Olympics Fireworks As Real As Lord Of The Rings

Remember that cool visual during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday of a helicopter tracking firework footprints going across the Beijing skyline, leading to the stadium? THE TELEGRAPH reported that it was lie, created by CGI and inserted into the broadcast coverage in order to spruce things up a bit. How would that make you feel about the reality you’ve created for yourself? I’m trying to free your mind, Neo.

The organizers claim that fireworks did happen - it would have been impossible (and too dangerous for the helicopters) from them to capture it live. So, they did the next best thing: spend six months working on CGI footage to insert into the broadcast.

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