del Toro in Buffalo to Shoot for New Movie

Lights, camera, action in downtown Buffalo

Brendan Keany
February 24, 2020 - 9:06 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN) - Filming for Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" begins in downtown Buffalo this week.

While Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark couldn't say exactly where, he says crews will be in the downtown area throughout the week at a variety of locations. Numerous trucks carrying film equipment could be seen outside Buffalo City Hall Monday, as well as in Niagara Square and in other locations around downtown Buffalo. More details about exact filming locations and impact on the public are expected to be announced soon.

"I think he just chose Buffalo because he really sort of fell in love with the architecture here, as well as just the rhythm of the city and the kindness of the people here," said Clark. "It really was a great sum total, and that's why he chose to shoot here."

Clark also noted that Western New York is starting to receive more attention from the A-listers in Hollywood.

"The type of movie that we're getting now is is changing for sure," he said. "We've gone from sort of the smaller, independent films to some of the bigger, larger studio films as well, but we take movies of all sizes and all types, and we really try to make sure that everybody who shoots here feels very welcome, and that they can achieve all their shots and get it all done in a very expeditious way."

Listen to Clark's full comments below:

Back in October, when del Toro was scoping out Buffalo as a possible setting for shooting, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz talked about the region becoming a hotbed for the industry.

"You're seeing all of these new movies and films being done in our region, and that's because we work together as a team - just like we're here today - to grow our economy and the work that we see by directors coming in and doing these projects in our community invests millions of dollars into our local economy, and Buffalo's being known across the entire film industry for what we offer," said Poloncarz.

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