By: Neeti Upadhye, Staff writer
Spurred on by the release of an action-packed trailer, Rochesterians were abuzz Thursday about "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" set to be released in May and featuring some local shots.
In the trailer, at least four notable Rochester scenes made the cut, including a high-speed chase and a crash involving dozens of police cars brought in for filming.
"News of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' filming in Rochester spread quickly in the film industry," said Nora Brown, executive director of the VisitRochester film office. "That has already helped to increase the number of calls that we receive from producers interested in filming their projects here."
Bringing a large production to Rochester was no easy feat. Columbia Pictures assembled a 200-person crew to shoot for 10 days last spring. Filmmakers also hired 250 local crew members and 150 local extras, according to the Empire State Development's film office.
The city released that the filmmaking company agreed to give Rochester $334,000 in reimbursement expenses, mainly for the police and fire department's assistance in directing traffic and handling crowds.
"Maggie Brooks @Maggie__Brooks
Check out this image from the Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer! It features the County Office Bldg. #spideyROC "
After the trailer was released on Thursday, Spider-Man trended nationally on Twitter. Here's some of those tweets:
"Absolutely cool! ?#Roc is in ?#spiderman cool pileup,"
— Kathy David, @davisfnp
"Loving Rochester as a #NYC stand-in!"
— Salvatore's Pizzeria @Salvatores
"There we go ?#rochester here is your .5 seconds of fame,"
— Jason Torres @JasonETorres
"Reasons #Rochester is the best city: #AmazingSpiderMan 2 trailer is out, with #ROC city appearances! #SpideyRoc,"
— Paige Doerner @Paige_Autumn