The 30th Olympic Games have begun and as always the opening ceremonies were a highlight for me. This event was different from what we experienced four years ago, but like Beijing, there were memorable moments that we won't soon forget.
When recounting the highlights of the four-hour long ceremony, it is hard to pick out my favorite moments especially when you had David Beckham, Paul McCartney, James Bond, Mr. Bean and a skydiving queen.
There have been remarkable advancements with integration of video product in live stadiums, but we have never seen them used in the grandstands before. The event producers took low resolution video tiles and broke them into squares mounted to the seats. By utilizing the screens this way, they were able to create a TV-friendly "card trick" that could happen as often as they liked and on cue. This was the first time I have seen video tiles used this way, but I guarantee it will not be the last.
As a behind-the-scenes guy, I was impressed at how the producers included the men and women that built the stadium into the show. This was a classy touch.
The set pieces that were integrated throughout the performance were a highlight for me. From the forging of the rings to the lighting of the torch, each of these elements started small but built into massive props that once illuminated were impressive and unforgettable.
Very few people in the world know how difficult it is to organize the thousands of cast members that participated in this production, but Danny Boyle should be proud of what he was able to accomplish. He did an excellent job of educating as well as entertaining the 80,000 in attendance and 40 million viewers watching from home as he paid tribute to his country’s rich history both past and a classy nod to the future.
We are pulling for the U.S. Olympic team and especially for our five Charlotte swimmers. Here is to bringing home the gold!