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Collecting Film Scripts

Film scripts are humble documents but offer many secrets about movie production

Kevin Johnson – owner of Royal Books in Baltimore, an open bookstore that specializes in rare books and paper relating to 20th century literature and pop culture – has written a book called The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts, which was recently published by Oak Knoll Books.

Cinema is one of Kevin’s passions. His Royal Books inventory includes numerous scripts and other movie memorabilia such as photographs. He is also the author of The Dark Page, a 400-page guide to the rare book sources for American film noir in the 1940s.

The Celluloid Paper Trail is a guide to American and British film scripts issued between the 1920s and the 1980s.

In our podcast interview with Kevin, we discuss the growing phenomenon of collecting film scripts. Kevin Johnson reveals why film scripts are so desirable, how studios and production teams have created and used scripts over the years, the vita role of the script supervisor, the most expensive script he has ever sold, and why availability and prices vary, from The Wizard of Oz to Night of the Living Dead.

Kevin Johnson will also be holding a seminar to discuss The Celluloid Paper Trail at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday 7th September.

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