Exciting new anthology of four unproduced screenplays gives away secrets of just how hard it is in Hollywood for the power people to say YES.
Ever thought you would like to be a screenwriter? Maybe you have written a screenplay or have an idea for one. What next and what kind of reception could you expect to get with your handiwork in Hollywood? Would it be magic or would it be a total study in hypocrisy?
ROGER SHOULD HAVE SAID YES is a new book coming out in early March that will tell you what kind of people are in the business of green-lighting scripts in Hollywood. Here you have four full-length screenplays. You can read them and decide what you would do if they arrived on your desk. Would you say YES or would you say NO? It’s a fun and unique game playing “script analysis”. After each screenplay in the book, you will find an industry standard manuscript review form. Fill it out and be the first in your area to be a Hollywood Scout by exercising your decision-making skills. If you are hankering for a niche into the secrets of the screenwriting business, here’s your ticket.
ROGER SHOULD HAVE SAID YES is the creation of the American author, playwright and script doctor Jack Fitzgerald. In his very unusual Introduction of the book, Jack relates how he was brought from Paris, France, to Hollywood to write a screenplay and all that happened to him as a result.
My career as a writer, like many others, began in Paris, France. So many people since the 1920s have settled on this city as the residence of the muse for writing. Some names that come to mind are Ernest Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein, that other Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and countless others. Their names alone became god-like for mobs of aspiring writers to follow. Countless numbers of would-be authors have flocked to Paris up to the very present, all hoping to walk in the footsteps of the literary deities. Most all end up at Shakespeare & Company near the banks of the River Seine to render homage to sanctified nostalgia.
I was not one of them. My going to Paris and what followed after I got there was more of an accident than anything else. I have often thought (and expressed in my writing) that we let fate make most of our decisions for us.
Before I go any further, I should state that my mother, if she had had her way when I was in the decision-making process of where I should head in life, was totally convinced that I should get a good job with the post office because they paid well and had a good pension. I, of course, thought otherwise or these paragraphs would never have been written.
So let’s talk a bit about how fate entered my life and sent me to Paris right into the arms of the muse. I was an instructor of Spanish at New York State University in Plattsburg, New York.
A couple of years later I noticed in the trades that Roger was now one of the big wigs at the studio—vice president or something like that. So, is that how one gains success in Hollywood? Saying no?
Thankfully I managed to find an agent and he secured me work as a script doctor. This is where I spent my Hollywood years up to my retirement—working on other people’s projects. I did well in that area but my screenplays withered on the vine, so to speak.
I have decided to take them out of obscurity, publish them and let you the reader decide if Roger should have said yes. At the end of each screenplay, you will find an industry regulation form for readers to provide coverage of the scripts assigned to them. You can fill out this document and give Roger some competition. It could be a lot of fun as a book club activity, a project for you and your reading buddies and for all of you who are budding screenplay writers.
You can now become an insider thanks to ROGER SHOULD HAVE SAID YES. Screenplays included in this anthology:
- Piece of Cake — Young Oklahoma prostitute operating on South Beach in Miami has in one day all the bad luck possible to befall her. She vows to begin life all over and this time around make it more endurable.
- Bad Trip — Small-town, religious couple from Oklahoma honeymoon in Hollywood, California, where everything that is supposed to be wonderful turns into a nightmare for them.
- Pasadena — Dirt-poor, large Illinois family immigrates to wealthy Pasadena during the early 1900s in an attempt to secure a new life. The background is during the beginning of the Rose Parade and Tournament.
- Cleo de Janeiro — A young man and his band of musicians end up in a situation where they employ a 95-year-old hotie as their lead singer A surreal version of Romeo and Juliet.