Artists of the Week: Andrew Galves and “Arcane” Web series and Crew

By S. Derrickson Moore /
Posted: 07/31/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT 

LAS CRUCES — The Las Cruces location shots are done and Andrew Galves is back in Los Angeles in post-production for his new sci-fi action Web series “Arcane.”Galves said his local roots brought him back to his hometown to film the series with the help of students and crew from New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute, working with CMI founder and award-winning playwright and filmmaker Mark Medoff, and CMI’s Rajeev Nirmalakhandan.

“It’s an interesting story and visually it’s very unique,” said Nirmalakhandan, who wrote the script based on Galves’ concept, and also directs and is helping with editing.

It was a reunion on many levels. Galves, a 1988 Mayfield High School graduate who studied theater arts at NMSU, “has known Mark Medoff since he was 9 years old. His dad, Al Galves, was very involved in the theater here in the late ’70s and early ’80s. An additional hometown connection is David Edwards. He was Andrew’s drama teacher at Mayfield,” said Andrew’s mom, Nancy Galves of Las Cruces.

Medoff said he hopes the series “will bring attention to their talent and creativity. I’ve tried to support his efforts out of friendship with his parents and a belief in Andrew’s talent. The same is true of (‘Arcane’ star) Marcie Bowman, one of my best acting students, and Rajeev. I’ve believed in and supported his talent since he was a senior in high school, the first of many times we worked together. These are bright, dedicated young people.”

After a whirwind local shoot, Galves, 41, is now back in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Kelli, and their daughter Maureen, 7, and son Lex, 3.

Galves is working on the first six episodes of the series, which he plans to launch online this fall. He hopes it will eventually evolve into a pilot for a TV series or movie.

“The Internet is the ultimate business card,” he said.

Galves’ acting credits include national commercials and appearances on several TV series, such as “Southland,” “Raising the Bar,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Nine,” “CSI: NY” and “What Should You Do?”

Acting is still the vocation of choice for Galves, whose resumé includes a first job as a paperboy for the Las Cruces Sun-News, as well as military service in Operation Desert Storm and the U.S. Navy reserves.

“It took 11 years in the Navy to get the discipline to survive in Hollywood,” he said. “Anyone who’s a successful actor knows how to produce and how to run your life as a business. My ultimate dream would be to produce and act in projects in Las Cruces, where I grew up.”

He was very impressed with the skills of CMI students and crews here.

“They were fantastic, so professional and so prepared. They knew exactly what they were doing. I was amazed at the machine they were. I don’t know how to thank them enough,” he said.

To learn more about the Web series, which is slated to debut in the fall, check online at
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About Arcane
Plot: Returning from the battlefields of war, David Arcane tries to fit into a life of normalcy but is plagued by visions of his kidnapping and medical experiments while in Afghanistan. As his marriage crumbles, he meets a woman who seems more than just a woman perhaps she is? Arcane soon finds himself enmeshed in a national hunt and an evil plan that trickles back to the 1940s and the plan of a man who sought to breed the perfect human. Arcane now fights to protect his new love from the history that created her.

Executive producer, concept: Andrew Galves
Writer and director: Rajeev Nirmalakhandan
Production crew: Includes NMSU Creative Media Institute students.
Series debuts: This fall online.
Schedule and details:

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