The original screenplay draft (written by co-writers Jim Cliffe and Melodie Krieger) had been recognized in 2007 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Screenwriting Competition, as well as the Page International Screenwriting Awards, where it won the Bronze prize out of 3000 international screenplays. Donovan's Echo (2011) is their first feature-length script.
With interest in their award-winning screenplay, co-writers Jim Cliffe and Melodie Krieger received plenty of encouragement to rewrite Donovan as a younger character, but the two writers felt strongly that the hero needed to have a certain amount of life experience.
The last night of shooting was the car accident scene that Donovan (Danny Glover) witnesses. It had been scheduled a few days before, but a sudden snowfall caused a schedule change to maintain the continuity (no snow).
With a professional background in illustration and animation, director Jim Cliffe storyboarded almost the entire movie, but the ambitious 20-day schedule forced the first-time director to be more spontaneous on a day-to-day basis.