Cocklins Video was contracted by the Community College of Baltimore County to create 2 videos; the first entitled “Pull ‘Em Over” is an educational training video to illustrate to police officers how to safely pull over tractor trailers and other large vehicles for traffic violations. We addressed 3 specific scenarios: urban and rural roadways and work zones where a majority of accidents occur. Aerials of each scenario were a requirement. Animation was used to illustrate potential errors made by police and safety zones. The video reflects positively on truck drivers overall reiterating that the majority are professional drivers who generally are not causing accidents but reacting to passenger vehicle errors. The video is to be shown at morning meetings at police stations where officers are short on time so it is thorough and to the point.
We developed three scenarios:
Tractor trailer tailgating an old lady and being pulled over on a rural road
Bus driver swerving across the road ,talking on his cell phone and being pulled over in an urban parking lot
Tractor trailer speeding through a work zone and being pulled over on an urban road
We took a very important but potentially boring topic – how to safely stop a tractor trailer/bus for a traffic violation –and made it interesting though the use of multiple camera angles, clever script writing and humor to capture the attention of the police officers. We traveled to Louisiana to use Troy Landry from the History Channel show “Swamp People” as one of our truck drivers. Through quick camera shots it’s not made readily apparent who he is to keep the police officers wondering – “is that….?” The old lady sequence clearly shows the frustration of the tailgating tractor trailer driver. The final identifying shot of Landry comes at the end of the film where his alter ego, a 10 foot alligator, is seen crossing the road as a “rural obstacle”.
Cocklins Video incorporated the idea into the proposal to use a remote controlled helicopter with the Canon 5D camera for the aerials which allowed us to get shots not possible with a manned helicopter. We were able to track the moving police car following the tractor trailers and bus and get shots just above the action taking place. It was important that each safety element described in the video be made readily apparent to the police officer viewers.
Each day of shooting in Baltimore and Louisiana was pre-planned and a script carefully followed. We worked with police officers on the scene, on closed roads.
Animation sequences. The climbing on the running board animation sequence serves to show the great danger that can occur if the officer encounters a dangerous truck driver who kicks open the door causing the officer to fall into traffic. We did not want to use an actual officer for this.
The images that appear on the dash board computer were inserted by our editor. Original graphics were created by our editor which the client liked so much that the graphics will be repeated on the DVD label and paper sleeve.
The second video, “CDL Enforcement: The Full Circle” was created to show the importance of police officers, court personnel, and judges taking a Commercial Driver’s License citation correctly through the court system. Many in law enforcement and the justice system are not aware that CDL drivers are held to a higher standard as are their actions behind the wheel. This video explains that Court officials must adjudicate commercial motor vehicle violations correctly to keep unsafe operators off the road. A conviction, stored in the national database, will appear the next time a driver is stopped by an officer for committing a violation. Proper record keeping of convictions keeps that driver off the roadway where his next violation could be a fatality.
A Police Officer, Judge, Prosecutor and State Highway Administrator appeared in the video and addressed the CDL enforcement issue. They were shot entirely on green screen and a graphic background inserted. Important areas stressed in the narration were reemphasized as graphics on screen.