There are many activities that film archivists do that border on living history. With digital productions and non-linear editing on computer systems, the institution of the “splice” is fading fast. A splice is made when two pieces of motion picture film are joined together be either a special tape or glue to create one continuous piece.
Above is an example of a glue splice in a piece of motion picture film. On the top left, the film is places in register, so that the join will appear between frames, instead of in the center of an image. To the right of that the film is prepared by scraping a millimeter of material away and creating a keyed surface. Bottom left shows me applying a small amount of film glue to the keyed surface before the two layers are pressed together. Finally, you see the completed splice.