Enjoyed the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony? So did I. In a recent interview with Zhang Yimou, a few alternate ideas for lighting the cauldron were disclosed… the most dramatic one involved using a Phoenix! The proposed Phoenix lighting sequence was illustrated in these sketches revealed during the interview:
A fiery Phoenix chases the final human torchbearer from behind
The Phoenix picks up the Olympic flame from the human torchbearer
Carrying the flame, it then turns around to fly to the Olympic cauldron
The fire bird soars up & around the cauldron, setting it ablaze!
However the Phoenix plan was eventually changed due to technical difficulties. It was difficult to project a bright, fiery Phoenix image on the stadium wall - apparently to get the desired dramatic effect all the other lights in the stadium would need to be turned off!
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