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Anyway, I think that's been my favorite opening ceremony ever.
>>but poorly done by NBC
I agree. NBC has been dropping the ball on coverage since Atlanta. Their streaming Internet video is pathetic compared to what the BBC is offering. If NBC starts playing all the human interest sob stories about the athletes instead of actually covering some of the athletic events like they have done in the past I will end up turning the whole thing off.
After 15 years as a special FX designer for the entertainment industry, I admit a weak spot for fireworks. Masterfully designed and displayed, this short lived masterpiece was perfectly adapted for the stadium's architecture. It was also very tight with rest of the show, but compared to the rest, it was just a pinch of salt.
A stadium wide swimming pool just vanished in 4 minutes.
A giant floating Cycladic head statue broke twice into 8 pieces, floating in a slow cosmic ballet.
3 000 drummers, some 250 yards away from each others, all on the same cue.
I spare the details, but some of the challenges were very high.
I hope they have taped some 'making of' footage for the DVD... I defenitly want to see this part.
Athens just created the best event of it's kind, ever. They surely raised the bar a couple of notches. I hope next ones can keep a proper ballance in trying to beat Athens.