In 2014 in Sochi, we performed the last dress rehearsal for broadcast supplemental video. For instance, if something went wrong during the actual ceremony, then a correct version could be put into the broadcast - you know where I'm going with this. Although the whole world saw the asterisk, click the video below the picture to see what Russia saw!
Another interesting change from the 2014 Sochi rehearsals and the final result was the cauldron lighting. Sochi had a domed arena and an outdoor cauldron. One way to fix this would be to light an indoor cauldron that would ignite a series of flames through the top of the stadium and run all the way out to the outdoor cauldron. The following is a concept video of the Sochi cauldron.
|Final cauldron test with fire cannons|
So, sometimes a LOT of change happens between the final dress rehearsal and the actual show. Tomorrow I'll have several more "behind the scenes" elements to talk about - you won't want to miss it. As always, if you want to see every summer Olympic opening ceremony, go to www.olympicceremony.org.
Today's teaser - remember yesterday's (if not, you have to click "Behind the Scenes: Rio 2016" on the green bar above). This was some construction work only few weeks ago! Wonder what it looks like now? There are more secrets behind the curtain...