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Director Mark Ross self funded the entire film out his personal savings. He nearly went broke on an ambitious green screen shoot where he was required to put up a high priced insurance bond in order to protect a vintage 1940s tow truck he rented for 24 hours.
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Many of the film's elaborate props and set pieces were built by director Mark Ross. He built a cockpit for a retro futuristic steam punk robot, a B-25 aircraft cockpit, and interior cockpit of a super hero car inspired by the original Batmobile.
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Assistant Director Jason Goldberg is an accomplished theater director as well as a former child actor.
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Part of the film takes place on old Route 66. The film shot at an antique gas station that had been relocated from Route 66 to a private residence just outside of Las Vegas. The owner generously allowed the film to shoot on his property.
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The number 1138 is featured in various Easter Eggs. The film went back to the original source material that inspired both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.
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Assistant Director Jason Goldberg, as a child actors, appeared as a regular on the TV series Falcon Crest.
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The film's vintage tow truck is driven by the character Gas Pump Girl. Gas Pump Girl is portrayed by actress Sadie Alexandru. Sadie appeared on the AMC's Mad Men. Ironically, the exact same vintage tow truck appeared on AMC's Mad Men before being utilized by Curse of the Phantom Shadow.
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The film's vintage 1940s tow truck arrived on set with the markings, "Boom Boom's Fix N Fill." Director/producer Mark Ross could not afford to have the truck repainted before the shoot. The decision was made on the spot to incorporate the name Boom Boom into the film's script. The green screen stage owner, a retired fireman, drove the truck for the production. The cast and crew nicknamed the stage owner Boom Boom.
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The professional prosthetic mask that was used to portray the character Gunther was worn by both Jason Goldberg and Anthony Burkhalter. The mask, made by a specialty company in Hollywood, is uncannily realistic. Anthony Burkhalter wore the mask to a clothing shop in a Las Vegas mall in order to try on Gunther's suit to make sure it fit. The store clerk thought that Anthony Burkhalter really looked like Gunther. The sales clerk freaked out when Anthony took off the mask.
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In the movie a scene takes place at George's Barbershop. The name of the barbershop is in memoriam of a family member of the film's cast and crew.
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In various scenes of the film, period photos on sets were actual family photos from cast and crew.
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The film's poster is the cover of a comic book. The comic book can be seen multiple times throughout the movie. In some scenes the comic book is hidden in the set dressing. Director Mark Ross wanted the comic book to be an ongoing gag for the audience.
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The character General Curtis is a double play on words. The character was portrayed by actor Curtis Buttenheim. However, the name of the character was an homage to General Curtis LeMay.
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The characters utilized in the film were developed by Director/Producer Mark Ross over a decade ago. He originally developed Agent 236, and Gas Pump Girl as comic book characters. Although no comic books were ever produced, Agent 236 had his debut in a book. The book College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You To Read features Agent 236 in an in-book comic strip as well as in several illustrations.
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During production money was often very tight. Instead of shooting on a sound stage, director Mark Ross often used his living room. He moved out all of his furniture in order to assemble such sets as Harry Truman's office, a barbershop, a hotel lobby, and a blue screen stage. The crew became very skilled at shooting in very tight spaces. The entire castle thrown room, a large sweeping hall, was shot in Mark's living room in a 10 foot x 10ft area.
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The name Sharkie is mentioned by Captain Reynolds' assistant Jennie. The name Sharkie is a reference to Ivan Shark, Captain Midnight's nemesis.
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The movie was inspired by the same source material that George Lucas used to create Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pulp magazines, comic books, Republic Movie Serials, Spy Smasher, Dick Tracy, Batman, The Shadow, The Phantom and radio drama were all inspirations for the movie's style, tone and plot. Director Mark Ross aspired to create warm feelings of nostalgia.
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