Ford Motor Company’s “Police Interceptor”

Moving Picture provides Grip, Lighting, Camera, and Sound

for Jackson Dawson Communications / Ford Motor Company’s “Police Interceptor”

Ford’s new 2013 Police Interceptor Sedan standing tough in front the Moving Picture grip truck.

Moving Picture recent partnered up with Jackson Dawson Communications to shoot a promotional video to introduce Ford’s Next Generation Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility vehicles.
The video featured two models, the Police Interceptor Sedan and the Police Interceptor Utility, both of which share a common vehicle platform.

HDX900 Rigged in the back seat of the Police Interceptor Sedan

Production’s goals were to highlight the new vehicle’s handling dynamics which feature an industry exclusive All-Wheel Drive System. To achieve this, Moving Picture provided a 3-ton grip truck with specialty car rigs along with a Panasonic HDX900 with a Sound Devices PIX-240 on-board recorder and a pair of GoPro HERO 3 cameras for exterior mounting on the Police Interceptor Sedan. The HDX900 was chosen for its CCD style sensor that is not susceptible to the “Jello Shutter” effect when performing rapid pans. Other cinema style camera systems in this price range feature a rolling shutter, which tends to skew the image during rapid pans.

Driver, Terry Earwood during his stand up interview about the cars and their handling dynamics.

A Go Pro HERO 3 was rigged to the nose of the Police Interceptor Sedan to convey the stability of the new Interceptor chassis. Another Go Pro was side mounted to the Police Interceptor Sedan behind the front tire to demonstrate the lack of brake dive and body roll during aggressive braking and quick transitional maneuvers. The HDX900 spent some time rigged in the back seat of the Police Interceptor Sedan, which gives viewers an idea of how hard the driver was working to maintain control of the vehicle under extreme maneuvers.

The Ford Interceptor’s driver, Terry Earwood, was a huge contribution to the shoot. Terry, a former NHRA Drag Racing and Firestone Endurance Series Road Racing champion, is currently a Chief Instructor for Skip Barber Racing School. His exemplary skills behind the wheel allowed us to shoot safely and get some really amazing footage in the process.

Produced by Sean Wilson, Directed by Peter Erickson, lensed by DP Michael Balog, Driver Terry Earwood, Gaffer Mike Smallwood, Key Grip Matt Lebeau.