The movie was filmed in multiple formats including 35mm negative film, 16mm reversal film, Super 8 reversal film, HDTV 480p, DVCam Pro and Analog 8mm Video. A special brace was built so a Sony DVCam Pro and a 16mm Krasnogorsk K3 Camera could be mounted side-by-side to film several action sequences by a single camera operator with a handheld technique. These mixed Film and Video segments are intercut rapidly to give an "erratic look" (edited within 15 frames of each other continuously).
The feature film was shot over a two year period of time (to show the characters aging). Both the characters of Pedro (portrayed by Allan Medina) and Jason (Michael Thomas Dunn) change dramatically in looks. The character of Jason goes from a "clean cut" college student to a rough looking homeless man (that is his real hair).
Several scenes are based on real events that took place in director Michael Thomas Dunn's life. For example, the racist cops in the film are based on a similar encounter that occurred in Daytona Beach.
The film is loaded with multiple bible references. For example, one of the main characters is Jason Castle who is loosely based on Jesus. He is ultimately brought down by a battle with Ponch - a reference to Pontius Pilate. When Jason is hit by a motorist, it is a reference to Jesus falling with the cross. Also noteworthy in that scene, he is helped by a homeless man named Simon. At the end of the scene, another homeless woman named Veronica wipes Jason's face. Later in the film, Jason meets an athletic man named Sam. This is a reference to Samson, a man that could not resist the temptations of the Devil.
The film was originally released as a Unrated Director's Cut in December 2008. The production company negotiated distribution deals with several cable channels and download services. However, the mainstream television outlets balked at the extreme graphic violence of the unrated cut. As a result, the movie was completely re-edited into an alternate "Theatrical Cut." The film was recently submitted to the MPAA for a ratings determination (with an anticipated PG-13 rating). The theatrical cut should be in distribution by late 2009.
The film struggled with budgetary problems throughout. When principle photography was about halfway done in 2001, the budget was cut by 70% for the project. Producer Lisa M. Garthwaite was so disgusted with the investors, she abandoned the film. The director shelved the project until 2003. However, the investors wanted the film wrapped and released. In 2004, the investors forced Dunn to edit together the incomplete film and shoot the bare minimum to release. In later interviews, Dunn estimated only about 60% of the film's screenplay was actually filmed. The 2004 segments he filmed to complete the project were done in Guerrilla film style with no budget. He was never satisfied with the so-called "Director's Cut" as released. Dunn complained about several plot holes such as the Simon character (Humberto Bermudez) just disappearing in the middle of the film - most of the plot problems were a result of the production being halted in 2001 (and not resuming until 2004).
Director Michael Thomas Dunn was never satisfied with the initial DVD release - and asked that the "Unrated Director's Cut" be renamed. The Distributor complied and now markets the Unrated Cut as the "Extreme Edition." The film's budget had been cut by 70% about halfway through principle photography. Michael believes the original vision for the film was never fully executed.