Olympics opening was a nerve wrecking experience for shows helmer

August 9th, 2008 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, the man behind the extravagant Olympics opening ceremony, has said that he was in buddle of nerves throughout the show.

The opening ceremony, which took place inside the new National Stadium in the Beijing, was witnessed by more than 100,000 people in the stands.

“I felt nervous and intense throughout the whole show,” the Xinhua quoted Yimou, as saying.

“Especially before the lighting of the cauldron, my heart was pounding so hard. There was only one chance, and not a single mistake was allowed,” he added.

The whole ceremony presented China’’s traditional and ancient culture, along with its development in modern era.

“The world wants to see Chinese elements, so we put our focus on those unique and typical, such as the four great inventions, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painted scroll, Taiji martial arts and others,” he added.

Zhang said that the latest high technology was a must to be used at the ceremony as it attracted attention of youngsters

The high technology coated the performance with dazzling shines and colours, making it a modern, cool and glaring show, he added.

Though the team seemed taking off their burden, Zhang Heping, director of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG) opening and closing ceremonies department, said the burden would only be off their shoulders for a short while.

“It’’s not the time to celebrate yet,” said the Zhang Heping.

“We still have the closing ceremony, and the same team is also in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympics after the Olympics, which will surely be successful too, he added. (ANI)

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