Danny Boyle: Olympic belief

Danny Boyle, Oscar winning director and visionary behind the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, explains how he imbued his team of volunteers with the confidence to stage one of the most memorable events of the year.

From the dramatic opening ceremony to the thrills of 'Super Saturday', the BBC's coverage was widely praised around the world, and we have brought together our own highlights in our new collection of case study films, taking a detailed look at how the Olympics were brought to you from build-up to broadcast.

Danny Boyle, Oscar winning director and visionary behind the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, explains how he imbued his team of volunteers with the confidence to stage one of the most memorable events of the year.

The opening ceremony was seen by an estimated global audience of 900 million people, and the challenge of making a ceremony that was memorable, enjoyable and meaningful, and on such a huge scale, was truly daunting. For Danny, the challenge was less to do with scale and money than with maintaining and sustaining a belief in what he and his team were doing.

"Money, scale, resources, pressure, stress, whatever. None of that matters as much as a simple core belief in the values of what you're doing." – Danny Boyle

In the face of inevitable comment and interference from media, the public, and not least from LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), he describes how the role of the director in leading and sustaining a disparate cast and crew, and transmitting the core message is paramount, and how this ultimately gave his team the confidence to deliver a truly spectacular event.

 

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