:: Friday, August 13, 2004 ::
Today, I watched the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympics!!! I've always been a fan of how the opening and closing ceremonies are so full of pageantry and symbolism. Bob Costas didn't seem to like this year's opening ceremonies too much, for he commented at the end of the production, "Well, that was a well-conceived and satisfying opening ceremonies." Ouch.
I didn't think that this year's opening ceremonies were as spectacular as the show in Sydney in 2000, but that was truly a spectacle and nearly impossible to top, with its spectacular musical productions and the incredible torch lighting that involved a giant disc that rose from the water and then climbed an incline to rise onto a stand.
This year's opening ceremonies certainly had its moments. First, the rings of the Olympics created in fire on top of the water was beautiful. I really liked when a sculpture then rose from the water and then broke off into many floating pieces, onto which images of people from around the world were projected. The huge strand of DNA (to symbolize that all human beings are created from the same matter) created by laser projections onto a column of mist was a really incredible effect, and the parade of Greek history, complete with Greek gods and goddesses, featured some of the coolest costumes I've ever seen. Oh, and the fireworks! So amazing! It was a thrilling show that really lit up the night.
I just love how the Olympics use special effects and production numbers in its opening ceremonies to inspire the ideals of humanity and world peace.
Quote of the Day: "I actually dated a narcissist once..."
:: SL 11:44 PM [+] ::