Victor James was originally a five minute short film created for entry into the 2009 ProjectDirect contest on YouTube. The original story centered around an underachieving problem solver who raided a local underground poker game at the direction of his boss. The film received praise from other contest entrants but was not selected for the contest's prize round.
Robert Craft (Victor James), Megan Hurst (Darcey Collins), and Martin Petersen (Dirk Mendelson) were all cast for the film in early 2009, some six months before filming began. Lee Armstrong (Randall Smith), Jody Vines (Calvin Moody), and Jeff Briggs (Dustin Smith) were brought on later after Thomas Cooper and James Jones, who were slated to play Randall Smith and Calvin Moody, respectively, were unable to attend shooting.
Although the film is set in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dirk's condo apartment was actually located in Little River, South Carolina. The 'poker bar' where Victor meets Randall Smith, also set in Raleigh, is located in Leland, NC just south of Wilmington.
During filming in 'Dirk's Condo' in November of 2009, the actor originally cast to play Calvin Moddy (James Jones) was unable to make it to the set, causing six hours of quick rewrites and cast recalls. James Jones was to play opposite Lee Armstrong (Randall Smith) in a scene where Victor's boss Dirk Mendelson (played by Martin Petersen) is kidnapped and taken from the condo. The scene was rewritten with a "Masked Man" that accompanies Randall to kidnap Dirk. The scene was completed but did not make the final cut of the finished film.
The poker room/bar scenes were shot at Kelley's Bar in Leland, NC. Cleary visible in the "Victor's Death" scene are two signs hanging on the awning of the doorway behind Victor. The one on the top reads "Dance Like No One Is Watching", while the yellow colored one on the left side reads "Shirts and shoes required: bras and panties optional."
The white vehicle used as Darcey's car was actually owned by Robert Craft. Robert was in an accident after the first part of shooting and had the right front body replaced with a black-topped cover. The vehicle was used in the second part of shooting but was angled each time it was seen so that the black cover was not visible.