Reinforcing a splice with dental floss

How to reinforce a weak film splice to prevent the film from coming apart during re-wash?

Mick Newnham reinforces a splice with dental floss. This is a useful trick in cases where an old film with brittle splices is being re-washed. Mick's demonstration was part of a disaster recovery workshop sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists in Rochester, NY 2007. Mick Newnham is a senior archivist at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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Film Gauges in this clip:

  • 16mm

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