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Turin 2006 Opening Ceremony - How Did They Do It?  
User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I was watching the opening ceremonies for the 2006 Olympics in Turino.
There were certain parts where they had objects hanging from the ceiling.
Wait one second, there IS NO CEILING!
How was the whole thing even possible?
I thought maybe that they were hanging off of cranes from the side.
But I watched a clip again, and it didn't look like that to me.
How exactly did this work?

Devon


Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
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User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1960 times:
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What kind of objects? I didn't see the opening ceremonies.

Good day  Smile

Russell



Things aren't always as they seem
User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1842 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Hmm... maybe they were suspended from the sides of the stadium. I didn't notice these objects. What did they look like?

User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 2):
Hmm... maybe they were suspended from the sides of the stadium. I didn't notice these objects. What did they look like?

There were people "flying" through the center of the stadium, and spheres that were meant to look like balloons also moving through the air in a very scripted way.

Since they moved in winding paths (not linear) it was something more complicated than a simple line strung from one end of the stadium to the other. It looked pretty cool.



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1842 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Quoting Diamond (Reply 3):
Since they moved in winding paths (not linear)

Maybe guided by circulated air?


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3012 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

They were definitely suspended from the sides of the stadium. I heard the system is very complex, and therefore allowed objects/people to move in various directions.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21791 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

I don't recall which parts you're referring to. I remember they had one part where there were a bunch of acrobats who formed a dove, but they were definitely hanging off of a screen with something to anchor the ropes at the top. Some people hung off the Olympic rings. Other than that, I can't remember anybody flying around.

-Mir



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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

It's quite common to have these sorts of objects hanging froma grid of cables suspended above the stadium. They did it at the 2000 opening ceremony here, and then in Athens 2004.

QFF


User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

It's clear they were suspended by wires and trusses. But how they accomplished the movement (large oval shapes, etc.) is still a mystery:

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21791 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Possibly the three-wire technique, the same way they move cameras at sports games. You have a camera attached to three wires, and by adjusting the lengths of each of the wires (reeling them in or letting them out), you can move the camera pretty much anywhere at any height.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Thanks for the feedback!

Quoting Mir (Reply 9):

That makes a lot of sense.
I think this could be exactly how they did it.


Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

When they brought in that Ferrari F1, I creamed my pants. Big grin

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