Fiorella and Sabloff turned an $18,000 budget into a five-and-a-half minute trailer complete with convincing motorcycle chases, underwater escapes, pyrotechnics and impossible feats of strength. Most of the production budget went to film stock, production equipment, processing and transfers, leaving little left over for anything else. Since the budget wouldn't allow for daily or weekly film transfers, they only saw their developed footage in large batches every three months. According to Fiorella, despite these limitations, the pair got most things right the first time around.
Sabloff shot all of the footage on a standard 16mm Bolex camera fitted with an anamorphic lens to achieve a wide-screen-like aspect ratio. Although digital video would have been more cost-effective, Fiorella preferred the look and functionality of the Bolex: