BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many saw a helicopter hovering over the City of Buffalo Friday night. A filmmaker was capturing images for a new promotional video that will help put Western New York in the spotlight.
The helicopter was in the air from sunrise to sunset, give or take a few fuel stops. It hovered over the Buffalo River, circled the downtown area, and made repeated flyovers along the waterfront. All the video captured will be used to attract out-of-towners.
As WNYers gathered at Canalside Friday, enjoying the first day of summer, independent filmmaker John Paget flew overhead, capturing the scene.
"We were just shooting over the Buffalo River, the grain elevators and drawbridges, and there were all kinds of colorful kayakers and stand-up paddlers, and it shows you the urban landscape of Buffalo that is so unique in a whole new way," Paget said.
For this shoot, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and Visitors Bureau put the word out on Facebook days ago, urging residents to come out to the waterfront to help the images. David Butler did.
"We're in the age of social networking and that's how it works. In a more positive way, I think it's crowd sourcing," Butler said.
But most of the those News 4 spoke with came down to the waterfront on their own, not knowing what the helicopter was doing.
Hanan Asmar said, "Tonight was my birthday present from my niece. She took me out kayaking and we had a wonderful meal at the restaurant. First time coming out to this area. It's beautiful here."
Asmar moved to Western New York from Texas.
"Been here two years. I love it. It's a nice place to raise a family. I have a son. It's a really nice place to be," she said. "Come to Buffalo! It's beautiful here."
A rough draft of the promotional video has already shown at the Congress for New Urbanism in Salt Lake City. You'll be able to see the finished product in September online at PagetFilms.com .
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