The concept of Tape Me comes from a dream that director Christopher Outridge had one night about he and his friends being stalked, video taped and murdered by a "faceless" killer wearing a mask. This dream was a complete feature film, where Chris and five of his friends watched the killer's murder reel and desperately tried to figure out who the killer is before he murdered them. The dream even included the beginning and end credits along with a Tape Me title page.
The Reel 1 storyline comes from a script Chris originally wrote for his horror film character The Tormentor. The script was written, but never made. Years later, Chris updated it and used it for Tape Me: Reel 1.
Chris called this short "REEL 1" because he wanted to save Tape Me for the actual movie. He never intended on a series. After receiving very positive feedback from fans, Chris decided to make a series with 6 short films. As of December 2011, Tape Me: Reels 2-6 are in pre-production.
The tear on the Faceless mask is the only aspect of the Faceless character that isn't present in the Tape Me dream. Chris added the tear two days before shooting to add a small emotion to the character. Its meaning is left for audience interpretation; Chris will not reveal what the tear stands for.
Antonio San Miguel showed up on set while filming the scenes in Trevor's apartment to visit his friends Chris and Damien. Upon his arrival, Chris decided to cast him as his Faceless stunt double for the baseball bat hit shot.
While filming the 'Hammer and Nail Torture Scene', Chris was originally placing the hammer onto his hand. Robert "Legend" Simmons shook his head and told Chris "I'm hardcore. Stop missing and hit the nail." For all of the remaining takes, Chris was actually hammering the nails against Legend's chest.
The murder video Vanessa and Trevor watch in Tape Me: Reel 1 is the same video that Chris and his friends watched in the Tape Me dream. The only difference is the 'Power Drill Torture' which was written specifically for the trailer and short.
In the 'Tape Me' dream, the Faceless video featured a scene where Faceless handcuffs a woman to a desk and places her head in a vice grip to help her concentrate on her studies. Chris replaced this scene with the 'Power Drill Torture' Scene because he felt putting an actress' head in a real vice grip was too risky, even though prop experts he spoke to suggested to use a real vice grip instead of building a fake one.
The last shot of the movie was supposed to be Faceless spinning the bottle once again to taunt Trevor. However, after taking the shot where Faceless points the bloody knife at Trevor, Jacob recommended to Chris to end the film with this shot instead. Chris loved the idea and decided to go with the new ending.
Originally, Faceless was supposed to spin the knife in order to figure out which person to kill first. However, the knife wouldn't spin the way Chris needed it to and he decided to use a bottle instead.
Cleo'S "Watch Me" scene was supposed to be taken from underneath the bed. However, Chris couldn't fit himself or the camera underneath such a tight spot. As a result, it was shot from behind the door instead.