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72 Responses to Shanghai Surprise : Olympic Fireworks Faked on TV

  1. Profile photo of cheeseyboy
    cheeseyboy Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 9:13 am
    Link: Shanghai Surprise : Olympic Fireworks Faked on TV - Why? I knew they were just too damn cool to be true.
  2. Profile photo of Asheren
    Asheren Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:36 am
    Lmao, then how about the people that were actually there?
  3. Profile photo of _Perfection_
    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:38 am
    Those damned chinese....
  4. Profile photo of _Perfection_
    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:38 am
    Commis!!!!
  5. Profile photo of GothicQueen
    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:38 am
    so some fireworks for faked.. who cares nobody died O.O
  6. Profile photo of GothicQueen
    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:41 am
    were faked...lol "For" i can`t type
  7. Profile photo of sniperchick
    sniperchick Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:42 am
    Hey, remember that time America did that camera trick with the moon? Now THAT was cool!
    hahaha ;)
  8. Profile photo of alice_x
    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:42 am
    aww that sux :-(
    well, its better than wasting even more money on the finished result i guess!
  9. Profile photo of GothicQueen
    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:48 am
    the moon landing was real!!! real i tell you!!!! |-(
  10. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 10:54 am
    Communist fireworks are communist.
  11. Profile photo of alice_x
    alice_x Female 18-29
    5143 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 10:56 am
    Loofah your pic makes me laugh everytime i look at it :-D
  12. Profile photo of shivarama
    shivarama Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:56 am
    so they were faked....that sucks
  13. Profile photo of excelman
    excelman Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2008 at 10:58 am
    Geez if this was faked, how many other things are the Chinese planning to fake??
  14. Profile photo of B-Hazard
    B-Hazard Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:00 am
    -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.

  15. Profile photo of jdjd5883
    jdjd5883 Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:01 am
    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.
  16. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:03 am
    Anyone have a video of the faked fireworks?
  17. Profile photo of jdjd5883
    jdjd5883 Male 18-29
    883 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:04 am
    and it`s actually in beijing
  18. Profile photo of jdjd5883
    jdjd5883 Male 18-29
    883 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:04 am
    been there too
  19. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:07 am
    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*

  20. Profile photo of coconutnut
    coconutnut Male 18-29
    387 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:08 am
    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.
  21. Profile photo of alice_x
    alice_x Female 18-29
    5143 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:12 am
    "Monday, August 11, 2008 10:58:30 AM
    Look out behind you, alice! Eddie`s gonna rip your head off!"

    hehehehe :-D

  22. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:16 am
    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.
  23. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:16 am
    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...
  24. Profile photo of frothr
    frothr Male 30-39
    39 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:23 am
    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.

  25. Profile photo of jdjd5883
    jdjd5883 Male 18-29
    883 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:23 am
    i`ve got a feeling....a feeling i cant hide
  26. Profile photo of GothicQueen
    GothicQueen Male 13-17
    4376 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:24 am
    fireworks in bejing

    O.O

  27. Profile photo of urbanlegend
    urbanlegend Male 18-29
    741 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:28 am
    he admits to it, then says how proud he was by tricking people. he should`ve kept his mouth shut
  28. Profile photo of Sirugel
    Sirugel Male 13-17
    100 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:30 am
    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
  29. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:32 am
    Jeez, between the China Olympics and the Georgian-Russian war that has gone full tilt, this is an interesting month. O.O
  30. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:34 am
    "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

  31. Profile photo of larzyparzy
    larzyparzy Male 13-17
    38 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:35 am
    SHENANAGAINS


    is that how you spell it??

  32. Profile photo of lava_tomato
    lava_tomato Female 13-17
    169 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:37 am
    ^^shenanigans!
  33. Profile photo of B-Hazard
    B-Hazard Male 18-29
    2960 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:42 am
    Everybody grab a broom!
  34. Profile photo of Gerbear
    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:47 am
    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
  35. Profile photo of larzyparzy
    larzyparzy Male 13-17
    38 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:47 am
    darn.

    i was close
    :P

  36. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:47 am
    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
  37. Profile photo of luckyse7en
    luckyse7en Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 11:48 am
    WOW, and they actually did a fine job... uh, `producing` it. >_>
  38. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:49 am
    SHENANIGANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!11onebillion >.<```
  39. Profile photo of dave32891
    dave32891 Male 18-29
    542 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 11:53 am
    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?
  40. Profile photo of Evanesia
    Evanesia Female 18-29
    306 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm
    "i KNEW the footprints were faked"

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

  41. Profile photo of Dead-Star
    Dead-Star Female 13-17
    3 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm
    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
  42. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm
    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.
  43. Profile photo of Mistinguett
    Mistinguett Female 18-29
    53 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm
    It was obvious it wasn`t real, I don`t get what the problem is either, their opening ceremony was breath taking either way
  44. Profile photo of stonewar
    stonewar Female 30-39
    169 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm
    Only the filming from above the fireworks were faked. Frankly The footprints were so quick. who cares
  45. Profile photo of zep fan
    zep fan Female 18-29
    492 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm
    Eh.
    Disney World fireworks are still the best. After you see them, nothing is impressive anymore.. not even olympics fireworks. :-P
  46. Profile photo of bobert54321
    bobert54321 Male 18-29
    142 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm
    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.
  47. Profile photo of test-user564
    test-user564 Male 18-29
    491 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm
    Yeah, yeah the Chinese faked a fireworks show. But did you see that relay race!? That was so awesome!
  48. Profile photo of ClassOf10
    ClassOf10 Male 13-17
    101 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm
    Why`s it matter?
  49. Profile photo of caboose117
    caboose117 Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    "
    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.

  50. Profile photo of MePerson
    MePerson Male 13-17
    49 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    They (the commentators) said that they were animated during the TV broadcast on NBC.
  51. Profile photo of Luke139
    Luke139 Male 13-17
    116 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    epic fail Beijing, epic fail...
  52. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm
    Who cares about the fireworks..

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

  53. Profile photo of littlepete50
    littlepete50 Male 18-29
    1359 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 2:26 pm
    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!
  54. Profile photo of njs52595
    njs52595 Male 13-17
    60 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    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
  55. Profile photo of LemonTarte
    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm
    People thought those were real? I remember the commentator saying the weren`t at the time...
  56. Profile photo of LemonTarte
    LemonTarte Female 18-29
    1441 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    Backfat: Yeah there is no WAY some of those girls are older than 16. One of them looked no more then 12.
  57. Profile photo of skypirate
    skypirate Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm
    watch the opening ceremonies and they say the fire works aren`t real
  58. Profile photo of Soundsasian
    Soundsasian Female 13-17
    282 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm
    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.

  59. Profile photo of sidran32
    sidran32 Male 50-59
    42 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm
    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...
  60. Profile photo of ThePom
    ThePom Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm
    I read somewhere that Micheal Phelps is CG. This proves that the government has been making fake rainbows appear in my sprinklers.
  61. Profile photo of petey112
    petey112 Male 13-17
    358 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

  62. Profile photo of larzyparzy
    larzyparzy Male 13-17
    38 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm
    why is this not called shanghai shenanigans?
  63. Profile photo of ChangedName
    ChangedName Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm
    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.

  64. Profile photo of richoricho
    richoricho Male 40-49
    1038 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm
    Bum - I thought they were so cool and well done and my kids as well......
  65. Profile photo of gilly_60
    gilly_60 Male 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm
    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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    chevylover54 Male 30-39
    29 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm
    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.

  67. Profile photo of mrpantsman
    mrpantsman Male 18-29
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    August 12, 2008 at 12:44 am
    It`s amazing that some people are offended by fake fireworks.

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

  68. Profile photo of ThursdayLark
    ThursdayLark Female 18-29
    657 posts
    August 12, 2008 at 3:30 am
    I love how everyone blindly hate on the Chinese in threads like this.

    :[

  69. Profile photo of itsallfake
    itsallfake Male 30-39
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    August 12, 2008 at 6:07 am
    See? I TOLD you!
  70. Profile photo of SKR34
    SKR34 Male 13-17
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    August 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm
    This is stupid. It was said to be a cinematic segment and therefore fake, during the opening cermony.
  71. Profile photo of cobra240
    cobra240 Male 30-39
    77 posts
    August 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    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.
  72. Profile photo of Desumien
    Desumien Female 18-29
    374 posts
    August 16, 2008 at 4:33 am
    chinese=fake

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