The Olympic Opening Ceremonies is expected to be a star-studded event. What’s to be more impressive is the highly-anticipated show-stopper director Danny Boyle has for the world to see.
Danny Boyle is known for hit movies Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire have said the ceremony is to showcase the nation’s celebration. A billion people across the globe are expected to tune into the three-hour long show. The show consists of 10,000 adult volunteers, 900 children, 12 horses, 10 chickens, nine geese, three cows and a flock of sheep, along with sheepdogs.
During dress rehearsals, the audience was sworn to secrecy and was encouraged to use Twitter hashtags #savethesurprise and #savethesecret to provide some sort of coverage on the secret ceremony.
“The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be,” Boyle released in a statement.
Olympic organizers held Boyle in the highest regard and insisted he was the man for the job to embody what the games are about. Bill Morris, director of Ceremonies said, “His ability as a storyteller, as a creator of spectacle, his background in both theater and film and the passion he has for this city and this project—they all just screamed at us…it wasn’t a difficult choice.”
London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe chimes, “Danny gets this…He gets the Olympic Games, he gets sports, he lives in London, he’s a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park, and it was just such an obvious fit.”
“I want it to feel like a very genuine expression of the welcome to the athletes and to the Games of the city, and especially from east London,” said Boyle back in 2010.