Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.
Hardcover: 352 pages
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Using character types found in the world of Superman, Cranford has created a film that gives an entertaining and revealing look behind one of the biggest superhero entertainment events in the country.
A heroic entertainer from Los Angeles, Cranford was selected to play the Man of Steel in a nationwide casting search held by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce for their annual Superman Celebration.
"For eight years, I flew from Los Angeles to Metropolis to portray the Man of Steel for the annual Superman Celebration," Cranford remembers. "Since the first year I portrayed Superman, I wanted to make a documentary [about it]. However, I didn't feel it was appropriate to be making a movie while doing my job.
Cranford gathered film footage of his Superman-related activities while wearing the requisite blue uniform and red cape for Metropolis. Before the end of his tenure as the Man of Steel, Cranford's thoughts turned back to his original inspiration.
"A month before my last year playing Superman, I felt it was the right time to pursue the documentary," says Cranford.
The director put out an online call for footage from the Superman Celebration to add to his documentary project. Cranford was soon contacted by Kevin James, a Boston film student and Superman fan. James and fellow film students and Superman enthusiasts Craig Schaffer and Matt Sinclair drove out from Boston, Massachusetts to Metropolis, Illinois and shot most of what would become Heroic Ambition. The film was edited by Jeff Cranford who is currently working on AMC's Breaking Bad.
The documentary uncovers the ambition of the city of Metropolis, Illinois and the people surrounding the Annual Superman Celebration. The city of Metropolis holds the title of being the official city of Superman and has been celebrating the Man of Steel annually for 32 years.
"I wanted to play Superman in the movies but that never worked out. This documentary is my Superman film," says the writer/director. "From the onset, my goal was not necessarily to make a great documentary but to make a great Superman movie."
Thousands visit the real city of Metropolis annually to celebrate the world's first Superhero - Superman, The Man of Steel. Witness the ideals of several archetypes within Superman's Universe. Meet the residents of Metropolis and the visitors to one of the biggest superhero entertainment events in the country.
Executive produced by Scott Cranford and released by HeroicWorld Productions, Heroic Ambition is currently available on DVD.
ABOUT SCOTT CRANFORD: Executive Producer Scott Cranford is the founder of HeroicWorld.com, a universe of over fifteen new superheroes, created and drawn by Cranford, who served as the official Superman of Metropolis, Illinois from 2000-2007. A lifelong admirer of the Superhero genre, Cranford pursued a career in the Superhero Entertainment field in Hollywood, California. Long hours spent on the sets of many action and superhero movies allowed Cranford valuable time for creating the original superheroes and comic-book adventures that would become the basis for HeroicWorld.com. For more information, visit www.HeroicWorld.com
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