Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Lights. Camera. Action!
ABC is unloading and setting up equipment, and getting ready to go live as daredevil Nik Wallenda takes center stage on his tightrope.
"We're taking up a third of Terrapin Point. On the upper level, we'll have our equipment. Our platform and talent will be on the lower end," ABC Technical Director Rob Weigand said.
Wallenda's team is busy setting up the tight rope with cranes and a helicopter. Technical Director for ABC Rob Weigand said the network will also be preparing their own line that will give people at home a unique perspective to the stunt.
"Of course, everyone is talking about the "Fly Camera." The "Fly Camera" is a great piece of technology we're incorporating into the show. It's essentially a camera that goes on a cable. It's robotically controlled and it's going to track by Wallenda's side for the entire length of walk," Weigand said.
The network will also have cameras in the air, on a helicopter, for another angle that Weigand said can't be beat. He also said this is one of the bigger "on location" shows ABC has put together.
"No matter how many surveys we do and pre-planning we do, there are always unknowns and things you don't anticipate. Showing up and trying to build an entire television production outdoors, right next to Niagara Falls is really intense," Weigand said.
Weigand is a native of Western New York and said he is proud to be helping to put Niagara Falls in the national spotlight.
"This whole event and ABC's coverage will breathe some life into Niagara Falls. I know on the New York side there have been some tough times. I'm hoping this will kick start tourism for the upcoming season," Weigand said.
Both Wallenda and ABC will be setting up all week. They will have everything in place early Friday morning, just hours before the 10 p.m. stunt shown LIVE, right here on Channel 7!