Some fireworks were fake on Opening Ceremony

Discussion in 'Olympics' started by Millz, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Millz

    Millz LGB Staff Member V.I.P.

    BEIJING (AP) - Not all was what it seemed during the spectacular opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

    Beijing organizers confirmed Tuesday that some of the fireworks display featured prerecorded footage.

    Fireworks that burst into the shape of 29 gigantic footprints were shown trudging above the Beijing skyline to the National Stadium near the start of the ceremony.

    Though the footprint-shaped fireworks were real, some of the footage shown to television viewers around the world and on giant screens inside the "Bird's Nest" stadium featured a computer-generated three-dimensional image.

    "It was confirmed that previously recorded footage was provided to the broadcasters for convenience and theatrical effects - as in many other big events," Beijing organizing committee spokesman Wang Wei said. "On the day of the ceremony there were actual footprints of fireworks from the south to the north of the city.

    "However, because of the poor visibility of the night, some previously recorded footage may have been used."

    The computerized images were produced by Crystal Digital Technology Co. of Beijing.

    "We did our best to create a rendering that would look like the shot was taken live," company spokesman Lei Ming told the Beijing Times. "Most people could not tell the difference."

    NBC said broadcasters Bob Costas and Matt Lauer told viewers the display was cinematic.

    "This is actually almost animation," Lauer said on the air.

    The ceremony won rave reviews around the world and was watched by more than 1 billion people.

    In the United States on NBC, the ceremony averaged 34.2 million U.S. viewers, making it the biggest American television event since the Super Bowl.


  2. Oooh_snap

    Oooh_snap Living on the 0th floor V.I.P. Lifetime

    I didn't see the opening ceremony, but I heard it was really nice. I guess it wouldn't really bother me if I was seeing a prerecording or animation as long as it was similar to what people were seeing live..
  3. micfranklin

    micfranklin Eviscerator

    I still liked the show and still think China has to outdo everyone.
  4. Millz

    Millz LGB Staff Member V.I.P.

    I loved it as well...doesnt take away much from it I dont think. It was something to remember.
  5. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I had a feeling that some of this was fake, but it was only a gut feeling. But now that they come out and tell that it wasn't all real, it doesn't surprise me one bit. None the less it was still incredible to watch.
  6. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

  7. Vincent_Valentine

    Vincent_Valentine Studley-Do-Right

    The reports I read stated that all the images of the fireworks were digital because the smog made things too hazy. There is also this report about the singing of the Chinese anthem:

  8. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

  9. viLky

    viLky ykLiv


    I understand why they did it; I'm not shocked or mad because of it. It still looked great and they put on a fantastic show fireworks or not. =)
  10. Duke1985

    Duke1985 EatsApplePieShitsFreedom

    I thought they did a great job, I'm not complaining.

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