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Further details of the Olympic opening ceremony were revealed today, including a scale model of the set which is to resemble the British countryside.
Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the Olympic opening ceremony, has paid tribute to the many volunteers who have given up their evenings and weekends to take part in 37 rehearsals:
The Olympic stadium will be transformed into the rolling British countryside complete withmeadows, fields and rivers. There will be families having picnics and sports played on a village green. The production will also feature live animals including:
- 12 horses
- 3 cows
- 2 goats
- 10 chickens
- 10 ducks
- 9 geese
- 70 sheep
- 3 sheep dogs
Film director Danny Boyle unveiled what the Olympic Stadium will look like during the opening ceremony. The opening scene will be called "Green and Pleasant."
The venue will be transformed to "celebrate the English countryside" and will feature a Glastonbury-style-Tor and fields containing real sheep, cows and horses.
Boyle said he wanted to make people feel like they are watching a live film being made. He also compared the Olympic effort to the war saying the Olympics were "The biggest thing any country does apart from mobilise for war."
Film director Danny Boyle said he hopes to keep the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics as close to three hours as possible.
The show will feature one hour of culture, an athletes' parade, cauldron lighting and fireworks.
The man in charge of the London 2012 opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, says the big event will be "elusive" and a "puzzle."
Boyle says the ceremony will combine Glastonbury with the last night of the proms, with one end of the stadium representing Glastonbury's famous Tor.
Real sheep, cows and horses will feature in the show, and music will include tracks by Underworld. Boyle said:
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