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Guide to the Chester Kessler Papers, 1951-1952
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Biographical 1983 n.d.

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains biographical information on Kessler composed by Robert Johnson in July 1983, and Kessler's program notes to his four films.

Arrangement

No arrangement.
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Robert Johnson's biographical information on Kessler and Kessler's program notes to four films July 1983, n.d.

 

Scripts [1951]

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains written schema for the animated film The Plague Summer. The Cue Sheets for Photographing indicate drawing juxtaposed with number of frames to shoot and cut, and times track entries.

Arrangement

Storyboard arranged in page number order.
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The Plague Summer [1951]

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Four sets of cue chart guides (typescript p.1-15), (annotated music lines p.1-16), (annotated sound lines p.1-16),(annotated, p.1-14)

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Final cue sheet for photographing (holograph p.1-7), (annotated typescript p.1-9)

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Sketches and miscellany worksheets

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Storyboard with narration, sound effects, and music frame notes (49 p.)

 

Frame Drawings [1951]

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Contains frame drawings, also called 'tableaux' by Kessler, for the animated film The Plague Summer. The drawings are painted with two tones, gray and black against a white paper. The sheet corners are annotated.

Arrangement

Tableaux arranged by frame number.
Box 2-3

The Plague Summer [1951]

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Tableaux A-I, 1-89, (No frames 17,19, 42)

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Tableaux 90-190, (No frames 109, or 141)

 

Photographs [1951]-1952

Physical Description: 1 folder of 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains six photographs and nine transparencies; portraits and still shots from The Plague Summer.

Arrangement

Photographs of the frame tableaux are arranged by a frame number. To differentiate between separate frame shots, a narration line from a storyboard was added for clarity.
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Portraits by Kessler 1952

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Kenneth Patchen, 8x10, black/white head shot 1952

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Miriam Patchen, 8x10, black/white head shot 1952

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Portrait of Kessler, 5x7, black/white head shot n.d.

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The Plague Summer [1951]

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Still Shots:

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Frame tableau 18 / Story board 14 [Narration: The evening slowly turns to black stone and the hammer of God chips at the sky, making stars.]

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Frame tableau 61 / Story board 49 [Narration: Now the Mother and babe can ride.]

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Frame tableau 179 [Albion Moonlight running]

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Negative transparencies:

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Frame tableau 154 / Storyboard 115 [Narration: June 24th. I am alone now. Something is standing in back of me as I write this.]

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Frame tableau 155 / Storyboard 116 [Narration: The Door is locked. The windows are barred. I have a sense that it will try to kill me.]

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Frame tableau 156 / Story board 117 [Narration: My only weapon is my pen, which I grip in my fist , ready to strike.]

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Frame tableau 157 [Albion Moonlight, close up]

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Frame tableau 158 [Albion Moonlight writing the first page]

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Frame tableau 159 [Albion Moonlight writing, 3 pages]

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Frame tableau 160 [Albion Moonlight writing, multiple written pages]

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Frame tableau 161/ Storyboard 121 [Narration: The only escape from war is to become a soldier, to lose all touch with your own identity, to become part of one huge, quivering mass of fear and horror.]

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Frame tableau 162/ Storyboard 122 [Narration: Full speed ahead to the slaughter house!]

 

Film 1951

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

DVD copy of 16mm film The Plague Summer, 1951 - cataloged separately - DVD 2899 available or viewing.