Most of the film was actually directed by Neal Sundstrom rather than David Winters, who had to drop out in an early stage of filming due to the death of a close relative. However, Sundstrom was not pleased with the end result, blaming a lack of care and attention in pre-production, and refused to be credited as anything more than co-director. Winters was equally unhappy with the film and attempted to have his name replaced with that of the fictional Alan Smithee, but due to his contract he was unable to do so.
Aware that the numerous windows with daylight pouring through would spoil the illusion of the Southern Sun actually being in space, cinematographer Vincent G. Cox used color filters to give the sunlight an orange-red look, and asked David Winters to insert a line about how the "windows" were actually part of the Southern Sun's engines and/or reactor system. Unfortunately, Cox's efforts were in vain, as the film processing lab mistakenly corrected the sunlight back to its original color, and Winters' replacement, Neal Sundstrom neglected to film any explanation as to what the windows were doing there.