- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - As you settle into a theater seat this summer, ready to soak up air conditioning, giant soft drinks and the most recent installment of the “Transformers” franchise, it might be hard to imagine that filming is going on right here in Columbus.

Moviemaking has arrived locally, although on a much smaller scale and with an exponentially smaller budget.

On a mild Saturday morning in late May, the clock was ticking for a small crew of filmmakers and devotees. The original group of six, which grew as the day went on, gathered at the corner of Fifth and Washington.

Director JayaPrakash Telangana coolly surveyed the scene, taking inventory of his crew and his resources. Telangana had assembled local talent to create his submission to the 24 Hour Film Race, an international film competition. Telangana had exactly one day to script, shoot and edit the three-and-a-half-minute long film.

And at that moment, his filming plans needed to be revised.

A stay-at-home dad by day, Telangana moved to Columbus three years ago from Flint, Michigan. He has been creating short films since 2007. Recent projects include a film - as yet unedited - regarding a political movement in his home country of India.

“There is a different excitement,” he told The Republic (http://bit.ly/1nxAsTE ), “an adrenaline rush when I’m behind the camera.”

At 10?p.m. the night before his 24-hour project began, he received an email from Film Race organizers with the required theme (an ultimatum); an action (biting into something) and a prop (a broom). According to Film Race rules, Telangana had to include all elements and the film had to be submitted online by 10?p.m. the next day.

At first blush Saturday morning, the project’s length seemed almost trivial - until filming started and minutes ticked by with no filming, only fires needing to be to put out.

There was a problem with the first location, planned at the Tre Bicchieri restaurant. The Farmers Market brought too much traffic to Washington Street, so Telangana decided to tackle another location.

He moved the crew a few blocks east to the cobbled alley to the right of the Bartholomew County Public Library. Actress Madhura Jugade took her mark, and Tim Hashko, a filmmaker who traveled to Columbus from Indianapolis to work on the film, settled his DSLR camera on his shoulder.

The crew ignored the curious stares of passers-by and a hushed tension settled over the street set. There was a collective inhalation as the camera started rolling on the first scene - until a lawn mower’s growl tore through the quiet.

A different local movie maker has a film on his summertime dossier.

Daniel Anderson, who grew up in Hope but spent much of his time in Columbus, is now a junior at Ball State. He hopes to make a career in film making. As a hobby, it has improved his planning skills and honed his professionalism.

“The planning that goes into producing a feature film - I honestly wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t been working on this project,” he said.

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