The Quixote Club: First Day Shooting

It was cold.

Ramon, Archie and I showed up first and hung out on the corner freezing in the winter sun. Ramon bought coffee and a dozen donuts from across the street. After a couple minutes Archie went, then I did. Finally I found which door to knock on to remind Papa Ferruzza to unlock the restaurant. We found the room we were to shoot in was set up for a holiday party, Christmas tree and all.

We hurriedly moved tables and chairs. Sometime in there Ben showed up with lights and cameras. Soon we were turning the pizza place into a Legion Hall. I had to make a run for thumbtacks, duct tape, and a staple gun. At one point we realized we were missing one doctors coat. Brown and Kristina showed up. We ran through my close ups, while we waited for poor Barry who was just hassled at his storage rental place for forgetting a number on the combination while trying to get the rest of his wardrobe. After doing all the close ups Archie realized I wasn’t wearing the mirrored aviators, so we wasted more time.

Oh, but finally we got on track somewhere around noon.

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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