Dual choppers shoot movie scene

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Wednesday evening, two helicopters flew over the 33 near downtown Buffalo. One chopper was used to film the other, and at times they came very close to each other.

The areal shooting was the latest twist in the filming of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 along the Kensington Expressway. Paramount Pictures received FAA clearance to fly below 500 feet, and the pilots swooped down low to film a chase scene on Route 33.

Spectators were kept away from Humboldt Parkway during the helicopter scenes due to safety concerns but some folks were allowed to watch the set up.

Jonathan Alicea of South Buffalo has been watching for the past four nights. “We’ve seen actually a lot of action a lot of them doing a lot of different shooting different scenes and stuff racing and all that stuff. We’re hoping to see some helicopters tonight,” she told News 4 Wednesday.

“The other day we were here hoping to see many explosions and what not,” said Tom Meegan of West Seneca. “They happened to get it on the first shot and everyone was kind of depressed and plus it was a spot where no one could see it anyway so we were all disappointed. I was hoping to see it more and more. It would’ve been fun.”

The two helicopters will be used to shoot again Thursday evening. Movie crews will film without helicopters on Friday and Saturday nights before they pack up and leave town Sunday. Route 33 will continue to close each of those nights from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. from downtown to Route 198.

The movie is expected in theaters in 2016.

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