Thursday, July 26, 2012

Anticipating Danny Boyle as Olympic Opening Ceremony Director

I must admit, I'm pretty excited about Danny Boyle being the director of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. I feel like Danny Boyle is capable of having a modern style that is also accessible. It's pretty incredible the traction that Slumdog Millionaire received. I don't think many directors could have taken the novel Q & A and turned into not only an Oscar winning film and one that many people of all ages enjoyed.

Like Superbowl shows, an opening ceremony of this nature (particularly after the all-out Beijing 2008 presentation) is destined to have naysayers, but I really have confidence that not only will Boyle pull it off, but all the early reports of allusions to British film and literature makes it seem like a real treat.

Thank you Danny for not presenting the history of London beginning at the creation of the world. (You know..."Look the islands are arising from the water, the people are like crustaceans coming to shore after the ice age, there is a sea of wind people pollinating the island with Downy Birch and Willow trees")

Clearly Boyle will have a different style that Beijing's 2008 director film-maker Zhang Yimou. But I like the idea of film directors directing these ceremonies, especially since the final product is seen by far more people on TV then live in the stadium. An eye like Boyle's could be valuable.

Any handful of British directors could have directed the ceremonies, or even people outside of the film industry.

For my own enjoyment, here's a list of other living British Oscar winning directors. Can you imagine any of these directors doing the ceremony?

  • Tom Hopper (2010, The King's Speech)
  • Danny Boyle (2008, Slumdog Millionaire)
  • Sam Mendes (1999, American Beauty)
  • The Right Honourable The Lord Attenborough [Richard Attenborough] (1982, Ghandi)

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