Behind the Scenes 10/10

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe In Me”

Good morning Curry and Roosevelt counties.

John Manulis here, picking up the “Believe In Me” production journal from my producing partner Cotty Chubb.

In addition to the myriad of creative and logistical issues that crowd every hour of every day of a film shoot, a production team spends a surprising amount of time making and re-making “what-if” contingency plans for things large and small, from weather to equipment to personnel.

Film lore has it that “whatever you least expect to go wrong, will,” and the Gods of production work in mysterious ways.
The long-awaited Friday sunshine lifted spirits and dried-up soggy locations, but lest we begin to think that we might actually be engaged in a reasonably controllable endeavor — boom! — the fire alarm goes off at our set, bringing with it a visit from the Portales Fire Department and a debilitating shooting delay on an already long 12-hour day. Then, halfway across the state, in Albuquerque, the truck containing all the recently purchased basketball shoes for our “hero” Middleton team is stolen from our wardrobe assistant’s driveway, precipitating a search for replacement old-style, Converse high-top sneakers, essential for our big weekend basketball games. The truck, abandoned and in absence of sneakers, is found the next morning.

But, with astute karmic balance, the good weather holds and our church scene that was canceled due to rain early in the week, resurfaces on a beautiful day in Floyd with 100 overcoat-clad Curry and Roosevelt County residents bringing a 1963 winter day in Middleton to glorious life under the baleful gaze of town patron Bruce Dern. The show goes on, but does it do so with, or without, footwear?

P.S. — Today we are shooting one of our big basketball games and Portales area residents’ will have the opportunity to be in our movie, see how it gets made, and win some great, one-of-a-kind prizes. Residents may come to the Portales High School gym after 9 a.m., or after church, to be a part of the scene. (Make sure to check or for easy tips on our essential 1960s dress code).