Shanghai Surprise : Olympic Fireworks Faked on TV

Submitted by: cheeseyboy 9 years ago in
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/skynews/20080811/twl-olympic-fireworks-faked-for-tv-3fd0ae9.html

Why? I knew they were just too damn cool to be true.
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Female 374
chinese=fake
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Male 77
As a fireworks enthusiast I could tell some weren`t real and understood why they were faked. If a burst is symmetrical then there is no need to fake it since it will look the same from every angle. However, in the case of specific patterns; it is impossible to know the precise flight path, or the direction the shells will face when they burst, they have to be faked if you want them to look right.
Personally even though I was a little dissapointment seeing some were faked, there is no big deal as the ceremonies were absolutely amazing! Besides, how much is faked in western movies these days that nobody cares about.
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Male 34
This is stupid. It was said to be a cinematic segment and therefore fake, during the opening cermony.
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Male 474
See? I TOLD you!
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Female 657
I love how everyone blindly hate on the Chinese in threads like this.

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Male 3
It`s amazing that some people are offended by fake fireworks.

Sorry to tell ya, but the robots in transformers were CGI.

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Male 29
This is what is wrong with the news right now and most people in the world. "Oh look Yahoo broke the news that the footprints weren`t real"

Are you people serious? Instead of reading what people tell you to think, try experiencing it for yourselves. If you would have watched the opening ceremonies, the broadcasters said "You are watching a computer simulation." Some people can be so gullible.

Notice that most of the people that were saying on this post "Duh they said they were fake" are teenagers. Looks like they are the smart ones and everyone else fell for the Award winning Yahoo News story hook, line and sinker.

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Male 108
This Isn`t news, the Commentator said DURING the show that we were watching a computer simulation.
people need to listen sometimes. :P
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Male 1,036
Bum - I thought they were so cool and well done and my kids as well......
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Female 14
njs52595; you guys didnt know that? the announcers straight up said that they were computer generated? the only real ones were te ones that arrived at the stadium

LemonTarte; People thought those were real? I remember the commentator saying the weren`t at the time...

skypirate; watch the opening ceremonies and they say the fire works aren`t real


Agreed. I remember them saying this.

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Male 38
why is this not called shanghai shenanigans?
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Male 357

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Male 214
I read somewhere that Micheal Phelps is CG. This proves that the government has been making fake rainbows appear in my sprinklers.
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Male 42
Uh... this is news why? I don`t know about you guys, but on NBC, where I was watching the opening ceremonies, they clearly said "this is a computer animation". OMG conspiracy...
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Female 282
i totally fell for those fireworks.

not a moment came to me to think that it was fake ._. i don`t know what to believe in anymore.

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watch the opening ceremonies and they say the fire works aren`t real
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Female 1,441
Backfat: Yeah there is no WAY some of those girls are older than 16. One of them looked no more then 12.
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Female 1,441
People thought those were real? I remember the commentator saying the weren`t at the time...
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Male 60
you guys didnt know that? the announcers straight up said that they were computer generated? the only real ones were te ones that arrived at the stadium
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Male 1,357
I dont wanna sound like a twat but it was pretty obvious tbh, it was just part of the very start of the opening ceremony, i never actually beleived it was real, well, not that bit anyway, the red fireworks above the city were amazing tho!
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Male 1,894
Who cares about the fireworks..

U.S. men 4x100m free relay FTW!!!!

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Male 116
epic fail Beijing, epic fail...
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Male 49
They (the commentators) said that they were animated during the TV broadcast on NBC.
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Male 1,204
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It was only CGI for telly, cos they couldn`t get a helicopter to fly over at the right time to photograph it...at the time it was all real"

actually, if you read the article, he said he was working on the CGI effects for over a year.

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Male 101
Why`s it matter?
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Male 490
Yeah, yeah the Chinese faked a fireworks show. But did you see that relay race!? That was so awesome!
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Male 142
no duhh they where fake. on the nbc broadcast the announcers even said it was fake. but there actualy where 2 that went off right outside the stadium so they wernt all fake but the ones leading up to the stadium where fake.
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Female 492
Eh.
Disney World fireworks are still the best. After you see them, nothing is impressive anymore.. not even olympics fireworks. :-P
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Female 169
Only the filming from above the fireworks were faked. Frankly The footprints were so quick. who cares
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Female 53
It was obvious it wasn`t real, I don`t get what the problem is either, their opening ceremony was breath taking either way
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Female 15,763
The footprints were real, but it`s extremely unsafe to fly a helicopter when fireworks are being set off, so they CGI`d some film so it looked better on TV.
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Female 3
It was only CGI for telly, cos they couldn`t get a helicopter to fly over at the right time to photograph it...at the time it was all real
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Female 306
"i KNEW the footprints were faked"

Actually, the footprints were real. He even said it.

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Male 541
Wow. stupid communist chinese. whose idea was it to have the olympics in a communist country that`s so polluted you can`t see two feet in front of you?
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Male 3,301
SHENANIGANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!11onebillion >.<```
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Male 2,395
WOW, and they actually did a fine job... uh, `producing` it. >_>
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Male 1,894
at least this isn`t as bad as the fact that half of their Gymnastics team is under 16, and they have faked documents saying they are older than 16
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Male 38
darn.

i was close
:P

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Female 1,186
i KNEW the footprints were faked
apart from that though, it doesn`t take away the magic of the opening ceremonies
it was still an amazing thing to watch and i really applaud the chinese on all the work they had to go through
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Male 2,958
Everybody grab a broom!
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Female 168
^^shenanigans!
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Male 38
SHENANAGAINS


is that how you spell it??

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Male 2,586
"Who`s the more foolish - the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

You lot are just miffed because you fell for it :-)
I`m not saying I didn`t but you have to respect it rather than get upset that it wasn`t real

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Male 3,301
Jeez, between the China Olympics and the Georgian-Russian war that has gone full tilt, this is an interesting month. O.O
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Male 100
They werent completely fake. They actually set off the footprint fireworks. Just the ones on TV were CG because they didnt think they would be able to film it with a helicopter
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Male 740
he admits to it, then says how proud he was by tricking people. he should`ve kept his mouth shut
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Female 4,376
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Male 882
i`ve got a feeling....a feeling i cant hide
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Male 39
who cares if it was faked? did anyone watch it? when i saw it they said they were animated footprints. what is the big surprise?

and not to burst anyone`s bubble but... jurassic park? that was faked too.

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Male 3,301
C`mon, this is China we`re talking about, and anyone with even a passing interest in military aviation knows, the Chinese just LOVE their Photoshop...
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Male 375
Can`t trust the chinese farther than you can throw them. Oh wait, I can probably throw one of them pretty far, just can`t trust em.
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Female 5,139
"Monday, August 11, 2008 10:58:30 AM
Look out behind you, alice! Eddie`s gonna rip your head off!"

hehehehe :-D

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Male 386
so they set up fireworks that were designed to be seen above and then decided it would be easier to fake the show than to film it from above. that seems lazy, i thought hard work was a communist ideal.
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Male 12,138
Goddammit! What else are the Chinese bullsh*tting us about? I bet they`re lying about the 1.3 billion population figure as well... I reckon there`s like 5 of them, and the rest are all CG.

*damn... I was enjoying having a post count of 1337 until this post*

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Male 882
been there too
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Male 882
and it`s actually in beijing
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Male 3,301
Anyone have a video of the faked fireworks?
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Male 882
i`ve been to china. shanghai was one of the cities i stopped at. i saw the stadium being built. that was a little over year ago. it was pretty cool.
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Male 2,958
-Lmao, then how about the people that were actually there?-

"Even the giant television screens within the stadium itself broadcast the fake images."


It`s the third sentence, man.

The real "show" was meant to be seen from above to get the full effect. People in the stadium saw fireworks going up but had to watch the screen to see them right.

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Male 418
Geez if this was faked, how many other things are the Chinese planning to fake??
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Male 327
so they were faked....that sucks
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Female 5,139
Loofah your pic makes me laugh everytime i look at it :-D
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Male 3,301
Communist fireworks are communist.
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Female 4,376
the moon landing was real!!! real i tell you!!!! |-(
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Female 5,139
aww that sux :-(
well, its better than wasting even more money on the finished result i guess!
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Female 23
Hey, remember that time America did that camera trick with the moon? Now THAT was cool!
hahaha ;)
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Female 4,376
were faked...lol "For" i can`t type
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Female 4,376
so some fireworks for faked.. who cares nobody died O.O
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Male 1,788
Commis!!!!
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Male 1,788
Those damned chinese....
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Male 407
Lmao, then how about the people that were actually there?
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Male 2
Link: Shanghai Surprise : Olympic Fireworks Faked on TV [Rate Link] - Why? I knew they were just too damn cool to be true.
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