The Greek George Tellos, who was responsible for the stage lighting of many Greek theatrical shows, is the lighting designer and director of photography in Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Tellos is responsible for the stage lighting of the medal awards ceremonies and the evening shows that follow them.
As he reported to Greek media, preparations for the Olympics started about a year ago and intensified after the summer. So far what has impressed him more is the large number of security measures. He reported that Moscow looks like New York and that one of the biggest problems he had to deal with in Russia was the language. “Only one in ten people knows some broken English,” he said.
The Sochi Winter Olympics are considered as the most extravagant Winter Olympics ever. While the organizers of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics spent 5.5 billion euros, the total cost of 2014 Winter Games is over 50 billion euros. Most of this money was necessary to turn the tropical summer destination on the Black Sea coast into a venue for the Winter Olympics. Sochi is located on the same geographical latitude as St. Tropez on the Mediterranean Sea in France. Before the preparations for the Winter Olympics there was only one ski-lift. The Greek lighting designer also revealed that the organizers had saved snow from previous years for the 2014 Games.