The Operator: LAPD SWAT


Our most ambitious documentary as of its release. 4 months embedded with the Los Angeles Special Weapons and Tactics team. Training, hostage rescue, helicopter insertions, active calls, and camera crews covered in body armor. Winner of a 2018 W3 Awards Silver trophy.

From hostage rescues to facing heavily armed suspects, 22-year veteran Police Officer III + I Wilson Wong has seen everything that can rise out of a city of 13 million people. With more than two decades on the prestigious SWAT team, Officer Wong has been a legendary example for today’s newest police recruits. Taking an inside look, we follow along in his last year before retirement from the LAPD.

Produced by Clockwork Media
Directed by Joey Leh
Additional camera by Anthony Stivale and Andrew Modena
Shot on Sony and Canon
Stabilized by Freefly Systems Movi Pro
Sound by Rode and Sennheiser
Music from Musicbed
Color grade based on LUT from


Client: LAPD SWAT / AANow

Tags: Editorial, Film

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