Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, has said that his team has learned lessons from the controversy surrounding the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) during the Beijing Olympics and promises to be open and honest about their inclusion in the London 2012 games.
Coe, 52, said 'We think it was the deception that upset people more than their actual use. We are being open and upfront and can say categorically that yes, we will use CGI to enhance the Olympics in 2012. We have already commissioned the animators and hope that we will provide a spectacle to rival any games so far.'
We managed to speak to the animation company responsible and according to one of their animators, Rob Manuel, the CGI use is pretty extensive. ' I am working on the graphics for the opening ceremony which involve making the stadium look finished and somewhere else. I have also created a digital Cliff Richard who can shimmy in time to 'Devil Woman' - handy if he dies in the next year or two. Some of the other team members are looking at ways to make Team GB more successful, digitally altering long jumps, high jumps and removing all other nations from every single event.
The costs of the CGI are thought to be high but the majority of the budget for the games is largely met through taxes of Scottish people who sadly will reap no economic benefit whatsoever from the endeavour.