Archive for the Olympics Category

London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Industrial Revolution Sequence

I really should begin talking about other things besides the London 2012 Games, but can’t help myself babbling on. So here is video for my favourite segment from the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The transformation from Green & Pleasant Land to Industrial Revolution set the tone for all the amazing things that was to follow throughout the games!

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Athletes Parade Dance Choreography

Going through the emails received from the London 2012 Ceremonies team, I came across the cheography for the dances we learnt to perform at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Specifically, these were performed by the Marshalls on the Field of Play as the athletes came in and by us Mechanicals who were focused on keeping the audience entertained. As with athletes from 194 countries entering the Olympic Stadium, it took quite some time — two hours in fact! So how did we know which dance to perform? Well all Volunteer Performers had ear pieces and instructions were pipped through. Anyway, […]

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Olympic Stadium Pixel Tablets

During the four London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, the pixel tablets attached to the audience member seats inside the Olympic Stadium came to life with some amazing displays. Perhaps one of the most memorable is the “this is for everyone” quote tapped out by Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee who is credited with inventing the Internet. Designed by Tait Technologies and programed by Crystals CG, we (the Mechanicals) coached the audience on how to use the pixels during the Thanks Tim section of the Olympics Opening Ceremony. And fortunately/unfortunately the audience had so much fun that many didn’t want to put […]

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Best of London 2012

London 2012 wanted to inspire a generation and it well on the way. I say this as apparently 40,000 people have registered with the hopes of getting one of the 400 volunteer roles leading up to Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games. I’ve signed up as well so we’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, I’ll just continue to re-live the wonders of the game through yet another amazing highlight video!

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London 2012 Olympic Games DVD

Next month BBC Worldwide will release a DVD of the London 2012 Olympic Games and it will include all the footage of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in addition to previously unseen footage from the event as selected by Artistic Director Danny Boyle. I am beyond excited by this release and hope that it will contain some behind the scene footage like that seen below featuring the amazing Pandemonium Drummers during rehearsals. I should note that one of the conditions for being a Volunteer Performer during the London 2012 Ceremonies was that we couldn’t take photos and video and we […]

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