her Majesty jumping out of a helicopter ... See full summary »
The games of the 28th summer olympiad returned to the birthplace of the Olympics - Athens, Greece. The games ran from August 13 to 29th 2004. Athens hosted 11,099 athletes, the largest ... See full summary »
The costumes of cast-members who were standing under the pyrotechnic rings were made fire-proof as the embers rained down on them so heavily. However, some of the embers started to burn through the costumes despite precautions. The cast were told via their earphones by stage-managers to remain still and shake off the embers only after the rings had be extinguished, as flinching would have ruined the scene's stillness and moment of reflection. See more »
The organisers of the London 2012 had a problem and its been over 30 years in the making. Ever since Moscow 1980 when you had all the choreographed banner changing and then LA 1984 when it went all space age, the opening ceremonies have become grander and wildly more expensive culminating in Beijing 2008 with the money no object even though part of the country is backwards and underdeveloped with people starving.
London 2012 had an Oscar winning director leading a creative team and a wildly cut down budget and a seismic creative shift from the past.
What we had was a history of Britain moving from its agrarian past into the Industrial Revolution to the rise of social welfare including the NHS, celebration of arts and culture and leading into the computer age.
We had Kenneth Branagh reciting Shakespeare, Music for a host of performers and James Bond meeting The Queen.
It was very untypical, rather surreal and edgy. In fact it was nice to see the end of the synchronised banner switching.
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