Raising the Bar

To close out 2004, this issue takes a look at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Specifically, writer Matt Hurwitz examines the “Allegory” sequence from the Opening Ceremonies. If you saw the sequence on television, then you tasted a casserole of design, video, light, rigging, stagecraft, and technical excellence — a prototypical “how did they do that” moment for our industry.

Matt learned exactly how producers pulled off what they all initiall

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