Parts of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony ‘faked’

Of course, the obvious thing to blog about at the moment would be the Olympics, as that is the only thing that anyone seems to be talking about! Well, I thought that I would resist the urge, until I read a story on the Sky News web site that claims that parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony were ‘faked’.

Apparently, as a global television audience of more than three billion people watched giant ‘footprints’ of fireworks travel across the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium – viewers were actually watching a computer animation. Even the giant television screens within the stadium itself were broadcasting the fake images, according to Sky News. Stunned viewers who thought that they were watching the fireworks filmed from above by a helicopter were actually watching a 3D graphics sequence that took almost a year to produce, and which even included a ‘camera shake’ to mimic the effect of filming from a helicopter.

I’ve worked in PR for a long time, and so I have often heard the adage ‘don’t believe everything that you read’ . . .

Fair enough, but maybe we should also add ‘don’t believe everything you see’, as well !


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