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Werewolves invade city locales

Buffalo Police Headquarters at 74 Franklin St. was infested by werewolves Friday night as the second-floor police training academy was transformed into the war room at the Pentagon.

Tim Clark, commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, said the 50-person film crew, headed by producer Christopher Ray and director Alexander Yellen, scouted out the city over a month ago for their film "Ward's Island."

Buffalo is serving as New York City, where the story of the film is set.

Clark said the film company got permission from Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda to use downtown locations, including Police Headquarters, and will be filming stunts today and Sunday, with the three weeks of Buffalo filming expected to wrap up by the end of next week.

On Sept. 18, two stunt actors jumped off the Michigan Avenue Bridge into the Buffalo River near the General Mills Cheerios plant with Buffalo Fire Department rescue crews on hand in case anything went wrong.

The film, about an invasion of werewolves into New York City, is the fifth film to be filmed in Buffalo this year, Clark said.

Clark said the city's classic architecture makes it a perfect stand-in for many European and American cities.

The film crew toured the city for locations about a month before filming began here, Clark said.