Clashes between director Danny Boyle ( Slumdog Millionaire ) and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), which is providing pool coverage of the Olympic Games, has disrupted rehearsals for the $40-million opening ceremony and may jeopardize the presentation of the ceremony itself, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported today (Thursday). "Danny cannot get the cameras in the positions he wants," one insider told the newspaper. "There has been no co-operation at all. You cannot describe the atmosphere. It is miserable. It has reduced rehearsal time over the past two or three weeks. ... Danny wanted to bring in an English crew because he didn't want a sports crew filming the opening ceremony. ... At the moment he can't get the shots he wants. It is stopping him from doing the great show he thinks he can do." The Guardian said that Boyle had planned to bring in 30 cameras to tape the event but that he was unable to get them into the positions he wanted because of the tensions between the director and OBS. A spokesperson for OBS said that it was doing its best to accommodate Boyle and his crew, and a spokesperson for the Olympics denied that any tension existed between Boyle and OBS.

19/07/2012