Ft. Lauderdale P.D. Recruitment Video

A few months after starting my career as an editor, I was given the opportunity to pitch a new recruitment video for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Having very little experience on the producing side of things, I called in fellow Art Institute graduate Tyler Council of Froze-N-Time Productions.


Client: Fort Lauderdale P.D. (2013)
Role: Producer, Editor

After we were awarded the project, we started preparing for 5 days of shoots with various different departments of the Ft. Lauderdale P.D. Being present at the shoots allowed me to more efficiently comb through the footage once we began the post production process.  

Here’s a “fun” fact about the first day of shoot. After we were done shooting, one of our cards crashed mid transfer. We were almost certain that the a good chunk of the footage was lost. But luckily I was able to find a piece of free software online that was able to recover the footage for us. It was one of the most terrifying experiences I ever had in my career.

After five days of shooting and an unfortunate sidewalk fall where I cut my knee open (whops) we had all the footage we could ever need and I was ready to start cutting the video. At first I couldn’t really find the right music track to go with the video so instead of trying to get one track to fit my vision, I made my own using Videocopilot’s Action Essentials. Which allowed me to change the tempo of the video at any point in time. 

After about a week of viguriosly editing the video. We were ready to show the video to the client. In our contract they were given up to three revisions of changes for the video but they didn’t even use one of them. The video was approved on its first view. Something that I’m very proud of to this day.