Creative Brief: High Tech Detection


Technological advancements are changing the tactics for how local and global governments thwart crime and terrorist attacks, and these technologies are more prevalent than ever on modern battlefields. With that in mind, crime shows are among the things network TV does best — or at least, does in ways that have been proven to draw viewers, which accounts for as much as 15% of TV audiences. That doesn’t even include sci-fi themed programming, war docudramas, and spy thrillers, which also have a very large viewership — and all of them can use footage on this theme.

Shot-List Thought-Starters

Heat-Sensor Cameras

  • People moving through an infrared environment — street, park, etc.
  • Close-ups of faces and body parts
  • An automobile, ship, train
  • Perpetrator running through urban, suburban, or rural landscape


  • Luggage
  • Briefcase
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Purse
  • Package
  • Cellphone
  • Backpack

Military and Police “Eye in the Sky”

  • Infrared or un-enhanced POV from a drone or helicopter following a car, truck, ship, or train
  • Infrared or un-enhanced POV from a drone or helicopter following a perpetrator through a street, cityscape, rural landscape, or suburban neighborhood
  • A consumer drone in flight
  • A military drone in flight

Satellite Spy Camera

  • Animated space-to-earth shot; push in on continent – country – city – village – street – building, vehicle, or person(s)

Suggested Keywords: Big Brother, Crime, Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Suspicion, Terrorism, Technology, Warfare, High Tech, Hi-Tech, Innovation, War

Typical Users: Scripted, Unscripted, and Reality TV Programming, Feature and Documentary Films, Security Companies, Political Campaigns

Surveillance Drone Camera Scanning Middle East by schistra

Pro-Tip: A multi-camera split-screen shot from the camera’s POV is a dynamic illustration of the concept and worth the effort to assemble in post. These themes are a stellar opportunity for our visual-effects contributors, as well, when it comes to applying layers such as facial and iris-recognition features, bombing targets, and infrared imaging.

Location Diversity: Urban, Suburban, and Rural

Before You Shoot:

  • Please check what content already exists in the Pond5 marketplace
  • Think about a visual approach that will result in new and fresh footage

Submission Checklist:

  • Remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: HITECHP5BRIEF
  • Have all property and model releases filled out and submitted
  • No logos or brands may be visible in any of the clips
  • Don’t forget to add any applicable conceptual keywords

Top image: Scanned baggage on X-ray scanner screen in the airport by dakosta