The filmmakers entirely self financed the movie, writing the script to fit the confines of their limited budget.
The decision to have the camera be instant film vs digital, was because it made sense for an aging retired scientist to build the steam punk-like Polaroid machine out of the old tech that he had lying around his apartment. But because Polaroid film is hard to obtain, the Art Department for the movie faked thousands of Polaroid pictures by shooting them on digital, color correcting them in Photoshop to look like instant film, cutting the insides out of old Polaroids they got on eBay, and then sliding the printed digital pictures into the instant film sleeves.
John Rhys-Davies filmed two scenes portraying Mr. Bezzerides. However, his scenes ended up being deleted from the final cut. The filmmakers issued an apology to Mr. Rhys-Davies, which appears during the closing credits.
The plot of this film is very close to that of the episode The Twilight Zone: A Most Unusual Camera (1960), from season two in 1961. Thieves steal a camera from a curio shop, discover it can take pictures of events some short time in the future, and try to use it to win at horse racing and other things.
The character of scientist Mr. Bezzerides was based on a real-life scientist at the top secret scientific nuclear laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the hometown of Director Bradley King.
The character of Dr. Heidecker is almost certainly a representation of Martin Heidegger, a German philosopher who wrote about the notion of mortality and the effects of time, and, later, the convergence of humanity and technology.
The word "post" is used for mail, and the word "ring" is used for making a telephone call. When Callie takes care of Mr B's bills, the postage stamp and "par avion" mark on the envelope. These all indicate the film is set in Canada or Europe.
The plot of this film is very similar to the Bollywood movie Aa Dekhen Zara (2009), which features a DJ finding a camera that can see the future, which he uses for personal gain.
Danielle Panabaker and Matt O'Leary both got their big breaks on Disney Channel original movies. Panabaker's first lead role was in Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), and O'Leary's first lead role was in Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000).
Marcus (David Figlioli) is the only character who doesn't have any lines.
Body count: six.