Throughout the production, it was felt that there was something helping the production overcome mishaps. An example of this... the scene in the coffee shop where Dead Serious explains to The Reporter that "every 32 seconds, someone dies of a heart attack." The Reporter asks him where he gets that stuff and Dead Serious holds up a newspaper. Well, the scene was about to be shot but no one brought a newspaper. The cast and crew were in an alley outside the coffee shop deciding how to re-work the scene because there was no time to get a paper. Keep in mind, the original line from Dead Serious was actually, "every 32 seconds in LA somebody is shot by a gang banger." The wind starts to blow, and a local newspaper blows up against Will Kane's (Dead Serious) leg. He picks it up and in bold letters it reads, 'young boy shot by gang banger.' While it was sad for the boy who was shot, it brought a chill to the group.
The shot with The Zone working at the taco stand was shot at a Mexican fast food take out stand in Hollywood, while the audio for the scene, as well as The Zone's audio for the drive through, was recorded in a car in Santa Monica.
For many of the performers, Poet Heads was their first time in front of a camera. Some were self-conscious about not appearing polished or even professional. This is exactly what the director wanted from them; a natural, almost nervous energy. What came off as stumbling dialogue or body language was usually kept.
The kid eating the cereal while watching Dead Serious' tirade on the Children's Network, is actually staring at the wall.
To increase The Individual's appearance of being aloof, while in shadows, the director moved the audio around so his gestures did not always match what he was saying. This made The Individual appeared to be more scattered at times.
Mute's inability to hear and speak is completely inconsistent. This was intentional. The writers made a bet that no one would either notice or care. No one did. It's unknown who the winner of the bet was.
The scene in Mute's dressing room required multiple takes because the crew, as well as cast members lingering around to watch, kept laughing, completely ruining the takes.
Directly after the screening in New York at The Harlem Film Festival, the film's director, Rawle D. Lewis, returned to Los Angeles. A couple of days later he received a phone call from a friend living in New York, telling him how sorry he was that he missed the festival screening, but that he was able to catch the screening in Queens. The producers of the film had no screening in Queens. Obviously someone had a bootleg copy of the film and held their own screening. Rawle's friend said the film was a hit, so it was chalked up to free publicity.
In the final scene, The Individual reaches up and pulls a string to turn on the light. The string was not actually attached to a light switch. The director was standing off camera, holding the string with his hand, just above the frame of the shot. If you look closely, you can see the string bobbing a little, as Rawle's arm is getting tired of holding it.
Don Anderson (The Angry Resident) was literally out getting his mail when the director thought it would be funny if a guy stumbled onto the camera shoot and became belligerent. That resulted in Mr. Anderson threatening to 'kick the interviewer's ass.'
It is believed that a lot of the film was improvised. This is not true. While there was some improvisation, most of the dialogue in the film was scripted. The director hired a lot of newcomers and non-actors to mix in with the seasoned actors to give the feel of actual people who had a camera thrown in their face.
The day the film was to be screened for the first time before an audience, the film was not ready to be shown. The producers were running around town trying to get a copy of the film transferred so that it could be viewed. The screening was scheduled for 8:00 in the evening. While the venue was packed with a wall to wall audience, the film had not yet arrived at the screening. The director spoke to the audience, buying time, as the film arrived about 8:15. It was a nail-biting experience for the filmmakers because they had no opportunity to view the film before screening. There were glitches in sound, etc., but either the audience didn't notice, or they were enjoying the film enough that they didn't care.