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Movie shoot draws large crowds along Kensington Expressway

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Hundreds of people interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 found out Monday night movie making can be an exercise in boredom if you aren't involved. 

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Installing lighting rigs along the Kensington Expressway is part of the set up process for filmmakers.

For those who finally left to get some sleep and to get warm, the film opens June 3rd 2016.

People watched lighting gradually be turned on from giant towers and from lights mounted on the expressway walls.  Residents also watched vehicles of all kinds moving back and forth, with outsiders clueless as to what was going on. 

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Heavy equipment lines a section of the Humboldt Parkyway along the Kensington for the filming.

"It's very exciting because it's going to bring a lot of jobs here," said Hamlin Park resident Walter Colvin as he watched the happenings Monday night.

"I've been a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan all my life. So, I just love it. So I just decided to come out here and watch it."

Regional Film Commissioner Tim Clark said a lot of the workers scurrying around the site were from this area. 

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Kensington Expressway looking up at Humbolt Parkway in Buffalo.

"About 150 local people were hired. About another 150 local vendors were hired, also, to do everything from windshield repair to catering to coffee service. So, it's quite an extensive list and they brought about 230 of their traveling crews," Clark said.

Clark said one estimate is that when the traveling crew leaves around seven million dollars stays behind.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.