“Beneath the Plains” – Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

The land-based intercontinental ballistic missile system known as Minuteman, went online in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and remains one of the triad nuclear armament systems in the United States. Working with the National Park Service, BPI shows both US and Soviet perspectives about the nuclear arms race in this award-winning film. 

“Beneath the Plains,” the park’s 30-minute orientation film, tells the story of the development of the US Minuteman Missile program and the US nuclear program from World War II to the present. 

Providing a balanced perspective to world events, the other 15 media pieces at the historic site (films and audio programs) include US and Soviet perspectives and elements of present-day nuclear armament. They incorporate original production in addition to layers of archival and stock imagery.  

BPI worked with both the National Park Service and US Air Force in developing this media. BPI filmed interviews with dozens of USAF missileers, security, maintenance, and other personnel, landowners, historians, and both US and Soviet citizens. Other filming involved small-scale re-enactments, some of which were filmed at the NPS missile sites as well as active Minuteman missile sites in Nebraska.

*Special Jury Award – WorldFest Houston 2019*



Client: National Park Service, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall, SD
Partners: Krister Olman Design
Category: Military History
Services: Film & Video

What We Did:

  • Interactives and Films
  • Historical Military Reenactments
  • Original music score
  • 1st Place Documentary, NAI
  • Special Jury REMI Award, WorldFest Houston
  • 1st Place Technology Award, MPMA

Try to explain to your children the concept of the Cold War - it can be difficult but this site does it!

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Filming a scene of security officers opening a gate
Reenacting a Cold War alert
Visitors engaging in the Living at Ground Zero exhibit
Atomic testing from A to Z
Broncos fan watching JFK address the nation during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
Bob Noll behind the camera, filming a scene in the Delta 01 Launch Control Center
Filming in Delta 01 Launch Control Center