BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Filming of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will take to the sky this week.
A helicopter will be used on Monday and Tuesday to capture aerial shots of the opening action sequence. On Wednesday and Thursday, a second helicopter will be brought in to be part of the scene.
“I can’t really say if someone is jumping off or on the helicopter, or being taken away, who knows what’s going to happen,” said Brad Fuller, one of the producers.
The stunts are so dangerous the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission told News 4 that most local stunt crews don’t do them. Crowds will be asked to stay back this week as the shooting takes place.
“Majority of the work with the helicopter will take place between East Utica and East Ferry, between Route 33,” said Rafael Lima, the location manager for Paramount Pictures. “That’s sort of what we call the ‘sweet spot’ for our action. The helicopter will be flying lower than 500 feet and we obtained and FAA waiver for that.”
Buffalo Police gave notices to people living along Humboldt Parkway that said they, and Paramount Pictures personnel, will “keep members of the public at least 500 feet away from our helicopters at all times.” The distance is required by the FAA.
No one is allowed to walk on the sidewalks of any street that filters into Humboldt, according to Lt. Jeff Rinaldo. He said they brought in extra officers to ensure no one goes into the sectioned-off area.
If you live nearby, you can watch the action from your porch. Residents like Louise Reed told us they understand the caution.
“I can imagine what it is, they don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Reed.
She also told News 4 it won’t stop her from trying to get a glimpse of the action.
“I’ll come down and see how it is, and watch it, and see what I can get out of it,” said Reed. “I love it.”