Border Patrol – Written and Directed by Brendan Cochrane

24, Sep, 2020

Border Patrol – Written and Directed by Brendan Cochrane

I have been developing this project for a while and have really wanted to shoot a proof of concept pilot illustrating the tone, world and show the potential for where this incredible series can go. The Film business is always in flux working at different stages almost like picking a lock where you need to get all the dials to line up to open up the safe. I wanted to have my blog be both informational with respect to the projects I have in development and showcase my creativity and my process so that it can be a reference point for both the work and to look back on from the future and be able to see the progress and the creative journey at work. I’ve managed to attach some high-profile talent and look forward to getting this developed. For more information a website dedicated to the development of the project can be found here: and a reference clip for tone can be found here:

BMW – Spec “Arrive”

I’ve worked on many productions as a producer, line producer or in some capacity that didn’t get to really showcase my skills. One of the most frustrating things is watching people spend ridiculous amounts of money on advertising that is either short lived or doesn’t evoke any kind of intrigue or interest. Rather than hold many of the ideas I have I wanted to share some of the creative I put together to showcase a tone and style that I would shoot on a modest budget that I feel would do justice to a great car. Below is the treatment I want to shoot.



BMW ‘Arrive’ will be a sleekly shot 2 minute ad that will shoot in New York at night.

Sound design will be an integral part of the ad.

We will cut from driver to environment and blend sound from each location.

We will open with a gorgeous establishing shot of New York at night board 1.

and hear a car traveling. Cutting to and from the car we will follow two storylines

One a Chinese gambling den underground, this will also be intercut with Chinatown atmospheric shots.

These shots will be more for character and focus on very slow glances and moves.

The driver, is headed to a destination, simultaneously, we will be cutting back and forth from the inside of

The Standard Hotel, a woman getting ready, relaxing, the view, shower and steam.

Gorgeous aerial shots will establish different parts of New York and the car as it travels.

We will also see the cutting of a duck and different New York moments cut in between the journey.

Beautiful architecture and establishing shots of the standard
at night will intercut as the car makes its way through New York.

More characters, cutting from hands moving and betting.

We will capture slow graceful moments of the womanas she waits. Inter-cutting between the gambling,

street, city architecture, aerial and car traveling

Hero car shots of the car traveling through New York, the driver, profile of car, POV of street, the shift,

aerial and low street shots.

The main themes are mystery, elegance, drive, and amongst all of this urban intrigue

this car will get you to your destination with class and style

I would like really gorgeous photography with slow slider moves, beautiful aerial shots,

and beautiful night New York photography.

The final moment will be when our driver is upstairs in the hotel and
the door opens to the woman.