Vincent Grashaw wrote the first draft of the screenplay after graduating from high school in 1999.
Brad addresses the package "Deputy Cross, Lincoln Co. Sheriff Dept, 3200 Hrehovcik Pkwy, 56552 Lincoln, MS". Lauren Hrehovcik was the film's set decorator.
At the start the boy is shown walking out of the house carrying a rod with a fixed spool reel. He is then shown fishing with a baitcaster.