Olympics Logo Bike: A Grand Gesture

Whenever I tell people I am making a documentary about the Olympics, one of the first questions they ask me is: “Are you featuring athletes?”

When I say that I am making a film about ordinary people and their Olympics dreams, the response I often get is one of surprise, even of incredulity.

But I can point to ample evidence of the extraordinary efforts some Chinese people have invested into dramatizing their passion for the Olympics.

Olympic Logo Bike

Check out this story about a man who has modified his bike into the shape of the Olympics logo:
Sunday Photo: Olympics Logo Bike :: China Digital Times (CDT) 中国数字时代

Talk about grand gestures…

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Sounds of Beijing

I have worked in TV my entire career. But secretly, I enjoy radio more. By that, I mean really well-produced radio features that use sound to trigger the listener’s imagination.

I am into the final stages of post production for my documentary about the Beijing Olympics and I have been hunting obsessively for sound recordings of Beijing.

Here is a gem of a sound collage that I have found on the web:

Perhaps it is because I am a foreigner but to me, each environment in Beijing sounds a little different from the others. Urban vs Suburban. Old vs New. Downtown vs Outskirts.

Listen, for instance, to the sound recordings of the Dazhalan district in Beijing, an old area that is being demolished in the leadup to the 2008 Olympics.

Like pictures, sounds give us important cues to urban transition and transformation.

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