The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts

Kevin R. Johnson
Sunday September 7th
Full Seminar Schedule

The film script is an example of rare book that defies nearly every norm. It is issued, not published, and rather than having the properties of a traditional first edition, a given script is instead one of many drafts that fit within the development and production of a motion picture. Adding to its complexity is the fact that methods and styles of issuance and printing changed considerably over the course of the 20th century. Kevin Johnson, author of “The Celluloid Paper Trail” will present an informative talk on this interesting specialty.

Kevin R. Johnson is a rare book dealer and a specialist in rare paper relating to 20th century cinema.  He is the author of two previous works published by Oak Knoll Press: The Dark Page and The Dark Page II: Books that Inspired American Film Noir. He curated an exhibition of rare photographs of film directors on the set at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in 2012, and has taught on the subject of film script identification at Yale University and the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.