London 2012 Olympic
Fireworks over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 2012 Courtesy: London 2012 Olympic website

Oscar winning Hollywood director Danny Boyle directed the opening ceremony of the much-awaited sports extravaganza, the London Olympics 2012 and he gave a wild touch to the whole setup.

Boyle was inspired by Shakespeare's philosophical drama 'The Tempest'.

"Danny Boyle created a show of memories and moments that will last a lifetime for people across the UK and the world," said a media release of London Olympics authority.

Boyle and his creative team delivered a quirky vision of great Britain turning the Olympic stadium into Britain's 'Green and Pleasant Land' - with 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, nine geese, three crows and three sheepdogs, which took audiences through British time, culture and society.

The theme of the Ceremony was 'this is for everyone', which was organized in a bid to recognize the contribution of the UK to the world through innovation and revolution, as well as the creativity and exuberance of British people.

From the industrial to the digital revolution, the ceremony demonstrated Britain's contribution to the world.

The London 2012 opening ceremonies team transformed the Olympic Stadium into a series of historic, contemporary and modern settings that reflected the cultural changes and revolutions of British society, using pixel technology to create a light show.

"Our show was really the volunteer's show. If you want to judge us as an island, these people are the best of us, and we hope the feeling of the show was a celebration of their generosity," said Danny Boyle, a famous British director.