According to Jon Lovitz, director George Gallo did not actually direct much and told the cast to do whatever they wanted. According to Lovitz, Nicolas Cage actually directed some of the film because Gallo refused to give direction.
The town in 'Trapped In Paradise' had to appear virtually buried in snow so that the characters were "trapped" and couldn't leave. So filmmakers supplemented real snow with 75,000 pounds of custom-made, biodegradable potato flakes from Idaho.
To film the river scenes, crews had to remove large ice blocks from the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, as the river was frozen in mid-winter. Local residents were worried that the ice blocks would flow down river and wipe out the town's landmark "the Tooth Of Time," a large rock that sits in the middle of a waterfall. This forced crews to expend extra effort breaking up the ice blocks into small pieces.