As the Summer Olympics draw near, Danny Boyle has unveiled more details of the opening ceremony for London 2012. In his role as artistic director for the opener that’s titled Isles Of Wonder, the British filmmaker said “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.”
For the Tempest-inspired gala, the whole of the Olympic Stadium’s field of play will be transformed into the rolling British countryside. The set will include meadows, fields and rivers, and feature picnicking families, folks playing sports on village greens and farmers tilling the soil. There will also be live animals grazing including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.
“The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers,” Boyle said today. With a billion people expected to watch the opener, preparation has been key. Over 150 cast rehearsals have taken place. Craftsmen are prepping 12,956 props and costumers are fashioning 23,000 get-ups for all four of the official Olympic ceremonies.
It was also announced today that the BBC is officially the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies Featured Film Producer. The Beeb will make two short films for the opening ceremony.