So my father and I got to talking on Thanksgiving about Ed Wood. Though this guy was before my time, I was probably eleven or twelve in his last years so never learned a lot about this creative genius. My only introduction to him was the movie made by Tim Burton where Johnny Depp played Ed Wood. That was probably a good choice on Burton's part. I don't know of any other actor who could've pulled that one off so well.
My father remembers going to see his movies at the theaters and talked about how comical they were and we talked about how he was awarded worst film director ever at least by Hollywood standards in those days.
I became more interested in this fella, especially after seeing the movie. Normally I get the majority of my information from books but in this case it was a movie that struck my curiosity. I became fascinated with his ability to keep on trucking along no matter what people thought of him. He believed in himself and what he did and from what I've read about him so far he never let anybody stop him. This man had taken persistence, drive and determination to a whole new level.
There is a ton of advice about writing, a lot will differ from various sources because really there is no one way to do anything like this, whether it is in writing, film or any kind of art. But all the advice has one thing they share in common.
I'm sure Ed Wood had his moments where he felt down in the gutter but I doubt he stayed there. He seemed to have the ability to pull himself out and kept on working.
Hollywood doesn't really know what they're talking about anyway and neither do critics. They just know what is selling at the time and a lot of the times they're wrong in the first place. I don't believe in critics and I don't they should exist. People, the general public will make that determination whether that time is now or later in the years. One thing is for certain is that Ed Wood did not fail to entertain. My father says he remembers everybody laughing and having a good time at his movies.
But he said they were fun and after all, this is the entertainment industry.
So I did what we all do these days and started googling stuff and discovered he wrote several short stories and novels and discovered he was quite the transgressive writer. I was really excited to come across a book on kindle called BLOOD SPLATTERS QUICKLY and I have one of his novels on its way from a West Coast book shop. There is a great introduction by Bob Blackburn who really gives you a lot of information about this man. He should be able to, after all Ed Wood's wife was his neighbor.
How cool is that!!!?
How you like them apples?
I hardly think there is ever going to be a film director as remembered as well as he was. Cause people who don't recognize his name recognize some of the titles even to this day, even if they haven't seen the movies. Of course the movie about him helped out a ton I'm sure.
Bob Blackburn also created a nice facebook account featuring little things he puts out about Ed Wood. Then I got to wondering I bet Ed Wood would really be having a grand time right now with all computer technology we have and with facebook and twitter.
Could you imagine what would've happened if Ed Wood would've believed and taken to heart about what the film industry said about being crappy and no good and that he was the worst ever?
Throw his hands up in the air and said "That's it! That's it! Can't take it any more. I quit!"
I'm sure he had those kind of moments too but I'd be willing to bet they were short lived.
But in the end here we have a film director who is the most remembered and to this day people are still watching his movies. And his name being thrown around after all these years, well, I think that makes him the best writer, director ever.
Good thing he didn't listen to anybody.
Below is a link to an interview with Bob Blackburn about Ed Wood