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Bus Driver Rolls with Role

Downtown bus riders yesterday might have been bewildered by a city bus driving in circles with the fictional destination “Mercury Ave.” on its headsign.

The out-of-service bus was being used by a film crew on the last day of shooting for the short film “Scraps.” Shot over six long days in various Columbia locales, “Scraps” is the first dramatic film by Randy Sinquefield’s Spectrum Studios, which opened about eight months ago out of a warehouse on St. James Street.

Local filmmakers

After graduating from MU with a degree in theater, Randy Sinquefield ended up among the bright lights of Los Angeles, where he studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography, and then moved on to work in the film industry. There, he worked in various areas of filmmaking, and even produced a feature film.

Despite his success in the industry, Sinquefield, 30, a Los Angeles native, decided that it was time for a switch from fast-paced LA. He wanted to be able to pursue his own film projects at a low cost and help others do the same. He decided on Columbia as the location for his new film production company and studio.

“I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA to come to a quiet and creative environment to pursue my own projects, but also to offer services and equipment rentals to others,” he said.

After moving to Columbia in January, Sinquefield opened Spectrum Studios, which offers video and photography services, including equipment rental. The small-scale studio at 210 St. James St. also offers studio space and editing services.