London Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012
The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony was one of the biggest spectacle the country have ever seen. Although there were predictions of slight to moderate rainfall during the event, the skies stayed clear all night, thanks to the wishes of millions of spectators both in the stadium and on television. The grand event was directed by none other than Danny Boyle who is known for his award winning films (Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours). With a budget of $43 Million the show provided views with some spectacular set pieces, stories of UK’s past and firecrackers. The opening ceremony had a worldwide viewership of over 1 Billion.
While there were some problems in USA when NBC suddenly decided not to telecast the event live, most sports and news channels showcased the opening ceremony all across the globe. The preparations were done in such secretive manner that all we knew was that the three hour ceremony was inspired by William Shakesphere’s Tempst. The introductory setup was green fields, with huts and people farming, showing England back when the land was just discovered. Then the entire scenery changed into something more industrial with copper mines and other sorts of urbanization.One of the best part in this whole event was the Olympic Ring firecrackers as well as the main cracker show when the event was declared open.
Many famous personalities including Queen Elizabeth II attended the event.There was a video where we saw Daniel Craig (aka James Bond) escorting the queen to the event and jumping from the helicopter. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) also did a musical comedy. Overall the event did live up to it’s expectations. Twitter obviously became the most popular choice for sharing our thoughts. Hastags like #olympicceremony and #DannyBoyle topped the charts for the most shared trends. Overall the ceremony was a total success and a perfect kickstarter for the games in the next few weeks all across UK.