I really liked the Fireworks Display that I saw on television for the Olympic Opening Ceremony on 08/08/08. Well, am sure you liked it too and got fooled like me :)
The fireworks display that we saw on television was nothing more than a Hollywood Movie like animation sequence. Yes, this smart-ass Chinese broadcasting company editing the entire fireworks footage and replaced it with a 55 second animation sequence. What we saw is a 55 second movie and not actual ceremony. sheesh! so much for broadcasting ethics!
Here, reported at MSNBC:
It took planners almost a year to create the 55-second sequence which appeared to be more than two dozen footprints amidst fireworks in the sky, said Gao Xiaolong, head of the visual effects team for the ceremony, in the Daily Telegraph story.
Even those at the city’s new Bird’s Nest National Stadium, where the Olympics are being held, viewed the computer-generated footage from their seats as they watched on the stadium’s giant television screens, said Britain’s Sky News in a story.
“Meticulous efforts were made to ensure the sequence was as unnoticeable as possible,” the newspaper reported Xiaolong as saying. “They sought advice from the Beijing meteorological office as to how to recreate the hazy effects of Beijing’s smog at night, and inserted a slight camera shake effect to simulate the idea that it was filmed from a helicopter.”