Word of snow coming to Buffalo is welcome news to the "Nightmare Alley" filmmakers in town this week, but the accompanying high wind forecast is causing concern.
The "Nightmare Alley" scenes scheduled to be filmed in Niagara Square Thursday require large cranes on the scene to hold special lighting, said Buffalo Niagara film commissioner Timothy Clark.
Given that, high winds could create safety problems, Clark said, noting there will hundreds of people – working behind the scenes and in front of the cameras – for the scenes scheduled to be shot Thursday.
"It has a lot of people very nervous," Clark said.
As of Wednesday evening, the filmmakers still planned to shoot the Niagara Square scenes as scheduled, but were keeping an eye on the weather, Clark said.
The plan calls for closing Niagara Square to traffic as of 11 a.m., and filming to begin in midafternoon, Clark said.
Clark added that film director Guillermo del Toro had been hoping for a little snow, but not the high winds.
With just traces of snow on the ground when they arrived in Buffalo, the film makers have already hauled in snow from Long Island to use in the movie, Clark said. The snow is being kept frozen in a truck, he said.
The "Nightmare Alley" cast and crew began filming in Buffalo Tuesday. The movie stars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.
“Nightmare Alley" is a loose remake of a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The bulk of the production is filming in Toronto, but the crew is shooting in Buffalo to take advantage of the city's historic architecture needed for the film's 1940s setting, including Niagara Square and its surrounding buildings such as City Hall (built from 1929-31), Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building (1928-32) and Michael J. Dillon Memorial United States Courthouse (1935).