I'm flying high. CORMAN Airplanes? Hemingway? 1938? You're talking millions. One is Ernest Hemingway. INT. Kennedy is playing. Suddenly, an airplane zooms into the shot and. OK, what if I do work for more than Polyester yarn for weft and warp a year on the project, for what turn out to be dismal wages? What if my promised producer credit does get shaved to co producer? What if my name never makes the screen for the scenes I captain as second unit director? What if I never rake in the pots of money my tiny share of the production company's net first seems to promise? Makes no difference, I decide. 1938. CORMAN (rising, his smile gone) You do that. EAGER PRODUCER It's about the Spanish Civil War, see. Like Swamp Women, or Premature Burial. Riding the wave crest of a blockbuster film. A big winner. You know the kind of stuff I do. You just do that! A stiff, formal handshake and the interview is terminated. He's smiling. I'll put up fifty thousand, we get a mini name or two, you get a few deferments, and we've got a deal. With no trouble at all, one phone call lands me an appointment with legendary movie schlockmeister Roger Corman. Well, maybe. EAGER PRODUCER Well, if I ever want to make that kind of movie I'll let you know. ROGER CORMAN'S OFFICE. And the lesson is that this kind of snitty behavior, when someone offers to help you, is downright rude and shortsighted. My name is now associated with a winner. Hold on. So too is my first chance to direct a feature. We begin with three men in a touring car, on a bridge in Barcelona. Bring me a terrific script. Eager Producer furrows his brow then gets up in high dudgeon. In front of him sits an EAGER PRODUCER [that's me] He's pitching.) And I know that by advancing small bucks, Roger has given a huge leg up to several young directors, including such new legends as Francis Ford Coppola, whose first feature, Dementia 13, he funded. Does this mean that one has to bite nails while creating a sleazy exploitation quickie if it's offered? Or spend weeks pounding out a trashy novel on the laptop? Or contribute to a Republican candidate because the boss asks you too, if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat? No way. There's a lesson here; not only for aspiring filmmakers but for any writer or artist; and for anyone in any field who's looking for that next big break. Executive Action (1973, starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Will Geer), has become a box office bonanza. While any artist needs to stick to their creative guns and aim high, recall that long before The Godfather, Frances Ford Coppola cranked out not only Dementia 13, but also such fluff as The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962). But it also means that when that offer of a leg up does present itself, careful thought, tactful consideration and grateful thanks are in certainly in order - even if you decide the offer isn't one you can accept. Being true to oneself means knowing what you're willing to do, and what offends your deepest sensibilities. and . SPRING, 1974 - DAY ROGER CORMAN, graying at the temples, sits with his feet on his desk. Producers phone back. (Well, let's be fair, he also produced . I've got a ticket to play in the big boys sandbox. The world is my oyster. Look, you want to direct? Great. Agents take my calls. Customers are lined up around the block in theaters across the country where this highly controversial film about a conspiracy to assassinate president John F.