Low budget case study #3 – Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane

Low budget case study #3 – Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane


Film – Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane (1998)

Filmmaker – Joe Carnahan (Writer/ Director/ Producer/ Editor/ Actor)

Age at completion of film – 28

Country – USA

Budget – US$7,300 (plus finishing funds from IFC backed Next Wave Films for a blow up to 35mm and sound remix)

Shoot duration – 19 days

Format – Super 16mm

Key points

  • Much of the equipment used for the film came from the TV station where Carnahan was employed
  • Several of the crew also starred in the film including producers Ken Rudulph and Kevin Hale. Mitchell Wayne Richter is played by Matt Carnahan, the younger brother of writer and director Joe Carnahan. Other relatives in the film include Leah Carnahan and Chuck Leis
  • “Thirty-hour” straight edit at the editing console of the same TV station
  • Sundance Film Festival (1998), New York’s Independent Feature Film Market (1997)
  • Sold to Lion’s Gate Films
  • Led to… Narc, Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team

Rotten Tomatoes (ie. aggregated critic reviews) – 48%

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