It makes the decision to give the London 2012 ceremonies to Done and Dusted even better, doesn't it?! Remember that Hamish Hamilton spent months with the creative teams of the opening and closing ceremonies so that the television direction was developed at the same time as the stadium show. This just looks like some cameras have turned up with a director who has never even spoken to the stage director, let alone seen a script.
To be fair the London closing ceremony was nowhere near as good as the opening.
Historically, closing ceremonies have far less rehearsal (if any) than opening.
The CWG opening was also rehearsed quite heavily, and in a dedicated location (Celtic Park was only used for the opening ISTR - no sporting events were held there?) and had a dedicated team working on it, albeit with a lower budget...
AIUI the Commonwealth Games closing had no rehearsals at all, with the band sound checks planned to take place after the audience had arrived...
Would it be a S&V staffer doing this or somebody freelance?
Don't think S&V have many staffers do they? Would expect it to be a freelance director, busking it, with the same or similar camera team who did the athletics.
Also, the Aussie stuff blew us out of the water - I thought the direction was very good there. Perhaps Global taking over for that bit of the show? (Or perhaps I'm reading too much into it...)
I think the staging of the Aussie stuff was very effective - and I expect there was a script provided by the Aussies that could be race read by the PA, giving the director, vision mixer and camera team a fighting chance of covering it effectively. They may also have rehearsed off-site with the director. It was the only "set piece" bit of the ceremony though.
Personally I thought the actual closing Ceremony event was entirely average - apart from Kylie...
The closing, in my opinion, was better than the opening, since the opening lacked the entertainment it should have done. The closing had more entertainment, but for 1 hour and 35 mins it was decent enough for a Commonwealth closing. I guess the only 3 things missing was Annie Lennox, The Proclaimers singing 500 Miles and presumably The Duke of Edinburgh declaring the games closed.
The Gold Coast section was great technically, but could have been a little shorter, Kylie was fine but maybe should have done one song less (At one point it looked like she was going to sing 500 Miles instead), Deacon Blue should have sung a more popular song. They were absolutely correct though in ending with Auld Lang Syne and Caledonia, 2 important Scottish songs that always should end a Scottish-led celebration. And starting with Shout was a great sing-along, so was the Locomotion. Lulu should have sang another one though later on in the show.
All and all, a decent ceremony, better than the opening (Maybe 500 Miles should have fitted better than Barrowman's opening) and a great games sadly over.