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Sofia Coppola Annotates Her Scripts With This $7 Japanese Pen

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Sofia Coppola has officially but reluctantly joined Instagram. “There’s so much oversharing now, and I still wanna retain some sense of privacy,” the filmmaker tells Vogue in an interview announcing her new account. “I know I personally wouldn’t wanna know what my film heroes eat for breakfast every day.”

Accordingly, her first grid post doesn’t contain any croissants — but we do see the pen she’s been using to annotate the script for her upcoming Priscilla Presley biopic Priscilla, which is actually a much more intimate reveal.

It turns out that Coppola’s nib of choice is a Pilot V-Sign. The Strategist loves a Pilot pen — 18 of them made our 100 Best Pens list — but this one had escaped our attention until now. A little bolder than your average fine-liner, it’s a liquid-ink 2.0-mm. soft tip that allows for a certain dramatic flair on the page. The effect is Sharpie-like yet elegant. While Coppola’s is a classic black, the V-Sign is also available in blue, red, and green ink.

The woman who launched 10,000 Tumblr accounts, Coppola is an aesthete with long-established lettering credentials. In 2017, she told W magazine that artist Sara Cwynar’s ode to the ballpoint, Pictures of Pens, was pinned to the bulletin board in her office. She’s also known to use personalized stationery from Smythson and Benneton Graveur. I trust her taste and will be using one of these stylish yet affordable pens to write my annual holiday card to Kirsten Dunst.

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Sofia Coppola Annotates Scripts With This $7 Japanese Pen